LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Several students, teachers and coaches were recognized and presented with certificates Monday night at the Laurel County Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett began the meeting by recognizing the first-ever Laurel County swimmer to place in regional competition. Both North and South high schools are only in their second year of competitive swimming and Bennett praised North Laurel High School swimmer Keller Brown for his outstanding efforts during this season.
Brown, a seventh grader, placed fifth at the regional meet in the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:02:77. He qualified for the state tournament where he placed 23rd in the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:02:49, dropping .24 seconds from his best time and missing finals by a little under two seconds. He was the third highest point scorer for the season with 160.5 points
At regionals, Brown and his North Laurel High School teammates improved nearly 74 percent of their times, placing them in a three-way tie for most improved times. They set 17 new school records this season out of 22 events. Brown broke five of his own personal records.
North Laurel High School Archery team members Cody Reed, Breanna Jones and Kayla Vandeplas were also recognized for their outstanding effort at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s (KHSAA) state archery tournament.
Reed scored 288 out of a possible 300 points and finished 20th out of 372 archers. In the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), he finished 22 out of 100 high school boys; 6 of 237 for tenth-grade boys and 26 out of 2,350 overall.
Jones scored 282 out of a possible 300 points. She finished 27th out of 272 archers at KHSAA. At NASP, Jones placed 30 out of 637 high school girls; she placed 8 of 182 in ninth-grade girls and placed 44 out of 1,822 overall.
Vandeplas scored 270 out of a possible 300 points. She finished 90th in her division at KHSAA. At NASP, Vandeplas finished 90 of 666 middle school girls; 22 of 203 for sixth-grade girls and 261 out of 1,822 overall.