White County High School track team breaking records


The White County High School Track team had a couple of good showings last week, breaking and re-breaking records in the process.

On April 12, 2022, the team traveled to Cookeville where Malaki Dowell broke the WCHS record in the 100m with a time of 11.73, previously 11.76, and Darvon Richmond ran the 110m hurdles in a school record setting time of 17.07, previously 17.96. Those records would only stand for two days.

On Thursday, at Dragon Field, in Jamestown, Richmond bettered his time by a half second, running the 100m hurdles in 16:32.

“Maliki Dowell blistered a new record with 11.12 in the 100m dash, smashing his old record of 11.73 from last meet,” White County coach Brian Everett said about Thursday’s run for the junior who took first in the event.

Dowell is also a part of the team’s 4x100 relay. Dowell and Jakeb Davis, Javyn Strode, and Christian Kelso bested their own school record with a new time of 45.32 during the Cookeville meet. 

While the relay team was a little slower on Thursday, plenty of other White County track athletes joined Richmond and Dowell in setting records on Dragon Field.

Keaun Lewis landed a triple jump at 37.10 feet, which was good enough for second place. However, teammate Jakeb Davis stole the school record with a jump of 37.11 feet the same day. While Lewis and Davis were triple jumping, Japheth Richmond was setting a new White County record of 6 feet 4 inches in the high jump category.

Christian Kelso just missed out on a record of his own, running one second off of the Warrior record speed in the 300m hurdles, but, despite missing out on the record, Kelso was able to take first place in the event.

In the women’s races, records weren’t falling, but there were plenty of wins to go around.

Josie Williams and Jordan Whitaker took first place and second place respectively in the 200m dash, while Abigail Welch landed a first place in the 1600m event. Callieanna Griggs and Riley Savage rounded out the field, taking second and third in the 300m hurdles.

“We continue to improve, which is a good sign this time of year. Lots of records are still falling, but, most importantly, the athletes are gaining personal best times, jumps and throws – a testament to how hard they are working,” Coach Everett said.  “We also have several kids that have a real shot at advancing to the Semi-Sectionals that follow the Districts.”

Click here for complete results from the April 12 meet.

Click here for complete results from the April 14 meet.


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