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15th University of Kentucky
High School Invitational

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Nutter Fieldhouse, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY

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#1s for Christian Taylor, William Wynne, Brittany Long!!!

Jasmin Stowers sets soph record 8.38 60H behind Jackie Coward's 8.25; Erik Kynard's 4th 7-footer

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Erik Kynard (left), boys 400 (right) with William Wynne beating Christian Taylor. Photos Andrew Blackhurst

Saturday's Highlights

  • Quicksilver TC/Sandy Creek GA sr Christian Taylor got the meet off to a great start with a US#1 25.00.50 LJ, the first 25-footer of the year and =#9 all-time. He also jumped 24-11.25 in the series
  • Toledo Rogers OH jr Erik Kynard jumped 7 feet or better for the fourth time this year, going 7-00 for the win. Michigan Accelerators/Livonia Stevenson sr Mitchell White was 2nd in 6-10.
  • SWAT TC/Atlanta (Therrell HS) GA sr Brittany Long nipped New Horizon TC/Newnan GA soph Chalonda Goodman in the 60, with a US#1 7.36 to Goodman's #3 7.38
  • After winning the 60H in US#2 7.73, Titans TC/McEachern GA sr William Wynne blazed a US#1 47.82 in the 400
  • Knoxville West/Track Knoxville sr Jackie Coward backed up her USR from last week with an 8.25 victory, beating the soph record 8.38 of Jasmin Stowers, the Quick Striders/Pendleton SC soph.
  • NTN Champ and Mountain Brook AL jr Madeline Morgan ran negative splits in a US#3 4:52.70 mile effort.
  • Noblesville IN sr Tyler Hiatt 60-10.50 in the shot put
  • Watertown WI sr Andrew Perkins US#3 1:53.32 800

Georgians Put Up the Best Marks in 15th Annual Event

By SteveU

One of the outstanding characteristics of the Kentucky Invitational is the diversity of athletes, in terms of where they’re from.  The Lexington KY meet draws from as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin, as far south as Alabama and Florida in most years. 

But the epicenter of true power for the meet this year came down to one state – and Christian Taylor, William Wynne, Brittany Long, Chalonda Goodman and others made sure that everyone had Georgia on their minds.

That quartet, all from the metro Atlanta area, combined for five victories and three US#1 marks.  Taylor, the Quicksilver/Sandy Creek GA sr who won gold and bronze at last year’s World Youth meet and came in leading the USA in both the TJ and LJ, started the meet off with a bang.  Drawing a big crowd over to the long jump pit before the running events got rolling, he fired everyone up with a great series that included the year’s first indoor 25-footer, hitting 25-00.50.

Then it was Wynne, ripping a hard .11 off his PR in the 60H final.  Best known for his 400H exploits, where he won World Youth gold last summer, the tall Titans TC/McEachern GA sr clocked 7.73, second in the US this winter only to short hurdles natural Wayne Davis NC.  But Wynne was just getting warmed up.  Joined by his friend Taylor and the rest of a great field in the flat 400, he roared to a US#1 47.82 on the 291-meter oval, taking down the altitude-aided 47.98 from Dominick Roberts CO at Simplot last weekend – with Taylor a strong 2nd at 48.01.

Meanwhile, two other friends – and rivals – from Georgia were staging dash battles on the girls side.  Long, a SWAT TC / Atlanta (Therrell HS) GA sr, is a rarity on the indoor circuit.  But in her 2008 debut, she spotted Goodman .11 seconds in the 60 prelim, then powered to a 7.36 in the final, nipping the New Horizon TC/Newnan GA jr by .02 and the previous US#1 mark by Victoria Jordan TX by .01.

In the 200, however, the double 2007 NON champ and World Youth double medalist roared back, breaking the beam with a US#2 23.70, a mark 2nd only to Ashton Purvis’s 23.54A and a big 0.53 ahead of Long.

Georgians did not, of course, provide the only highlights in Lexington.  There were several more US top-five marks, as well as those by athletes already leading the nation in their events.  In the latter category, there was hurdle queen Jackie Coward, whose three US records in the 60H span more than a year and include the 8.16A she ran at Simplot last weekend.  In Idaho, she had Vashti Thomas pushing her to the tape; this time, it was prodigal Quick Striders/Pendleton SC soph Jasmin Stowers, who owns the only short hurdles win over Coward the last two years.  Still fatigued from the trip, Coward still pushed to an 8.25 win, but lost her national soph class record to Stowers’ PR 8.38.

