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Sports News | May 7, 2004

Obeng helps Bardstown boys to victory

JASON NELSON
Obeng helps Bardstown boys to victory

Kenturky -- The Bardstown boys' track team won the All A Classic at Danville High School Saturday.

Bardstown's Kwasi Obeng scored 30 of Bardstown's 156 team points with three first-place finishes. He was also a member of the 1,600-meter relay team that finished second.

"He had an outstanding day," Bardstown coach Tom Williams said. "He's becoming a great individual athlete."

Obeng's victories were significant not only due to the points scored for the team, but two of his first-place finishes came in events where Raceland's Anthony Frisby, a defending Class A state champion, competed.

"That bids well for Kwasi's season," Williams said. "He has worked hard."

Obeng was first in the 100 in 11.15, the 400 in 51.08, and the 200 in 22.71.

Chris Payne also won his event, the high jump. He jumped 6-6, 10 inches better than second place.

Bardstown's 156 points were 47.5 more than second-place Danville.

The girls' team placed third overall with 72 team points. Danville won the girls' meet with 138 points.

Bardstown's Cassandra Hickman was first in the high jump at 5-2 and the triple jump at 32-11.

Williams said a key to the boys' success has been depth.

"We are beginning to develop a lot of depth," Williams said. "That is what we set out to do at the start of the season. The younger kids have stepped up and made us stronger."

The girls' do not have as much depth, but have had strong season thus far, Williams said.

"We had nine go to Danville," Williams said. "We did really well considering that."

Other strong finishes included the boys' 3,200 relay team (Joseph Wigginton, Paul Downs, Frankie Hibbs, Michael Hillard) which finished first in 8:59.71.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers also had several second-place finishes.

Bardstown will host the 19th District Meet Thursday. It's meet scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled.

Bardstown was also named the WBKI team of the week. The station based out of Louisville came to Bardstown Tuesday to make the announcement.

Bardstown Results

Boys

Team

Bardstown 156. 2. Danville 108.5. 3. Raceland 67. 4. Harrodsburg 47. 5. Green Co. 43. 6. Lexington Christian 25. 7. Frankfort 24. 8. Covington Holy Cross 22.5. 9. Carroll Co. 18. 10. Somerset 14. 11. Brown 1. 12. Portland Christian 1.

Individual

110 hurdles -- 3. Wigginton, 16.27. 4. C. Payne, 16.93.

100 -- 1. Obeng, 11.15. 4. J. Hibbs, 11.49.

1,600 -- M. Hillard, 5:05.82.

400 -- 1. Obeng, 51.08. Seaman, 56.36.

300 hurdles -- 2. Wigginton, 42.49. 4. Reed, 43.99.

800 -- 2. Hillard, 2:12.59. 3. F. Hibbs, 1:14.16.

200 -- 1. Obeng, 22.71. 3. Downs, 24.06.

3,200 -- Hillard, 13:20.67.

Shot put -- 7. Mattingly, 38-00. 8. Williams, 35-04.

Discus -- 2. Mattingly, 127-2. Blackmon, 84-4.

Long jump -- 2. Calhoun, 19-6 3/4. 4. C. Payne, 18-4.

Triple jump -- 2. J. Payne, 40-3 1/2. 8. Phillips, 35-8 3-4.

High jump -- 1. C. Payne, 6-6. 2. Calhoun 5-8.

3,200 relay -- 1. 8:59.71 (Wigginton, Downs, F. Hibbs, Hillard).

800 relay -- 2. 1:33.69 (C. Payne, J. Hibbs, Downs, Young).

400 relay -- 45.86 (Downs, J. Hibbs, Phillips, Young).

1,600 relay -- 2. 3:41.54 (Wigginton, J. Payne, Young, Obeng).

Girls

Team

Danville 138. 2. Covington Holy Cross 98. 3. Bardstown 72. 4. Green Co. 62. 5. Lexington Christian 48. 6. Somerset 41. T7. Carroll Co. 22. Lexington Sayre 22. 9. Harrodsburg 10. 10. Burgin 6.

Individual

100 hurdles-- 5. Hubbard, 20.47.

100 -- 3. Kimberland, 13.61. 4. Douglass, 14.02.

1,600 -- Ahern, 6:20.96.

400 -- Mathis, 1:11.58.

300 hurdles -- 5. Hubbard, 56.10.

800 -- Seaman, 2:46.08.

200 -- 3. Hazelwood, 28.98.

3,200 -- 3. Ahern, 13:54.97.

Shot put -- 8. Rogers, 23-8.

Discus -- 3. Rogers, 71-01.

Long jump -- 2. Hickman, 14-9.

Triple jump -- 1. Hickman, 32-11.

High jump -- 1. Hickman, 5-2.

3,200 relay -- 5. 11:14.71 (Seaman, Ahern, Mathis, Hubbard).

800 relay -- 1:57.23 (Kimberland, Mathis, Douglas, Hazelwood).

400 relay -- 2. 53.91 (Kimberland, Hickman, Hazelwood, Douglas).

1,600 relay -- 4. 4:46.44 (Seaman, Kimberland, Mathis, Hubbard).

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