Yet girls coach Shawn Thacker and boys coach Steven Cyrus were Olympic gold medal-winning pleased.
The Lady Vikings finished third with 66 points (Ashland won with 178, and Mason County was second). The boys’ 49 points were fourth behind Boyd County’s 172, Russell’s 134 and Ashland’s 62.
“They’ve won it before, but it’s been years ago,” Thacker said. “I think it was in the ’80s the last time Rowan County won a women’s regional title. It’s a step closer in the four years we’ve been doing it. We’ve been gradually improving and getting better.”
Freshman Promise Cross, sophomore Sydnee Cantrell and junior Hathlyn Chapman each won an event. Chapman took the 100-meter dash by two-tenths of a second over Mason County’s Tea King, Cross’ 5 feet, 5 inches won the high jump, and Cantrell was best in the discus with her 99-4.
When Chapman finished 100 Saturday, the first thing she did was remove a piece of tape from around her right shoe. She has it to keep her right big toe connected to her other four, the result of surgery last March.
“It wasn’t a break,” Chapman said. “It was excess tissue.”
Chapman’s operation wasn’t the first tissue-removal – she had it done as a third grader. She says it didn’t hurt her when she edged King by two-tenths of a second, 13.02 seconds to King’s 13.22.
Cross also joined Chapman, Destiny Hampton and Presley Fannin to take third behind Ashland and Mason County in the 4×100 relay. Cross wanted a 5-7 in the high jump – she said she’d been tied with two Louisville girls – and added that she’d started the hurdles and long jump just three weeks ago.
“I can get a lot better; I just need to work on my form,” Cross said. “I kind of hop over (hurdles) … You have to stay low.”
Cantrell’s winning throw was just three inches farther than Leshia McNamara of Lewis County’s 99-1 and about seven feet better than her personal best. What was more, freshman teammate McKayla Grimshaw qualified for the state meet Friday in Lexington – she took second in the shot put (31-5¼).
Why was Cyrus overjoyed?
“Oh, we are pleased with fourth,” Cyrus said. “We had a great season; most of the kids are ending up on a high note.”
Especially junior Vincent Harper – he won the 100 dash (in 11.48 seconds), took second in the 200 (23.79) and long jump (19-1 ¼) and fourth in the high jump. Not surprisingly, the 100 is his favorite event.
“I just feel really comfortable with it when I’m running,” Harper said.