WCHS track team begins season at King of the Mtn.
Posted By Sparta Live | March 31, 2014 12:00 am
The White County High School girls and boys competed in their first spring track meet on a cold Thursday night on the mountain in Crossville.
Stone Memorial hosted the first of three events, which will comprise the King of the Mountain triple crown. Each of the three events will give away medals for the top three places, gold, silver and bronze.
WCHS earned seven medals, including two for the boys and five for the girls.
Frederique Demers was the top point winner for the WCHS girls with seven points. She placed second for a silver medal in the 3200-meter, fourth place in the 800-meter and seventh in the 1600-meter.
Annie Kropackova was the second highest in points for the girls with six points, four points in the 200-meter dash for a fifth place finish and a seventh place finish in the 100-meter dash for two points.
Kropackova, Abby Ratliff, Mallory Scott and Melaney Payne won bronze medals in the 4×200-meter relay and also placed fifth in the 4×100-meter relay.
Andrea Richardson shared the third highest points placing 7th in both the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles for the team, with Abby Ratliff, Mallory Scott, and Melaney Payne adding four points with the relays. Keesha Williams also came in 8th place in the 100M dash for one point.
The WCHS girls scored 28 points in the meet placing 7th out of eight teams.
Senior Jimmy Wallace led the boys scoring with nine points. He scored seven
points and received a bronze medal for 3rd place in the 300M Hurdles and two points for his seventh place finish in the 110M Hurdles.
Freshman Jake Shockey was right behind him with eight points. Shockey scored his points by earning a second place silver medal in the 200M dash. Jake Shockey, Peyton Leftwich, Rance McCurry and Cameron Bruce just missed earning a medal in the 4x200M relay earning five points for 4th place. Shockey, Wallace, McCurry and Leftwich also just missed earning a medal in the 4x100M relay with another fourth place finish and five more points.
McCurry came in sixth place for three points in the 200M dash. Peyton Leftwich came in seventh place in the 200M scoring two points and Cameron Bruce placed seventh in the discus scoring two points.
The WCHS boys scored 34 points in the meet for sixth place out of eight teams.
“Despite the very cold and windy conditions the whole team performed very well,” noted WCHS track coach, Dave Bruce. “Because of the fact we have no track, this was the first time our runners actually had a chance to run on a lined track which shows the hand-off areas for relays and the first time many of them had ever started with a gunshot. Running in lanes and knowing where to start can get very confusing and our athletes did an excellent job of executing correct form in hand-offs and all aspects of running in lanes. The other events we successfully competed in were shot put, discus and long jump.
“The times were not very strong because of the incredibly strong head wind the whole evening. Despite this strong wind, Frederique Demers ran a personal best time in the 1600M at 6:46.31 and Addie Hickey also ran a personal best in the 1600M with a 7:24.64. In just one month, the two have shaved 1:20 off their times. Also, many of our first time participants set their personal best standard.”
The WCHS track team will be back in action at Stone Memorial for King of the Mountain #2 at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 1st.