With the state meet one month away, the Central High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams appear poised to make runs at Class 2-A crowns. Both are No. 1 in the KYTrackXC.com rankings. The boys finished fourth and the girls second in last year’s state meet.
“I believe we’re right there, but right now we don’t really know what’s going to happen because we haven’t run against anybody in 2-A,” Central girls’ coach Chico Underwood said. “There are a lot of good teams out there, so we never take anything for granted.”
The Central girls are led by senior Demondrea Starnes, who is ranked No. 1 in the long jump and triple jump. Sophomore Jaylyn Johnson is top-ranked in the 300-meter hurdles, and the 800 and 1,600 relay teams both are No. 1. Senior Maya Spalding is No. 3 in the 300 hurdles and No. 6 in the 100 hurdles. Both Starnes and Spalding have committed to Northern Kentucky University.
The Central boys are led by senior Jaz Hayes, No. 1 in the 400 and No. 2 in both the 100 and 200. He has committed to Loyola University in Chicago.
Senior Keith Smith is ranked No. 1 in the triple jump and No. 4 in the long jump. Senior Anthony Thompson is No. 3 in the triple jump, No. 6 in the long jump and No. 5 in the 300 hurdles. Smith and Thompson have signed with Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
Both Central teams will compete in Saturday’s Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational at 1 p.m. at St. Xavier.
Here are the complete state rankings from KYTrackXC.com:
1. North Hardin, 2. Bryan Station, 3. St. Xavier, 4. Male, 5. Butler, 6. Apollo, 7. Eastern, 8. Ballard, 9. Trinity, 10. Henry Clay.
1. Central, 2. Rowan County, 3. Lexington Catholic, 4. Highlands, 5. Mercer County, 6. Mason County, 7. Paducah Tilghman, 8. Union County, 9. Bullitt East, 10. Christian Academy.
1. Fort Campbell, 2. Murray, 3. St. Henry, 4. Newport Central Catholic, 5. Bishop Brossart, 6. Green County, 7. Louisville Holy Cross, 8. Somerset, 9. Bardstown, 10. Glasgow.
1. North Hardin, 2. Manual, 3. Assumption, 4. Male, 5. Sacred Heart, 6. Bowling Green, 7. Waggener, 8. Scott County, 9. Boone County, 10. Bryan Station.
1. Central, 2. Western Hills, 3. North Oldham, 4. Franklin County, 5. Paducah Tilghman, 6. Madison Southern, 7. Boyle County, 8. Lexington Catholic, 9. Russell County, 10. Christian Academy.
1. St. Henry, 2. Newport Central Catholic, 3. Bishop Brossart, 4. Fairview, 5. Fort Campbell, 6. Murray, 7. Walton-Verona, 8. Louisville Holy Cross, 9. Richmond Model, 10. Somerset.
Anderson County, Franklin County, LaRue County and Notre Dame were chosen as the at-large basketball teams for next year’s girls’ Louisville Invitational Tournament, set for Jan. 28-Feb. 1.
Anderson County and Notre Dame both reached the semifinals of the state tournament this year, with Notre Dame falling to Marion County in the final.
LaRue County will feature two of the state’s top players in Ivy Brown (Class of 2014) and Alexis Brewer (2015). Franklin County was 23-11 last season, reaching the 11th Region Tournament semifinals.
The 12 Louisville-area teams for the LIT will be determined by the first Litkenhous Ratings of the season.
* DeSales senior James Davenport threw a no-hitter Saturday in a 2-0 victory over Madisonville-North Hopkins. He struck out nine and missed a perfect game because of a dropped third strike in the second inning.
DeSales will host rival Holy Cross at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with all alumni of DeSales, Bishop David, Angela Merici and Holy Cross invited. Alumni will be provided a buffet meal and fellowship area.
* Mike Brumfield has been named golf coach at Trinity, replacing Steven Tompkins. Brumfield played for Elizabethtown High and Morehead State, where he is in the athletic Hall of Fame.
* The Male baseball team will host the Earl Driskell Memorial Invitational on Saturday. The schedule: Male vs. Whitefield, noon; Whitefield vs. South Oldham, 2:30 p.m.; South Oldham vs. Male, 5.
* Assumption announced the signings and commitments of 15 seniors: London Ackermann (volleyball, Georgia Tech), Katie Friedrich (basketball, Lindsey Wilson), Kaelin Grimes (volleyball, Western Kentucky), Brandy Hunter (basketball, Spalding), Kelsey Kaiser (basketball/soccer, Spalding), Erin Keifer (field hockey, Centre), Audra Kinney (field hockey, Holy Cross), Abbie Mather (tennis, Belmont), Hailey Netherton (field hockey, Louisville), Sara Nicolas (field hockey, Central Michigan), Kylie Noltemeyer (rowing, Louisville), Brandy Orth-Becker (track and field/soccer, Centre), Taylor Paulson (volleyball, Saint Louis), Morgan Riggs (soccer, Kentucky) and Dee Dee Sliter (basketball, Spalding).
* Butler senior Aareon Smith committed to play basketball at Kennesaw State.
* Kentucky Country Day senior kicker David Holtgrave will be a preferred walk-on for the Vanderbilt football team, coach Matt Jones said.