Five HCHS athletes compete at 3A state meet in Lexington

Published 10:40 pm Sunday, June 2, 2019

Harlan County had five athletes participating in a total of six events at the Class 3A state championship meet Saturday morning. Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said he was pleased with how his team competed in the loaded 3A field.

“I’m very proud of this group of kids. They came up here to compete, and it showed. Each of these kids did a remarkable job and were close to setting (or did set) new records,” he said.

The Bears’ top finisher was sophomore Hunter Blevins, who placed 14th in the boys shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 3.25 inches. Whitney Wilson, a junior, placed 20th in the girls shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 8 inches.

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“What more can you say about Hunter and Whitney?” Vitatoe said. “For two kids to advance to the state meet in their first season, to set records all year, and for Whitney to win the region, they’ve set the bar awfully high for next year.”

Sophomore Kassydee Owens finished 16th in the triple jump with a best jump of 31 feet, 11.5 inches. Junior Baili Boggs participated in both hurdles events, finishing 21st in both the 100-meter (17.64 seconds) and 300-meter (51.38 seconds) races.

“Kassy was very sharp in the triple today, as was Baili in the hurdles. Both competed their guts out, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next season,” Vitatoe said.

Junior Phillip Helton participated in the boys pole vault but did not clear the opening height.

“I’m so proud of Phillip. He overcame a ton of adversity to be here, and he’s a great example for the younger kids to aspire to. His attitude and work ethic are off the charts,” Vitatoe said.

“I’m really proud. This group has proven we can compete with the best in the state. They represented their county, school, and our program well.”