Records, rain fall at North

By Marvin Birchfield

   KINGSPORT -- The Watauga Conference track meet was cut short on Tuesday, due to threatening skies and rain at Sullivan North High School. Although brief, it was still an eventful outing.
   Five new Watauga Conference records have already been set by athletes from three different schools, two of which came in the boys events and three in the girls.
   In the boys 3,200 meters, it was David Hughes of Happy Valley turning in a time of 10:21, breaking the old mark of former Warrior Andy Curde set back in 1998.
   Elizabethton's Andrew Presnell established a new distance in the discus, as he edged out teammate Vince Redd with a throw of 146 feet.
   Other winners in the days events featured Elizabethton's Vince Redd in the shot-put, and Neal Wandell in the triple-jump.
   Johnson County's Matt Cornett was also victorious, winning the high-jump with a height of 6 feet, which was four inches better than what anyone else produced.
   In the girls events, the Cyclones' Valnessha Redd set two new records -- one of which came in the long-jump, and the other in the triple-jump -- which were both held by former Volunteer performer Anna Oakes.
   A long-jump of 16 feet, and 33' 3" in the triple-jump, are the two new distances posted in the record books.
   Redd also placed first in the high-jump, ousting Sullivan Central's Karen Henninger with a leap of 4'10."
   Unicoi's Laura Clubb broke her old mark set last year in the pole-vault by scaling a height of 8 feet -- six inches better than previous mark.
   Elizabethton's Tara Benfield won the shot-put, while Happy Valley's Katie Williams took top honors in the 3,200 meters.
   A couple of Sullivan North athletes placed first with Amanda Frazier winning the 100 hurdles, and Nakesha Bledsoe capturing the discus.
   The meet will resume on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., as only a few of the day's events were settled.