Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Wisse, relay team take first at conference meet

Stephanie Wisse wasn’t going to let anyone pass the 200-meter finish line first.
The sophomore from Unicoi County High School received a battle from Elizabethton junior Autumn Thomas, but held on to record top honors in the the 200 with a time of 26.55 during the annual Three Rivers Conference meet hosted on Thursday, April 23, at Sullivan North High School.
“I wanted it bad,” Wisse said with a smile after the run. “She (Autumn) won the 100 and I came in second and I heard her team saying ‘this is your race’ to her when we were getting ready for the 200 … I was so mad. I was telling my coach ‘I got to get this 200’ … I was dedicated on wanting to win it.”
Underclassman success did not end with Wisse. The freshmen-laden 4×800-meter Lady Blue Devil relay team of Alexis Harvey, Kaitlyn Tilson, Katie Crain and Megan Todd took home first place with a time of 11:45, outrunning Elizabethton’s team to the finish line.
While Wisse is just a sophomore, the leader of the Lady Blue Devils liked what she saw from her teammates.
“Our 4×800 girls really did good today,” she said. “We were really wanting to run well today since it is the conference race and we were able to do it. The experience from last year helps me, too, knowing what’s coming up next.”
Both Blue Devil and Lady Blue Devils teams recorded fifth-place finishes overall, an accomplishment for a revamped program missing experienced senior CJ Wells, who was unable to run due to a calf injury. Wells did take second place in the long jump with a leap at 16-01, followed closely by Jose Ortiz’s 17-10 in third place.
With a new crop of talent running on the asphalt and competing in field events, it couldn’t have gone any better, according to head coach Megan Davis.
“There’s so much that goes through the mental game with the kids,” Davis said. “It’s about learning to win and we have a lot of kids that can win. Meets like these are good ones for our team to see that type of talent. This meet is good for our kids going into super sectionals in Greeneville. Stephanie needed it, our 4×800 team needed it; it was a great night.”
UCHS tallied in a bushel of top three finishes from both teams during the event. Todd finished second in the 1600- and 3200-meter races and logged a third-place finish in the 800-meter.
Wisse added a second place finish in the triple jump while the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams added third places, respectively.
For the Blue Devils, Ortiz logged third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter events and the UCHS 4×100 team (Cameron Higgins, Donnie Metcalf, Warren Shelton and Ortiz) also took third.
“We loaded them down,” Davis said. “We had girls running multiple events, we’re throwing a 4×400 team for girls just for the heck of it. I’m proud of our boys and girls today. They had fun and they competed in a talented meet.”
The schedule ahead stays busy for the UCHS teams. Blue Devils and Lady Blue Devils who qualify will compete in the 37th annual Times-News Relay on Friday, May 1, on Science Hill’s campus at Kermit-Tipton Stadium. The next level of the postseason is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, in Greeneville.