Watauga sweeps track championships
by Staff Reports
HICKORY -- Watauga's track and field team's showed that although they may not have won every meet during the regular season, it was not time for them to step down as Northwestern Conference champions.
The Pioneers' won both the boys' and girls' NWC track championships held Thursday at Lenoir-Rhyne College. Watauga's boys racked up 155.5 points, while second place Hickory finished with 111.5. Hibriten was third with 103 and South Caldwell fourth with 96.
Watauga's girls' won with 174 points. Hickory was second with 150, Alexander Central was third with 131 and South Caldwell fourth with 80.
Zach Styron grabbed two victories for Watauga's boys' teams in the hurdles. He picked up a win in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.57 seconds. He was the only runner to break the 17-second mark.
Styron followed with a win in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.92 seconds.
Watauga's boys' team did not necessarily have to win an event to score the most points available. Ryan Hellenbrand was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.16. Luke Jonson was fourth with a time of 2:06.98.
In the 1,600-meter run, Josh Anderson was close second to South Caldwell's Dylan Mathewson, who won the event with a time of 4:37.33. Anderson turned in a time of 4:37.39.
Watauga's Michael Holland was fourth and Avery Pitts was sixth in the event. Drew Boyette was third in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:14.84. Holland was fourth and Jacob Soule was fifth. The Pioneers also won the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:11.50.
Bryan Brackney was second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.66, which was close to Hickory's Cory Stinson's time of 50.30. Justin Hall finished sixth for Watauga.
Christian Bachman was fourth and Hall was fifth in the 200 dash.
Hall was particularly busy in the field events. He took second in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 6-inches, third in the triple jump with a leap of 39-0, and fourth in the pole vault with an effort of 11-0 feet.
The Pioneers managed to score points in other field events. Keenan Foxx finished fifth in the shot put and in the discus. Cody Yates was fourth in the discus, and Denver Elliott was sixth in that event.
Watauga's girls' team also used its depth to pull away from the rest of the league. In distance running, long a Watauga strength, Darby Middlebrook led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,600-meter run.
Middlebrook won with a time of 5:25.16. Doria Kosmala was second with a 5:27.22 and Madison Harman was third with a 5:32.82.
Kosmala led a 1-2-4 finish in the 800 run with a time of 2:24.66. Middlebrook was second with a 2:25.56 and Harman was fourth with a 2:30.87.
Kathleen Mansure won the 3,200 run with a time of 12:34.52 and Lynde Wangler was second with a 12:42.31.
Watauga also won the 3,200-meter relay.
The Pioneers also scored point in field events. Taylor Drummonds won the pole vault with an effort of 9-6. Alison Seramur was second with a 9-0.
Drummonds was also fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4-6. Belle Lehmann, who also high jumped a 4-6 was third, but had fewer misses. Clare Harris was third in the triple jump with a jump of 30-10. Addie McLure was fifth and Grace Plyler was seventh in the triple jump.
Drummonds also finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.65 seconds. Lehman was third with a 16.75 and Kennedy Kavanaugh was fourth with a time of 17.84. Drummonds added a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.39. She and race winner, Hickory's Kayla Ruff, were the only runners to break the 50-second mark.
Lehmann was third in the 300 hurdles and Kavanaugh was fourth.
Lilly Weeks was fourth in the 400 dash and Plyler was sixth.