May 15, 2012 — Led by four event winners, the Rowan County boys captured their second straight Class 2A Region 6 Track and Field Championships, and their third in the last four years, with a narrow victory over Mason County on Saturday at Ashland Blazer High School.
The Vikings defended their team title by scoring 149 points to edge the runner-up Royals, which finished with 132 points.
Rowan County’s overall performance earned the praise of Mason County coach Mark Kachler.
“I have no qualms with anything (our) boys did. They did everything they could, but sometimes someone is just better and Rowan was better. (Rowan County coach) Roy (Wright) lost several sprinters that he expected to have back this year. Hats off to him for recovering after all that he lost. That was a great coaching job for Roy.”
Given the team’s lack of depth in the sprints, Wright was surprised his club was able to pull out the victory. Midway through the season, the Vikings had virtually no one competing in those events.
“We exceeded my expectations with our point total. It was pretty close (with Mason County). (Kachler’s) kids really competed and so did ours. I am really proud of them. I told our kids to do their job and we’d be OK,” Wright said. “I am pretty excited and proud of the guys. At the beginning of the year, I didn’t know if we’d be here because of the people we expected to have didn’t come out (for the team). But, I am really proud of the guys, because people really doubted them.”
The Vikings earned the title in large part because several team members stepped up and set personal records on Saturday.
“Our 4x2 was really impressive. They had a ‘pr’ by two seconds. We also got second in the discus with Nathan Hanshaw. He threw a 116’ and we wanted him to target 115’ and his ‘pr’ was 107’. Between he and Robert Estes that was 18 points in the discus right there and that was huge,” Wright said. “Isaac Lee got second in the 300 hurdles, but got a ‘pr’ and went under 42 seconds. Garet Fultz pr’d in the pole vault, Logan Ashley got a ‘pr’ in the 200, Ty Alderman got a ‘pr’ in the triple jump, Daniel Johnson got a ‘pr’ in the 800, Nick Hanshaw got a ‘pr’ in the discus, Jalen Stone got a ‘pr’ in the long jump, Chris Baker got a ‘pr’ in the 200, and we got a ‘pr’ in the 4x800 relay.”