Another US leader, Toledo Rogers jr Erik Kynard, found 7-02 a little rich for him Saturday.  But the 7-03.75-bounder still made his fourth 7-footer of the year, hitting that mark exactly.

Other winners hitting top-5 marks were Trotwood-Madison OH sr Mike Shaw (US#2 21.57 200), Quick Striders/Mann SC soph Briana Nelson (US#3 54.71 400), Mountain Brook AL jr Madeline Morgan (US#3 4:52.70 mile), Watertown WI sr Andrew Perkins (US#4 1:53.32 800), and Dorman SC sr Marcus Rowland (US#5 6.74 60m)


4 US#1s lead athletes from 15 states to Lexington
New USR-setter Jackie Coward, Christan Taylor, Erik Kynard, Andrew Perkins,
and William Wynne lead the way; athletes battle weather to compete

More than 500 athletes from 15 states have registered to come from points both north and south to compete this Saturday at the Kentucky High School Invitational. While bad weather across the eastern half of the country has caused some cancelled entries, most of the stars are still planning to come. The meet is truly one of the most diverse on the indoor invitational map and one of high quality; the Director Jim Kaiser and the rest of the meet administration sets challenging standards to keep numbers modest, but the level of competition is superb. This produces a meet that takes about hours to complete, including a running-event program of just 5 hours.

Last year, the oval here at Nutter Fieldhouse was the site of Jackie Coward’s spectacular USR in the 60H of 8.17, a mark which she broke just last weekend at Simplot. There were also two more US#1 marks, three #2s, and one #3 on the 291-meter oval.

This year promises to meet or exceed last year’s standards. Coward returns in the 60H (and 400), as does Jasmin Stowers SC, who set a freshman record behind her last year. The other biggest names coming to the Bluegrass State are US triple jump/long jump leader Christian Taylor GA, World Youth 400H gold medallist William Wynne GA, US 600 leader Andrew Perkins WI, and new 7-03.75 high jumper Erik Kynard OH.

(more to come)

