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Athletes represent UCHS at Times-News Relays

Unicoi County High School underclassmen runners Stephanie Wisse and Megan Todd generated a sizeable amount of momentum heading into the sub-sectionals that were held in Greeneville on Tuesday, May 5, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
Wisse hauled in the Hannah Bowers Most Outstanding Female Runner award thanks to two first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter, while Megan Todd earned a second-place finish in the two-mile run during the 37th annual Times-News Relay, presented by Marsh Regional Blood Center, held Friday, May 1, on the Science Hill campus in Johnson City.
“The Times-News Relay has the elite of the elite in Tennessee and Virginia,” head coach Megan Davis said. “This meet was really important to both the girls heading into the meet at Greeneville. The level of competition they saw pushed them to be their best.”
Wisse had everything rolling in both runs. The sophomore tallied in a new personal best in the 200-meter with a time of 26.06, shaving .30 off her qualification time. In the 100-meter, Wisse finished at 12.53, with a hefty margin of victory over second-place finisher, Meredith Willis, of George Wythe High School in Virginia, who finished at 12.76.
Todd, who is a freshman, carried her successful cross country season, which included an appearance in the state tournament, over to Friday’s event. During the meet, Todd crept up near the finisher, Lydia Lee of Science Hill (11:21), right at the end, but finished with a time of 12:09. The run saw Todd knock another 10 seconds off her time, Davis said, while earning a medal for her top-three finish.
“Megan hung around,” Davis added. “She saw a very talented runner from Science Hill, but she kept impressing.”
At the end of the long night, the duo helped orchestrate a surge of energy heading into the next line of the postseason, their head coach explained.
“It was big for them individually and for our team,” she added. “We had team members come out to support the team. Coach (Diane) Lynch, coach (Thad) Higgins and myself are so impressed with them.”
The freshmen-laden UCHS Lady Blue Devil 4×800-meter relay team, which includes Todd, Alexis Harvey, Katie Crain and Kaitlyn Tilson, also qualified for the event, but were pegged as alternates because a large pool of competitors qualified.
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The UCHS track and field teams ended the regular season on Tuesday, April 28, with a track and field competition at Cherokee High School.
Davis’ crew hauled in multiple finishes in the top three. These included Todd’s first-place finish in the two-mile with a 12:19. Tilson added a first-place finish in the girls 800-meter at 2:25 and Warren Shelton added a first-place finish for the Blue Devils, running in his first 400-meter race with a time of .57.
Tuesday’s sub-sectional meet commenced after The Erwin Record’s press deadline, but updates on the event will be featured online with a full recap set for the May 13 issue.
In another bit of news heading into Tuesday’s meet, Blue Devil senior CJ Wells aimed to compete after suffering a calf injury during the Three Rivers Conference meet two weeks ago.
Wells was officially cleared to compete at the end of last week and will aim to represent UCHS in the hurdles and long jump, being a top-mainstay in the events when healthy.