Pikeville just finished the track and field season with a strong showing at the Class A State Track and Field meet.
The Panthers finished 15th overall on the boys’ side.
Several Panthers had Top 5 and Top 10 finishes at the state meet.
Pikeville’s Harrison Booher finished fifth in the 1,600 meter run and also set a personal record with a time of 4:35.47.
“It was great to have a Top 5 finish this year,” Booher said. “In the past few years, I was younger and had been an underdog when I ran. This year, I set a goal to finish in the Top 8. A Top 8 finish is a podium finish and I really wanted to do that. But to have a Top 5 finish was huge for me. To do that, it helps me set a target for what I want to do next year. And it makes me want to work even harder.
“Going into this year, I hadn’t broke a five minute mile. So to get down to a 4:35, was unbelievable. I worked hard to get faster and faster and to see that improvement that quick, just makes me want to work that much harder. I’m already looking forward to next year’s track season. With what we have coming back next season, I believe we’re ranked as a Top 3 team in the state. So that gives us confidence that we might have a shot to win a state title.”
Pikeville’s Jackson Hensley finished fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.24 seconds.
The Panthers also had a fifth place finish in the 4X100 meter relay. The team of Christian Billiter, Seth Pugh, Peyton Blair and Cody Raines finished with a time of 44.73.
Pugh also had a fourth place finish in the High Jump competition. He had a successful jump of 6-04.
Jon Collum finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 44-07.50.
Booher also had a 14th place finish in the 3,200 meter run.
Hensley also had a 14th place finish in the triple jump.
Jason Lin, Adam Swofford, Drew Hurley and Eric Green finished 13th in 4X800 meter relay.
In the girls’ events, Pikeville’s Emily Hager finished eighth in the long jump with a jump of 15-01.75.
This season Pikeville won the Class A title. Had six individual region champions and set five school records.
“This year is the first year as a part of the team that we had guys finishing first or second in about every event in the region,” Booher said. “The guys who do throw events, the sprinters, the guys who do relay and long distance runners all were solid. The is the best all-around Pikeville team that I’ve been a part of.”
Booher has started to turn some head and get some recognition from colleges offering him scholarships.
“I’ve worked so hard and I try to tell myself that I’m not going to let anyone outwork me,” Booher said. “So to get some offers and see people give me some recognition with that, just motivates me more. I’m not satisfied. I want to work harder and see if I can pick up a DI offer or two. That is a good motivator.”
This summer Booher will stay busy doing some cross-country events and some camps.
“I’ll be doing some 5k’s and half marathons around here,” Booher said. “I’ll also be going to North Carolina to do an Adidas Camp. I think that really gets me ready and will help me in the transition form cross-country to track.”