Class AAA Results: Eastern Claims 4×100, Assumption Wins Team Title

Class AAA Results: Eastern Claims 4×100, Assumption Wins Team Title

(Cover photo L to R: KeAsia Johnson Bell, Jumyia Denning, Makayla Paul, and Lauren Buchanan. Credit: Ashli McLean)

Ashli McLean

Led by standout senior KeAsia Johnson Bell, Eastern’s 4×100 meter relay team took home the first-place title at the Class 3A (Region 4) track meet on May 18. The meet was hosted by Assumption and held at the Assumption Green.

Johnson Bell’s teammates are juniors Jumyia Denning and Lauren Buchanan, and sophomore Makayla Paul. They are a pretty confident squad who was looking to get the win. They recorded a 49.84 and are looking forward to the state meet, where they’ll face their self-proclaimed greatest local competition: Male and Central.

“We go for that time,” said Buchanan on the team’s 49.84. “We just know that when we get that time, when we get first, we know we can get better at state because we’ll have more competition.”

The squad is anticipating breaking 49 seconds at the meet. Continuous relays at practice is what they said helps them best prepare, in addition to their Kentucky Track and Field Hall of Fame coach Mike McCoy not letting up on them, they laughed.

“It’s out of love and, at the end of the day, it’s effective,” said Johnson Bell. “It works.”

“They’re a pleasure to coach,” said McCoy on the girls’ win. “It’s fun. I enjoy coaching them.”

Denning and Buchanan are also on the 4×200 and 4×400-meter relay teams, along with junior Tarryn Long and senior D’Myia Thornton. Both of those Eastern event teams also grabbed first place at the regional meet with a time of 1:44.05 in the 4×200 and 4:08.37 in the latter. They’re hoping to break the Eastern high school record of 1:43 in the 4×200 at state.

McCoy also noted that he’s more fascinated with the upcoming performance of his girls in those two events.

“We don’t do much workout between now and state,” he added, “but we’re in good position, you know. I’m pleased. We’ve got to run against some Lexington schools, and they’re running tough.”

Not much of a surprise, senior Johnson Bell placed first in both the 100-meter hurdles (14.98) and the 300-meter hurdles (45.94).

“It’s kind of been difficult. It’s kind of a different tempo for me this year,” she admitted.

Last year, she was trying to keep up with North Hardin’s Kianna Gray. Gray, who now runs for the University of Kentucky, won four state titles at last year’s meet: 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 400-meter dash.

“So it’s a little different for me being on top,” continued Johnson Bell with a sincere air of humility, “trying not to get stagnant or just comfortable with getting first. I’m always trying to push myself and better myself and beat my own times. Continuously getting better.”

In total, Eastern took home seven, first-place wins at today’s regional meet for a third-place team finish. Assumption won the team title with 144 points. The Rockets did well in the field events, taking home four, first-place wins in the high jump, triple jump, discus throw, and shot put.

Sacred Heart came in second with 121 points. Oldham County finished with 49 and South Oldham with 37 to round out the top five team finishes.

The Class AAA state meet will be held on May 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the University of Kentucky’s Outdoor Track Complex.

Below is the listing of the top five finishes in each event at today’s meet…

Event 1 Girls 4×800 Meter Relay CLASS 3A
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School Finals
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Finals
1 Assumption 9:38.43
1) Browning, Mckenzie 12 2) Beavin, Sophie 12
3) Grady, Lauryn 10 4) Crawford, Sarah 12
2:25.32 (2:25.32) 4:50.50 (2:25.18) 7:16.04 (2:25.55)

2 Sacred Heart Academy 9:41.65
1) Ducas, Natalie 10 2) Gabriel, Estelle 9
3) Neltner, Lillie 12 4) Schafer, Isabelle 11
2:26.57 (2:26.57) 4:51.20 (2:24.63) 7:18.69 (2:27.50)

3 Louisville Ballard 10:18.93
1) Dugen, Danielle 9 2) Parroco, Mattie 9
3) Renner, Avery 9 4) Shipp, Jordan 9
2:31.78 (2:31.78) 5:04.84 (2:33.07) 7:47.94 (2:43.10)

4 Eastern 10:35.69
1) Burgin, Allison 12 2) Casey, Alex 9
3) Mercer, Carson 10 4) Shoemaker, Jade 12
2:32.23 (2:32.23) 5:10.58 (2:38.36) 7:48.22 (2:37.64)

5 Atherton 10:45.63
1) Gater, Tera 12 2) Genesis, Kalena 10
3) Raney, Emma 11 4) Terhune, Victoria 11
2:41.53 (2:41.53) 5:24.09 (2:42.56)

Event 3 Girls 100 Meter Hurdles CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals H#
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1 Johnson Bell, KeAsia 12 Eastern 14.98 2
2 Gray, Keegan 12 Assumption 17.02 2
3 Piazza, Nina 10 Sacred Heart 18.16 2
4 Cox, Kelsey 11 Oldham Count 18.57 2
5 Pendleton, Sally 10 Sacred Heart 18.82 2

