Kentucky State Track and Field Championships; Murray High heads into today quite confident | high schools

MURRAY – Murray High track and field teams will be in Lexington today for the KHSAA Class A Track and Field Championship.

Head coach Krysten Sebby’s Murray High teams will include 11 girls competing in 14 events and 14 boys vying for a state title in 12 different events at the University of Kentucky.

The Tigers contingent for the state meet will feature the No. 1 seed in three different events and the top three seeds in five others. Murray High’s boys’ and girls’ teams in the 4×200 meter relay are favored to win the state championships, while the boys also won the top seed in the 4×100.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Tigers earned a third seed in the 4x100m, long jump and high jump, as well as a second seed in the discus. The boys will have the three top seeds in the pole vault to accompany their favorite relay teams.

The Lady Tigers will be led by four seniors as Hollis Bourque, Kynzlee Fox, Farris Howard and Jade Oakley will all complete their time at Murray High in the state championship encounter. Joining the seniors will be a youth movement that includes a seventh grader, an eighth grader, three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior.

The 4×200 team of Hollis Bourque, Canyon Bourque, Jenna Turley and Kaydence Kindle enters the competition as the favorites to win a state title. The quartet will then turn to the 4×100. Hollis Bourque will also compete in the 100 and 200 meter events.

Seventh grader Layla Green qualified to represent Murray High in the 100 and 300 hurdles, as well as the long jump, but cannot compete due to a scheduling conflict. Kindle, another seventh-grader, will compete in the long jump and high jump for the Lady Tigers, while eighth-grader Jade Green was automatically qualified in the 3200.

Jade Green will be joined by Allie Vonnahme, Tatum Faulkner and Leah Jenkins in the 4×800 and Jenkins will compete in the 800 individual. Fox will challenge for the pole vault title and Oakley will close out his decorated career in the shot put and discus.

Murray High’s men’s team includes eight seniors. Caleb Cauley, Luke Cross, Mason Grant, Keaton McCoy, Will Mitchum, Chase Renick, Rowdy Sokolowski and Cameron Youngblood will all finish their athletic careers at Murray High competing for a state championship.

Cross and Renick will team up with Jimmy Kjellberg and Luke Tompkins for the 4×800. McCoy will then battle for the 110 hurdles crown, followed by performances in the 300 hurdles and 4×400. Cauley, Kjellberg and Guervenson Binfield-Smith will team up with McCoy in the 4×400.

Binfield-Smith, a seventh grader, will also compete in the 800 individual. Sokolowski and Youngblood will form the best pair in the state in the pole vault, while Mitchum will throw the discus.

The Tigers will be well represented in the sprints. Grant and Xavier Biggers qualified as individuals in the 100 and 200 respectively. The pair of sprinters will also team up with Kainoa Olive and Christian Seavers as the #1 overall ranked 4×100 and 4×200 teams.

Playing on the big stage shouldn’t be a problem for either team at Murray High. Sebby has the luxury of having multiple athletes with state championship experience. Biggers, Cauley, Cross, McCoy, Seavers, Sokolowski and Youngblood have all been there before for the men’s team. Hollis Bourque, Farris Howard, Leah Jenkins and Allie Vonnahme bring state championship experience to the women’s team.

“We have a good mix of younger and senior athletes competing (today), which is great for the program,” Sebby said. “I’m very excited and anxious for the 4×100 and 4×200 girls and boys as well as our seniors to do something special for themselves at their last state championship.”

The Tigers will begin the competition at 9 a.m. today.

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