The Harlan County boys and girls each finished fourth in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference meet last week at Knox Central.
Williamsburg and Corbin tied for the girls championship with 187 points each. Knox Central was third with 106.50 points, followed by Harlan County with 90.50, Middlesboro with 38, Harlan with 35, Pineville with 24, Bell County with 15 and Clay County with nine.
Knox Central won the boys championship with 188 points, followed by Corbin with 155, Williamsburg with 96, Harlan County with 80, Harlan with 48, Bell County with 47, Middlesboro with 25, Clay County with 18, Pineville with 10 and Lynn Camp with three.
“I’m very proud of these kids tonight,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “Where we’ve come from in the last three seasons has been remarkable. We were in the bottom of the SEKC the first season, and we were in contention on both sides early to mid meet tonight. We’re getting there; we’ve definitely improved as a program and our future is very bright.
“We had another school record fall in the girls 4×4, and the boys 4×1 was very close to breaking the school record. It’s good to see all these kids making a push to get better. It’s very rewarding to witness it. Now it’s time to get ourselves focused on the district and regional championships in the next two weeks.”
The HCHS girls had another strong showing in the relay events as K.K. Johnson, Phebe McHargue, Reanna Middleton and Kali Nolan teamed to play third in the both the 100- and 200-meter races.
Samantha Howard, Allison Cornett, Katie Graham and Taylor Rowe teamed to place second in the 800-meter relay.
Howard, McHargue, Johnson and Nolan placed second in the 400-meter race.
McHargue finished third in the 100-meter dash.
Allison Cornett placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
Howard was fourth in the 400-meter race and fifth in the 800-meter run.
Johnson was fifth in the 400-meter run.
Nolan was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Middleton was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Grace Dean placed fourth in the shot put, and Madison Blanton was fifth in the high jump.
Mackenzie King led Harlan at the SEKC meet, winning in both the shot put and discus.
Emma Bianchi was fifth in the high jump and the 100-meter dash.
The team of Austin Adams, Tylor Scearse, Hunter Owens and Dalton Shepherd placed third in the 200-meter relay and fourth in the 100-meter relay.
Alex Lewis, Cody Howard, James Dean and Zach Hunting were fourth in the 800-meter relay.
Josh Lee, Dalton Shepherd, Hunting and Howard teamed to place fourth in the 400-meter relay.
Kyton Joseph was third in the long jump and fourth in the high jump.
Adams was fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Jake Bush finished fourth in the shot put.
Alex Lewis was fifth in the 1,600-meter run.
Seth Sanders was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Trent McKenzie led the Harlan boys by placing second in the high jump.
John Brady Brock placed third in the 110-meter hurdles.
Noah Busroe was fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Brock, Busroe, Caleb Adkins and Kilian Ledford teamed to place fourth in the 200-meter relay. Brock, Adkins, Busroe and Carter Barnes were fifth in the 100-meter relay.
Tate Bryson, Barnes, Peyton Dillman and Story Miller placed fifth in the 800-meter relay.
Thomas Morgan finished fifth in the shot put.
Barnes was fifth in the high jump.
Miller finished fifth in the pole vault.