Joey Uhle goes big by clearing 16' for the victory at the Ohio State Buckeye Qualifier. Dustin Brode popped off a 65' throw in the Shot Put at the TSTCA Championship.
The big boys battled in the throwing events up North this weekend as Hoty went head to head with Brode on Saturday and then on Sunday it was Brode vs. Welch. Down south in Kentucky, Heriot, Alexander and Sykes bested the fields in impressive times.
Now, field events may not always play a big role in some elite meets, but this is an invite that has continually brought in great talent in the field. Pole vault looks to be an area of strength this time around with a couple of 16-footers on the boys’ side and a 12-footer leading the girls. Look for some strong performances in the girls’ long jump and high jump as well.
Each year, some of the best high school athletes in the nation make their way to the Bluegrass State for the UK High School Invitational and this year is no different. The meet consistently yields some of the best performances in the nation as the oval in the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Fieldhouse is a friendly 290-meters, which means fewer curves in all the races 200 meters and up. Last year, Tavaris Tate (Starkville, MS) and Takeia Pinckney (Columbia, GA) both scored US #1 performances for the entire indoor season, with Tate running 47.06 for 400 meters and Pinckney running 7.33 for 60 meters. In all, there were close to 20 different performances that ranked in the top 10 in the nation for the entire indoor season during last year’s edition, continuing an impressive tradition that keeps the talent level high each year.While the meet has consistently brought in several athletes that were clearly the best in their event nationally (Wayne Davis, Chalonda Goodman, and Jacquelyn Coward to name a few), this year the entries don’t pack so much star power, but there is depth in almost every event that should make for nationally-ranked results in all but a few of the events on the day.
After a relatively quiet weekend, with just a few local meets, the indoor season heats up again next weekend with five in-state meets, plus the UK High School Invite.
A quick but terribly timed snow storm stymied some teams and athletes chance's of competing this weekend while others made the cold and dangerous trek to compete this weekend.
College signings are always interesting to see, but everybody wonders why one athlete chose one schol and why another athlete chose a different school. Inside you will find out why certain athletes chose the school that they did in their own words. This article will be updated throughout February as more responses are returned.