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Wells, Wisse win events during first meet of season

CJ Wells and Stephanie Wisse were back to their old ways for the Unicoi County High School track and field program
The duo ran away with first-place honors during the program’s opening meet in Greeneville on Tuesday, March 12.
With a bevy of new runners, last year’s leaders opened up the season on a high note that will be vital moving forward, according to head coach Megan Davis.
“It is big for us to have those experienced people go out and perform the way they did,” she said.
Wells came away with first-place honors in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the triple jump and multi-tasked with other events, Davis added.
Along with the senior, sophomore Wisse scored the clean sweep with first-place finishes in the long jump, 100-meter, 200-meter and helped anchor the team’s 4×100 relay performance in Greene County.
“She’s really stepped into that leadership role,” Davis said of Wisse. “It’s hard to see girls that young step into that, but she’s accepted it and is really filling in that role as a leader well.”
Jose Ortiz recorded second place in the 200-meter for the Blue Devils while Megan Todd added second-place finishes in the two-mile and 800-meter. Todd will look to be another asset coming out of a standout freshman cross country season, Davis added.
Another freshman, Jillian Taylor, will also have a high ceiling as the season progresses.
“It was good to get that first meet out of the way,” the head coach explained. “With us having so many new kids coming out, I think it was a meet to help them get rid of the nerves and be more comfortable as the season goes on.”
The UCHS track teams were back in action on Tuesday, March 17, at Sullivan North High School after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.