By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
On Saturday at the KHSAA Class A State Track Meet at the University of Louisville, Model Laboratory's Hannah Nnoromele ran away from the field to win a second-straight state championship in the 800 meter run.
Nnoromele took the lead in the first 200 meters of the race and never relinquished it, steadily pulling away from the pack on her way to a personal-best time of 2:18.33.
"I like to get out fast and I did that, and I wanted to come in under 66 and I did that, then in the last 50 meters I just gave it everything I had," Nnoromele said. "I'm really pleased with today's race. I had my personal best of 2:18.94 in the region last week and I beat that. So it's good to PR in your last race."
The senior almost had a pair of championships for the Lady Patriots, getting edged out by a step in the 1,600 meter run earlier in the meet.
“I’m very proud of Hannah. She has never left anything on the track and she definitely didn’t today. She was amazing,” Model coach Mark Pressley said.
Even though she was a close second in the 1,600 meter run, Nnoromele said she was still happy with her effort in the race.
"I would liked to have won the 1,600, but I'm not disappointed because I gave it everything I had and I dropped eight seconds off my personal best time in the event, so I'm happy with that," Nnoromele said.
Nnoromele also won the Class A 800 meter title last season. She posted a time of 2:21.97 and beat out St. Henry’s Ashley Svec by more than a second.
Nnoromele's first and second-place finishes Saturday helped the Lady Patriots finish in a tie with Bardstown for seventh place in the meet with 26.5 points.
Model also got other strong performances on the day.
Reagan Cole finished ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 33:02.75. She was 12th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.52 and 14th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.41.
Hannah Durbin was eighth in the pole vault and 20th in the 400 meter dash, while Janie Ward was seventh in the 3,200 meter run.
Nnoromele, Durbin, Ward and Cole teamed up for a seventh-place finish in the 4x400 relay. It took a monster effort by Nnoromele running the anchor leg and Durbin running the third leg to get Model into the number seven spot.
Pressley said he was impressed by the effort of the two.
“It was absolutely amazing how much ground those two made up the last half of that race,” Pressley said. “I’m definitely going to miss her next year.”
Darrian Botts had a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 16:05.50.
On the boys side, Tanner McVey placed 22nd in the shot put and 20th in the 300 hurdles, while Nathan Rininger was 21st in the 400 meter dash.
Pressey said he was proud of what his short-handed team was able to do against the best teams in the state.
“With the small number we have, only six athletes, to finish tied for seventh out of 38 teams is a great accomplishment for this team,” Pressley said.
Berea Community also had several athletes qualify for Saturday's Class A state meet.
Hannah Haycraft finished eighth in the high jump for the Lady Pirates. She teamed with Taiza Alexander, Claire Hogg and Emma Patterson on the 4x200 relay team, which finished 17th.
Bailey Rosenbarker was 15th in the 1,600 meter run.
For the Berea boys, Lincoln Satterthwaite finished 14th in the 1,600 meter run and Raymond McKinney was 20th in the 3,200 meter run.