LEXINGTON - Mayfield's Raquell Verri had to overcome some personal adversity before reaching her own mountain top during the KHSAA Class 1A State Track Meet held Saturday at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track Facility
"I actually thought I was going to throw farther this meet, but I guess nerves got the best of me," said the senior, who won girls discus with a throw of 116 feet, 10 inches after finishing second in the event last year. "But I'm just going to give all the credit to God, because I also scratched twice, got a 92 and just barely made it into the finals. So I had to take a moment and told Him this was all His and that I couldn't do it without Him. He proved Himself and He works really hard. I think I felt overconfident and He did things in a way that would humble me. I'm just amazed by His glory. I love it."
Winning the state discus title was something Verri has been dreaming of all year.
"I haven't been able to think of anything else this whole year besides throwing, because I wanted this so badly," said Verri, who's been in three straight state meets. "I've always felt not good enough and this makes me want to tell myself to shut up and realize I'm perfect the way I am. I'm just so excited and humbled. I'm so happy."
Murray High beamed proudly after winning state in its boys 4x200 meters and 4x100 relay teams, its girls 4x100 relay and freshman Grace Campbell in the high jump.
Campbell claimed the high jump with a leap of 5-4. She said she felt some pressure because she came into the competition with the best jump in Class 1A of 5-5.
"It was great to win," said Campbell, who finished fourth in the event last year. "But it was really nerve racking going into it because I was expected to win. So if I didn't it would be a disappointment. But I won so it was good."
The Tigers used the efforts of its relay teams to finish second overall in the boys team standings with 55 points to Fort Knox's winning total of 70 points.
The Lady Tigers took third with 61 points. St. Henry won the girls team championship with 121.50 points and Newport Central Catholic was second with 97.
"We talked about establishing some momentum early in the meet with our relays and our sprint hurdles and it really snowballed from there," Murray coach Mark Boggess said. "We started with Dylan Boone finishing second in the 110 hurdles and then we ran through the boys 4x200 and both the boys and girls 4x100. Then we accumulated points
Murray's boys 4x200 team, run with Robert Harvey, Peyton Glynn, Boone and Des'jahvonni Miles, won in a school record 1:31.17.
"After regionals we started working on our handoffs and making sure they were really quick," said Boone, whose 15.71 was also good enough to take second in the 110 hurdles. "We just started really working hard in practice, we trust each other and we came out here and executed."
The Lady Tigers won the 4x100 in 51.55 seconds with Yasmine Homa, Rachel McDonald, Haley Glynn and Ann Taylor.
"Today was awesome," Glynn said. "I just remember giving the baton to our anchor Ann Taylor and when she crossed the finish line we all went nuts. With Ann and I being freshmen, Yasmine just being a sophomore and Rachel a junior, we know we're just going to get better over the years to come, event though we won this year. So it's awesome."
The 43.68 seconds the Tigers finished the 4x100 in was run by James Holland, Glynn, Harvey and Miles.
"Our team has been waiting for our time to shine and we finally got it," said Miles, who was also a member of the 4x200 team, came in fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.62) and took fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.47). "Every day of every minute we're just working and striving to get better. We just go together."
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