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22 compete in state meet

Members of Letcher County Central High School's 4x400 relay team are Nicole Banks, Kelsy Mullins, Haley Whitaker and Myrika Begley.

Members of Letcher County Central High School’s 4×400 relay team are Nicole Banks, Kelsy Mullins, Haley Whitaker and Myrika Begley.

Twenty-two members of Letcher County Central High School’s track and field team competed in the KHSAA state track meet over the weekend on the campus of the University of Louisville.

Students competing in the Class 2A meet were: Nicole Banks, Myrika Begley, Devin Blair, Andrew Branham, Kayla Branham, Craig Collier, Katelyn Collier , Nick Cook, Dakota Cornett, Jake Dixon, Michael Frazier, Angelia Gose, James Gose, Brandon Hamilton, Ashley Johnson, Sharaye Kincer, Kelsy Mullins, Trevor Napier, Cory Stagner, Haley Whitaker, Trenton Whitaker, and Kevin Wurschmidt.

In the Boys’ 4×800 Meter Relay, the team of Jake Dixon, Trenton Whitaker, Brandon Hamilton and James Gose finished 23rd.

Ashley Johnson finished 22nd in the Girls’ 100 Meter Hurdles and Nicole Banks finished 21st in the Girls’ 100 Meter Dash.

Kevin Wurschmidt came in 16th in the Boys 100 Meter Dash. In the Boys 4×200 Meter Relay, the team of Michael Frazier, Devin Blair, Craig Collier and Kevin Wurschmidt finished 20th.



Cory Stagner finished 20th in the Boys’ 1600 Meter Run, while the team of Frazier, Blair, Collier and Wurschmidt came in 22nd in the Boys’ 4×100 Meter Relay.

Nicole Banks finished 20th in the Girls’ 400 Meter Dash, while James Gose finished 17th in the Boys’ 400 Meter Dash. Andrew Branham placed 18th in the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles.

In the Girls’ 800 Meter Run, Kelsy Mullins placed 21st. Nicole Banks came in 16th in the Girls’ 200 Meter Dash. The team of Haley Whitaker, Kelsy Mullins, Myrika Begley and Nicole Banks ended up 23rd in the Girls’ 4×400 Meter Relay.

In the Boys’ 4×400 Meter Relay, Michael Frazier, Nick Cook, Cory Stagner and James Gose came in 23rd.

One of the best individual performances by a Letcher Central athlete came in the Boys’ Shot Put, with Dakota Cornett placing 7th. Katelyn Collier placed 20th and Kayla Branham 21st in the Girls’ Discus Throw.

Devin Blair placed 22nd in the Boys’ Triple Jump.

Team members advanced to the state meet by finishing either first or second in the regional track meet held the week before.

In that meet, Nicole Banks brought back a total of four 1st place medals, winning the 100, 200 and 400 Meter Dash as well as sharing 1st place in the 4×400 Meter Relay with Kelsy Mullins, Haley Whitaker and Myrika Begley. Also receiving a 1st place was Kayla Branham in the Discus Throw. Second-place winners were Ashley Johnson in the 100 Meter Hurdles, Kelsey Mullins with a photo finish in the 800 Meter Run, and Katelyn Collier in the Discus Throw.

Dakota Cornett placed 1st in both Shot Put and Discus Throw in the regional meet. Placing 1st in the region in the 4×200 Meter Relay and 2nd in the 4×100 Meter Relay were Michael Frazier, Craig Collier, Devin Blair and Kevin Wurschmidt.

Taking 2nd in the 4×800 Meter Relay were Jake Dixon, Trenton Whitaker, Andrew Branham and James Gose. Placing 2nd in the 4×400 Relay were Jake Dixon, Cory Stagner, Nick Cook and James Gose.

Also placing 2nd were Kevin Wurschmidt in the 100 Meter Dash, Cory Stagner in the 1600 Meter Run, James Gose in the 400 Meter Dash, Andrew Branham in the 300 Meter Hurdles, and Devin Blair in the Triple Jump.

In the regional meet, Letcher Central’s girls took home a total of five 3rd place, three 4th place, two 5th place and four 6th place medals. The boys took two 3rd place, three 4th place, four 5th place and two 6th place medals.

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