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Four defending champions among local qualifiers for Class 1A state track and field meet

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Bellevue sprinter Seth Evans

Four of the six Northern Kentucky athletes who won individual events at last year’s Class 1A state track and field meet will be going for the gold once again on Thursday at the University of Kentucky.

Based on results from last week’s regional meets, the four returning state champions are among the top-seeded qualifiers for the Class 1A season finale that will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Class 2A state meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday with Class 3A competition at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Newport Central Catholic freshman Abby Jones is the defending Class 1A state champion in the girls 1600 run. In last week’s regional meet, she posted the top state qualifying time in that event as well as the 3200 run.

The list of returning champions in the boys small-school state meet includes Bellevue senior Seth Evers in the 100 and 200 dashes, Walton-Verona senior Seth Lawson in the 110 and 300 hurdles and St. Henry junior Logan Blaut in the pole vault.

Last year, Evers placed first in the 100 and 200 to become the first Northern Kentucky athlete to win both sprint events in the same state meet since 1993. He’ll enter Thursday’s competition as the top qualifier in the 200 and 400 events and the No. 2 seed in the 100.

Lawson is seeded No. 1 in the 110 hurdles and No. 4 in the 300 hurdles. Blaut earned the top seed in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches in regional competition.

Local athletes have the top qualifying times in a total of 16 Class 1A events, two Class 2A events and zero Class 3A events. Here’s a complete listing based on KHSAA state meet performance listings:

4 x 800 relay — Walton-Verona 10:09.59
4 x 200 relay — Newport Central Catholic 1:47.72
1600 run — Abby Jones (NewCath) 5:26.78
4 x 100 relay — Newport Central Catholic 51.19
300 hurdles — Caroline Schilling (Beechwood) 48.36
3200 run — Abby Jones (NewCath) 12:20.80
4 x 400 relay — St. Henry 4:12.16
High jump — Bailey Hall (NewCath) 5-2

4 x 800 relay — St. Henry 8:22.77
110 hurdles — Luke Lawson (Walton-Verona) 14.96
400 dash — Seth Evers (Bellevue) 50.23
300 hurdles — Jordan Moore (Brossart) 40.83
200 dash — Seth Evers (Bellevue) 22.58
4 x 400 relay — St. Henry 3:31.31
High jump — Trey Bonne (Walton-Verona) 6-4
Pole vault — Logan Blaut (St. Henry) 13-6

800 run — Brady Savannah (Highlands) 2:18.54

100 dash — Nick Veneman (Highlands) 10.88


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