Track is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The annual big opening meet, the Wildcat Classic held at Nutter Fieldhouse at the University of Kentucky is scheduled to run this weekend. In a little bit of a new twist, you could say the meet is ready to jump out as well as they are bringing in field events as well for the first time in quite a while.
Let's take a look at the favorites in each of areas (Sprints, Distance, Relays, Jumps, Throws)
Girls Sprints (Prelims followed by Finals)
60 Meter Hurdles
This is a loaded event with AAA State Champ Dominique Edmonds (Male) coming in as the big name after outdoor. But let's not forget that North Oldham's Brianne Brown broke the Meet Record in the 60m Hurdles last year at Wildcat. She ran a 9.22 last January. Brown will be looking for hurdle redemption (clipped a hurdle at state and fell) against last year's AA State Champ Abby Wiggins (West Jessamine) in this race. This should be a good race with most of the best hurdlers in the state going head to head.
60 Meter Dash/200 Meter Dash/400 Meter Dash
When it comes to sprints at the Wildcat Classic, Alisha Adair of Western Hills has dominated them over the last three years. She is the three-time defending champion in the 60m Dash with a 7.77. The senior only has one obstacle in her way, the meet record. It is 7.72 by Tiffany Rogers in 2009. Jordan Hauck (Cooper), Tamara Jenkins (North Hardin), and Brianne Brown (North Oldham) are all top quality sprinters who will try and make it more interesting. The new kid on the block is Central frosh Gretel Cabellero, she was last year's 100m and 200m State Champion in Middle School. She will look to fill the role of champ in Class AA after Adair moves on to college.
The 200m last year saw Adair broke the overall meet record with a 25.67. This will be her third race of the day and second against her top foe in the 200m and 400m Labi Frazier of Bryan Station. Adair is the favorite in the 200m, but that battle in the 400m should be awesome. Frazier and Adair both come in with best in the mid 56s. Add in Mary King (dupont Manual) and last year's champ Anna Curlin (Western Hills) and this race should take down the meet record of 59.31.
The One Mile will go first and with XC most improved runner Maggie Allen (Sacred Heart) leading the way. She is coming off a 6th place finish in Class AAA at the Kentucky State Cross Country Meet. Caroline Grogan (Oldham County) and Rose Jolly (Butler) should bunch into the front group and try for the win. This race has a lot of youth in it with Allen being just a sophomore to go along with other soph's Samantha Simms (SHA) and Karly Gawarecki (Holy Cross.) Should be an interesting battle of the freshmen between Meghan Carrico (Assumption), Brittney Hansen (Bowling Green), and Brianna Wolken (Mercy) to see who the next great distance runner is going to be.
The 800m is led by Malorie Eisenbrei of KCD who was 4th in Class A in the event at the state track meet. Lauren Guilfoil (Bryan Station) and Parker Shay (SHA) will give chase.
The Two Mile Run is the best girls distance event of the day with Kristen Hale (duPont Manual) taking on the Daviess County front trio. The DC girls (Whitney O'Bryan, Claire Payne, and Amelia Reynolds) can work together against Hale which opens up some nice strategy situations. All four will probably be in the mix as a potential threat to be top five in the 3200m in May, so this is in early glimpse.
Hard to tell with no individuals listed but Central typically looks good in the 4x4. They are seeded #1 folllowed by Cooper, Male, and Oldham County. The 4x8 should be a battle between Sacred Heart, duPont Manual, and Oldham County. Last year, SHA crushed the meet record with a 10:01.71.
Girls Field Events
Morgan McIntyre is coming in from the east and is the only girl that has ever gone over 10-00. So she has some wiggle room with a best of 10-03 with Devan Doss of Marshall County who has hit 9-08 this year already.
Brianne Brown set the Class AA Long Jump Record last year and has a best of 18-09, she is the clear favorite followed by Demondrea Starnes of Central.
The Shot Put has two in the 33 range with Shay Scott leading the way from Fern Creek. She competed for North Hardin last year finishing 7th in Class AAA. Amy Johnson of Rockcastle County is the other above 33. She was the Class A Discus State Champion last season.