Nation's best show off at UK event
RECORDS FALL AS 55O HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES COMPETE
By Mark Maloney
The University of Kentucky High School Invitational is where college track coaches come and drool.
Saturday's gala at Nutter Field House produced a staggering 147 qualifying marks for next month's Nike Indoor Nationals at Landover, Md.
With about 550 athletes from 15 states -- all representing clubs or themselves rather than schools -- Manual senior Mary Grace Pellegrini was the lone winner from Kentucky.
She led a 1-2-3 Bluegrass sweep of the two-mile in 11:07.64, ahead of Woodford County's Anna Bostrom (11:09.77) and Sacred Heart's Emme McAtee (11:17.00).
That is awesome, Pellegrini said. The state as a whole has just really stepped up this year. There's so many girls who are just running faster and faster. ... That's what we need for Kentucky to get up to a national level.
Meet records fell in six events, and three winners produced the season's best high school marks in the nation.
Florida Coach Mike Holloway should be happy. Gator recruits Christian Taylor and William Wynne set records.
Taylor, from Sandy Creek High in Atlanta, came into the day with a nation-leading long jump of 24-93/4. He topped that Saturday, soaring 25-1/2.
It feels great. Just been working on my approaches, really, Taylor said. I haven't been doing much jumping. But the coach said 'if you get your run-up good, then it's going to carry you through the jump.' And it did, so I'm happy.
Taylor also ran on the winning 4-by-400 relay, tied for seventh in the 200 (22.36) and was second in the 400 (48.01).
Wynne, from Marietta, Ga., held off Taylor to defend his meet title in the 400. Wynne's time of 47.82 moves him from No. 10 in the nation to No. 1.
He also ran a meet-record 7.73 in the 60-meter hurdles.
Records also fell to Erik Kynard of Toledo, Ohio, and Tyler Hiatt of Noblesville, Ind.
Kynard, No. 1 nationally in the high jump at 7-33/4, cleared 7-0 to wipe out the meet record of 6-8. He came oh-so-close at 7-2, barely brushing the bar on his last two jumps. Defending champion Mitchell White, from Michigan, was runner-up at 6-10.
I was just jumping from a little too far out, Kynard said of his attempts at 7-2.
A 6-foot-5, 169-pound junior, he says he's also had close misses at 7-4 (Michigan) and 7-5 (Findlay, Ohio).
Hiatt's shot put of 60-101/2 beat the meet record of 60-21/2 set in 2003 by Andy Fryman of Mason County. Fryman served as an official Saturday.
Kentuckians showed well in the boys' 800. Andrew Perkins, from Juneau, Wis., and ranked No. 1 at 600 meters, won in 1:53.32.
Scott County's Trent Halasek (1:56.90), Danville's Ross Hempel (1:56.91) and Woodford County's Cullen Kuntz (1:57.25) placed 4-5-6. Halasek's time is the fastest by a Kentucky athlete this season.
Knoxville's Jacquelyn Coward, who ran a high school-record 8.17 to win the 60-meter hurdles here last year and is ranked No. 1 this season, defended her title in 8.25. The Central Florida recruit also placed third in the 60 (7.64).
Brittany Long, from Thaerrell High in Atlanta, took the 60 in a national-best 7.36, despite a strained hamstring from doing a hip-hop dance. Another Georgian, Cholonda Goodman, took second (7.38).
Goodman later edged Long by .53 seconds in the 200, setting a meet record (23.70).
Also setting a record was Madeline Morgan of Mountain Brook, Ala., in the mile (4:52.70).
Pellegrini (5:08.37) and Bostrom (5:10.79) placed 3-5.
In the pole vault, Margo Tucker (11-6), from Indiana, beat out Paul Dunbar's Samantha Stenzel (11-0).
Saturday at Nutter Field House. Race distances in meters unless noted. No team scoring. Top three finishers, plus Kentuckians in top six. AC-Athletic Club; TC-Track Club.
