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Coach: Track athletes ‘competed well’

UCHS Sprinter Kody Lewis races away with a victory during last week’s meet at Science Hill. (Photo contributed by Daniela Martinez)

By Keeli Parkey

The members of the Unicoi County High School track teams made their presence felt during a meet held at Science Hill High School in Johnson City on March 27.

“I thought we competed well,” head coach Megan Davis told The Erwin Record. “It was our first meet competing against bigger schools – schools we will have to compete against in the Three Rivers Conference meet and for sectionals.”

The Blue Devils and Lady Devils faced off with athletes from Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett, University High, Sullivan South and Johnson County.

The meet also gave Davis a look at which athletes will be competing in certain events as the season goes along.

“We are starting to narrow down who will compete in what events,” Davis said. “With the weather and snow days we’ve had recently we are still very early in our season. Meets like these are good for getting athletes into the swing of things and give them a feel for what we want them to do.”

According to Davis, Blue Devil Kody Lewis turned in a “standout” performance last week. Lewis won both the 100-meter and 200-meter races, dropping his times from his last meet in both events. He also took fourth place in the high jump.

“Kody is showing times that will be very competitive later on in the season,” Davis said. “The high jump is a new event for him. It’s good to see him be successful and try new events.”

Runner John Campbell raced in the 1-mile and placed seventh.

“John ran against a different group of people than he has ever run against,” Davis said. “He is doing well.”

Some of the newcomers on the boys team had drops in times and improved results.

“We are starting to see success,” Davis said.

According to the head coach, Shane Armstrong took third in the shot put; Michael Harrington took fourth in the shot put; Wyatt Miller placed eighth in the 800-meter; and Jesus Padilla placed ninth in 800-meter.

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For the Lady Devils, the 4×800-meter relay team made up of Valerie Ponce, Cheyenne Wilson, Jillian Taylor and Megan Todd won first place in their event.

Other notable results for the ladies included: Alexis Harvey in fourth place in the 800-meter; Todd in fifth place in the mile race; Natalia Mendoza in fifth place in discus; Halie Hawkins in fourth place in the pole vault; Alex Carter in sixth place in the pole vault; Rachel Altemose in eighth place in the pole vault; and Jillian Taylor in eighth place in the 400-meter.

“We are seeing a lot of success by the girls team,” Davis said. “Our pole vaulting team is starting to make a name for themselves.”

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The Blue Devils and Lady Devils were scheduled to compete on Tuesday, April 3, at Greeneville after the press deadline for this issue. The teams will also compete on Thursday, April 5, at Science Hill beginning at 4 p.m.