Madison County will certainly be well represented when the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Class 3A State Track and Field Meet gets under way today at the University of Kentucky.

A total of 18 local student-athletes are set to compete in 29 individual events, along with three relays.

And several of those standouts have a strong chance to reach the podium.

Madison Central senior Chase Pressley qualified for the state meet in three events. He has the second-best distance of any Class 3A competitor in the triple jump (45-04.50) and the ninth-best mark in the long jump (21-04.00) and the high jump (6-02.00).

Central's Keynadra Mason heads into the state meet with the second-best qualifying distance in the triple jump (36-08.50) and the ninth-best mark in the long jump (16-04.00).

Central eighth-grader Wyatt Stewart won a region title last week by clearing a height of 13-06.00 in the pole vault. That mark is the second-best in Class 3A heading into the state meet.

Stewart posted a mark of 13-07.00 in the pole vault last weekend at the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Middle School State Track Meet. The B. Michael Caudill eighth-grader took first place in the event, while also setting a new middle school state meet record.

Madison Southern freshman Brayden Carson won the region title last week in the high jump. His height of 6-04.00 is third best among Class 3A qualifiers for the state meet.

Central eighth-grader Ciara O'Shea enters the state meet with the fifth-best time in the 1,600 meter run. She is also set to compete in the 3,200 meter run (20th).

Last weekend, O'Shea -- an eighth-grader at Madison Middle -- won state titles in both those events at the events at the KTCCCA Middle School State Meet. Her time of 5:04.99 in the 1,600 meters was the fastest posted by a middle school girls in the country this season.

Central's Conner O'Shea qualified in three events as well. He heads into the state meet with the seventh-fastest time in the 1,600 meters and is 13th in the 3,200 and 21st in the 800 meters.

The junior won region titles in all three events last week.

Central's Dirk Gambrel swept the region hurdles titles last week. He enters the state meet with the eighth-best qualifying time in the 300 hurdles and the ninth-best time in the 110 hurdles.

Central's Tristan Petrey cleared a height of 12-06.00 at the region championship in the pole vault. That is the ninth-best mark of any Class 3A state qualifier.

Other Central athletes set to compete in the state meet include: Taleya Todd (12th in triple jump, 13th in long jump and 17th in the 100 meter dash), Kyler Stewart (24th in 1,600 and 800), Avery Hinson (14th in shot put), Alex Rogers (21st in long jump), Floortje Breeuwer (24th in high jump), Paige Omohundro (24th in high jump) and Tirzah Puckett (14th in pole vault).

The Central boys 4x200 relay has the 13th-best seed team in the field.

Madison Southern freshman Kaylynn Wright qualified in two individual events -- 20th in 100 meter dash and 23rd in 200 meter dash -- and will likely be part of the school's 4x100 relay team, which has the 15th best seed time.

Other Southern athletes to qualify for state include: Nadia Meeks (11th in 100 meter hurdles) and Jonah Farnstrom (13th in 400 meter dash).

The Southern boys 4x400 meter relay team won the region title last week and had the 23rd-best qualifying time.

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