Before Paducah Tilghman senior Valesha Watson starts at Murray State in the fall, she has a chance to make history at the KHSAA Class 2A state track meet next week at the University of Kentucky.

With a win in the 100-meter dash, Watson will be the first high-schooler – boy or girl – to win the race five times at the state level.

“I’m definitely looking to PR,” she said following Monday’s Class 2A regional meet, which the Lady Tornado won with 202.5 points. “But, if I don’t PR, I’ll still be happy with the fact that I won the 100 (for the fifth time).”

Watson’s contributions, said Tilghman coach Randy Wyatt, have been vital the last five seasons.

“She’s everything,” he said. “She’s the foundation of our girls track program. We have a lot of small pieces that make up the rest of our team, but Valesha is worth 40 points a meet. When you lose 40 points, it’s hard to win a championship like that. That’s what she provides for us. I’m really proud of her. She’s come a long way and I’m really proud of her.”

Senior leadership has been at the forefront of the middle distance and distance races for the Lady Tornado, too. Carrying those groups have been twin sisters Addie and Kate Rogers.

“They’re like coaches,” Wyatt said of the twins and thrower Jonce Caldwell. “And, that’s a blessing to have those type of girls on your team keeping the team up and keeping the morale up. I’ve been really proud of those girls.”

Capping the night for the twins was Addie’s win in the 3,200-meter run.

“It’s my last race here (at Tilghman)," she said after crossing the finish line in 3 minutes, 6.54 seconds. “The 2-mile has been my race since I came in as an eighth-grader. It’s just really special to me to get to run that as my last race.”

Tilghman boys run away with regional title

Paducah Tilghman’s boys, with 207 points, finished 98 points ahead of Calloway County on Monday.

Leading the pack for Tilghman was junior Jayden Freeman, who individually and as part of relay teams accounted for 28 points – including wins in the 100 (11.10 seconds) and 200 (22.52).

“Today, I felt great,” Freeman said. “All the handoffs were great. I believe everybody did good today.”

Wyatt said he was proud with the way Freeman's improved as an upperclassman.

“He’s our top sprinter,” Wyatt said. “He has been for the last few years. He started out a little rough, but he’s been able to bring his times down. That’s the thing. Just staying the course. And, he has been.”

Freeman said: “We have a very young team right now and the development of our team will be fine in the next couple of years. I believe we’ll be good.”

Wyatt said only one thing stands in the way of the boys and girls teams and a state championship next week.

“Tilghman,” he said. “That’s just the bottom line. Don’t get me wrong. Mercer County on the girls end is solid. Boyle County, on the boys end, they’re solid as well. All I’m asking of our kids is to go out and give 110 percent and be able to look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘I gave it all I had.’

“Win, lose or draw, I can live with that.”




