Paced by a pair of individual state titles from Khalil Maynard and another title from Jordan Gibbs-Francis, Fort Campbell won its third state track title in the past five years winning the Kentucky 1A state championship on Saturday at Owsley Frazier Cardinals Park on the University of Louisville campus.
Along with three individual state titles, the Falcons also won the 4×400 state title with a time of 3:26.81, took second in the 4×100 and fifth in the 4×200.
Maynard won state titles in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 14.77 and 38.37, respectively. Maynard’s time in the 300 meter hurdles was a new state record.
“We had those individuals have great meets, but it was really a team effort,” Fort Campbell assistant coach Nate Moore said. “We had just about everyone contribute with meaningful team points and that’s what it takes to win state titles. It’s the kids who finish second, third or fourth, along with the kids who win state championships.”
Gibbs-Francis won the 400 meter run with a time of 48.57. Gibbs-Francis also took third in the 200 meter dash with a 22.15. Gibbs-Francis missed a state record in the 400 meters by two-tenths of a second.
In the field events, David Sahms was second in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6.
Fort Campbell finished with 78 team points, while St. Henry was a distance second with 55.50 points. Green County took third place, followed by Murray and Newport Central Catholic.
“We’re proud of the kids because this is our goal every year,” Moore said. “We don’t set goals to win region championships. We set our goal to win the state every year and that’s what the kids expect to doI think when you set your standard that high and shoot for it you often reach those heights.”
Fort Campbell’s girls track team finished sixth overall paced by a fourth-place finish in the 4×100 meter relay.
The Falcons won state track titles in 2009 and 2010.