The Highlands track teams won convincing Class 2A, Region 4 titles Friday at Pendleton County.
The Bluebirds ran away with 196 points besting second-place Lexington Catholic's 127 by 69 points. The Ladybirds tallied 181 points outdistancing Lexington Catholic by 28 points. None of the other seven teams scored triple digits.
Highlands won six field events led by senior Mikayla Reichert for the Ladybirds. She won the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 10 inches and the discus at 115-4. Sophomore Mary Claire Redden also placed in those events taking third in the discus at 85-4 and fifth in the shot put at 28-10.
Highlands seniors Eric Miller, Tyler Robinson, Cody Stamper and Rosemanie Long along with also recorded wins in the field events. Miller won the long jump in 18-9 and took second in the triple jump in 38-4.5. Robinson won the shot put in 49-7 and Stamper won the pole vault at nine feet even.
Long won the triple jump in 31-8. She also took third in the long jump ion 14-2.5 with freshman Hannah Hartman taking second in 14-7.5. Hartman also took fourth in the triple jump in 28-.25. Long also took second in the 100 dash in 13.31.
In the track events, Highlands senior Nick Kendall dominated winning two sprint events and two relays. Kendall won the 100 meter dash in 11.4 seconds and the 200 in 23.09. Kendall took part in the winning 800 relay in 1:33.62 with juniors Carter Burke, Jared Pulsfort and sophomore Nick Veneman. Kendall also helped the 400 relay team win in 44.97 seconds with Burke, senior Ben Ziegler and junior Jake Hoarston. Veneman took third in the 100 in 11.81.
Hoarston won the 110 hurdles in 16.67 and took second in the 300 hurdles in 43.6. Pulsfort won the 400 dash in 51.8 seconds. Chuckie Buckler took third in the 300 hurdles in 44.78 and third in the 110 hurdles in 17.45.
Junior Kevin Kreutzer took second in the 800 dash in 2:02.28 and senior Matthew Gray took fifth in 2:11.91.
Junior Sydney Ossege claimed a victory in the 200 dash in 27.2 with sophomore Sophie Steppe taking third in 27.48. Steppe also took second in the 400 dash in 1:01.81. Senior Lauren Ossege took third in the mile run in 5:29.44 with seventh-grader Maggie Schroeder taking fifth in 5:45.98.
Both Highlands teams took second in the two-mile relay. Senior Molly Mearns, junior Chloe Gastright, sophomore Karsen Hunter and seventh-grader Maggie Schroeder did it in 10:13 with seniors Matthew Gray, Jackson Paul and juniors Kevin Kreutzer and Colt Parris doing it in 8:53.74.
The Ladybirds also won the 800 relay. Sydney Ossege, Steppe, junior Beth Ann Griffith and sophomore Hannah Hartman won it in 1:50.34. The team of Long, senior Kylie Schuerman, Sydney Ossege and junior Addie Parris won the 400 relay in 52.15.
Schuerman took second in the 100 hurdles in 17.75 and freshman Karli Baioni took fourth in 18.87. Mearns took second in the 800 in 2:25.88 and Hunter finished fifth in 2:34.68.
Highlands did well in the two-mile run. Gastright took second in 12:00.48 and Lauren Ossege finished fourth in 12:10.28. Senior Geoffrey Mearns finished third in 10:09.59 and senior Michael Long took fourth in 10:45.92.
Both teams also placed in the mile run. Lauren Ossege took third in 5:29.44 and Schroeder took fifth in 5:45.98. Mearns took third in 4:41.16 and Long finished sixth in 4:58.68.
Both Highlands teams did well in the mile relay. Gray, Kreutzer, Pulsfort and Veneman helped the Bluebirds to a win in 3:36.09 and the Ladybird team of Sydney Ossege, Mearns, Steppe and Griffith finished second in 4:13.30.
The state Class 2A meet takes place Friday at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track Complex. It starts at 4:30 p.m.