Event 5 Girls 100 Meter Dash CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals H#
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1 Mcdonald, Kaleb 9 Jeffersontow 12.39 3
2 Brown, India 10 South Oldham 12.85 3
3 Moses, Cori 9 Assumption 12.93 3
4 Williams, Shante 11 Louisville B 13.13 3
5 Paul, Makayla 10 Eastern 13.20 3

Event 7 Girls 4×200 Meter Relay CLASS 3A
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School Finals H#
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1 Eastern 1:44.05 2
1) Buchanan, Lauren 11 2) Denning, Jumyia 11
3) Long, Tarryn 11 4) Thornton, D’Myia 12

2 Sacred Heart Academy 1:46.07 2
1) Arnett, Shelby 10 2) Harris, Ashley 9
3) Mishloney, Lilly 9 4) Neltner, Meredith 10

3 Assumption 1:48.92 2
1) Blake, Amelia 12 2) Moore, Taylor 11
3) Wiegel, Emily 11 4) Moakler, Chloe 11

4 Mercy Academy 1:51.58 2
1) Hennis, Olivia 12 2) Young, Olivia 12
3) Barefoot, Julia 10 4) Quire, Faith 9

5 Louisville Ballard 1:52.16 2
1) Johnson, Keiarah 10 2) Mink, Kenna 9
3) Webster, Carolynne 9 4) Williams, Shante 11

Event 9 Girls 1600 Meter Run CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Buechler, Megan 12 Sacred Heart 5:19.65
2 Carrico, Meghan 12 Assumption 5:26.49
3 Crawford, Sarah 12 Assumption 5:26.61
4 Wells, Keely 10 Eastern 5:39.71
5 Hanson, Jerrica 10 South Oldham 5:46.25

Event 11 Girls 4×100 Meter Relay CLASS 3A
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School Finals H#
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1 Eastern 49.84 2
1) Buchanan, Lauren 11 2) Denning, Jumyia 11
3) Johnson Bell, KeAsia 12 4) Paul, Makayla 10

2 Sacred Heart Academy 50.73 2
1) Arnett, Shelby 10 2) Harris, Ashley 9
3) Sivils, Kia 10 4) Erena, Alli 9

3 Jeffersontown 51.14 2
1) Copeland, Ahjayzha 10 2) Harris, Kaly 10
3) Mcdonald, Joppa 9 4) Mcdonald, Kaleb 9

4 Fern Creek 52.01 2
1) Andres, Sashae 10 2) Lado, Jane 12
3) Olayemi, Demi 12 4) Woodard, Persia 12

5 Louisville Ballard 52.36 2
1) Johnson, Keiarah 10 2) Mink, Kenna 9
3) Moore, Jayla 10 4) Williams, Shante 11

Event 13 Girls 400 Meter Dash CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals H#
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1 Thornton, D’Myia 12 Eastern 58.46 3
2 Wiegel, Emily 11 Assumption 58.68 3
3 Mcdonald, Kaleb 9 Jeffersontow 59.92 3
4 Harris, Ashley 9 Sacred Heart 1:00.60 1
5 Hennis, Olivia 12 Mercy Academ 1:01.45 3

Event 15 Girls 300 Meter Hurdles CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals H#
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1 Johnson Bell, KeAsia 12 Eastern 45.94 2
2 Reyna-padilla, Ashley 12 Oldham Count 48.59 2
3 Gray, Keegan 12 Assumption 51.05 2
4 Adams, Aleea 11 Atherton 52.39 2
5 Barefoot, Julia 10 Mercy Academ 53.67 2

Event 17 Girls 800 Meter Run CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Neltner, Lillie 12 Sacred Heart 2:22.74
2 Webb, Haley 11 South Oldham 2:25.52
3 Gibson, Rachel 10 Oldham Count 2:26.65
4 Beavin, Sophie 12 Assumption 2:27.28
5 Carrico, Meghan 12 Assumption 2:28.35

Event 19 Girls 200 Meter Dash CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals H#
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1 Buchanan, Lauren 11 Eastern 25.49 3
2 Mcdonald, Kaleb 9 Jeffersontow 25.89 3
3 Denning, Jumyia 11 Eastern 26.38 3
4 Brown, India 10 South Oldham 26.67 3
5 Moses, Cori 9 Assumption 26.87 3

Event 21 Girls 3200 Meter Run CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Searcy, Hallie 11 South Oldham 11:30.34
2 Crawford, Sarah 12 Assumption 11:42.24
3 Larkin, Sydney 12 Assumption 11:44.52
4 Buechler, Megan 12 Sacred Heart 11:59.35
5 Renner, Avery 9 Louisville B 12:18.21

Event 23 Girls 4×400 Meter Relay CLASS 3A
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School Finals H#
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1 Eastern 4:08.37 2
1) Buchanan, Lauren 11 2) Denning, Jumyia 11
3) Long, Tarryn 11 4) Thornton, D’Myia 12

