The girls and boys’ track team laced up their shoes for the opportunity to earn a trip to the 2018 State meet, needing a top four place to advance.
The girls’ opened the competition on Wednesday by competing in the 4 x 800 relay. The team of Morgan Cole, Caitlyn Gatta, Kayla Gibson and Cassidy Kiko ran a season best time of 9:28.96 but finished 5th just one spot out of a state berth. Hudson won the race witha time of 9:20.66. The team then sent the foursome of Heather Guiley, Sydney McKeever, Destini Adorisio and Kayla Gibson to run in the semi-finals of the 4 x 400 relay. The girls ran 4:12.48 placing them 13th, three spots ahead of their 16th place seed time.
On Friday the team moved to the finals with Morgan Cole, and Cassidy Kiko running in the 1600 meter run. Both girls were in position to earn a spot to Columbus but when the final lap was complete Morgan found herself in 5th with a life time best of 5:11.00 and Cassidy was 8th in 5:20.52. The winning time in the race was turned in by defending regional and state champion Olivia Howell of Solon. Howell, a junior, will be favored to win her third state championship next week in Columbus.
Although the girls were disappointed, they all will have another opportunity to compete for state berth next season, as all will return in 2019. The running program in Louisville is strong and as the future unfolds we hope that it will continue to grow.
On the boys’ side the Leopards had two runners compete in the championships. Clayton Elder used his patented finish to earn a spot in the finals. Clayton ran 40.18 seeding him 6th heading into the finals. Knowing he needed to run a season best time to punch his ticket to Columbus Clayton put forth an effort that his coaches and fans were proud of. Clayton ran 40.34, which placed him 6th in the race. Logan Ison then stepped onto the Autintown Fitch track with the hopes of running under ten minutes. Logan ran though the first mile in 4:52 right on pace of the goal he had set. The warm temperatures then began to take it’s grip on the runners. Logan ran his final four laps and moved himself up to 12th place with a time of 10:09.27. Being only sophomores these young athletes will have two more opportunities to reach the ultimate goal of running at Jesse Owens Stadium.