Watauga qualifies three girls for state meet
by Staff Reports
ASHEVILLE -- Watauga's track and field teams sent three qualifiers to the state 4-A championships after competing in the Western Regional at A.C. Reynolds Saturday.
Pole vault proved to be the Pioneers' top event. Taylor Drummonds returns to the state finals after qualifying in the pole vault and in the hurdles. She finished second in the pole vault with an effort of 10-feet, 6-inches.
Drummonds also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.09 seconds.
Her sister, Savannah Drummonds, also qualified in the pole vault by playing third with an effort of 9-6. Alison Seramur was fourth in the pole vault with a 9-6, which qualified her for the state meet.
The state meet is Saturday at North Carolina A&T's Belk Stadium.
The Pioneers struggled in distance running, which usually yields some state qualifiers. Darby Middlebrook, who reached the state meet last year, settled for a seventh place finish in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:01.06. Middlebrook, who suffered a broken leg while running cross country at the Western Regional in Charlotte, skipped the 1,600 run.
Madison Harman finished ninth in the 3,200 and Kathleen Mansure was 14th. Doria Kosmala was 14th in the 800 run.
T.C. Roberson won the girls' meet with 92 points. Charlotte Mallard Creek was second with 88 points.
Mallard Creek also won the boys meet with 90 points. Charlotte Vance was second with 76.
Watauga's Michael Holland just missed out on qualifying in the 3,200, but settled for a fifth place finish with a time of 10:19.60. Only the top four qualify for the state meet.
Drew Boyette was sixth. The 3,200-relay team of Bryan Brackney, Josh Anderson, Ryan Hellenbrand and Luke Johnson finished fifth with a time of 8:12.22.