60 -- Marcus Rowland (Roebuck TC, S.C.) 6.74; Kenneth Gilstrap (Titans Elite, Ga.) 6.85; Blake Heriot (Pacesetter, Ohio) 6.88; 4. Justin Green (Louisville) 6.95; 6. Gerry Cooper (Louisville) 6.99. (Fastest qualifier: Rowland 6.74.) 200 -- Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio) 21.57; Blake Heriot (Pacesetter, Ohio) 21.69; Kenneth Gilstrap (Titans Elite, Ga.) 21.88. 400 -- William Wynne (Titans Elite, Ga.) 47.82; Christian Taylor (Quicksilver TC, Ga.) 48.01; Varick Tucker (Mich. Accelerators) 48.02. 800 -- Andrew Perkins (Juneau, Wis.) 1:53.32; Taylor Peruski Taylor (Mich. Accelerators) 1:56.65; William Cosby (Jonesboro, Ga.) 1:56.78; 4. Trent Halasek (Georgetown) 1:56.90; 5. Ross Hempel (Danville) 1:56.92; 6. Cullen Kuntz (Versailles) 1:57.25. Mile -- Logan Rosenberg (Carmel TC, Ind.) 4:21.83; Patrick McGregor (Hoover TC, Ala.) 4:22.07; Danny Neff (Butler, Ohio) 4:22.40; 6. Daniel Norman (Lexington) 4:25.14. Two miles -- Sean Keveren (Brentwood TC, Tenn.) 9:14.59; John Luttrell (Kettering, Ohio) 9:18.56; Matt Sonnenfeldt (Knoxville TC) 9:20.93. 60 hurdles -- William Wynne (Titans Elite, Ga.) 7.73 (breaks meet record of 7.74 set by Deandre Eiland of Tupelo, Miss., in 2000); Robert Jackson (Titans Elite, Ga.) 7.96; DaJon Booth (Toledo Rogers, Ohio) 8.03. (Fastest qualifier: Wynne, 7.84.) 4-by-400 relay -- Quicksilver TC, Ga. (Marchello Sinkfield, Vincent Butler, Christian Taylor, Bobby Onyeukwu) 3:19.62; Mich. Accelerators 3:23.78; Memphis Mustangs 3:23.94; 6. Louisville 3:27.19. 4-by-800 relay -- Hoover TC, Ala. (Kyle Hester, Nick Hayes, Daniel Willis, Pat McGregor) 8:08.61; Owensboro 8:15.77; Ky. All-Stars TC 8:21.84.
High jump --Erik Kynard (Toledo Rogers, Ohio) 7 feet (breaks meet record of 6-8 set by Bobby Long of Wayne, Ohio, in 2000, and tied by Braylon Edwards of Maximum Output, Mich., in 2001); Mitchell White (Mich. Accelerators) 6-10; Tyler Stepp (Memphis Mustangs TC). Pole vault -- (Tie) Drake Volz (Ind. TC) and Ben Davies (Kindersport, Tenn.) 14-0; Jacob Sebastian (Austin TC, Ind.) 14-0; 5. Adam Hobson (Sptsvl Monstr, Ky.) 14-0. Long jump -- Christian Taylor (Quicksilver TC, Ga.) 25-0 1/2 (breaks meet record of 24-3 1/2 set by Jason Ward of Tilghman in 1999); Will Cranford (Mich. Accelerators) 23-5 1/2; Darrion Brown (Withrow, Ohio) 22-9 1/2. Triple jump --Roman Dent (Kindersport, Tenn.) 46-1 3/4; David Lee (VE TC, Ga.) 45-6 1/2); Adrien Hill (Slipstream TC, Tenn.) 45-1 1/4; 5. Devin Davenport (Lawrenceburg) 42-8. Shot put -- Tyler Hiatt (Noblesville, Ind.) 60-10 1/2 (breaks meet record of 60-2 1/2 set by Andy Fryman of Maysville in 2003); Chandler Burden (LaSalle TC, Ohio) 55-10; Thomas Mauldin (Alexander, Ga.) 52-3 1/2; 5. Patrick Stuart (American Big Guys, Ky.) 50-8.
