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Oldham County prepares for 3A state track and field meet today

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By Greg Waddell

 A day after watching both North and South Oldham take on the best Kentucky has to offer in the 2A state track and field meet, the Oldham County Colonels will get their chance today, heading to Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park for their own shot at state glory in 3A meet.

Unlike their two rivals though, the Colonels will have some ground to make up after a less than stellar performance at the regional meet, head coach Brian Crumbo noted.

“We didn’t do as well at the regional as we wanted to do,” he said. “We qualified just about everybody we needed to qualify, but we didn’t run as well as we’d hoped to so we didn’t get into the fast heat in some things.”

That could come back to bite them as they’ll have to dig their way out of a hole.

“It’s going to be harder for us to score and get medals out of the slower heats than it would be out of the fast heats,” he said. "That’s certainly a concern, but we have kids that are strong and should bounce back pretty well. They’re a little bit upset about it, but it is what it is. You either run the time or you don’t, so you just have to go out and do it the next time, it’s just going to be a little harder for you.”

That said, Crumbo also highlighted some events and athletes that could have a big impact. 

“We’re looking to do really well in some events and then we’re looking to sneak in for some medals in some other places and have kind of a balanced attack,” he said. “We hope to be in the top three or so in our girls’ 4x800 (and) our boys’ 4x400 is ranked fifth going into the meet. Luke Weishaar should also do really well, he’s ranked in the top three in the 1600, (and) we’ve got Margaret Grogan who should be top three in the 800.”

As for field events, Crumbo pointed to Mallory Ackles in the discus, Evann Dickerson in the triple jump and Kaycee Harris in the long jump as potential medalists.

The field events will get things started at 1 p.m., followed by the track events at 3 p.m.

 

 For a full list of the events and participants, see below: 

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