Regional champion: Paducah Tilghman, 202.5 points

Runner-up: Calloway County 139


4x800-meter relay

Winner: Paducah Tilghman, 10:27.96

Runner-up: Trigg County, 10:35.10

100-meter hurdles

Winner: Mary Kate Via (Paducah Tilghman), 16.97

Runner-up: Jadyn Lencki (Calloway County), 17.04

100-meter dash

Winner: Valesha Watson (Paducah Tilghman), 12.46

Runner-up: Jahlyn Mincey (Fort Campbell), 12.95

4x200-meter relay

Winner: Paducah Tilghman, 1:43.87

Runner-up: Trigg County, 1:51.05

1600-meter run

Winner: Madeline Strenge (Paducah Tilghman), 5:57.37

Runner-up: Spring Dolbee (Calloway County), 6:06.35

4x100-meter relay

Winner: Paducah Tilghman, 49.38

Runner-up: Fort Campbell, 51.71

400-meter dash

Winner: Valesha Watson (Paducah Tilghman), 58.27

Runner-up: DeDe Barbee (Trigg County), 1:03.30

300-meter hurdles

Winner: Mary Kate Via (Paducah Tilghman), 49.65

Runner-up: Jadyn Lencki (Calloway County), 49.91

800-meter run

Winner: Ainsley Smith (Calloway County), 2:31.94

Runner-up: Elle Carson (Calloway County), 2:41.86

200-meter dash

Winner: Valesha Watson (Paducah Tilghman), 25.47

Runner-up: Maisic Harris (Paducah Tilghman), 26.44

3200-meter run

Winner: Addie Rogers (Paducah Tilghman), 13:06.64

Runner-up: Livi Ricks (Trigg County), 13:26.08

4x400-meter relay

Winner: Trigg County, 4:20.00

Runner-up: Calloway County, 4:24.32

Shot put

Winner: Denaleigh Starks (Webster County), 38 feet, 5 inches

Runner-up: Kiya Coleman (Paducah Tilghman), 34 feet, 2 inches


Winner: Joza Mikulcik (Calloway County), 116 feet, 3 inches

Runner-up: Jonce Caldwell (Paducah Tilghman), 108 feet

Long jump

Winner: Jaaliyah Biggers (Paducah Tilghman), 18 feet

Runner-up: Dasia Garland (Paducah Tilghman), 15 feet, 5.25 inches

Triple jump

Winner: Jaaliyah Biggers (Paducah Tilghman), 36 feet, 7.5 inches

Runner-up: Dasia Garland (Paducah Tilghman), 34 feet, 10.5 inches

High jump

Winner: Ellie Jackson (Calloway County), 4 feet, 10 inches

Runner-up: Sheree Pollock (Fort Campbell), 4 feet, 6 inches

Pole vault

Winner: Angel Manalang (Fort Campbell), 7 feet, 6 inches

Runner-up: Mattie Adams (Calloway County), 7 feet, 6 inches



Regional champion: Paducah Tilghman, 207 points

Runner-up: Calloway County, 109


4x800-meter relay

Winner: Calloway County, 8:48.10

Runner-up: Fort Campbell, 8:57.44

110-meter hurdles

Winner: Malachi Kirby (Paducah Tilghman), 15.12

Runner-up: Kymaiah Barner (Paducah Tilghman), 15.15

100-meter dash

Winner: Jayden Freeman (Paducah Tilghman), 11.10

Runner-up: Luke Birdsong (Paducah Tilghman), 11.34

4x200-meter relay

Winner: Calloway County, 1:30.20

Runner-up: Paducah Tilghman, 1:30.46

1600-meter run

Winner: Wyatt Dunham (Calloway County), 4:53.34

Runner-up: Myles Middleton (Paducah Tilghman), 4:53.86

4x100-meter relay

Winner: Paducah Tilghman, 43.53

Runner-up: Calloway County, 43.90

400-meter dash

Winner: Jackson Goodwin (Paducah Tilghman), 49.65

Runner-up: Zea Tharpe (Paducah Tilghman), 51.92

300-meter hurdles

Winner: Censier Conner (Paducah Tilghman), 42.44

Runner-up: Malachi Kirby (Paducah Tilghman), 42.97

800-meter run

Winner: Garrett West (Webster County), 2:08.61

Runner-up: Dareios Stribling (Calloway County), 2:08.63

200-meter dash

Winner: Jayden Freeman (Paducah Tilghman), 22.52

Runner-up: Jaquellus Martin (Trigg County), 22.70

3200-meter run

Winner: Ryan Roland (Webster County), 10:45.10

Runner-up: Daniel Puckett (Calloway County), 10:53.20

4x400-meter relay

Winner: Paducah Tilghman, 3:34.03

Runner-up: Fort Campbell, 3:38.22

Shot put

Winner: Jackson Kelly (Paducah Tilghman), 44 feet, 10 inches

Runner-up: Kaden Groves (Hopkins County Central), 41 feet, 8 inches


Winner: DaRoyce Flemons (Paducah Tilghman), 157 feet, 10 inches

Runner-up: Amario Patterson (Paducah Tilghman), 132 feet, 3 inches

Long jump

Winner: Doryan Hall (Fort Campbell), 21 feet, 0.5 inches

Runner-up: Austin Keeling (Fort Campbell), 19 feet, 6 inches

Triple jump

Winner: Austin Keeling (Fort Campbell), 44 feet, 2.5 inches

Runner-up: Damien Ford (Paducah Tilghman), 42 feet

High jump

Winner: Luke Schwepker (Calloway County), 6 feet, 2 inches

Runner-up: Ke’Shawn Daniels (Fort Campbell), 6 feet

Pole vault

Winner: Dale Young (Paducah Tilghman), 10 feet

Runner-up: Oscar Vasquez (Calloway County), 9 feet, 6 inches

Unified events

Shot put

Winner: Jayden Dunn (Calloway County), 57 feet, 0.25 inches

Runner-up: Cheryl Chestnut (Calloway County), 33 feet, 0.75 inches

Long jump

Winner: Joseph Ramirez (Calloway County), 38 feet, 1 inch

Runner-up: Kayle Bradley (Calloway County), 31 feet, 3.5 inches

2x50-meter relay

Winner: Paducah Tilghman, 16.52

Runner-up: Calloway County, 16.80

4x100-meter shuttle hurdle

Winner: Calloway County, 55.45

Runner-up: Paducah Tilghman, 1:03.18

2x200-meter relay

Winner: Calloway County “A”, 53.14

Runner-up: Calloway County “B”, 1:03.09

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