60 -- Brittany Long (SWAT TC, Ga.) 7.36; Cholonda Goodman (New Horizon TC, Ga.) 7.38; Jacquelin Coward (Knoxville TC) 7.64. (Fastest qualifier: Goodman, 7.39.) 200 -- Cholonda Goodman (New Horizon, Ga.) 23.70 (breaks meet record of 23.79 set by Courtney Champion of New Horizon in 2004); Brittany Long (SWAT, Ga.) 24.23; LaKeshia Williams (Elite Birmingham, Ala.) 24.60. 400 -- Briana Nelson (Quick Striders, S.C.) 54.71; Elan Hilaire (E.C. Sprinters, Md.) 55.94; Meshawn Graham (Hi-Velocity, Ohio) 56.28. 800 -- Marie DeMedicis (Mtn. Brook, Ala.) 2:14.16; Catherine Diethelm (Mtn. Brook, Ala.) 2:14.59; Christina Farrow (Detroit Cheetahs) 2:18.82. Mile -- Madeline Morgan (Mtn. Brook, Ala.) 4:52.70 (breaks meet record of 4:57.18 set by Stephanie Morgan of Barnesville in 2007); Virginia Hine (Memphis) 4:55.73; Mary Grace Pellegrini (Gromignana AC, Louisville) 5:08.37; 5. Anna Bostrom (Versailles) 5:10.79. Two miles -- Mary Grace Pellegrini (Gromignana TC, Ky.) 11:07.64; Anna Bostrom (Versailles) 11:09.77; Emme McAtee (Louisville) 11:17.00. 60 hurdles -- Jacquelyn Coward (Knoxville TC) 8.25; Jasmin Stowers (Quick Striders, S.C.) 8.38; Paige Morton (DC Express TC, Ga.) 8.90; 4. LuTisha Bowen (Mason-Dixon TC, Ky.). (Fastest qualifier: Coward, 8.42.) 4-by-400 relay -- SWAT TC, Ga. (Deanna Lee, Santeria Moses, Jawanda King, Brittany Coles) 3:51.40; Mich. Accelerators 3:59.20; Walnut Hills, Ohio, 4:00.20. 4-by-800 relay -- Mtn. Brook, Ala. (Brigid Carey, Catherine Diethelm, Madeline Morgan, Marie DeMedicis) 9:41.38; Westfield SISU, Ind., 9:50.47; Detroit Cheetahs 10:07.97; 4. Elizabethtown 10:14.69.
High jump -- Ellen Wortham (Knoxville TC) 5-6; Chenell Terry (Nashville) 5-4; Brionne Williams (Hoover TC, Ala.) 5-2. Pole vault -- Margo Tucker (Indy Vault Club) 11-6; Samantha Stenzel (Lexington) 11-0; Claire Logan (Mtn. Brook, Ala.) 10-6. Long jump -- Millicent Millender (Alexander, Ga.) 17-11 3/4; Brittany Porter (Triple Action, Ga.) 17-6 1/2; Kelcey McKinney (Chaminade Juli., Ohio) 17-5; 5. Morgan Thacker (Crab Orchard) 17-3 1/4. Triple jump -- Kawanna Brooks (Kenwood, Ill.) 37-0; Alana Walker (Memphis Mustangs) 36-6); Alyssa Pegues (Warner Robbins, Ga.) 35-11 1/4. Shot put -- Daisy Milsap (Alexander, Ga.) 38-4; Jessica Cobb (Colerain TC, Ohio) 37-5 1/2; Jesse Harrison (Collierville, Tenn.) 36-8 1/4.