Caldwell, Hoptown to Drop in Class in Track and Cross Country


Caldwell County and Hopkinsville will drop in class in both cross country and track and field starting in 2023-24 according to a draft alignment approved by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association at last month’s board of control meeting.

Caldwell County drops from 2A to 1A for 2023-27 while Hopkinsville returns to Class 2A.

For Caldwell County, they will compete against Fort Campbell and Murray who split region titles in 2023, and Crittenden County, Dawson Springs, Fulton County, Lyon County, Livingston Central, Mayfield, St. Mary, and University Heights Academy.

The new alignment isn’t necessarily easier but could help Caldwell with at-large qualifiers.

Caldwell has several state qualifiers from 2023 expected to return in 2024.

Meanwhile, Hopkinsville drops from Class 3A and will compete in 2A for the first time since 2013. They will join a region that includes Paducah Tilghman, Calloway County, Hopkins County Central, Trigg County, Union County, and Webster County.

The same alignment also applies to cross country.

While their new region is top-heavy, it’s nowhere near as deep as Hoptown’s 3A region. Hopkinsville will become the second-largest team in Class 2A in what will likely be the school’s only year in the class with the expected combination of Hopkinsville High and Christian County High into a single school.

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