One North Oldham track & field team’s regional reign continued, while another one ended Wednesday night.
The Mustangs’ girls team, the two-time defending state champions, won its fifth Class 2A, Region 3 title in a row at Christian Academy of Louisville. North’s boys team wasn’t as lucky, though.
Shelby County dethroned the Mustangs, who had won the last two regional championships, to take home the first-place trophy in a meet that was pushed back a day by weather.
The top two finishers in each event advance to the state meet, but others may advance if they achieve qualifying times or standards. The Class 2A meet will start at 4:30 p.m. May 27 at UK.
North Oldham dominated the girls competition, winning 10 of the 18 events, finishing with 191 points.
“It’s very exciting my senior year to go out with a bang,” Erin Edmundson said. “I’m just ready to head for state and see what our team can do.”
Edmundson won the 800-and 1,600-meter runs and anchored the Mustangs’ victorious 1,600 relay team.
“I think it’s a good jump start, a good little confidence boost to go into state,” Edmundson said.
Fellow senior Paige Didier won the high jump and long jump for North Oldham. The Mustangs’ other triumphs came from junior Raquel LaRocca (triple jump), senior Heather Klusman (pole vault) and freshmen Sophie Lossin (100 hurdles), Bethany Pyle (300 hurdles) and Hannah Binzer (400).
“We lost a lot of girls last year, but we’ve had a lot of freshmen come up and just fill those spots, which I’m really grateful for, so I’m just ready to see us go out and give it all we’ve got,” Edmundson said. “The goal is to win.”
Collins junior Gabby Karas, an eight-time state champion in track, did not compete in the meet. Titans coach Sean Roberts said Karas, who missed the state cross country meet with shin splints, contracted mono and then was involved in a car accident in an “unlucky” spring.
In the boys’ competition, Shelby County won six events and had runner-up finishes in four others to claim its first regional title in recent memory, compiling 148 points.
“It means a lot,” Rockets coach Nick Edwards said. “We’ve put in a lot of work. The kids have really, really worked all season for this.
“Across the board, for the most part, we had really good performances all night. We had (personal records) all over the place.”
Shelby County’s victories came in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays. The quartet of Cole Meredith, Walker McDonald, Michael Perry and Brandon Davis teamed up in the first two relays before Davis and Meredith combined with Luke Brown and Devon Mantilla to win the final race of the night (the 1,600 relay).
The Rockets also received first-place finishes from freshman Nathan Jacobs in the discus and victories from junior Kyrien Stone in the long jump and triple jump.
“This is my first year and I never thought I’d make it this far,” Stone said. “I really didn’t like track at first. I’m a soccer player, but apparently playing soccer and track goes together.”