Here are some of the expected highlights, broken down by events and individuals:
  • Coward, Stowers and the hurdles – This was the peak of Coward’s season right here, as the Track Knoxville/Knoxville West sr ran 8.39 in the prelims, then destroyed her recent 8.29 record in the finals. Stowers’ 8.51 behind her got the 9th-grade mark, which she would lower by .01 later in the year. This will be Coward’s chance to prove she can run as fast at low altitude as she did in Idaho last week. She shouldn’t take the competition lightly either; Stowers, the Quick Striders/Pendleton SC soph, beat her in Knoxville in January by .01
Coward usually likes to make it a multiple-event workout, especially early in the season, and is entered in the 60 and 400, as well.
  • Taylor, Wynne and the sprints/horizontal jumps – The two Georgia stars, racing for competing clubs, will also both potentially be getting heavy workloads Saturday, as each is entered in three events. Taylor and Wynne will each be in their “specialty,” then race twice in the long sprints. Taylor, the Quicksilver/Sandy Creek GA sr who stunned with his TJ gold at World Youths last summer, leads the US in both horizontals – 52-00 and 24-09.75. He’ll bypass the TJ here, but compete in the LJ (where he’ll be a big favorite), 200 and 400.
Wynne, meanwhile, is the favorite in the 60H, but is also entered in both long sprints. You probably remember the Titans TC/McEachern GA sr here last year – he was 2nd in the hurdles, but won the 400 – but Taylor TJ’d just 42 feet here last year and was more than a second behind Wynne in the 400.
  • Another 7-footer for Kynard? – Why not? The Toledo Rogers jr has dominated the HJ this winter, with his nation-leading 7-03.75 and two other 7-footers. With the next entry at 6-8, it’s likely Kynard will have only the bar for competition.
  • Perkins and the 800 – What a showdown this could have been; before he scratched a few days ago, East Forsyth NC sr Dylan Ferris was set to race in this event, pitting his 1:49/4:08 speed against Perkins’ 1:50.17/1:19.91 talents. But alas, now it may be Perkins against the clock. The Watertown WI sr has had a great start to 2008 with the 1:19.91 leading the country at 600 and a big 1000 meter win (2:28.64, former US#1) from The Amrory under his belt. Smith Station AL’s Spencer Ferguson has the best chance to challenge him. Ferguson was part of the US#1 4x800 at this meet last year.
  • Some great girls sprinters … - There will be a lot more speed on the track from the girls than just the hurdlers. Where to start? In the 400, Hi-Velocity/Toledo (Oh.) Bowsher sr Meshawn Graham, last year’s top returnee (52.51 outdoors), is kicking off her season here. Besides Coward to push her, there will be Briana Nelson, the amazing Quick Striders/Mann SC soph who was 2nd at NON last year out of the 2nd section, and E.C. Sprinters MD sr Elan Hiliare.
Graham, Nelson, and Hilaire will also drop down to the 200, but the competition will be brutal with NON 1-2 finishers from 2007 Chalonda Goodman and Brittany Long leading the way. The New Horizon TC/Newnan GA soph Goodman took the 100/200 double at NON last year, then shone at World Youths with a 200 silver and gold in the medley relay. Long, a SWAT TC / Atlanta (Therrell HS) GA sr, was 3rd and 2nd in the 100/200 at NON, and anchored two relay wins there. Add LeKeisha Williams AL and you have a almost a potential national finals field right there. Long and Goodman also lead a strong, deep, 60 field.
  • … And some great boys sprinters - Wynne has a great chance to defend his 400 title, but Taylor and Michigan Accelerators/Belleville MI sr Varick Tucker will give him a tough fight. Similarly, the 200 will feature the GA duo, plus Ken Gilstrap, the Titans/Miller Grove GA sr who was 3rd and 6th in the World Youth 100/200 last summer. Gilstrap also leads the 60 field.
  • Ben Davies flexes his multis muscles – He may not be an individual event superstar, but the Kindersport/Brentwood Academy TN sr was #1 on the HS list in the decathlon last year (with HS implements) and is entered in the HJ, PV and hurdles here. His best event is the PV, where he has the top seed at 15-01, and he should also be in the mix in the hurdles final.
  • Brittany Porter, LJ – The Triple Action/Towers GA jr has leapt a US#4 19-05.25 this winter and will be favored here.
  • Morgan and Keveren lead distances – The girls NTN champ and the nation’s top returning boys 2-miler will highlight the longer races. Madeline Morgan led her Mountain Brook AL club team girls in Portland last fall by taking the individual title. Here, she will race the mile with White Station TN sr Virginia Hine. Mountain Brook’s girls also have the top two seeds in the 800 with Marie Demedicis and Catherine Diethelm.
Brentwood TC sr Sean Keveren, who ran 8:55.16 at NON last year, missed qualifying for Foot Locker last fall, but was otherwise unbeaten and won Great American. He will begin his attempt to rank with the nation’s elite distance runners here.

Schedule (Revised)
TIMEEVENT# of sections / heats

10:30 AM High Jump Women (4'8" start)
10:30 AM High Jump Men (5'8" start)

10:30 AM Long Jump Men / Women follow 4 jump final
follows LJ Triple Jump Men / Women follow 4 jump final

10:30 AM Pole Vault Women / Men follow
(8'0" start / 11'0" start)

12:30 PM Shot Put Women / Men follow

12:35 PM
60m hurdles (Trials) Men 3 heats
60m hurdles (Trials) Women 4 heats
60m dash (Trials) Men 5 heats
60m dash (Trials) Women 5 heats

1:25 PM ONE MILE Women 3 sections
1:45 PM ONE MILE Men 3 sections

2:05 PM 60m hurdes (Final) Women 1 section
2:10 PM 60m hurdles (Final) Men 1 section

2:15 PM 60m dash (Final) Women 1 section
2:18 PM 60m dash (Final) Men 1 section

2:23 PM 400 meters Women 7 sections
2:38 PM 400 meters Men 8 sections

2:55 PM 800 meters Women 3 sections
3:05 PM 800 meters Men 3 sections

3:18 PM 200 meters Women 8 sections
3:35 PM 200 meters Men 8 sections

4:00 PM TWO MILES Women 1 section
4:15 PM TWO MILES Men 1 section

4:30 PM 4 x 400m relay Women 3 sections
4:50 PM 4 x 400m relay Men 3 sections

5:10 PM 4 x 800m relay Women 1 section
5:25 PM 4 x 800m relay Men1 section

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