Lady Patriots earn three top-15 finishes in state final
LEXINGTON — The Lincoln County Lady Patriot track and field team posted three top-15 finishes in Friday’s 2019 KHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships.
The Lady Patriots’ 4×800-meter, 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relay teams all earned state at-large berths in the state finals. And all three relays got in their heats before heavy thunderstorms forced the postponement of the final two heats of the girls 4×400-meter relay and all of the boys’ heats.
The Lincoln girls posted their high finish in the day’s first race, the 4×800-meter relay, as eighth-grader Alexis Slone, freshman Bailey Story and sophomores Shayley Reed and McKenzie Settles completed the race in 10:29.99 to place 10th out of 24 teams. The Lincoln team won its heat, the first of two, leading the entire way.
Senior Zaria Napier and freshman Maddy Slone joined Settles and Story on track for the 4×200-meter relay. The Lincoln quartet placed 13th out 23 teams in the race, covering the distance in 1:52.44.
Dark clouds loomed over the track as freshman Ava Morgan got set in the blocks for the start of the first heat of the 4×400-meter relay. Story, Reed and Settles ran the other three legs of the race, with Settles crossing the finish with 4:29.66 on the time clock. The meet went into weather delay as the remaining runners finished the race. Lincoln’s time would place them 15th overall out of 18 teams.
The Lady Patriot team had three individuals competing in field events, with Zaria Napier, Suzan Johnson and Alexa Wesley earning a state berth in long jump, discus and high jump, respectively.
Napier finished 19th overall in the long jump event, going a distance of 14-01.25. Johnson, a sophomore, finished 23rd in the discus field event, throwing a distance of 69-09. Wesley, a senior, had no height in the high jump event, knocking the bar down on her first three attempts.