Big day at the UK High School Invitational

The UK High School Invitational was held Saturday in Lexington, KY. The invitational has grown into quite an event. There were athletes in attendance from 18 states and Washington D.C. With such tough competition (5 U.S. #1's in '06) Kentucky athletes held their own in the invite-only race. There were ten Kentucky individuals and two relays in the top five of their respected races. Kentucky had 3 qualify for Nike Indoor Nationals with the performances on Saturday:

Senior Ron Duncan (Fleming County) 9:26.09 in the Boys 2-mile run
Senior Thomas Davis (Saint Xavier) 4:21.55 in the Boys 1-mile run
Saint Xavier Boys 3200-meter relay team qualified with an 8:10.14

The highest overall Kentucky finisher was Kortni Dukes (Scott) with a 11:18.35 3rd place finish in the Girls 2-mile run. Other top performances include:

Shot Put
4th place Brian Soverns (Grayson County) 52-03.00
4th place Michelle Simon (Bishop Brossart) 36-08.00

Long Jump
5th place Tyler Sisk (Paul Dunbar) 21-08.50
5th place Morgan Thacker (Rockcastle County) 17-05.00

High Jump
Steven Jenkins (Trinity) 6-04.00
Laura Futch (Tates Creek) 5-02.00

Pole Vault
Michael Seaman (Bardstown) 13-00.00

1-Mile Run
8th place Nathan Liversedge (West Jessamine) 4:25.45
7th place Mary Grace Pellegrini (Dupont Manual) (5:13.10)
9th place Kortni Dukes (Scott) 5:18.32
10th place Colleen Campbell (Dupont Manual) 5:21.92

2-Mile Run
7th Scott McClain (Saint Xavier) 9:30.95

400-Meter Run
19th place Ken Vereen (Tates Creek) 51.25
12th place Chelsea Brown (Butler) 59.59