EHS boys dominate meet at Volunteer

By Kim Richardson
STAR Staff
krichardson@starhq.com

   CHURCH HILL--The Elizabethton Cyclones won a four-way track and field event against Volunteer, University High and fellow Carter County high school Happy Valley Tuesday at Volunteer High School.
   The Cyclones finished way out front with 146 points. The host Falcons finished second with 55 points while Happy Valley beat out last place University High School by two points, 17 to 15.
   For the ladies, Volunteer won going away with 95 points. The Cyclones were a distant second with 51 points while Happy Valley beat the ladies from University by four, 25-21.
   Valnessha Redd of Elizabethton and Katie Williams of Happy Valley continue to win, and win with apparent ease in their respective events in track and field.
   Redd was the winner in the long jump, triple jump and the shot-put field events. Redd jumped 16 feet to win the long jump, outdistancing teammate Schmidt by two feet, eight inches. Volunteer's Natasha Fletcher leapt 12-2 to finish third. 
   Redd then won the triple jump, with Fletcher finishing second with a total 27-10. Redd was nursing a slightly pulled hamstring, but maintained that "I'll be fine."
   Fine enough to jump 31-9, winning the event by nearly two full feet.
   "It's a little pull that will be all right," she said.
   Williams ran a "so-so" 1600-meter run to finish first with a time of five minutes, 40 seconds. Elizabethton's McAmis finished second at six minutes seven seconds.
   "It's hard to get really pumped with so few runners like today," said Williams, the only athlete in Happy Valley High School history to earn all-state honors in all four years of high school. 
   "We have a big event this weekend in Kingsport, with so many very good athletes performing. I hope to be ready to compete at my highest level then."
   Williams set yet another school record last week by running a 2:29 in the 800.
   "I hope to better that before I leave high school," said Williams, "but overall it's been a great experience running for the Warriors."
   Basconi won the 400 dash with a time of 64.3 seconds. Teammate, Tara Moore was fourth at 72.2.
   Volunteer's Fletcher won the high jump with a clear effort at 4-4.
   "I've jumped 4-9," said Fletcher, "but I'm certainly pleased with a win." 
   Fletcher also won the 100-meter run with a time of 13.3 seconds. Casey Crockett of Elizabethton finished third at 14.2.
   "I need to work harder on the jumps," stated Fletcher, "but overall it was a good meet."
   Crockett took part in the 4x200 relay won by the Lady Cyclones and was "a little upset with my exchange, but we're really happy to win."  
   Elizabethton's Hobbs won the boys 100-meter dash, winning by two tenths of a second over teammate Adam Turley's 11.8. The Cyclones also won the 4x800 relay with a time of 9:29 seconds.
   Hobbs and Turley also participated in the 4x100 relay won by the Cyclones with a time of 46.0. 
   Turley was the runner up in the triple jump and finished third in the long jump. Hobbs finished second in the long jump with an 18-2 1/2 effort. Turley's best attempt was 17-2 1/2.
   Happy Valley's Greg Swafford finished third in the triple jump with a total 36-7, slightly less than Turley's 36-8, and was, "a little disappointed, yes. I've cleared over 38 feet, but there are going to be days like this, I suppose."
   The Cyclones took first and second in the discuss throw as Osborne threw 123-4 while Nave heaved 120-6.