The Harlan County Lady Bears extended their win streak to three by capturing the Harlan County Coal Miners Memorial Invitational title on Friday, setting three school records in the process.
I’m very proud of our teams,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “You can see definite growth in our program in the last couple of years and I’m really happy for all of them. They took some lumps the first two years, and they deserve some success.
“It’s obviously a special night when you break three school records. That group of girls have been tremendous this season, and I expect they’ll continue to get better. “
The Lady Bears’ foursome of Katelyn Johnson, Phebe McHargue, Reanna Middleton and Kali Nolan won the 200-meter relay with a time of 1:58.22 and won the 400-meter relay with a time of 4:40.31. They finished second in the 100-meter relay.
Harlan County finished with 128 points to win the team competition, 17 points ahead of Knott Central. Knox Central was third with 99 points, followed by Leslie County (85), Letcher Central (64), Bell County (49), Harlan (48), Middlesboro (44), Whitley County (37) and Red Bird (25).
Nolan brought home another first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, with a time of 53:46. Jordan Daniels was third in the 300-meter hurdles.
Allison Cornett had a big day for HCHS by winning the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:48.06. Taylor Rowe was fifth.
Cornett placed second in the 1,600-meter run.
McHargue was third in the 100-meter dash.
Jordan Daniels was third in the 100-meter hurdles, one spot ahead of Middleton.
Samantha Howard placed fourth in the 800-meter run.
The 800-meter relay team of Rowe, Cornett, Katie Graham and Howard placed second.
Madison Blanton was second in the high jump. Kassydee Owens was fifth.
Blanton was second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
Mackenzie King led Harlan by placing first in the shot put at 32-03.-00 and second in the discus.
Emma Bianchi won the high jump at 5-02.00.
Natalee King was second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the high jump.
Bethany Day was fifth in the discus.
The Harlan County boys placed fourth and the Harlan boys were seventh. Knox Central won the team competition with 149.5 points, only 3.5 points ahead of Leslie County. Whitley County was third with 139 points, followed by HCHS (85), Bell County (45.5), Letcher Central (33), Harlan (31), Middlesboro (25), Clay County (23) and Red Bird (17).
Tylor Scearse captured the only first place for the HCHS boys, winning the long jump at 17-11.50. Kyton Joseph was second.
Dalton Shepherd placed fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Jared Lewis and James Dean finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run and in the 3,200-meter run.
Willie Doan took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Jake Casolari was fourth in the discus.
The HCHS team of Hunter Owens, Austin Adams, Shepherd and Scearse were fourth in the 100-meter relay.
Shepherd, Scearse, Adams and Owens were fourth in the 200-meter relay.
Dean, Zach Hunting, Alex Lewis and Cody Howard were fourth in the 800-meter relay.
I’m really excited for our boys program,” Vitatoe said. “We’ve come such a long way in the last year, and it’s great to see these guys starting to win events, and watch their confidence grow. It’s been a really special season so far, but we still have work to do.
“I’d like to also thank all my team parents and volunteers who work incredibly hard to make things go so well. I’m incredibly blessed as a coach to have the parental support we have. Our meets run so smoothly because of them.”
Trent McKenzie led Harlan as he won the high jump with a leap of 6-00.00.
Thomas Morgan placed second in the shot put.
John Brady Brock was third in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Lady Bears won a meet earlier in the week at Bell County, finishing with 100 points.
Knox Central was second with 72 points, followed by Bell County with 66, Middlesboro with 42 and Pineville with 27.
Knox Central won the boys competition with 148 points. Harlan County was second with 83, followed by Bell County with 38, Pineville with 14 and Middlesboro with 11.
The relay team of McHargue, Middleton, Johnson and Nolan took first in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races.
Nolan was first in the 300-meter hurdles.
Howard was first in the 400-meter dash.
Cornett was first in the 3,200-meter run.
Blanton won the long jump.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134