HV meet won by Volunteer, Lady Warriors

By Marvin Birchfield

   The Volunteer track team compiled the most points in the boys events at Happy Valley High on Tuesday, while the Lady Warriors dominated the girls action to post first place.
   In the boys action, the meet came down between the Volunteer and David Crockett, where the Falcons excelled in both track and field events.
   "They have been working really hard as a team, and we have some good senior leadership and other guys who want to do really well," said Volunteer track coach Mike O'Neal.
   The triple jump went to the Falcons' Jack Anderson, who leapt a distance of 38-2 1/2 to defeat teammate Randy Jones by a half of an inch.
   "It seems like all of our sports are doing well this year, and we have athletes coming from other sports who want to continue to excel," said O'Neal.
   Marcus Bellamy posted a time of 17.1 seconds in the high hurdles, as Happy Valley's Les Howell was runner-up by finishing with a time of 18.28.
   "I was real proud of Marcus Bellamy. This is his first year running for us, and he's competing in high-top tennis shoes until we can get some spikes for him," said O'Neal.
   Volunteer defeated the Pioneers in both of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, and also scored another victory in the 2-mile relay.
   "We have a new track at Volunteer, and this has helped in bringing out new faces, so it's starting to result in some wins for us," said O'Neal.
   Matt Cornett was the strong horse for Johnson County, as he placed first in three different events.
   Cornett turned in a time of 11.53 in the 100 meter dash to grab the victory, and two more wins came in the field events of the high jump and long jump.
   "Volunteer is going to be strong in our conference. They've got some good athletes, and Mountain City with Cornett is going to be pretty strong also," said Happy Valley coach Don Verran.
   David Crockett earned one top-place finish when Chris Banks ran a time in just over a minute (1:00.64) in the 400 meters.
   Happy Valley had several athletes to shine in field events and in a couple of track competitions.
   The Warriors' Cody Stewart was the winner in the pole-vault competition with the height of 8' 6", along with another first-place finish in the 300 meters.
   Two Warriors topped the discus throw, with Daniel Dover finishing first with a distance of 105-4, while Vince Hodge trailed with a mark of 92-10.
   Happy Valley's Dustin Green was first in the 2-mile run with a time of 12:24, and freshman Greg Swafford turned in the best time in the 800 meter.
   "The freshman in the 800, Greg Swafford, looked good, and Dover did a great job in the discus and shot-put," Verran said. "And, of course, Cody Stewart had a good day, so I think we're coming around."
   The Warriors were at the top of the list by the day's end in the girls events, as Happy Valley showed some strength in both track and field.
   "Every time you run, you're looking for different people to improve themselves, and it's good when just one individual excels, but along with two or three it's great," said Verran.
   Amber Irick leapt a distance of 25-10 in the triple jump, while Shanna Raines was the high-jump queen with a measurement of 4-10.
   Nikki Arnold was the winner in the discus throw for Happy Valley over the Pioneers' Tiffany Laudermilk.
   Kortney Goulds came in first in the 4x100 with a time of 1:04.51, while Katie Williams lived up to her Warrior reputation of being one of the area's best by placing first in a couple of distance events.
   Williams turned in a time of 5:47 in the mile run, and was also a first-place finisher in the 800 meters.
   Happy Valley was a winner in the 800 meter relay, defeating Johnson County.
   "You can't quite figure out how things are going to come along until right toward the end of the season, but we're young and hopefully we can compete even better on down the road," said Verran.