Watauga track teams take third
by Staff Reports
HICKORY -- Watauga's boys' and girls' track and field teams both finished third in the Fleet Feet Sports Hickory Track and Field Invitational Saturday.
Watauga's boys' team finished with 81 points, just four points behind meet winner Shelby, which finished with 85. Charlotte Olympic finished with 84 points to take second. South Caldwell was fourth with 64 points.
Watauga's girls' team finished with 64 points. Alexander Central won the meet with 135 points, while Hickory was second with 87.5.
Both the boys' and girls' teams benefitted from the pole vault. Watauga's boys got a second-place finish from Matthew Hall, who vaulted an 11-feet even. Ryan Poole was fifth with a vault of 8-6.
Watauga's girls' got a second-place finish from Alison Seramur, who vaulted 8-6.
Watauga's boys' turned to its distance runners for points. The Pioneers' 3,200-meter relay team comprised of Bryan Brackney, Matthew Hellenbrand, Luke Johnson and Matt Osborne combined for a second place finish. They turned in a time of 8:42.41.
Brackney also won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.53. Hellenbrand was fourth with a 2:07.52.
Josh Anderson took fourth in the 3,200-run with a 10:17.30. Drew Boyette was sixth with a 10:40.36, and Watauga's 1,600-relay team won with a time of 3:39.10.
In other events, Matthew Hall was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-2. Zack Styron took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300-hurdles with a time of 44.0.
In the girls' meet, Watauga also turned to its distance runners for points. Watauga's 3,200-meter relay comprised of Madison Harman, Kaitlyn Herman, Doria Kosmala and Lynde Wangler won with a time of 10:35.07. Katherine Mansure won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:48.68. She was the only runner to break the 13-minute mark.
Harman was fourth in the 800-meter run with a 2:34.75.
Wangler also finished second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:48.79.
Watauga's Kennedy Kavanaugh took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.0.