EHS 4x800 relay team lays claim to state title

from staff reports

   MEMPHIS -- The Elizabethton 4x800 meter relay team felt pretty good about their chances at a state title.
   The crew didn't disappoint.
   In the A/AA Boys Track State Championships at Briarcrest Christian School near Cordova, the four-man unit of Evan Lindauer, Josh Jones, and Caleb and David McDaniel broke loose and captured the team's lone state title of the meet.
   With a time of 8:09.84, the team beat Mitchell (8:17.00) by a little more than seven seconds, while Lipscomb (8:17.64) came in third.
   The team had ran a faster time than last year's state champion earlier in the year and needed it's best performance to come away with the crown.
   Not only were they on their game, but were the other top four units that each posted a better time than Ridgeway's 8:24 of last season.
   For the Region and Section 1 A/AA championship team as a whole, it was hard to compete for the team title without participants in some events.
   However, they wound out with an eleventh place finish on the day.
   Raleigh Egypt more than dominated the rest of the teams, winning the team championship by 49 points.
   In other events for the Cyclones, David McDaniel finished eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.91, while Sullivan Central's Chris Blackburn came in second.
   Deandre Jennings of Mitchell won the tight race that was seperated from top to bottom by four seconds.
   Elizabethton sophomore Josh Jaynes also finished eighth in the 1,600-meter run, while teammate Matt Young finished in the same spot during the 3200 meter race.
   Central's Blackburn placed third in the 1600, while Volunteer runner Todd Skelton was sixth in the 3200.
   The Cyclones' other relay event, the boys 4x400 run, was a moderate success, with the team finishing fifth behind Mitchell, Lenoir City, Martin Luther King and Covington.
   Senior Brad Osborne, after placing third in the decathlon earlier in the week, finished seventh in the boys shot put, which was won by Sullivan North's Josh Bentley.
   Bentley won the event by more than three feet over Macon County's Jacob Law.
   He finished seventh in the discus throw, while Central's Chris Likens came away with a third place effort.
   Unicoi County's Aaron Fain also had a decent day, finishing sixth in the state's pole vault event.