GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD: North cruises to girls' title

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By Josh Claywell


By JOSH CLAYWELL jclaywell@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Hardin Lady Trojans aren’t quite ready to give up their throne just yet.

North Hardin rolled to another Lincoln Trail Heartland Athletic Conference Track and Field title on Monday, beating rival Elizabethtown, 167-112 at Elizabethtown High School.

“It wasn’t even close,” said Elizabethtown coach Dickie Jones.

Meade County was third with 106 points, Bardstown was fourth (80.50) and John Hardin was fifth (62).

Nelson County was sixth (59), Fort Knox seventh (46), LaRue County eighth (39) and Central Hardin ninth (29.50).

Complete results will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The News-Enterprise.

NORTH HARDIN. Senior Linda Dixon won the long jump (15 feet, 1 inch) and the triple jump (32-02), while senior Deneasha Oggs won the shot put (36-03.25).

Dixon also ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay team along with seniors Krystalynn Carter, Samantha Stewart, Desiree Russell and Kayla Morton (4:08.11).

But Dixon still felt her day could have gone better.

“It does feel pretty good,” she said. “But I ran the 200 (dash), so I had to be warmed up for the 1,600. I just wasn’t ready for it.”

North Hardin edged the Meade County foursome of eighth-grader Marley Stanfield, freshman Tiffany Brown, sophomore Shelby Jenkins and senior Jaci Reardon (4:11.49).

“I knew we were going to win,” Dixon said. “Meade County has a strong team, but we don’t like to lose.”

Junior Stacie Vaughn won the discus (97-04.75) and placed second in the shot put (34-08.75).

ELIZABETHTOWN. Eighth-grader Whitney Maurer won the 3,200 run (12:02.01), beating out Meade County eighth-grader April Level (12:03.06).

Maurer, who entered the event with a seed time of 12:18.31, set a new personal record with the run.

“That’s my best ever,” Maurer said. “April pushed me a lot tonight at this meet. She helped me a lot.”

Maurer said the duo has developed a strong relationship both on and off the track.

“Most people are really competitive on the track and I’m glad we can coach and push each other when we’re racing against each other,” she said. “It was a very good race. She ran awesome.”

MEADE COUNTY. Jenkins won the 1,600 run (5:37.79), Stanfield won the 400 (59.74) and 200 dashes (27.67) and freshman Tiffany Brown won the 100 (16.68) and 300 hurdles (48.37).

JOHN HARDIN. The team of junior Alex Burgess and freshmen Hanna Alcock, Kathryn Davis and Leilani Hunter won the 3,200 relay (9:46.42), while Alcock finished second in the 1,600 run (5:40.66) and Burgess finished second in the 800 (2:21.96).

FORT KNOX. Freshman Ashley Ivory finished third in the 100 dash (13.58) and sophomore Tiana Benjamin finished second in the long jump (14-07) and second in the triple jump (31-00).

LARUE COUNTY. Junior Tai Phillips finished third in the high jump (4-08), junior Haley Carrico finished fourth in the long jump (14-00.50) and eighth-grader Shana Zajdel finished fourth in the triple jump (30-01.50).

CENTRAL HARDIN. Freshman Mallory Chaney finished third in the 400 dash (1:03.91) and fourth in the 200 (28.40).

Senior Kirsten Reneau finished third in the shot put (30-11.50).

Josh Claywell can be reached at 505-1752