Lady 'Toppers capture Big Seven girls track title

Jeff Birchfield • Apr 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM

KINGSPORT — The Science Hill girls track team could look back at one race as the turning point Friday night in the Big Seven Conference track meet at Crowe-Cougenhour Track.

Tied with host Dobyns-Bennett entering the 800 meter race, the Lady ’Toppers, pulled off a 1-2-3 finish in the event to emerge with a 16-point lead. They ended up winning the meet 212-183 over the Lady Indians.

Halle Hausman led the way in the 800 using her smooth stride to finish in 2:24.

“Halle is another Mary Decker Slaney,” Science Hill associate head coach Anthony Jones said. “If she’s not training hard, she’s at the gym. That work ethic is going to pay off for her, especially as she progresses through the next three years of high school.”

Alicia DeVos finished second (2:27) and Katie Lance was nearly neck and neck with her. Lance pulled out a third-place finish by sprinting past Makayla Woods of Dobyns-Bennett in the final 10 meters

“Prior to the race, I explained to the ladies we were tied at 150 points each,” Jones said. “I told them to sweep it. To see Katie Lance feed off that energy and finish third, that was unbelievable. It was an amazing race to see them sweep 1-2-3. This victory helps Science Hill get re-established as a premier track program.”

The Lady ’Toppers added two points to their lead in the next event, the 200, with a runner-up finish by Aaliyah Brown and a fourth-place by Raven Wooly.

Sarah Fickley and Lance clinched it for Science Hill by finishing second and third in the 3,200. Earlier in the meet, Fickley finished second in the 1,600 with her time of 5:19 only one second behind winner Macy Carrier of Tennessee High.

On the boys’ side, Daniel Boone junior Adam Barnard tallied four race victories to win the meet’s outstanding performer award.

His winning ways started Thursday evening with the Daniel Boone 4x800 relay team consisting of himself, Mitch Bronstetter, Josh Routh and Ashton Wilson. Their time of 8:04.91 broke a 47-year-old meet record set by Morristown High School in 1967.

Barnard added victories in the 1,600, 800 and 3,200 on Friday. He ran 4:27 in the 1,600, jogging the last quarter-lap of the race. Less than an hour later, he ran 1:54.67 to win the 800, and led teammate Ashton Wilson in a 1-2 Boone finish ahead of Dobyns-Bennett star Bryce Ailshie.

Barnard completed a Friday hat trick with a 9:53 run in the 3,200, a race which his teammates James Garst (10:03) and Routh (10:04) finished third and fourth.

“I thought I had a good chance to triple today with the 16 and 32 and the 4x8 last night,” Barnard said. “Honestly, the 800 today was icing on the cake. That was definitely the toughest race. There were some incredible competitors in that. I almost p.r’d with a 1:54.67 and my best is a 1:54.63. That was awesome with less than an hour’s rest.”

Daniel Boone’s 4x200 relay team of Steven Carr, Andrew Myers, Christian Stumpf and Wilson barely missed on the school record set a week ago at the Tri-Cities Classic. Their time of 1:32.77 was just .28 of a second off the record pace.

Carr later added a second-place finish in the 200 individual race.

As a team, Boone finished second 203.50 to 150.50 behind Dobyns-Bennett.

Barnard alone accounted for a quarter of the Trailblazers’ points.

“Any time you can win four races...I’m definitely happy with that,” he said. “Now, we can look at all my options of what I can run at the state meet and sectionals. I know next week I’m going to try to run a really fast 3,200. We’re going to set up and see how strong I can be for sectionals.”

Tennessee High was third in the boys’ standings with 90 points, two points ahead of Science Hill.

Trey Sutton gave the Hilltoppers an early victory with a personal best 15.73 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. Sutton said the key was beating rival Jeremiah Sokol of Dobyns-Bennett at the start.

“I just tried to come out of the blocks as fast as possible,” Sutton said. “As soon as I heard the gun, my goal was to get to the first hurdle first. I’ve been running hurdles since my freshman year and it’s always been a head-to-head competition with Jeremiah. We’ve trained together before and we push each other to do better.”

Sokol later won the 300 hurdles, a race which David Merriken of Daniel Boone finished second (42.53) and Sutton was third (42.78).

David Crockett’s meet was highlighted by a pair of athletes qualifying for the upcoming sectional meet.

Freshman Daniela Palomino had a heave of 91-03 to finish fourth in the girls’ discus. Tucker Ayers ran 4:59 in the boys’ 1,600 to hit the sectional requirement.

Dobyns-Bennett sprinter Krystal Derr won the meet’s outstanding performer award for the girls.

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