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Padgett, Durbins and Zajdel compete at State meet

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Coach Blair notes some individuals recorded personal bests

By Linda Ireland

The LaRue County High School track and field team had five champions at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet May 26. Seventh-grader Kristina Durbin, sophomore Shana Zajdel, freshman Alisha Durbin and seniors Ryan Durbin and Truman Padgett will represent the school at the KHSAA State Track & Field Championship Thursday at the University of Louisville.

The top two finishers or teams in each event, plus the next 10 fastest times/distances in the state will compete in Louisville.

“I’m very proud of our team for competing as hard as they did,” Coach Jeremy Blair said. “Many of our athletes set personal records or season bests and that’s what you want from your team in the regional/state meet.”

Ten teams competed in the girls’ division. The Lady Hawks were runners-up with 89 points in the 18 events, following Elizabethtown with 163.

Kristina Durbin won the 3,200 run, while Zajdel won the triple jump and was second in the long jump.

Alisha Durbin took second in the 300-meter hurdles, losing by five seconds.

“I knew that Truman, Ryan and Shana had a great shot to win their events and they came through in a major way,” said Blair. “But I’m particularly pleased with Kristina Durbin. She came out of nowhere and blew everyone away in the 3,200 meters. I know that her parents are extremely proud of her, her sister Alisha, and Ryan, all of whom are going to be competing at the state meet next Thursday in Louisville.”

Eleven teams competed in the boys’ division. The Hawks took fourth with 56 points, behind Elizabethtown, Edmonson County and Marion County.

Ryan Durbin won the 1,600 run and finished second in the 3,200 to Edmonson County freshman Alex Adwell in the 3,200.

Padgett won his third straight region crown in the 400-meter dash. He took fourth in the 200-meter dash.

Blair said the boys’ team is “losing quite a bit next season to graduation but the vast majority of the girls will be returning.”

“Hopefully we’ll give E’town a run for their money next season.”