The Fort Knox track and field program returned home Thursday from Lexington with state champions in multiple events at the Class A Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track Meet.
Competing in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, Malik Blunt followed up on his Class A Region 2 first-place finishes in these events with state titles in both at the University of Kentucky’s Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Blunt’s 100-meter dash time stood at 10.84 seconds, while he crossed the finish line in the 200-meter dash in 21.73 seconds.
The Eagles’ 4x100-meter dash team of Jayden Thorpe, Prentiss Alford, Lionel Taylor Jr. and Blunt gave the program a boys’ relay state title as well, taking first place at a time of 44.45 seconds.
Other high finishes for Fort Knox included Tristin Griffin, who took second in the 400-meter dash at a time of 49.99 seconds, finishing just behind Bishop Brossart’s Mick Clines in first place at a time of 49.93 seconds.
As a team, the Eagles finished in third place with 44 points, behind only Bishop Brossart in second place with 53 points and Louisville Holy Cross in first place with 55 points.
The girls’ team ended the day in a tie for 26th place with Leslie County, both with seven points. Bishop Brossart won the girls’ Class A title.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Desirae Britt, Shaianne Wiley, Amaiya Townsend and Kennedi Alford posted the Lady Eagles’ highest finish, coming in fifth place at a time of 53.58 seconds.
Kennedi Alford also posted the girls’ team’s highest finishes in individual races, coming in eighth in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash with times of 13.16 seconds and 27.16 seconds, respectively.
The state track meets continue for two more days at the UK complex.
Today’s competition is the Class AA KHSAA State Track Meet, which will include athletes from John Hardin, Elizabethtown and LaRue County high schools. This will be followed with the Class AAA KHSAA state meet Saturday with athletes from North Hardin, Central Hardin and Meade County competing.