Johnson City Press: Second day of Tri-Cities Classic sees gold rush

Second day of Tri-Cities Classic sees gold rush

Tanner Cook • Updated Mar 31, 2018 at 8:44 PM

On a bright, sunshine-filled day, the second day of the fifth annual Tri-Cities Track & Field Classic saw fast races and great field events with several meet records and local teams bringing home some hardware.

Saturday at Kermit Tipton Stadium started off with the Dobyns-Bennett girls 4x800 relay squad taking the crown over rival Science Hill in 10:00.21 to 10:15.94.

The Lady Indians had their ace in the hole with Friday’s two-mile champion, Sasha Neglia, getting the Tribe out to a good start.

Daniel Boone’s boys 4x800 relay finished fourth while D-B came in fifth.

The 800-meter races belonged to Washington County as Lady Trailblazers senior Maria Chellah took the win in 2:21.90 over Harper Russell of Cherokee in second at 2:22.61.

“I didn’t want to lead the first lap,” Chellah said. “I wanted to be in third or fourth. I wasn’t pleased with my 400 (-meter) result earlier. I felt pretty good about today doing the double.”

Chellah also finished second in the 400 in 59.10 seconds.

Less than 24 hours after his runner-up finish in Friday’s 2,000 steeplechase, Science Hill junior Jeb Jones took home the gold in the boys 800 with a time of 1:58.38.

Jones led wire to wire and continues to impress with his broad range of speed — from a ninth-place finish at state cross country in the fall to the steeplechase and now the 800.

“The steeple really tired me out,” Jones said. “I was happy with my first time doing it last night. My legs were a little tired, but not too sore after that. I wanted to go out hard in the 800 and just hang on. I really wanted to try to get the win, too.

“I really don’t know what my event is yet. I’m just doing the sampler right now. We’ll find out soon.”

The victories kept coming in for local teams as D-B’s Jeamy Williams won the boys 400 in resounding fashion, running 50.47 seconds. Joe Jones (52.30) delivered a second-place performance for Boone.

The Science Hill girls 4x400 relay team of Mary Reed, Mikayla Williams, Lindsey Taylor and Katie Nubert was able to pull out the tight victory after coming from third to first in the final leg of the race.

Madison Cowen of Sullivan South and Science Hill’s Erin Hall finished first and second, respectively, in the high jump. Cowen also finished third in long jump.

Tj Patton of Science Hill had a good hurdling double, winning the boys 300 and finishing second in the 110s.

Tanner Henry won the boys high jump for D-B with a clearance of 6-4. Third place fell to teammate Samuel Cleek (6-02).

Daniel Boone’s Jeremiah Sullivan finished third in the  discus with a 129 foot, 10-inch toss.

Other performances of note included Volunteer’s Whitney Christian racking up points with runner-up finish in the girls 300 hurdles and a sixth-place showing in the long jump.

The Lady Indians’ Emma Russum (5:27.73) was third in the mile.

Connor Morgan had a good hurdles double for Science Hill’s boys, recording a fourth-place finish in the 300 and a seventh-place in the 110s.

Citadel football commit and Science Hill quarterback Jaylan Adams picked up the bronze medal in the long jump and was part of the 4x100 relay team that finished in the same position.

East Tennessee State football commit Dawson Pierson of D-B participated in the shot put, placing sixth.

Wayne (Ohio) made a clean sweep of the team titles as well as the individual MVPs, with Taylor Robertson winning on the girls’ side and Zarik Brown winning the boys’ award.

Dobyns-Bennett finished in third place in boys and fourth in girls. The Hilltoppers placed fourth and the Lady Hilltoppers tied Blackman for fifth.

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