Dobyns-Bennett still Big Seven boss in track & field

Tanner Cook • Apr 26, 2019 at 11:58 PM

KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett boys and girls track teams took home the team titles at Friday’s Big Seven Conference track meet. The boys won for the 14th time in 15 years and third year in a row. The girls won for the fourth consecutive year.

“This is a big deal to us and this is like our second hard effort of the week,” D-B head coach Bob Bingham said. “It feels good to win the title and it means bragging rights and all that stuff for around here.”


The boys team totaled 217.5 points on the day, outdistancing runner-up Science Hill with 161.5 points. One of the key athletes for the Tribe was senior Wofford signee Tanner Henry.

Henry was victorious in the high jump (6-2) and long jump (20-6.25). He was third in triple jump with a leap of of 41-3.25. The Indians cleaned up in the field events as expected.

Aziz Dunn and Sam Cleek also played big roles for the Indians in the field events as Dunn was second in long jump and Cleek was second in the high jump and pole vault.

“Sam Cleek might be the best unknown athlete in Northeast Tennessee,” Bingham said. “He does a lot of events in his decathlon training and he could be a 14-foot pole vaulter if he wanted to.”

Senior Cade Salyers won the shot put (46-9) and was third in the discus (124-0).

Tyler Tesnear also threw in an event win in the 300 hurdles for D-B (43.01). The 4x400 relay also found gold for the Indians, pulling away on the final leg.

Jeamy Williams didn’t run as many events as originally thought, but he still made a big impact on the team standings, winning the 100 (10.88), 200 (22.11) and 400 meters (50.00).

“Jeamy Williams is a stud,” Bingham said. “He works so hard and he’s healthy this year, so he’s looking forward to the postseason.”

For Science Hill on the boys side, Ekeminia Eno-Ekefre won the triple jump (42-5), Connor Morgan was victorious in the 110 hurdles (15.51), the 4x200 relay won, Aaron Jones kicked away in the final 300 meters to win the the 1,600 (4:34.76), the 4x100 relay claimed gold and Jeb Jones dominated the 800 (1:58.11).

Also, Jacob Ledford won the pole-vault event for the Hilltoppers, clearing 13-6.

Other notable event winners included Volunteer’s Richard Landry in the discus (145-2), Daniel Boone winning the 4x800 relay (8:45.73) and Chance Bowman of Boone winning the 3,200 in 10:36.83.


Science Hill sophomore Mary Reed probably had the most impressive day of anyone, winning long jump (16-11), 100 (12.84) and 200 (26.66), plus she was part of the 4x400 relay as well. Her 30 points in individual events is solid, but it just was not enough in the end.

The Lady Indians won handily over Science Hill with 223 points to 139.

It was a lot of strength in numbers for the Tribe and getting points from some places that were not really expected.

Hannah Watson won the high jump (4-10). Staley Humphires was golden in the shot put (34-1) and Courtney Whitson came out on top in the discus (98-3).

Sasha Neglia was a double-event winner in the 1,600 (4:58.04) and 3,200 (10:49.11). Her finishing time in the 3,200 was a meet record, breaking her own from last spring.

The 4x100 relay was first and so was Madison Ricketts in the 300 hurdles (49.31). Grace Allen came up with big points in the 800, winning in 2:25.73.

For Science Hill, event winners included the 4x800 relay (10:19.42), Jacqueline Hirst in the 100 hurdles (17.25) and the 4x400 relay (4:09.52).

Other notable event winners included Volunteer’s Ashley Salyers in the triple jump (34-10), Tennessee High winning the 4x200 relay and having Emma Arnold take home gold in the 400 (1:01.23). Halie Hawkins for Unicoi County was tops in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet.

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