By David Rogers. March 29, 2017. BOONE, NC — Hibriten’s boys and Watauga’s girls ran away with the highest team scores in Tuesday’s 7-school track meet hosted by the Pioneers. Other teams included Ashe County, St. Stephens, Freedom, Avery County, and Williams Academy.
COVER IMAGE: Hibriten sophomore G. Witherspoon topped the field with a time of 11.24 in the 100 Meter Dash
SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News at Bottom
Watauga’s boys team got top performances from its 4×800 Meter Relay teams, the Pioneer “A” quartet finishing in 9:02.74 for a 1st place finish and the “B” team missing the second spot by a split second, posting a 9:54.99 time to Avery’s second place effort of 9:53.95.
WHS sophomore Luke Drummond topped the field in the 110 Meter High Hurdles in a time of 16.36. In the Boys 1600 meters, Pioneer senior Sam Williams was the only local point-getter with a 4th place finish in 5:03.26, well behind St. Stephens junior middle distance ace Jayden Hefner’s 4:49.10.
Drummonds came back to take second place in the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles, a little more than two seconds behind Hibriten’s Miles Simon (41.71).
Watauga took five of the top 10 spots in the boys 3200 Meter Run, the best being junior Price St. Clair’s 3rd place effort in 11:12.50. Other top 10 finishers in the event included Grant Pilkington (5th, 11:18.37). Joshua Lamont (6th, 11:19.14), Avery Cannon (7th, 11:23.24) and freshman Ethan Turner (9th, 12:07.06).
Jed Willingham, a sophomore, took 2nd in the Triple Jump with a leap of 38-10.00, and 6th in the Long Jump at 17-06.50. Freshman Logan Welton grabbed 4th place in the Long Jump with a 17-11.00 effort.
Drummonds also captured the 2nd spot in the Pole Vault, going 10-06.00.
Boys Team Scores included:
- 158 — Hibriten (particularly strong in sprints and jumps
- 96 — Ashe
- 88 — St. Stephens (strong in distance running)
- 80 — Watauga (weaker in sprints and throws)
- 69 — Freedom
- 58 — Avery (almost half their points was in the relays)
- 4 — Williams
Watauga’s girls started things off with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 Meter Hurdles, featuring senior Kinley Drummonds (16.93), freshman Emma Brown (17.41) and junior Montana Mills (17.82)
Sophomore Emma Beach got 2nd in the Girls 1600 Meter Run, in 6:17.75, behind St. Stephens senior Allison Bolling’s 6:09.53.
Freshman Brooke Byrd showed her versatility on the day, placing 2nd in the Girls 400-Meter Dash (1:05.69), winning the Girls Long Jump by almost a foot with a 15-04.75 effort AND the Girls Triple Jump (32-05.00), and tied for third in the Girls High Jump (4-06.00).
Freshman Rebekah Farthing tied for 1st place in the High Jump, at 4-08.00, grabbed 3rd place in the Triple Jump (29-02.50) and 5th in the Long Jump (13.06.25).
Watauga blew away the field in the 4×400 relay, winning the event in a respectable 4:44.43, 12 seconds ahead of second place Ashe County.
Maddie Darner sprinted to a 5th place finish in the Girls 200 Meter Dash (29.93), while Emma Beach, Angela Ramsdell, Ella Campbell and Catie Holder finished 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th, respectively, in the Girls 800 Meters.
It was “Emma Day” in the Girls 300 Meter Hurdles event. Freshman Emma Brown won in a time of 51.49 and Emma Saltman was 3rd in 52.72.
The Pioneers dominated the Pole Vault event, taking five of the top six places, including Kinley Drummonds (1st, 9-06.00), Emma Saltman (2nd), Emma Brown (3rd), Grace Watson (4th) and Lauren Shaw (6th).
Senior Rana Foxx picked up 2nd in the Discus, 82-10.
Girls Team Scores
- 176.00 — Watauga
- 125.00 — St. Stephens
- 105.50 — Ashe County
- 54 .00- Freedom
- 40.50 — Avery
- 25.00 — Hibriten
- 10.00 — Williams Academy