On April 21st the Logan County Cougars track team went off to Muhlenberg County and participated in the Mustang Stampede Invitational.
The Logan County boys track team got started scoring early and often at the Muhlenberg County Stampede on Saturday. Despite a brisk north wind and cool temperatures, the Cougars came out hot by winning the first four events of the day. The Cougars started first by keeping their undefeated streak alive by winning the 4 X 800M Relay (Colton Spencer, Noah Thomas, Sye Head, Barrett Rogers). Avrey Collier took over next and remained undefeated by winning the 110M Hurdles, the 100M and 200M Dashes. Next the 4 X 200M Relay brought home the gold and remained undefeated (Colton Spencer, Dylan Cole, Barrett Rogers, Avrey Collier). The start set a good trend that would keep the Cougars scoring in all events but two. Avrey’s accomplishments earned him Male Outstanding Performer of the meet.
“What impressed me most was that so many first year runners are starting to excel and scoring in events we weren’t able to score in the past few years,” LCHS head coach Greg Howard said.
Newcomers like Jerry Hendrix picked up the slack in the 4 X 100M Relay by placing 3rd (Hendrix, Justin Rone, Michael Sydnor, Brennan Rostampour), 5th in the 300M Hurdles, and 5th in the High Jump. Justin Rone came up big by placing 3rd in the 300M hurdles, 5th in the 110M Hurdles, and 6th in the Long Jump. Michael Sydnor has come on strong and scored for the Cougars in the 4 X 400M Relay (2nd - Sydnor, Spencer Parsons, Dylan Cole, Colton Spencer), Triple Jump (7th), and the 4 X 100M Relay (3rd). The throwing events have been an area we have not been particularly strong this year but the throwers have made a great deal of improvement in the past few weeks. Aaron Johnson and Tyler Wood finished 2nd and 3rd respectfully in the discus throw and 4th and 8th in the shot put. Noah Thomas ran strong in the 3200M run placing 6th. Dylan Cole and Colton Spencer teamed up in the 400M Run by finishing 3rd and 5th. Sye Head ran to an impressive 2nd place finish in the 800M Run. The only events the Cougars did not place in were the Pole Vault and the 1600M.
“Our boys are coming together and I am hoping we peak at our Regional Meet in Paducah Tilghman. The Tilghman team has dominated this region for many years and the Cougars hope this is the year they can come home with the Regional Championship May 12th,” coach Howard said. “Our girls were equally impressive as the boys. No they didn’t win the girls side, but they did win the admiration of their coach.”
There are only 7 girls on our high school team and it is just plain tough to score well in the big invitationals.
“Our girls gave all they had and earned themselves an 8th place finish tied with regional foe Caldwell County,” coach Howard said.
Jasmine Martin led the charge by placing 3rd in the 100M, 4th in the 200M, and 6th in the 400M. She also anchored the Lady Cougar’s 4 X 200M Relay to a 3rd place finish (Martin, Claire Hopkins, Leah Thompson, Kelsey Markham). Brittany Harper helped the cause by placing 8th in the 100M Hurdles. Claire Hopkins scored a 3rd place finish in the 300M Hurdles and 9th in the Long Jump. Hayley Mayher scored a 6th place finish in the shot and 5th in the discus. Freshman Krysten Flatt competed in both of the throwing events and finished 8th in the discus and 9th in the shot.
“Our kids are outstanding on and off the track,” coach Howard said. “They strive to compete at a high level and don’t know the meaning of quit. I am so proud to be their coach and to see them improve on a daily basis.”
On Tuesday this past week the Cougars and Panthers took their rivalry onto the court for the first time in a few years. The Panthers and Cougars in recent years have had scheduling conflicts to prevent the renewal of this historic rivalry.
The Cougars won the girls and boys overall with Russellville coming in third in the girls standing and second in the boys.
Some individual results from the meet were; Logan County’s 3200 relay team of Levi Crossley, Sye Head, Spencer Colton, and Noah Thomas won with a time of 9:18.30; Brittany Harper from LCHS won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 21.16 and Jolanda Wells from RHS came in second with a time of 22.55; LCHS’ Avrey Collier and Justin Rone came in first and second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.54 and 18.04 respectively and RHS’ Tavon Wells came in third with 19.52; Collier finished first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.04, Demarcus Hampton came in second with a 11.84 and Brennan Rostampour from LCHS came in third with a time of 12.24; Logan County and Russellville’s 800 meter relay team came in first and second with LCHS’ Dylan Cole, Michael Sydnor, Colton Spencer, and Avrey Collier coming in first with a time of 1:34.84 and RHS’ Demarcus Hampton, Dominique Harris, Zach Hines, and Joshua Hampton finished with a time of 1:36.24; Sye Head and Cory Ford from LCHS came in first and second with times of 4:55.93 and 5:13.41 respectively. The most exciting race of the meet the, 1600 meter relay turned into a Logan County blow out as Dylan Cole, Avrey Collier, Colton Spencer, and Michael Sydnor combined for a 3:41.91 time while Russellville’s team of Quitin Calloway, Zach Hines, Josh Hampton, and Dominique Harris came in a distant second with a 4:12.45.
In the field events some of the highlights were; Claire Hopkins of LCHS edging out Passion Townsend from RHS in the long jump 14 feet to 13 feet and nine inches; Antonio Rose of RHS took the gold in the boys long jump with a 19 foot and 9 inch jump; Hayley Mayher and Bethany Bush went one and two in the discus with throws of 92 feet and seven inches and 73 feet and 3 inches respectively; Recent Campbellsville signee Aaron Johnson led the LCHS sweep in the discus with his 121 foot throw, Tyler Wood and Aaron Baldwin threw 115 feet and five inches and 89 feet and nine inches; Quintin Calloway from RHS won the triple jump barely edging out the competition with a jump of 42 feet and nine inches.
The next big invitational that both schools will participate in is next week’s Gator Meet invitational at Western Kentucky’s track stadium. There are only a few meets left until the regional meets and both schools seem to be gearing to take a lot of their runners to the state meet.