MURRAY – Calloway County track and field teams will travel to the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Facility on Friday for the KHSAA Class 2A Track and Field Championship.
Head coach Mike Wicker’s teams will have a large contingent in Lexington competing for a state title.
Calloway has a pair of top-three seeds in individual events and several more who have a chance to score. The Lady Lakers had 17 qualified to compete in 15 events, while the Calloway Boys qualified 12 athletes in 13 events. Wicker believes his two teams have a great chance of scoring points in the individual events and relays.
“The women’s team had a great day at (the Class 2A Region 1 meet in Paducah) qualifying athletes in 16 of the 18 events contested at the state meet,” said Wicker. “We expect everyone to compete well at the state meet. On the sprint side, I expect McKenzie Davis to carry a big load as she will most likely be in the “hot” heats in her two individual races (100 and 200 meters) with a high chance of being in the top five first in both. She also leads the 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter relay teams. The men’s team also qualified several athletes for the national meet. We will be participating in 10 different events during the State Meet. The boys are expected to be strong in both hurdle races, with Tate Weatherly ranked in the top six in the 110m and 300m races. We expect both teams to perform well in the tag team race with opportunities to produce multiple performances across all states.
Davis is the No. 3 seed in the 100 and will be joined by McKenzie Love, Avery Poston and Jaycee Crouch in the 4×100. Love, Poston and Davis will team up with Olivia Miles in the 4×200 before tackling the 200m individual. Miles will also compete in the 400m, high jump and 400m relay with Brooklyn Smith, Olivia Anderson and Sydney Naber.
Naber also qualified in the 110 hurdles.
Reese Settle qualified in the 1600 and 800 races. Settle will also team up with Addison Jennings, Bella Swain and Finley Lencki in the 4×800 relay. Swain will represent Calloway in the 3200.
Lydia Bell and Emily Brunn will respectively battle the shot put and discuss the titles. Love will be looking for a podium finish in the long jump, while Alex Rodgers will compete in the high jump. Sayde Lowe and Eowyn Gesler have qualified for the national pole vault competition.
Weatherly is the headliner for the men’s team as the No. 3 seed in the 110 hurdles and has a great chance of finishing near the top in the 300 hurdles. Weatherly will be joined by Gabriel Carson, Joey Goucher and Sam Chapman in the 4×200 relay. Carson, Chapman and Weatherly will then team up with John Durham to challenge the 4×100. Chapman will then join Price Aycock, Dominic Cashion and Cohen McCartney in the 4×400. McCartney and Cashion qualified for the 400 and 800 individual respectively.
Cashion, Landon McCartney and Ezra Foote will team up with presenter Daniel Puckett to form a 4×800 team that could compete for a spot on the podium. Puckett will also be vying for medal honors in the 1600 and 3200. Luke Cullop qualified in the discus, while Carson and Corban Henshaw made the cut in the long jump and pole vault respectively.
Calloway teams will begin competition at 10 a.m. Friday.