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Originally published: 2014-04-17 18:00:48
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Watauga dominates NWC meet

by Staff Reports

Watauga's boys' and girls' track and field teams dominated the Northwestern Conference meets held at Jack Groce Stadium Wednesday.

It just took longer than head coach Randy McDonough thought.

The Watauga boys' team rolled to a 36-point lead over second place South Caldwell. Watauga finished with 177.66 points, while South Caldwell was second with 141.83 points.

Freedom was third with 106 points and Hibriten was fourth with 90.66.

Watauga's girls' team also won easily with 178 points. Hickory was second with 153 points and Freedom was third with 78.50 points.

"It took a lot longer than we thought it would," Watauga coach Randy McDonough said. "With a couple of events left, it was still in doubt. Both teams were able to pull it out."

Watauga's boys' showed balance in piling up points.

Zack Styron scored 30 points for Watauga by winning three events. He won the triple jump with a leap of 40-feet, 1-inch. Styron was the only triple jumper to reach the 40-feet barrier.

Styron also won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Styron won the 110 with a time of 16.02 seconds and the 300 with a time of 42.68.

"It was just a full team effort," McDonough said. "We had a lot of people step up in key places."

Matthew Hall won the pole vault with a leap of 12-feet, 6-inches. Justin Hall was third with a 9-6.
Justin Hall was second in the triple jump with a 39-9 , and third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.10. Matthew Hall was also third in the high jump with a 5-6.

Kenan Foxx won the discus with a toss of 127-5 and finished second in the shot put with a 43-7 . Jacob Rutz was fifth in the discus sixth in the shot put.

Watauga also scored its share of points in distance running. Michael Holland won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:21.27, while Jacob Soule was third with a 10:37.71.

Soule was also second in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:36.71, and Matt Osborne was sixth in both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Connor Pate won the 800 run with a time of 2:04.74, while Matthew Hellenbrand was third with a 2:06.19. Andrew Crumpler was sixth.

Watauga's 1,600-relay of Justin Hall, Pate, Hellenbrand and Styron finished second with a 3:35.75. The Pioneers' 3,200-relay team of Bill Bisignani, Holland, Hellenbrand and Pate was second with an 8:32.34.

"We knew Michael Holland would be up there, but this is the first time he has beaten the kid he was running against all year," McDonough said.

Watauga's girls' team had similar results. Distance running did its share.

Kathleen Mansure won the 1,600 run with a time of 5:53.12 and the 3,200 with a time of 12:46.34.
The Pioneers pulled off Top 2 finishes in the 400- and 800-meter runs. Brynne Gould won the 400-meter run with a time of 1:02.67, while Grace Plyler was second with a 1:03.23.

Sophie Sloboda won the 800 with a time of 2:36.79. Lily Weeks finished second with a time of 2:41.10.

Lynde Wangler was third behind Mansure in the 1,600 with a time of 5:59.38. She also finished second to Mansure in the 3,200 run with a 13:21.68.

"In the girls 400 and over, we went 1-2 in every event except for the 1,600 when we finished 1-3," McDonough said. "That was a big difference right there. Us and Hickory were pretty even to that point."

Savanna Randle provided 18 points in the sprints by winning the 100-meter dash with a 12.98, and by taking second in the 200 with a time of 27.03.

Clare Harris captured the girls' discus with a toss of 100-3. She was the only thrower to break the 100-feet barrier.

Alison Seramur won the pole vault with a vault of 10-6. She beat second place Lauren Smith of St. Stephens (7-6) by three feet.

McDonough said the meet went about like he planned, especially after checking the results on the web site ncrunners.com.

"Based on what we saw there, we thought if everything went the way it was supposed to, we should win both meets," McDonough said. "It doesn't always work that way, but it did (Wednesday)."

The Western 4-A Regional is scheduled for May 10 at Providence High School. Watauga will participate in a meet May 2 at Lenoir-Rhyne.

It will give the Pioneers one final chance to qualify more athletes for the regional, and for current qualifiers to sharpen their skills and improve their times before the regional.