T.A. Dugger makes solid showing in Middle Eight meet

By Ivan Sanders

   KINGSPORT--After waiting for a severe thunderstorm that produced hail to pass through the Kingsport area, the T.A. Dugger track team finally was able to complete the 2003 Middle Eight Track and Field competition at Dobyns-Bennett High School last week.
   On the boys side, TAD was able to make several good showings on the track as well as in field events to claim second place behind John Sevier.
   In the field portion of the meet, Chase Turley finished third in the discus with a toss of 109-3, followed by Andrew Kennedy in fourth at a distance of 96-7.
   After a good finish in the discus, Turley turned around to pick up a second-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 36-4. John Morrow of the Jr. Cyclones finished eighth in the event with an effort of 28-4.
   In the high jump, Brent Shaver's leap of 4-10 was good enough for a fifth-place finish.
   On the track side, Seth Wallingford collected third place in hurdles with a time of :18.49. Teammate Michael Lane garnered fifth place in the event with a :19.85.
   Jake Peters, Chris Wilson, Brent Shaver and James Matheson brought home a second-place finish in the 4x100 relay with a time of :50.09 for T.A. Dugger.
   The Jr. Cyclones fared well in the 4x200 and the 4x400 relays, taking second in both events. In the 4x200, Tom Roddy, Wendell Loving, Josh Pirtle, and Matheson took care of business with a time of 1:50.
   Loving teamed with Chris Hubbard, Wilson, and Shaver to run a finishing time of 4:12 in the 4x400.
   Wilson ran strong in the 200 individual race by finishing second with a :12.18. Peters was just .16 off and finished third for TAD.
   Peters claimed a third-place finish in the 200 individual with a time of :25.68. Shaver captured a first place finish in the 400 with a :58.42 while Hubbard managed a fifth place slot at 1:11.79.
   In the 800 race, Everett Thomas finished eighth with a time of 2:40.82.
   The following is the break down in order of first to last of the final overall meet for the boys: Sevier, TAD, Vance, Church Hill, Ross Robinson, Science Hill, Unicoi and Indian Trail.
   On the girls side, the Jr. Lady Cyclones competed hard, but found themselves with a fifth-place overall finish for the meet.
   In field events, Marti Bush collected a fourth-place mark of 61-8 in the discus and a fifth-place showing of 27-10 3/4 in the shot put.
   Casey Crockett, with a leap of 13-9 1/2, took fifth in the long jump.
   On the running side for the girls, Katrina Moore took seventh in the hurdles with a finishing time of :19.20.
   In the relays, TAD girls grabbed a third place in the 4x100, a fourth in the 4x200, and a fourth-place finish in the 4x400.
   Sophia Murrillo, Victoria Hopson, Crockett, and Ashlynn Hunt ran a :58.33 for their placing in the 4x100. Hopson, Crockett, Murrillo, and Brianne Gouge ran a leg of 2:07 in the 4x200 for TAD which was good enough for the fourth place finish.
   Crockett and Hunt teamed up with Lindsey McAmis and Taylor Cooter to run a 4:58.55 in the 4x400.
   Hunt finished sixth in the 400 individual with a time of 1:10 to round out the scoring for the Jr. Lady Cyclones.
   The girls side of the ledger finished out in the following order: Ross Robinson, Sevier, Indian Trail, Vance, T.A. Dugger, Unicoi, Church Hill and Science Hill.
   This was the last meet of the season for T.A. Dugger, which received a yeomen's effort from both the boys and girls teams at each meet during the season.