Jones highlights 'Toppers on Day One of Tri-Cities Track Classic

Tanner Cook • Mar 30, 2018 at 11:04 PM

The first day of the fifth annual Tri-Cities Track & Field Classic held at Science Hill’s Kermit Tipton Stadium got off to a solid start for the home-standing Hilltoppers.

The girls’ distance medley relay team won the event in 14:15.65 and was led off by sophomore Kate Flynn, the daughter of East Tennessee State mile legend and Irish record holder Ray Flynn.

According to her coaches, this is Flynn’s first track season and she has seen steady improvement throughout the first few weeks of the year.

The ’Toppers had some standout performances on the day in the first two events on the track: the boys and girls 2,000-meter steeplechase.

Gabrielle Mardis, a Milligan College recruit and individual state cross country qualifier, finished third in 7:50.65. Natalie Luttrell of Providence Academy had a good day, finishing fifth in 8:37.61.

Jeb Jones was up next on the track for Science Hill and he had a strong start to his race, seizing the lead from the gun. He would eventually finish in the runner-up position to Hunter White of North Henderson (North Carolina).

Jones was less than a second away from hitting the New Balance Outdoor Nationals ‘B’ standard.

The ’Toppers took runner-up honors the 4x100 meter shuttle hurdle relay and placed fourth in the 4x200 meter relay.

The Daniel Boone Trailblazers had some solid results, including a second-place finish in the boys distance medley relay. Boone ran a time of 11:26.55, which was less than 30 seconds behind winner Auburn (Virginia).

In the field events, Science Hill’s William Peterson posted a runner-up finish in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, six inches before going out. Moses Coley of University High was fifth and Devin McKenna sixth.

The second day of the track meet will be on Saturday, with field events beginning at 8 a.m.