The Corbin girls and Southwestern boys were winners in the season-opening track meet for regional teams at Knox Central High School.
The Harlan County girls had the strongest showing locally by placing sixth. The Harlan County boys finished ninth.
“I’m proud of our kids. We’ve been working hard trying to build this program for the past few seasons, and you can most definitely see a difference in our team,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “We’ve vastly improved in sprint and field events from previous years, which has been a weakness for us. We still have a way to go, and a lot of tweaks to make, but I like the direction we’re heading.”
Harlan placed ninth in the girls team competition, led by sophomore Mackenzie King, who won both the shot put and discus.
Harlan finished eighth in the boys competition, led by junior Trent McKenzie, who won the high jump with a leap of 5-10.
Kali Nolan, a junior, led Harlan County as she placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and was part of several relay teams that also placed in the top five, including the 400-relay team where she teamed with Samantha Howard, Katelyn Johnson and Phebe McHargue to finish third. The 200-meter relay team of Nolan, Johnson, Reanna Middleton and McHargue placed fourth.
McHargue, a freshman, also had a big day for the Lady Bears as she placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and was on several relay teams that placed in the top five.
The 800-meter relay team of Howard, Allison Cornett, Jordan Blevins and Katie Graham finished fourth. The 100-meter relay team was also fourth, but the runners were not listed.
Harlan’s Thomas Morgan was fourth in the shot put and teammate Noah Busroe was fifth in the 100-meter dash.