2 Sacred Heart Academy 4:09.37 2
1) Arnett, Shelby 10 2) Ducas, Natalie 10
3) Neltner, Lillie 12 4) Neltner, Meredith 10

3 Oldham County 4:09.59 2
1) Despain, Josie 8 2) Gibson, Rachel 10
3) McMurchie, Sarah 12 4) Reyna-padilla, Ashley 12

4 Assumption 4:10.18 2
1) Grady, Lauryn 10 2) Wiegel, Emily 11
3) Browning, Mckenzie 12 4) Moakler, Chloe 11

5 Mercy Academy 4:30.81 2
1) Quire, Faith 9 2) Barefoot, Julia 10
3) Young, Olivia 12 4) Hennis, Olivia 12

Event 25 Girls Shot Put CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Lancaster, Rachel 12 Assumption 38-00.25
36-02 36-05 38-00.25 33-04 FOUL 37-01.75
2 Smith, Courtney 11 Sacred Heart 33-09.75
33-08.75 32-04 32-07 31-09.75 31-05 29-08
3 White, Diamond 12 Atherton 32-08.25
28-10 30-07 32-08.25 FOUL 30-03.50 28-09
4 Wilson, Brittany 11 Louisville B 32-03.50
31-05 30-07.25 32-03.50 30-06 28-07.25 28-03.75
5 Scott, Cierra 10 Sacred Heart 30-08.25
30-08.25 FOUL FOUL 27-09 30-00.25 30-06

Event 27 Girls Discus Throw CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Lancaster, Rachel 12 Assumption 134-02
118-05 115-05 110-00 123-06 134-02 FOUL
2 White, Diamond 12 Atherton 92-09
FOUL 80-11 92-09 91-00 FOUL FOUL
3 Bryant, Thai 12 Sacred Heart 84-03
84-03 FOUL 65-02 68-07 74-00 79-11
4 Roper, Savanna 10 Louisville B 80-02
74-02 76-03 FOUL 80-02 FOUL 78-11
5 Bent, Taylor 12 South Oldham 75-05
75-05 74-10 74-05 56-04 FOUL 53-09

Event 29 Girls Long Jump CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 McMurchie, Sarah 12 Oldham Count 16-00.50
15-10.50 14-05 15-07 FOUL 15-09.50 16-00.50
2 O’Dea, Molly 12 Assumption 15-09.00
14-08.50 14-06 14-08 15-04 15-09 15-09
3 Quire, Faith 9 Mercy Academ 15-01.00
14-07 FOUL 14-06 14-01.50 14-00 15-01
4 Sterling, Grace 10 South Oldham 14-11.00
FOUL 14-06.50 14-10.50 14-11 14-05.50 13-00
5 Moses, Cori 9 Assumption 14-10.00
14-01.75 14-10 14-08.50 FOUL FOUL FOUL

Event 31 Girls Triple Jump CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 O’Dea, Molly 12 Assumption 36-09.00
35-10 FOUL 35-02.50 35-05 36-09 36-04
2 McMurchie, Sarah 12 Oldham Count 35-05.50
33-11.50 34-08 34-08.50 34-05 35-02.50 35-05.50
3 Hennis, Olivia 12 Mercy Academ 33-10.00
33-10 32-09 31-05 31-01 31-06.50 32-03.50
4 Sivils, Kia 10 Sacred Heart 33-09.50
32-05 31-00.50 31-02 32-03 33-00.50 33-09.50
5 Dumstorf, Kimberly 12 Assumption 30-11.00
29-06 29-05 30-07 29-05 30-05 30-11

Event 33 Girls High Jump CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Smith, Myia 10 Sacred Heart 5-00.00
4-00 4-02 4-04 4-06 4-08 4-10 5-00 5-02
P P O O XXO O O XXX
2 Despain, Josie 8 Oldham Count J5-00.00
4-00 4-02 4-04 4-06 4-08 4-10 5-00 5-02
O O O O O O XO XXX
2 Scott, Cierra 10 Sacred Heart J5-00.00
4-00 4-02 4-04 4-06 4-08 4-10 5-00 5-02
P P P O O O XO XXX
4 Just, Abbey 11 Mercy Academ 4-08.00
4-00 4-02 4-04 4-06 4-08 4-10
O O O O O XXX
4 Bruns, Kara 10 Assumption 4-08.00
4-00 4-02 4-04 4-06 4-08 4-10
P P O O O XXX

Event 35 Girls Pole Vault CLASS 3A
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Name Year School Finals
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1 Bruns, Kara 10 Assumption 9-03.00
6-00 6-06 7-00 7-06 8-00 8-06 9-00 9-03 9-06
P P P P O O XO XO XXX
2 Schano, Sydney 11 Sacred Heart 8-06.00
6-00 6-06 7-00 7-06 8-00 8-06 9-00
P P P P O O XXX
3 Coleman, Bridget 10 Assumption 7-00.00
6-00 6-06 7-00 7-06
P O XO XXX
4 Crumbo, Mikayla 9 Sacred Heart 6-06.00
6-00 6-06 7-00
O O XXX