Were doing this to earn respect for the track program.
These sentiments echoed by Blue Devil senior Kyle Greene capped off a historic week for the Unicoi County High School track and field program. During three meets last week multiple school records were shattered by UCHS athletes.
Greene joined the record books on Tuesday, April 9, by surpassing the pole-vault record of 13-2 with a vault of 13-5 during a non-conference meet held in Greeneville. The previous record was set by Jerry Huskins, father of current UCHS head football coach Jared Huskins, nearly 40 years ago.
To solidify the record, Greene nearly vaulted an extra foot on Thursday, April 11, in Morristown, by setting the new record at 14-2.
It was ridiculous, Greene said with a laugh. I was thinking that I could do that in college but not in high school. Im proud of being able to accomplish that and proud of what this entire team has been able to do this week.
Its all about putting the work in practice, our entire team has been pushing themselves each day.
Also on April 9, Gabe Simerly broke his own school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.21. Simerly set the previous record during a meet the prior week.
All the success by the Blue Devils and Lady Devils was to be expected, according to Simerly.
For the remainder of this article please see the April 16, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.