LEXINGTON, Ky – Early storms did not stop the KHSAA Class 1A state athletics championship on the University of Kentucky campus, when Bishop Brossart claimed the women’s championship while Holy Cross claimed the men’s team title.
In addition to the team championships, there was a plethora of notable individual efforts.
Reese Ragland and Alexandra Allen led the Louisville Collegiate to third place in Thursday’s competition. The pair won a combined total of four individual state titles and contributed to the Collegiate team’s 54-point ranking, behind Bishop Brossart (87) and Somerset (67).
Reese Ragland won his first state crown of the day in the 1600 meters with a time of 5: 16.54. She commanded the first stage and beat Bishop Brossart’s Olivia Holbrook (5:16.91) at the finish line.
“My goal was just to be at the top, and I was a little behind the time I wanted, but I was still really happy that I came out and won,” said Ragland.
Ragland took his second state title victory in the 800 meter encounter. The junior collegiate won the event handily with a time of 2:20.43, beating Bishop’s Holbrook (2:23.68) once again.
Louisville Collegiate eighth grader Alexandra Allen has won two state championships, winning the 400 meters at 58.44 and beating Paris’s Briley Cline in the 200 meters with a time of 25.69.
Allen also anchored in the 4×400 and made up for a 50 meter deficit to put a close second behind Bishop Brossart’s Hannah Kramer.
“Actually, it was kind of funny when we were both waiting for the bat, [Kramer] looked at me and said, ‘Please don’t pick me up,’ “said Allen after the 4×400.” I told her this was the plan. I knew I helped her with that. Pushing the competition pushes me. “
A relatively new face on the boys’ side of Collegiate teams was Reese Ragland’s cousin Woodford Ragland, who won the state high jump title in his first season of athletics. A member of the Amazons basketball team, Woodford Ragland was added late to the athletics team and had only a few weeks to train before the state tournament.
He set a personal record in his regional high jump qualifying competition (5’8), and set another personal record in Thursday’s championship competition by achieving a high jump of 6’0.
“The coach has placed a lot of trust in me this week. He told me I could do that and he made me believe, and you can’t do that if you don’t believe in yourself,” Ragland said. “I didn’t really have any pressure here. Everything I do will be a PR for me. I’ve never jumped before, alright, and hopefully I’ll just work on my technique going forward. ”
Bishop Brossart controlled the 4×800 relay while the quartet of Olivia Holbrook, Amy Klocke, Lia Callahan and Claire Curtsinger led the race through the four stages. Claire Curtsinger led for 100 yards as she crossed the finish line with Beechwood and Kentucky Country Day following in second and third. Bishop finished with a winning time of 10:01.04.
Krista Perry of Morgan County broke the Class A record in the 100 meter hurdles that culminated in her senior year.
“Being able to break this record means a lot because I’ve been working at it for probably four years now, and just fulfilling one of my big dreams like this is very exciting for me,” Perry said.
Perry also won a state title in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 46.22.
“I’m really pleased with the way the day went and, to end my high school career with a day like this, I think it was great,” she said.
The Somerset girls led the show jumping, taking the team to second place with 36 of their 67 points.
Kendall Burgess of Somerset collected state titles in the long jump and triple jump, while teammate Emily Ham took third place in the triple jump. Lexie Herndon and Grace Burgess took third and fifth place in the high jump event.
The Santa Cruz boys battled head to head with Bishop Brossart before taking home the team title with 55 points.
Holy Cross’s DK Schnieders and Josh Meiman of the Holy Cross finished first and second in the 3200 meters, and Schnieders joined Jackson Gawarecki, Triston Key and Josh Meiman to claim the 4×800 victory. The quartet easily overcame Trimble County and Beechwood in 8:15.28 with Meiman leading by nearly 100 yards on the final lap.
Bishop Brossart’s Tyler Twehues, Eli Thompson, Carson Schirmer and Mick Clines all clocked 1:31:30 to claim the 4×200 relay title, and Jayden Thorpe, Prentiss Alford, Lionel Taylor Jr. and Malik Blunt of Fort Knox won the 4×100 relay in 44, 75 seconds.
After a brief time delay, Bishop Brossart concluded the encounter with his 4×400 victory in 3:31.23. The team finished ahead of Green Country and Lexington Christian, with Mick Clines beating Shaun Ware from Lexington Christian to take the lead in the final hand. The team was second, with 53 points behind Holy Cross’s 55. Fort Knox followed in third with 44.
This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Bishop Brossart, Santa Cruz claimed KHSAA Class 1A athletics championships