Rockets take second at home meet

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By Todd Martin

With some runners out and most others focused on Saturday's Dunbar Invitational and the regional, the Shelby County boys' track team used Tuesday's All-comers meet as a tune-up.

"With this time of the year we're really more focused on getting guys ready for the regional meet," SCHS head coach Jerry Lucas said. "Plus we were missing a few guys -- Kyle Marston has been a little banged up so he missed the last meet and this one, but he'll be back for Saturday and Jonathan Pernell was out with the FBLA. But, on the flip side, it gave us a chance to run some younger guys and they did pretty well."

The Rockets finished second overall with 115 points, 40 behind first place Oldham County, but Lucas said the meet helped prepare some guys for later this week and the regional.

"Matt Spencer kind of got his (throwing) form back," the coach said. "He's had a tough couple of weeks, but he got back to 120 in the discus and got second, and he won the shot put. I think he can get his discus throw up to 144, so it was good to see him get back into form."

The only other individual win the Rockets got was Stacey Eden in the 800. Eden is one of the top 3,200-meter runners, but because of training and other events, Lucas said they dropped him down to the 800.

"I thought he looked great," he said. "He was a little disappointed because we wanted to break 2 minutes, but he ran a 63 (seconds on the first lap) and a 58 on the second. He kind of got stuck behind a guy and by the time he realized it, it was too late to make up that time. But that's not his event anyway. I think he easily could've gone 1:58, but we need to have him more focused on the 3,200, that's where he's going make his mark."

The coach was also impressed with the improvement of sprinter Edwin Thomas.

"He's just a sophomore, but he's the first one we've had get down in the 22's in his 4x200 split time, and he ran 11.7 in the 100. He's getting down there in time and he's come a long way this year."

Another solid performance from Quinton Raisor also netted two second-place finishes. Raisor went 19-08 in the long jump and 37-03 in the triple jump.

Lucas said his team appears to be ready for this weekend's meet, getting Marston and Pernell back and he hopes it will be a good prep race for the upcoming regional meet. However, he thinks the team will skip the scheduled Woodford County All-comers meet next Tuesday to instead focus practices for the regional.

"I think we need a good solid week of practice before the regional meet instead of running an All-comers in between," he said. "We want to have our guys peaking at the right time."