Published 2:38 pm Friday, May 31, 2019

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By Cindy Reilly
For The Jessamine Journal
East Jessamine High School track and field, qualified a total of 18 athletes for state at the Class 2A Region 5 track meet at Boyle County High School May 21.
The boys took third place and the girls took seventh place. Nine boys and nine girls qualified for Class 2A state meet that will be held Friday at the UK Track & Field Complex.
“We look forward to the state track meet. I know our seniors will continue to lead us as they have all year and we hope to add some more medal to what we got last year in the trophy hall,” says head coach Gene Cahill.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for state. In addition, the state then qualifies the next 10 overall best times, heights and/or distances, etc., across the state in all events and those athletes also qualify.
Class 2A Region 5 is considered one of the top regions in the state. It is home to last years boys and girls 2A State Champions, Boyle County High School and the runner up State Champion for both 2A boys and girls, Mercer County High School.
Boys Qualifiers
Zion Morgan — 110 meter hurdles, first 15.44 and 300-meter hurdles, third 41.42:
Dylan Moore — 300 meter hurdles first, 40.54 and 110 meter hurdles third 15.90
Cole Rankin — 400-meter run, second, 51.48
Preston Sagastegui — 800-meter run, 4th, 2:06.98
In addition three of the boys’ relay teams qualified:
Austin Mcmillan, Turner McHolan, Dylan Moore and Cole Rankin, 4×200-meter relay, second, 1:35.88
Cole Rankin, Gary Adams, Preston Sagastegui and Zion Morgan, 4×400 meter relay, second 3:34.11
Gary Adams, Garan Fields, Evan Watts and Preston Sagastegui 4×800-meter relay, fifth, 9:09.14
Girls Qualifiers
Melanie Orlicka long jump, fourth, 15ft and shot put, fifth place 33ft.8inches
Victoria Linnick 300meter hurdles 4th 50.34 and 100-meter hurdles 6th 17.72
Reece Evans triple jump 7th place 30ft9inches
Qualifying Relay teams:
Jameka Campbell, Ma’Lonn Holcomb, Amaya Higgins, and Aimee Hagins 4 x 100-meter relay third 51.34;
Jocelyn Salazar, Jada Mckinney, Amaya Higgins, and Aimee Hagins — 4×200-meter relay, third, 1:51.20;
Jocelyn Salazar, Victoria Linnik, Reece Evans and Aimee Hagins — 4 x 400-meter relay, fourth, 4:29.01

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