Central, JCPS keeping track appeal going

Copied from the Courier-Journal.com written by Jason Frakes


Central High School and Jefferson County Public Schools officials are not giving up on their quest to overturn the results of the boys' Class 2-A track and field meet held in May.

After an appeal was shot down by Kentucky High School Athletic Association officials last month, JCPS director of athletics Jerry Wyman and Central athletic director Marlon Miller have taken the appeal to the KHSAA's Board of Control.

Wyman said a letter went out to Board of Control members on Monday.

JCPS and Central officials are hoping the Yellowjackets, as a team, and junior Diaz Bolden, in the 300-meter hurdles, will be declared co-state champions after a controversial decision to rerun the 300 hurdles during the May22 meet at the University of Louisville's Cardinal Park.

“In my mind, there were other options that could have been explored,” Wyman said. “Unfortunately, the only person and school that was affected by the decision they made was Central High School.”

Covington Catholic won the boys' 2-A team title with 67 points. Central was second with 61, but the decision to rerun the 300 hurdles ended up costing the Yellowjackets 10 points.

Bolden was the original winner of the 300 hurdles after Paducah Tilghman's Caric Denson and Lone Oak's Stephen Miller fell approaching the finish line. Bolden finished in 39.63 seconds, and Miller appeared to cross the line second despite the fall.

Event officials decided to rerun the race, ruling that Denson interfered with Miller after tripping over the final hurdle. Rule 3.4.3 of the National Federation of State High School Associations states, “The referee has the sole authority to determine if a race shall be rerun, and if so, who is eligible to participate in the rerun and when it should be scheduled.”

After a review, KHSAA officials ruled last month that officials followed the correct procedures and denied Central's appeal.

The rerun was scheduled as the final race of the meet and took place 15 minutes after Bolden ran in the 1,600 relay, helping the Yellowjackets finish second.

In the rerun, Bolden tripped and finished last in 47.54 seconds, giving Central zero team points for the event. Fleming County's Chip Clark won in 39.85, and Miller finished second in 39.90. Denson was disqualified from the rerun.