On Thursday night at Dobyns-Bennett, both Liberty track & field teams remained undefeated as they captured Middle 6 Conference championships.
Britt Dugan propelled the Patriot boys and claimed MVP honors after winning the 800 meters (2:20.05), the 1,600 (5:06.75) and running with Daniel Nerren, Bryant Thurman and Lamarkus Dunn to gain first place in the 4x400 relay (4:05.18).
Luke Guimond, Jaysahn Swartz, Jovanni Williams and Dunn generated a top showing in the 4x100 relay (48.99), plus the 4x200 group of Swartz, Jack Taveau, Drew Brown and Guimond prevailed in 1:43.40.
Other notable finishes came from Tristin Smith, second in shot put (35-foot-8) and discus (100-1); Brady Lawson, second in 1600 (5:11.71), 3rd in 800 (2:28.14); Guimond, second in 100 (12.32); Swartz, second in 200 (25.64); Dunn, second in 400 (58.11); and Nerren, third in 400 (58.79) and high jump (5-2).
For the Lady Patriots, depth was a major key to victory. There was an individual champion sweep of the 100 (Addison Hight, 13.48), 200 (Hannah Dawson, 28.73) and 400 (Ella Adams, 1:03.83).
The relays supported the sweep with the 4x100 (54.59, Dawson, Hight, Kaitlyn Tilson, Kinley Thompson), 4x200 (1:58.41, Adams, Hight, Tilson, Anna Smith) and 4x400 (4:33.41, Adams, Kennice Taylor, A.Smith, Thompson) gaining gold medals.
The Liberty girls accounted for a bundle of additional top-three finishes: Smith, second in high jump (4-8); Morgan Mahoney, second in 1,600 (5:42.03); Thompson, second in 400 (1:05.49); Karly Wilhjelm, second in 800 (2:38.56); Jordan McIntosh, third in 400 (1:07.69); Paisley Pair, third in 100 (14.30); Taylor, third in 200 (29.58); Micah Lane, third in 800 (2:41.62); Kynleigh Dunbar, third in long jump (12-11.25); and Kierra Whitney, third in shot put (30-2).
Next up for the Liberty Bell teams will be the TMSAA upper East Tennessee Sectionals on Saturday, May 4 at Sydney Smallwood Track in Johnson City. Field events begin at 10:30 a.m.