KYtrackXC.com Athletes of the Week Ending March 18th (Middle School will be out on Wednesday)
High School Boys Runner of the Week
Two athletes performances really stuck out from last week and they both happen to be in the same event. The first performance came on Thursday at the Marshall County All-Comers. This is the typical opening season meet for a good part of the far Western Kentucky area. When going through the results, one performance just jumped out at me right away. Troy Lampkin (Marshall County) won the 1600m Run with a 4:32.80. I knew he had never ran close to the mark before and when I doubled checked his previous best from 2011 was a 4:50.
The other performer is our current state leader. On Saturday at Oldham County and Christian Academy's Dual Meet Luke Weishaar (Oldham County) rolled to a new best time of 4:21 for the 1600m. This five second personal best came in the process of winning by 31 seconds which is a huge gap in the four lap race. He also won the 800m Run with a new best time of 2:01.5.
High School Girls Runner of the Week
At that same Oldham County/Christian Academy Dual Meet another Oldham County distance runner set a couple new best times while winning one of the events. Caroline Grogan rolled through the 1600m Run with a third place finish with a best of 5:31, but then came back at the end of the meet to run a new state leading time of 11:41.7 in the 3200m for the win.
High School Boys Field Event Athlete of the Week
When you are the defending state champion in an event, good marks are just expected from you. Well how about a PR in the first meet of the season in that event, this is exactly what JD Harmon of Paducah Tilghman did. Last year's AA Champ had a personal best of 46-05, but leaped to a new mark of 46-07 with the win at the Marshall County All-Comers. This highly recruited football star ranks 31st nationally in the Triple Jump.
High School Girls Field Event Athlete of the Week
When you have one of the best in the Kentucky State History in your class and event, you have to up your game if you want to win in May. Trimble County's Kelsie Courtney showed she is a threat to do that as she came out at the Carroll County All-Comers on Tuesday with a new best height of 5-06 in the High Jump. As of this weekend her mark was tied for #7 in the nation.