Trinity’s Trevor Warren reached his goal in the final meters of the Class 3-A Region Four 3200-meter run Wednesday night at Assumption.
Then he decided he wanted more.
Warren, a sophomore, passed South Oldham’s Cole Dowdy for second place in the race, and with about 200 meters to go, he saw Dowdy’s brother, Tanner, within in striking distance.
“I just had complete faith in my kick, and I knew that I could get him,” Warren said.
Warren did just that, passing Tanner Dowdy in the final steps to claim the race, and with it, the Shamrocks clinched the boys team title. Warren’s performance even impressed his coach.
“I’ve been coaching for 26 years, and I’ve just never seen a race like that kind of kick like that in a 3200,” said Mike Magre. “I was just really amazed. I’m just overwhelmed. He’s a great competitor. He’s got a great heart, and of course the Dowdys are super runners, but that was just one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen.”
While Trinity outlasted Ballard 138.5-123 for the boys’ title, host Assumption beat out Sacred Heart for the girls crown 144-121 despite missing one of its top runners.
The Shamrocks won the regional not just because of Warren, but because they took six individual events and relays. Jacob Burnam won the 1600 meters for Trinity, and got them to big starts in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. In the field events, Caleb Costin easily took the discus with a throw of 132-5, while Dekaleb Thomas won the high jump, clearing six feet and beating Fern Creek’s Chris Jolliffi on a tiebreaker.
Ballard showed its dominance in the dashes. Augustine Tugbe took the 100, with Alex Carvajal finishing second. Carvajal edged teammate Collin Brown in the 200 by .05 seconds, while Brown claimed the 400. The Bruins also took the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.
Assumption didn’t win an individual race, but took the 4×800 relay and won four field events to earn the title. It also had to race without Taylor Allen, who usually runs the 300 meter hurdles and relays, due to recurring shin splints. Rockets coach Barry Haworth said that gave his girls a little motivation.
“A lot of what we tried to do tonight was to go out and do well for her,” Haworth said. “Because she wanted to be running, and she couldn’t. So the girls stepped up.”
Among the outstanding individuals on the girls side was Eastern’s KeAsia Johnson-Bell. The senior, who will run for Eastern Kentucky next year, got off to a strong start in the 100-meter hurdles. She led by one hurdle midway through the race and pulled away, winning by more than two seconds. She also claimed the 300-meter hurdles and ran the third leg of the Lady Eagles’ winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
Johnson-Bell thinks she can do even better as she gears up for the state meet in Lexington because she’s just now overcoming a sciatic nerve injury a month ago.
“I was out of track for about two whole weeks, so I am working on getting that tempo back up,” she said.
The top two in each event automatically qualify for the state meet, which will be held at the University of Kentucky on May 28.