Members of the Unicoi County High School track and field program had a heaping helping of success on their plates during the opening week on the road in Greeneville and Colonial Heights.
Blue Devil and Lady Devil runners participated in an abbreviated meet at Sullivan South on Thursday, March 17, with a handful of successful results, according to head coach Megan Davis.
Unofficially, Stephanie Wisse had the top run in the 100-meter contest, Kaitlyn Tilson finished second in the 1-mile run and Donnie Metcalf added a solid performance in the 400-meter.
Davis said the team got off on the right foot during their first meet of the season on Tuesday, March 15, in Greeneville.
Wisse opened her junior season on a high note by finishing first in the 100-meter with a time of 12.89, edging out conference rival Autumn Thomas, who narrowly slipped by Wisse last season to earn a bid to the state event.
“It was a big first race for Stephanie,” Davis said.
The ladies earned a first place finish in the 4×800 relay event with a time of 11:41, picking up on the time earned by the group last year. Tilson, Alexis Harvey and Megan Todd are the returning members of the team and are joined by Madison Duncan this season.
Senior Lady Devil Laura Rogers turned in a vault of 6-6, a big accomplishment for the senior, according to Davis.
“That’s around where she was for the state meet last year,” Davis said. “It was big for her to come in and get started on a high note.”
With some new faces on the Blue Devils side competition, Hunter Duncan asserted himself as a key cog for the team in upcoming events.
“Hunter’s a name people will hear a lot of this season,” Davis said. “He stepped in and performed well at Greeneville and he’s only going to get better as the season goes on.”
Duncan finished third in the discus, fourth in the long jump, eighth in the 100-meter and also performed with the Blue Devils 4×400 team along with Metcalf, Warren Shelton and Derek Berry.
“We sort of just put together a 4×400 team this season,” Davis said. “They finished third at Greeneville and really blew myself and coach (Thad) Higgins away with their time.”
The squad finished third in the event with a time of 3:57.
Other notables from the March 15 meet included Andrew Bowen taking third in the pole vault (8-0), Metcalf taking third in the 200-meter, Shelton taking sixth in the 400-meter and Cameron Higgins taking fourth in the discus and shot put events.