Wayne track wins Tri-Cities meet

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<strong>The Wayne boys track team won the Tri-Cities Invitational in Johnson City, Tennessee this past weekend.</strong>

The Wayne boys track team won the Tri-Cities Invitational in Johnson City, Tennessee this past weekend.

Photo courtesy Easterling Studios

JOHNSON CITY, TN — The Wayne Warrior Track teams traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee this past weekend to compete at the Tri-Cities Invitational, held on the campus of Science Hill High School at Steve Spurrier Field. The men’s squad was victorious, scoring 173 points, outdistancing 2nd place Blacksburg HS (Virginia), which scored 82 points. There were 38 teams competing, with 29 scoring points in the meet.

The shuttle hurdle team of Terrion McGhee, James Page, Jalil Pollard and Justin Harris were victorious and set a new meet record of 64.46 (previous record was 68.78). What was unique about this race was that it was run at normal 39 inch height, where usually it’s run at the lower 36 inch height.

“We didn’t know until they lined up that they were going to be that height,” said Wayne Coach Mike Fernandez. “It didn’t deter them, and actually was better for us, as we had four solid hurdlers. That was a great performance.”

Justin Harris also was victorious in the 300 meter hurdles, running 41.25 seconds. Jalil Pollard (41.82) and Terrion McGhee (43.05) placed third and 5th, respectively. Harris also placed 4th in the 110 high hurdles, running 15.63. McGhee was 5th in 16.09. Steve McCollum also qualified for the finals, but was unable to run in the finals.

Harris also led off the 2nd place 4×400 meter relay 3:30.48. Running with Harris were Jalil Pollard, Kevin Wright and Elijah Hill.

“This was Justin’s first meet back, and he was a little rusty, but still ran some impressive times,” Fernandez noted.

Sophomore Zarik Brown made his name known by winning the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.78 seconds. Teammate Alijah Fleming was 8th in the event. Brown also took 4th in the 100 meter dash, running 11.47, while Kevin Wright took 3rd in 11.41. Zarik also teamed with Wright, Elijah Hill and Brian Hill to win the 4×200 meter relay, running 1:31.28. Fernandez feels that Brown is going to surprise some people this year.

The 4×100 meter relay team of Brown, Steve Victoria, Kevin Wright and Elijah Hill took 2nd with their season best time of 43.99.

“Kevin Wright ran a strong 2nd leg. He’s been running strong in all his events this year,” Fernandez stated.

In the 400 meter dash, Joseph Collins was fifth in 52.34. Lucas Houk took 5th in the 800 meter run in 2:04.62. Houk also led off the Distance Medley relay (1200-400-800-1600), teaming with Demorea Benson, Cole Conover and Lane Vukovic to place 4th in 11:48.18. Houk, Pollard, Jacob Miller and Vukovic placed 3rd in the 4×800 relay, running 8:41.22.

In the field events, Kristin Liljuson placed 3rd in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 6 inches. Brian Hill had a nice day as well, placing 3rd in the long jump (21 feet, 3.75 inches, a personal best), 2nd in the triple jump (42 feet, 11 inches) and 4th in the high jump (5 feet, 11 inches).

“Brian has had a great start to the season; he’s our most consistent jumper,” Fernandez said.

The shot put trio of Joel Crain (52 feet, 3 inches), Ben Jackson (50 feet, 10.5 inches) and Mazon Walker (49 feet, 6.5 inches) swept the top three places, scoring 24 points. Crain (148 feet, 3 inches, personal best), Jackson (138 feet, 7 inches) and Jardon Omolo (131 fee,t 10 inches) took 1st, 3rd and 5th places respectively in the discus.

“Our throwers will be a major strength of our team this year,” Fernandez said.

Other placers were; Caleb Butcher (8th place triple jump, 40 feet, .75 inch), Boys B team Shuttle hurdle team of Steve McCollum, Davonte Jackson, Kristin Liljuson and Butcher (3rd place in 1:12.79), the Boys B team 4×400 relay of Terrion McGhee, Joe Collins, Davonte Jackson and Demorea Benson (4th in 3:32.19), The B team 4×200 relay of Alijah Fleming, Steve Victoria, Davonte Jackson and Joe Collins was 3rd in 1:35.67, and the B team 4×100 meter relay team of Fleming, Jackson, Benson and Caleb Butcher 5th in 45.21.

The ladies squad took runner-up, scoring 114.5 points, just behind champion Blacksburg High School from Virginia. Junior Taylor Robertson was voted the meet MVP for females by meet officials. Taylor scored 30 points herself by winning the 100 hurdles (15.99), taking second in the pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches), and 3rd in both the long jump (16 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (35 feet, 2.5 inches).

“Taylor’s versatility is her strength,” Fernandez commented. “She’s competing at a high level. She’s driven to be the best, and she’s off to a great start of the season.”

Senior Graysen Simmons won the pole vault, clearing 11 feet. Simmons also placed 7th in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 9 inches. Teammate Codi Scogin was 6th in the pole vault (9 feet) and 6th in the triple jump (33 feet, 0.75 inch). Junior Maliya Drew had a career day; placing 5th in the triple jump (33 feet, 6.5 inches) and 6th in the long jump (15 feet, 11 inches). Both distances were a personal best. Amaya Howard also placed 8th in the triple jump, leaping 32 feet, 10.25 inches.

Senior Amani Westry anchored two relays to victory. The 4×100 meter relay ran 52.30. Running on that relay were Kaniya McGowan, Charity Miller and Amaya Howard. The 4×200 relay ran a season best time of 1:49.92. Running on that relay were Diamond Jones, McGowan and Miller. The B team 4×200 of Maria Brightman, Deja Scott, Jasmene Jones and Jaelee Jones placed 5th in 1:55. The B team 4×100 of Jones, Scott, La’Deja Nelson and Maliya Drew was also 5th, running 53.73.

In the 100 meter dash, Westry (13.37) and McGowan (13.67) placed 4th and 5th, respectively.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Brooklyn Cassidy, Kaniya McGowan, Kaya Stargel and Brittany Prater ran a season’s best time of 4:18.76, to take first place.

“All four runners ran exceptional,” Fernandez said.

In the 300 hurdles, Diamond Jones placed 6th in 51.81, and Kaya Stargel was 7th in 52.99. Stargel was also 7th in the 100 hurdles, running 17.91 (preliminaries). Jones and Stargel, teamed with Jaelee Jones and Maliya Drew to take 2nd in the shuttle hurdles, running 1:12.70. The B team of Westry, Kloe Muntz, Codi Scogin and Amaya Howard placed 4th in 1:21.88.

The 4×800 relay team of Kristen Hoelscher, Sabryna Creech, Brooklyn Cassidy and Madi Cochren placed 7th with a season best time of 10:56.27. Hoelscher, Creech, Cayla Crace and Cochren placed 5th in the Distance Medley relay, running 14:28.08.

“We came down and ran some impressive times,” Fernandez added. “Our strength continues to be our overall depth. It will pay dividends later in the year, as we start focusing on advancing towards the state meet. We had so many outstanding performances; I hope we continue this as we go later into the season.”

The Warrior track team will host the Warrior Relays on April 4th before traveling to Sycamore High School for the ‘Clash of the Titans’ meet, pitting top schools for the GMC (Great Miami Conference) and GWOC (Greater Western Ohio Conference) on April 7.

The Wayne boys track team won the Tri-Cities Invitational in Johnson City, Tennessee this past weekend.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/04/web1_WayneBoysTrack.jpgThe Wayne boys track team won the Tri-Cities Invitational in Johnson City, Tennessee this past weekend. Photo courtesy Easterling Studios

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