Head, Scalf among top performers at Texas Roadhouse/Dan Crowe Relays

Pat Kenney • Apr 4, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — On a day of outstanding performances, some stars simply shined brighter than the others.

Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse/Dan Crowe Relays at Dobyns-Bennett brought together teams from as far afield as Oak Ridge and Abingdon. From the opening gun to the final leg of the last relay, area fans were treated to a stellar day of track and field.

D-B senior Tori Head ran the anchor legs on the Lady Indians’ winning 4x100 (50.60) and 4x200-meter relay (1:48.50) teams and was the third leg on the triumphant 4x800 relay (10:00.2).

Head was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Sprinter.

“We had some great times for this early in the season,’’ she said. “I love to run. On the track you get to go head to head and see who really is the fastest.’’

Head is making a smooth transition to middle distance by running in the 4x800 relay. She ran a 2:31 split in her leg of the event.

“I’m still learning how to run 800 meters,’’ Head noted. “I’m spending more time doing workouts with the distance girls and it’s beginning to pay off.’’

Science Hill’s Allie Scalf ran the first leg on the Lady Hilltoppers’ winning 4x1,600 relay (22:05.28) and the 1,600 leg of their winning distance medley relay (12:52.15). She was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Distance Runner.

The 4x1,600 relay matched the top three Class AAA teams from last fall’s state cross country meet, along with AA champion University High. Science Hill, Oak Ridge and Dobyns-Bennett finished 1-2-3 at the state AAA meet. Among those four teams in Saturday’s race, there were at least a dozen all-state performers from that event.

The Lady Hilltoppers won the state crown in November over Oak Ridge and D-B. On Saturday, after Scalf’s 5:13 opening leg. they left little doubt they are still Tennessee’s dominant distance team, winning the race by 13 seconds over the Lady Indians.

“There was a lot of pressure in that race,’’ said Scalf, who signed to run with Vanderbilt next fall. “We all knew what our jobs were today.

“I got the big lead at the start and the rest of the girls were able to maintain our advantage.’’

Science Hill’s Jasmine Foster earned Most Outstanding Thrower honors after winning both the shot put (35-9½) and discus (108-6) — though her throws did not meet her standards.

“At this point it’s not so much about winning as about making big throws,’’ Foster said. “Once you throw it certain distances you don’t want to fall back. I just have to keep working harder.’’

Oak Ridge’s Jadon Short took Most Outstanding Jumper honors after wins in the long jump (22-2¼) and the triple jump (45-2).

The Science Hill girls won the team title, besting Dobyns-Bennett 130-100. Abingdon was third with 46 points.

On the boys’ side D-B edged Oak Ridge 95.5-90. Morristown West finished third with 79.

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