The first ever Tri-Cities Track Classic started off with a bang and would continue to have sterling marks over two days (April 19-20) at Science Hill High School’s Kermit Tipton Stadium. The meet began with 2000 US Olympian Tony Cosey starting his Olympic event, the steeplechase. Fans were in for a treat as athletes did their best to navigate the barriers and the water jump. Hannah Rhodes of Greeneville (8:09.02) and Hayden Borghetti-Metz of Volunteer HS (6:37.08) were the first to take home champion plaques leading the way for the rest of the competition. Meet MVP’s were Evan McCracken of Cherokee HS winning the Shot Put (54-05.00) and the Discus (155-03) winning for the boys and Nora McKiver of T Wingate Andrews taking the 100m Hurdles (14.64) and 300m Hurdles (45.37). The girls team race was dominated by meet hosts Science Hill with a 82.50 lead over second place rival Dobyns Bennett. The boys team was a very tight battle coming down to the 4X400 to close out the meet. Going into the race Spring Valley was down by 3 points and needed to beat Fork Union Military Academy by at least 2 places to take the lead and the meet win. With a dominate run by the Spring Valley quartet (3:22.50) to win (10 points) and a 3rd place run by Fork Union Military Academy (6 points), Spring Valley won by one point. Come join us next year and try to take home the triangle medallion!
Other top marks include:
Girls: Molly Foster-2 mile Coughenour (10:59.95), Emma Mashburn-1 mile Voyles (5:04.68). Mercedes Bright – 100m (12.82), Science Hill – 4X800 (9:59.58), TC Roberson – DMR (12:35.68), Adriana Watkins – TJ (37-07.00), Maggie Eddleton – Discus (117-02)
Boys: Connor McCormack – 400 (50.54), Jordan Roth – 800 (1:56.43), Aaron Templeton - 1 mile Flynn (4:20.92), Clyde Gross 100m/300m Hurdles (15:08/39.37), Spring Valley HS – 4X400/4X800 (3:22.50/8:08.02), Daniel Boone – DMR (10:29.91), Richard King – PV (14-10), Hunter Boone – TJ (45-03.50)
Girls: 1. Science Hill 153.50, 2. Dobyns Bennett 71, 3. John Glenn (OH) 67
Boys: 1. Spring Valley (SC) 106.50, 2. Fork Union Military Academy (VA) 105.50, 3. Daniel Boone 86