TRACK AND FIELD: Knights and lady Knights finish 5th at Tennessee meet

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By Gerard Flanagan

The Marion County boys and girls track teams both finished fifth at the Thomas Nelson All-Comers Meet on April 10. The boys tallied a total of 50 points while the girls put up 37. Bardstown won both the boys and girls sides in the meet, with 140 points in the girls division and 186 in the boys.
“It was first meet after spring break. Kids were glad to get out and compete again. It was several kids’ first meet of the season,” Marion County Coach Daniel Johnson said.
Fellow Knights coach Dallas Robinson was not at the meet due to personal reasons and had no comment on his team’s performance.
Brenda Santos finished third in the girls 100-meter dash. Her time was 13.46, earning Marion County six points. Caroline Vellar finished fourth in the same event with a 13.68 time. Her finish gave the Knights four points.
Hailey Rogers posted a third place finish in the girls 200-meter dash with a time of 31.3. The finish earned Marion County six points. Brianna Mattingly posted a 3:03.37 time in the girls 800-meter run, which earned two points in a sixth place finish.
“Have been really impressed with Carolina Vellar,” Johnson said. “She's come in, worked hard and it shows in her results. Alexis Hoppes has been great on the vault, she's currently ranked second in the region and she continues to improve each time out.”
Jayla Cowherd finished second in the high jump with a 4’ 6” height. She got eight points. Alexis Hoppes finished first in the girls pole vault with a 7’ 6” height for 10 points.
Bobby Wilson and Baylee Bishop posted a sixth and seventh place finish respectively in the boys 100-meter dash. Their times were 11.49 and 11.71 for two and one point. Hank Hardin finished sixth in the boys 400-meter dash with a 1:01.27 time. He grabbed one point.
Stephen Salgado finished second in the boys high jump with a 5’ 6” height, good for eight points. Salgado also finished first in the long jump with a 20’ distance. Nate Hoppes finished fourth in the same event with a 17’ 8” height. He also placed first in the pole vault with a 12’ height. Salgado also finished first in the triple jump with 42’ 7 ?” for 10 points.
Salgado qualified for the Eastern Relays April 20-21 at the University of Louisville.
“Stephon Salgado was incredible in both horizontal jumps, clearing 42 feet in triple and qualifying for Eastern Relays,” Johnson said. “It was second best triple jump in the region this year. He then hit 20 feet in the long jump. He won both competitions and has been great on the runway all spring long.”
Marion County was scheduled to travel to the LaRue County All-Comers Meet but the meet was cancelled. There is another meet at LaRue County on April 24 after the Eastern Relays.
“Excited to get back out and compete as we continue to get our kids more experience as the season progresses,” Johnson said.