Lincoln’s Crosby wins shot put and discus titles at state meet – The Interior Journal


Lincoln’s Crosby wins shot put and discus titles at state meets

Published 3:27 PM Wednesday June 5, 2024

Germani Crosby wants it all.

The Lincoln County sophomore won two state track and field championships Friday for a total of four in three years, but her aspirations are much higher.

Crosby hopes to continue to dominate the shot put and discus, earn more championships and rewrite state records in both events before she leaves high school.

“My next goal is to set the state records for both shot put and discus,” Crosby said.

In the present, however, Crosby was thrilled to capture the Class 2A titles in both throwing events at the KHSAA State Track and Field Championships.

“I’m so happy to have won both. This means a lot to me and my coaches,” she says.

Crosby claimed two of the six state championships won by area athletes in the Class 2A section of the state meet at the University of Kentucky.

“I’ve wanted this since eighth grade,” she said. “I wasn’t that focused the last few years, I would say, but I really locked in and focused on what I wanted to achieve.”

Crosby won her third consecutive state shot put title by nearly 4 1/2 feet with a throw of 40 feet, 2 1/2 inches, and she won the discus for the first time by more than 23 feet with a personal best throw of 134-1.

Her goals in the state record book are 43-7 1/4 in the shot put and 145-3 in the discus.

Crosby attributed much of her improvement this season to her work in the weight room.

“I spent a lot of time in the weight room, which strengthened my upper body and my lower body,” she said.

She said her work with her coaches, Don Harris of Lincoln and Andy Fryman, who holds the overall record in the boys discus and the Class 2A record in the boys shot put, also helped her immensely.

And she got to share her success with younger sister Zyanya, a freshman who earned her first two state medals of her own by finishing fifth in both events.

“I’ve had my sister excited since day one,” Germani Crosby said. “She’s the one who got me into shooting and discus because she’s the one who got on the court first, and I couldn’t have accomplished it without her.”

Zyanya Crosby said she loved sharing the stage with her sister.

“It feels really good, and I want to make my family proud and make Germani proud,” she said.

Zyanya Crosby had a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 32-10 1/2. Her highest throw in the discus was 106-10, which she said was just over three feet shy of her PR in that event.

The Crosby sisters scored enough points in their two events to give Lincoln a top 10 ranking in the girls team standings. The Lady Patriots were in ninth place with 28 points.

And Zyanya Crosby said the rivalry between the two sisters who live and train together is alive and well.

“Oh, it’s tight,” she said. “It’s really tight.”

The Crosbys weren’t the only Lincoln athletes with something to celebrate at the state meet. Cash Baird was pleased to finish sixth in the boys high jump at the end of his first season in track and field.

“It’s my first year doing this and I’ve put a lot of work into it, so I’m feeling pretty good,” Baird said.

The freshman cleared the bar at 6-2 and surpassed his PR by 2 inches.

He said he took up track and field because he thought it would help him stay in shape for basketball and he thought he could do well at it.

“I think my coaches and my dedication to just trying and trying to get over the bar and technique and just repeating helped me,” Baird said.

Mercer County, the defending Class 2A boys team champion, exceeded expectations by finishing second in the boys team standings.

“We were supposed to finish fourth. We were only supposed to score 31 points and we ended up scoring 52,” said Mercer coach Lyn Flach.

Boyle County placed third in the boys standings, its highest finish since winning a team title in 2019.

The Rebels got a boost from the 400-meter relay team of Andrew Nason, Eli Short, Brock Driver and Jordan Brown, who won in 43.23 seconds.

“We were placed second and we were like, ‘We’re going to get that gold medal,’ because it was only 0.2 seconds difference, and we had PR’d another half second today after we’d already achieved our PR. like half a second at regionals,” Short said. “We were ready to get that gold and secure the state championship.”

Brown was the newest addition to the relay team, competing in the regional meet after recovering from stress fractures in both legs.

Short, the only senior in the group, said he was thrilled to win his final high school race. He plans to try out for the team in Louisville next year.

“I’ve been running track for seven years and we’ve won regionals and I was over the moon about that… so to be able to come first, especially in an event that I’m extremely passionate about, yeah, it just made me to grab the moon again.”

Mercer’s lone individual victory came from Titus Gay, who surpassed his previous record in the boys triple jump by more than two feet with a leap of 43-8 on his final attempt.

He had a few minutes to take the reading, and as soon as he heard it, he started running around the infield, hugging teammates and shouting for joy.

“I knew it was a good jump … and it took forever for (the official) to find the size … so the anticipation was just insane,” Gay said. “And then he says 43-8, and that made me so happy because as a freshman I never expected to go that far or win state. I’m only 15 years old. I’m just so happy.”

Casey County’s Luke McQueen has been chasing championships in the boys shot put for some time, capping off his high school career by winning indoor and outdoor state titles as a senior.

McQueen, who will pitch for Western Kentucky next year, had a top throw of 58-3 1/2 and won by more than six feet.

“I’ve just gotten more consistent,” McQueen said. “I have only been spinning for a very short time, and I have been able to work and stay balanced.”

McQueen also shared a state title with Casey sophomore Brady Wright, who won the mixed unified shot put 67-1 1/2.