From the Lexington Herald-Leader
One year after finishing fifth as an eight-grader, Lexington Christian freshman Kendall Hayes took home the state title in the 3,200 run with a time of 11:58.02, 12 seconds ahead of second-place Abby Jones, a seventh-grader from Newport Central Catholic.
Hayes said her coaches knew she could beat the time that gave her the No. 3 seed coming into the race.
“My coaches knew I could win it if I gave it my all,” she said. “Since everyone was so confident in me winning, I didn’t want to let them down … for only being a freshman it feels really good.”