Watauga's track teams dominate home meet
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's boys' and girls' track teams rolled to victories at windy Jack Groce Stadium Thursday.
Watauga's boys' team scored big in the jumps, the distance and relay races to post a winning total of 97.5 points. Freedom did well in the sprints and finished in second with 51 points.
Avery was third with 43 points, followed by Fred T. Foard with 38, South Caldwell with 20.5 and Crossnore School with 12.
Watauga's jumps included the pole vault, in which two Pioneers grabbed the top two positions. Matthew Hall won the event with a 10-feet, 6-inch effort. Justin Hall was second with a vault of 9-6.
Matthew Hall also finished second in the high jump with a 5-6.
Watauga also grabbed the top two positions in the triple jump. Zach Styron won with a jump of 39-7 1/2, and T.J. Poulos was second with a 37-4 1/2.
Watauga's Kenan Foxx won the shot put with a toss of 42-10. He also took second place in the discus with a throw of 107-7. Jacob Rutz was third in the shot put with a toss of 39-7.
distance running, Avery's Tyrell Hughes won the 800-meter run. Watauga's depth in the event allowed
the Pioneers to grab the next four positions.
Michael Holland was second with a time of 2:18.64. Grant Pilkington was third with a 2:19.21, Jacob Soule was fourth with a 2:19.24 and Matthew Osborne was fifth with a 2:20.69.
Watauga's Conner Pate captured the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.30. Matthew Hellenbrand was second with a 56.42 and Bill Bisignani was fourth with a 57.36.
Hellenbrand was also second in the 1600 with a time of 5:13.10. Pate was third with a 5:16.95 and Bisignani was fourth with a 5:24.71.
Watauga's three 320-meter relay teams captured the top three positions in the event to score 12 points. The first team ran a 1:12.62, the second team ran a 10:21.45 and the third ran a 10:22.12.
Watauga's 800-meter relay won the event with a time of 1:36.90.
WHS GIRLS WIN BIG
Watauga's girls' track team also found team success with 91 points. Watauga scored 26 of them in the jumps, 20 in the relays and 18 in distance running.
Freedom finished a distant second with 48 points. Avery was third with 43, Fred T. Foard was fourth with 26, South Caldwell fifth with 16 and Crossnore School sixth with 10.
Alison Seramur won the pole vault with a leap of 11-feet. She was also third in the 100 hurdles with an 18.67.
Grace Plyler provided a victory in the long jump with an effort of 14-feet.
Watauga also scored nine points in the triple jump out of sheer depth. Addie McClure was second with a 29-9, Clare Harris was third with a 28-3 , and Carrie Pennell was fourth with a 28-2 1/2.
Harris was also second in the discus throw with a toss of 78-3. She was also fourth in the long jump, while Pennell was third in the event. McClure was fifth and Lilly Weeks was sixth.
In distance running, Lynde Wangler won the 800 with a time of 2:49.28. Kathleen Mansure was third with a 2:58.66 and Jessica Wangler was fourth with a 3:03.31.
Watauga also showed superior depth in the 400. Avery's Kylie Polsgrove won with a time of 1:02.23, but Watauga runners secured the next four positions.
Kennedy Kavanaugh was second with a 1:07.32. Sophie Sloboda was third with a 1:08.79, Meghan Smith was fourth with a 1:09.05 and Weeks was fifth with a 1:09.87.
Weeks also took second in the 1,600 with a 6:18.54, and Sloboda was third in the same event with a time of 6:43.14.
Watauga's Savannah Randal captured a victory in the 100 with a time of 13.09. Watauga's 800-relay team won with a 1:57.90. The Pioneers were the only team to run it under two minutes.