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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ryle football players breaking records at the Regionals....

Saturday’s KHSAA Class 3A regional track and field championships at Dixie Heights resulted in a triumphant return to the top by Notre Dame Academy and a repeat title for the Ryle boys.

The Raiders, paced by a record-setting day for senior Nick Kennedy, totaled 121.5 points and held off runner-up Cooper (108). Two points separated third-place Simon Kenton (75), fourth-place Dixie Heights (74.5) and fifth-place Campbell County (74).

Kennedy broke two track records and a school mark while accounting for 38 points. He won the 100-meter dash, the 200 meters and the long jump and finished second to Campbell County by 0.13 seconds as a member of the 400 relay team. The Camels ran the race in 44.41 seconds. The Raiders clocked in at 44.54.

“That’s how close Nick was to going 4-for-4,” Ryle coach Russell Hardin said of his three-year standout.
Kennedy breezed to the 100-meter title in 11.20 seconds, and won the 200 with a Dixie track record time of 22.49. The previous mark was set in 2008. He added a fifth school standard to his list of accomplishments with a record-shattering performance in the long jump, leaping 22 feet, 7 inches. That also broke a 5-year-old track record.

“Today was a confidence booster,” Kennedy said. “I like breaking my own records.”

Ryle won the 800 and 1,600 relay races. Ryan Hill, Nathan Winegard­ner, Drew Mays and Nick Salmen took the 800. Mays, Hill, Jake Siemer and Aaron Hamrick won the 1,600. The Raiders’ 3,200 relay team placed second and also qualified for next week’s state meet, which takes the top two regional finishers and 10 at-large qualifiers.


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