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LOCAL TEAMS COMPETE AT STATE TRACK AND FIELD MEET

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By Greg Waddell

Entering Friday’s Class AA Track and Field Championships, North Oldham’s Maggie Mollak just wanted to be competitive in both of her events.
When she was finished at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Park, it was mission accomplished — and more.
Mollak, a sophomore, opened up the night by earning a third place finish in the shot put, then capped off her season by claiming a state championship in the discus.
She is the only competitor from Oldham County able to make that claim.
Teammate Brianne Brown entered the state meet as the reigning state champion in the long jump and as one of the favorites in several other events, but struggled to maintain.
Her best finish was in the 100 meter hurdles, where she narrowly finished in second to Central’s Jaylen Johnson. She finished fourth in the long jump.
North’s Erin Edmundson and Haley Oliver also performed well. Edmundson finished in fourth in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs and Oliver earned fourth in the pole vault, while Nicole Moeller and Erin Olsson grabbed third and fifth in the 400-meter dash. David Gardner also finished in fifth in the 800-meter run
South Oldham also had three top five finishers as twins Tanner and Cole Dowdy finished in second and third in the boys’ 3200-meter run and Grace Whitworth finished in third in the girls’ event.
As a team, North Oldham finished in second in the girls’ portion and 31st in the boys, while South Oldham grabbed 12th in the boys and 26th in the girls.
On Saturday, Oldham County competed in the AAA State Meet and several athletes grabbed top 10 finishes, including Kelly Klump’s second place showing in the 1600-meter run.
Aaron Gelnet was the second highest finisher for the Colonels, grabbing sixth in the discus, while Caroline Grogan and Whitney Schuyler finished seventh in the 3200 meter run and pole vault, respectively, and Josh Corral finished in eighth in the 400-meter dash. Summer Wheeler and Kati Heil also performed well, grabbing ninth and 10th in the 400- and 800-meter runs.

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