D-B shines, other locals find success at Tri Cities Classic

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Apr 6, 2019 at 8:59 PM

On a bright sunny day at the Sidney Smallwood Track, it was Dobyns-Bennett’s time to shine.

The Indians won the girls’ portion of the Tri Cities Track Classic and finished third in the boys’ standings. Dobyns-Bennett had five individual championships, headed up by Jeamy Williams, who swept both the boys’ 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

Williams had a time of 11.08 in the 100 as teammate Kamdyn Lee finished third at 11.35 seconds. His winning time in the 200 was 22.27 as again Lee finished third.

“Jeamy’s time was the second fastest he’s ever run,” Dobyns-Bennett coach Bob Bingham said. “He had a p.r. (personal record) for this season, running an 11.0 in a headwind. Kam Lee had a couple of the best runs he’s had since he was a freshman. So it’s good to see.”

Other D-B winners included Tanner Henry, who cleared 6-foot-2 to win the boys’ high jump. His teammate Samuel Cleek finished second, clearing the same height, but after more attempts. Cleek also finished second in the pole vault, reaching 13-feet.

On the girls’ side, the distance medley relay team of Emma Russum, Natalie Bates, Gracie Allen, Sasha Neglia won their race with a time of 12:21.01. Also victorious was the 4x400 relay team of Natalie Bates, Macee Pickup, Kiley Wood and Gracie Allen. They ran 4:11.15 to capture the final girls’ event. Wood also finished second in the girls’ 400 and Neglia was runner-up in the 2-mile.

Third-place efforts included Julia McReynolds in the girls’ steeplechase and Bryson Gilliam in the boys’ 400.

“There were a lot of good teams, a lot of good programs, but the kids did well,” Bingham said. “We had a lot of PRs (personal records) across the board. We feel good about the wins and our girls’ 4x200 and both our boys’ and girls’ 4x100 teams finished second. At the end of the day, it was pretty good.”


It wasn’t bad for the host school Science Hill, which finished sixth in the overall standings.

A pair of usual standouts — Jeb Jones and Jenna Hutchins — swept the boys’ and girls’ 1-mile races. Jones posted a winning time of 4:25.67 to edge Er Ramirez-Ramos in the mile race named for former ETSU All-American Ray Flynn.

“I don’t ever have to say anything to Jeb. He knows how to compete,” Science Hill coach Anthony Jones said. “He’s always going to give it all he can. That’s what separates him from so many athletes.”

Hutchins’ time beat the previous meet record by nearly 10 seconds. It was a good meet for her and several of the other young Science Hill athletes. The boys’ 4x200 relay team finished runner-up to Austin-East and the 4x100 team was one spot behind Dobyns-Bennett.

Emkei Eno-Ekefre finished second in the triple jump at 42-05.50 to round out the boys’ efforts.

On the girls’ side, Mary Reed added a third-place effort in the long jump and the 4x400 relay team finished third.

“We have so many young girls and it wasn’t a bad day for Science Hill,” Coach Jones said. “We had more PRs and our relay teams really dropped their times, so I think our kids competed well.”


The Daniel Boone boys’ DMR team finished second at 10:54.95. Also for the Trailblazers, Jeremiah Sullivan had a 136-03 effort in the discus throw to finish third and Devin McKenna had the bronze in the boys’ pole vault at 13-feet.

“Our kids still need some experience, but for the most part, I thought the day went well,” Boone coach Len Jeffers said. “It was good for some of them to see personal best times, throws and jumps. It helped build some confidence.”

Elizabethton’s Jasmine Roberts finished runner-up in both the girls’ discus throw at 104-07 and the shot put at 38-04.

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