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Wisse wins events

A few weeks into the season and Lady Blue Devil sophomore Stephanie Wisse has already placed herself in postseason mode.
Wisse scored two wins, in the 100- and 200-meter races, during a track and field meet at Sullivan North High School on Tuesday, March 17.
Joining Wisse in the winners column was senior CJ Wells, who picked up a first-place finish in the triple jump event.
The meet was the second of the year for head coach Megan Davis and her Unicoi County High School track and field program.
Winning in an event has become natural for the holder of four school records, but it was the visible exhaustion Wisse battled through against conference rivals Sullivan East and Sullivan South to gut out victories that showed the sophomore is back into her old ways.
“Since we started late, it’s really hard on the body,” Wisse said following her win in the 200. “It has been an adjustment since coach (Paul) Shelton left. We’re working and adjusting to the standards of a new staff and coach Davis holds me to a high standard.”
It is a standard the sophomore is approaching with a senior attitude. Wisse is accepting the leadership role for the Lady Blue Devils after a standout freshman year.
“They look up to me,” she said. “It’s a big responsibility to try to be a role model for the rest of the team.”
Wells, the battle-tested Blue Devil senior of the team, liked what he saw out of his teammates last week.
“All the people that have come in and are new have taken the program to heart,” he said. “There was good competition here and it was important for us to see it. I thought we all did well today and the future of the program is looking good.”
Wells, who is recovering from shin splints, clocked in a triple jump win and was just seconds off a win in the 110-meter hurdles to Sullivan South’s Christian Comsa.
“I came in trying the hardest I can do,” he said. “Winning triple jump was big and it gave me a confidence boost. The hurdles … falling like that was a little bit of a letdown, but it just means I have to push myself more.”
Freshman Megan Todd also made some noise in the two-mile run at the meet.
Davis stated after the meet the plan was for Todd, a state cross country runner earlier in the school year, to shave 40 seconds off her time. Instead, the underclassman took off 45 seconds and earned second place in the run.
The Blue Devils also racked up top-five finishes in the discus event. Cameron Higgins recorded a third-place finish and Jesse Mills took fifth place.
UCHS was scheduled to participate in a meet at Volunteer High School on Tuesday, March 24, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.