Members of the Jenkins High School and Letcher County Central High School boys’ and girls’ track teams are among more than 4,500 athletes who will descend on Louisville and Lexington this weekend for state championships events in track and field and tennis.
Jenkins track coach Robert Adams said the said the school’s boys’ and girls’ teams participated in the regional finals last week and won in relays and pole vaulting, resulting in a total of nine boys and one girl from JHS advancing to the KHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Louisville.
The Jenkins participants were honored at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Jenkins City Council, of which Adams is a member.
Letcher County Central’s boys’ and girls’ track teams won the KHSAA Class AA Region 7 Track Championship last Friday at Johnson Central High School. Both teams will advance to the 2012 KHSAA State Track and Field Championships.
Friday’s regional meet ended in a tie between the girls’ teams from Letcher County Central and Leslie County at 160 points each, but a coin toss gave the title to Letcher County. The boys’ team won the regional by collecting 154 points to easily outdistance runnerup Harlan County Central, which had 120 points.
The Jenkins girls’ team finished seventh in the Class 1A Region 7 finals at Fairview High School, while the boys’ team finished fifth. Jenkins will begin competing on Thursday at Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park on the campus of the University of Louisville with Class 1A boys’ and girls’ action. The Class 2A meet which include Letcher Central will be on Friday. Action begins each day with the field events at 1 p.m. The running events begin at 3 p.m.
Admission for each session is $10 each day. All session armbands are available, good for all three days, for $20 per person. Children under 10 are admitted free.
A complete schedule of events for each class is posted on the KHSAA website. Fans may follow along in real time as the results of each will be posted upon completion. The web link to view the track and field in formation is www.khsaa.org/track. Results will also be Tweeted using @ khsaaevents and the hash tag #khstf.
The 2012 KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ State Tennis Championships are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19. Play gets underway Thursday morning with girls’ action at Shillito Park Tennis Complex in Lexington, while boys’ play takes place at the Boone/Downing Tennis Complex at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. On Friday and Saturday, all matches move to the Boone/Downing Tennis Complex.
Fans will be able to watch each of the tennis championship matches in boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles and the team finals live on the Internet at www.khsaa.tv. Brackets will be updated throughout the event at www.khsaa.org/ tennis/2012. Championship results will also be Tweeted using @khsaaevents and the hash tag #khstn.