Johnson City Press: Two records fall in longtime meet

Two records fall in longtime meet

Tanner Cook • May 3, 2019 at 11:04 PM

KINGSPORT — Two meet records were established during Friday’s 41st edition of the Ballad Health/ at Dobyns-Bennett — and some performances were seen that will not soon be forgotten.


Union senior star thrower Justin Barnett was a double-event winner in both the shot put and the discus. His throw of 164 feet, 10 inches in the discus was a personal best and school record. He threw 54-2 in the shot put to out-distance district rival Michael Calhoun (Gate City) by almost three feet.

Barnett was named the most outstanding performer on the boys side.

Madison Cowan of Sullivan South showed how versatile she can be with event wins in the long jump (16-10.5), triple jump (36-6) and high jump (5-2). She also placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.78.

Cowan was the most outstanding performer for the girls.


D-B’s Sasha Neglia broke the long-standing 3,200-meter record, which had been held by John Battle’s Whitney Jessee (11:16.7) since 1986, last year with a run of 10:41.20.

This time around, she took down the oldest remaining meet record in the 1,600 set by Virginia High’s Maria Large (5:05.8) in 1981. She blasted the record, dipping just under the five-minute barrier with a time of 4:59.43.

Virginia High’s Kelsey Harrington — who later won the 3,200 in 10:57.62 — was second in 5:07.87 and produced one of the fastest times from Southwest Virginia in recent memory. Her time is now second only to Large in the Virginia High record books.

Yale signee and D-B senior sprinter Jeamy Williams finished second last year to Science Hill’s T.J. Patton, who broke the meet record in 21.84. Williams also finished under the previous mark with a 21.97, but Friday was a little bit sweeter for him.

Williams obliterated Patton’s not-even 365-day-old record with a 21.67 in his only individual event of the day. He was also later the anchor leg on the winning 4x400 relay team for the Tribe.


Starting with the boys’ field events, D-B’s Tanner Henry won the high jump with a clearance of 6-2. Henry also was victorious in the triple jump with a season best of 42-10.

Samuel Cleek picked up the win in the pole vault, climbing over 13-6 for the Indians.

John Battle’s Reed Samuel pulled the upset in the long jump with a huge leap of 22-1.5. He also won the 400 dash in 51.16.

In the relays, Dobyns-Bennett picked up wins in the 4x800, 4x200 and 4x400.

Ridgeview nipped Science Hill at the line in the 4x100 relay, winning by less than one-tenth of a second (43.94 to 44.07).

Greeneville’s Ty Youngblood won a tight race in the 110 hurdles in 15.37 over Wise Central’s Maddox Reynolds in 15.42.

Jaden Stevenson was the fastest kid on the block, winning the 100 meters in 11.25.

Brendan Taylor (Chuckey-Doak) won the 1,600 in 4:43.61 and 800 in 1:59.82.

Connor Morgan brought home a victory in the 300 hurdles for Science Hill, running 40.22.

University High’s Porter Bradley cruised to an easy win in the 3,200, pulling away before the first mile was over and ran 10:03.86.


In the field events, Daniel Boone’s Caitlin Cutshall won in a jump-off over Unicoi County’s Halie Hawkins after losing the conference title last week. Her clearance of 10 feet this week was good enough.

Elizabethton’s Jasmine Roberts won the shot put with a throw of 38-2, besting D-B’s Staley Humphries by almost two feet.

Patrick Henry’s Abigail Belcher had an off day, but still managed to win the discus with an effort of 114-11.

David Crockett came away with a win the 4x800 relay, running 10:20.08.

Dobyns-Bennett won the 4x100 and 4x200 while Science Hill took the 4x400 title.

As expected, Cherokee’s Mataylin Goins won the 100 hurdles (16.38).

Volunteer’s Ashley Salyers had a massive personal best in the 100 meters, proving triumphant in 12.91. Science Hill’s Mary Reed was the favorite going in, but was disqualified following a false start.

Patrick Henry’s Sarah Cornett, who transferred from Cornerstone Christian last year, successfully defended her 400 title, winning in 59.62.

D-B’s Madison Ricketts won the 300 hurdles in 47.91.

In the 800, Cherokee’s Harper Russell passed Science Hill’s Katy Neubert in the dying stages of the race and won in 2:19.42 while Neubert finished in 2:19.84.

The other half of the PH sprinting duo, Maggie Buchanan, took the 200 in 26.05, beating out favorite Reed by over a half second.

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