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Greetings from the Class AA Track & Field State Championships at the University of Louisville's Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park.
I profiled Shelby County junior Zach Shipley, who is the prohibitive favorite in the boys' 300-meter hurdles, in today's paper so here is a quick look at some of today's events to watch involving athletes from both Collins and Shelby County.
Shelby County junior Jamie Bradley should score points in both the girls' shot put and discus. She is the No. 5 seed in the shot put with her region-winning throw of 31-feet, 11-inches. Hart County's Lindsey Burd is the top seed at 34-11. Bradley is also the No. 7 seed (95-4) in the discus, which she considers her better event of the two, behind Rockcastle County's Amy Johnson (109-7).
The Titans' foursome of Caterina Karas, Gabby Karas, Sinead Maharrey and Maria Cozzens is the No. 4 seed (with a qualifying time of 10 minutes, 11.76 seconds) in the girls' 3,200 relay behind South Oldham (9:58.95), but Collins Coach Jerry Lucas told me earlier this week that he wasn't sure the group was going to be able to run because of injuries.
Shelby County junior Michael Barry is the No. 6 seed (15.38) in the boys' 110 hurdles. He finished sixth at State last year, but has a legit shot to win the event. Lloyd Memorial's Tyler Bray is the top seed with a time of 14.93.
Collins seventh-grader Gabby Karas is the top seed in the girls' 1,600. If you look at the seeding times it looks like it's going to be a two-horse race between Karas - the reigning AA state cross country champ - and Paducah Tilghman freshman Aleja Grant, who is the No. 2 seed at 5:12.02. The third seed, South Oldham's Keightley Dudgeon, is 20 seconds behind Grant in the seed times.
One of the most entertaing races should be the boys' 400 relay. Shelby County's quartet of Barry, Derek White, Chase Manica and Shipley are seeded eighth in the event at 44.96, but top-seed Paducah Tilghman is barely a second faster than the Rockets with its time of 43.92.
Collins senior Caterina Karas, who won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 last year, will try to add a state championship in the 800. She is the top seed in that event, which should be a rematch of the region meet. At Henry County, Karas won the race in 2:21.52 while Spencer County senior Christina Shawver, who is the No. 2 seed in today's race, was second in 2:25.14.
Shelby County senior Zakk Bailey could also score points in the triple and long jumps. He is the 11th seed in the triple jump (Collins senior Norvis Smith is 16th) and the 14th seed in the long jump.
Shelby County senior Chris Blake is seed 13th in the high jump.