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Wisse wins medals at Tri-Cities Classic

With the track and field postseason two weeks away Stephanie Wisse is staying in the zone.
The Unicoi County High School sophomore Lady Blue Devil hauled in third- and fifth-place honors in the 200- and 100-meter events in the finals of the annual Tri-Cities Classic at Kermit-Tipton Stadium on Saturday, April 4.
Wisse finished the 200 at 26.36, just mere seconds aways from Precious Johnson of Knox West. Johnson finished second at 26.17. Signal Mountain’s Mckenzie Etheridge took home the top honor at 25.45 – a new meet record after last year’s 25.70 time set by Hoover, Ala., runner Anya Baker.
Etheridge also set the new meet record (12.10) in the 100 with her first-place finish. Wisse took fifth in that event with a time of 12.70.
Saturday’s experience was one of the toughest, but exciting times of her career, according to Wisse.
“I was way nervous coming into the meet,” the sophomore said, cracking a smile after receiving her medals. “I just did my normal routine and did what I could. I just had to face it. I haven’t had that much competition this year, but I was told to not get mad and just compete; it was nice to see that competition today.”
It was a pivotal role for Wisse, who was just one event away from the state competition in 2014.
Head coach Megan Davis had multiple athletes from the UCHS track and field team take part in the event, including freshman Megan Todd. Todd is entering her first year with the team on a high note and showed her stuff in the Tom Coughenour 2-mile run with a 13:02 time and top-15 finish. Todd competed against a pool of runners ranging from AAA schools in the state and out-of-state teams during the opening day of the event on Friday, April 3.
Also taking part in the event were Katie Crain, Kaitlyn Tilson, Warren Shelton and Jose Ortiz.
Another Blue Devil was also at the event supporting his team, senior CJ Wells. The upperclassman is currently on the shelf for two weeks due to stress fractures in both shins, but is expected to be back for the conference meet set for April 23 at Sullivan North.
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The UCHS track and field competitors opened last week with a meet held at Sullivan South on Thursday, April 2.
Wisse continued to bring the hardware with first place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter and was joined by the girls 4×800 relay, who also hauled in top honors.
Todd scored a second-place finish in the 2-mile.
The boys were paced by Jose Ortiz and CJ Wells with third-place finishes in the 200-meter and 110-meter hurdles, respectively.
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Personal bests were the standard set by the Unicoi County High School track and field program during a meet on Tuesday, March 24, at Volunteer High School.
Wisse scorched the competition in the 200-meter with a time of 27.14.
Tilson and Todd also finished third in the events in Rogersville to lead the Lady Blue Devils.
Wells finished third in the triple jump, Ortiz finished second in the 200-meter and Cameron Higgins added a fifth-place finish in his debut for the 300-meter hurdles.
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The UCHS track and field team will have meets on April 7 at Sullivan North and April 13 at Science Hill.