Prep Track & Field: Boyle County's Megan Holderman vaults to the top of the state rankings
Boyle County senior Megan Holderman cleared 8 feet, 6 inches Friday to win the pole vault and help Boyle tie for first in the team race at the Central Kentucky Conference meet at Danville. Holderman is tied for the top vault in the state in Class AA going into this week¿s regional meet. (May 6, 2012)
Boyle County’s senior pole vaulter lost nearly a foot off her best effort last season, and she came into this season determined to back to her old form.
She won the Central Kentucky Conference title on Friday with a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches to help the Rebels finish tied with Henry Clay for the team title at the CKC meet at Admiral Stadium.
And she is currently tied for first in the Class AA girls rankings with a vault of
9 feet she got at the Tates Creek Invitational last month.
“Last year I only got 7-6, and as a sophomore I got 8-6, so I had high hopes for this season so I could get back to 8-6 and beyond,”¿Holderman said. “Hopefully, I’ll get 9 feet again at the regional (this Saturday).”
Holderman said it was “frustrating” last season to take a step back, but she felt better at the Mason-Dixon Games in March when she took second by getting 7-6.
“I was comparing it to last year,” she said. “At Mason-Dixon last year I no-heighted, so to start at the height I was at the end of last year was encouraging, to know I could get back to that.”
Holderman, who also played volleyball at Boyle, said she kept sharp by vaulting two to three times a week and working with Centre College pole vault coach Dan Graber, who will also be her coach in college since Holderman is attending Centre. Then in the winter, she started getting ready for the upcoming season.
“We start back as soon as soon as school starts back after Christmas break,”¿he said. “And the Mason-Dixon indoor meet is in March and sometimes we don’t get to vault before Mason¿Dixon, and it’s stressful to try and go to a meet after not having vaulted in almost a year.”
Now that she’s reached 9 feet, Holderman is confident she can do it again.
“It’s just a metter of having everything on and everything right, “ she said. “Just being in the right mindset Pole vault is such a mental sport.”
Boyle had two wins and seven runner-up finishes Friday as the Rebels and Henry Clay each finished with 113 1/2 points, the second straight season the teams tied for he title, and Woodford County finished
1 1/2 points behind in third.
The meet was delayed for about an hour after strong stroms blew in during the first lap of the boys 3,200-meter relay.
Boyle’s Maddie Kriz, who earlier in the day signed a letter-of-intent with Division II¿Southern Indiana, won the girls 3,200 and finished second in the 1,600. Natalie Settle of Boyle was second in the 100 hurdles, and Logan Arnold was second in the 800.
Boyle placed second in all four relays.
The team of Nikki Coffey, Elena Raffay, Arnold and Kriz ran its best time of the season by 14 seconds and placed second to Woodford in the 3,200 relay.
Kate Carman, Settle, Arnold and Katie Lester placed second in the 800 relay; Carman, Meagan Curry, Lester and Kaile Short teamed to placed second in the 400 relay; and Settle, Carman, Tabitha Evans and Arnold were second in the 1,600 relay.
Lincoln County’s Alex Bunch took first in the 1,600- and 800-meter runs. Bunch said she was more focused on her place rather than her times Friday.
“A lot of times after the mile, it’s hard ot come back with a strong 800,”¿Bunch said. “I wasn’t that concerned about times where tonight it’s been hot and it’s been cold, I just wanted to run a smart race and hopefully come out with two wins.”
Casey County finished fifth with 50 1/2 points, Mercer County was sixth with 80 points, Danville placed ninth with 29 points, Lincoln was 10th with 28 points and Burgin was 13th with 13 1/2 points.
The Mercer team of Shannon Murray, Lyric Houston, Carli Souder and Savannah Taylor won the 800 relay, while Abby Meece of Casey won the discus.
Danville’s Diamond Pace was second in the triple jump, and Lakken Miller of Casey was second in the high jump.