Late track coach honored in meet at D-B

Pat Kenney • Apr 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Tuesday’s TC Invitational track meet at Dobyns-Bennett started with a poignant moment. More that 70 athletes and coaches ran a lap together to honor former D-B track and cross country coach Tom Coughenour, who passed away last November.

“It was awesome,’’ said D-B’s Adam Chase. “You could see all the athletes from the other schools stop what they were doing and come over to run the lap with us.

“Coach Coughenour meant the world to us,’’ added Chase, who went on to capture the 3,200 meters in a time of 10:11.1. “Track is like a second family to me and coach was like a second father. Coming here and running for him every day was such an honor.’’

D-B’s Haley Phipps put on quite a performance in the meet. She won both the 100 (12.9) and 200 meters (27.3) and ran a leg on both winning sprint relays; the Lady Indians won the 4x100 (52.2) and the 4x200 (1:50.1).

Those victories came with Tori Head, D-B’s normal anchor on both, sitting out because of an injury she suffered while winning the long jump.

“Having Tori out at the last minute was a shock,’’ Phipps noted. “We all knew we had to step up. Sydney Collette stepped in on both relays and ran the anchor leg. She did a super job.’’

To the delight of her teammates, Collette came from behind in the 4x200-meter relay and, once in the lead, refused to be bested.

Daniel Boone freshman John Petrone flashed to victory in both the 100 (11.1) and 200 meters (23.4).

“My start in the 100 was terrible,’’ Petrone said. “I just told myself not to let that be the difference in the race.’’

His acceleration over the final 50 meters separated him from a very competitive field.

“I just wanted to get to the finish line and take a break,’’ Petrone joked.

D-B’s Olivia Loveless and Lauren Hubbard provided fireworks of their own in the 800 meters. Hubbard set a fast early pace and had Loveless right on her shoulder. Over the final 75 meters, Loveless pulled ahead and won in a time of 2:26.6, with Hubbard close behind at 2:27.3.

“I finally feel like I’m getting back into race shape,’’ said Loveless, also a standout swimmer at D-B. “I just gave it all I had over the last 100 meters.’’

She also remembered Coach Coughenour after her victory.

“He touched so many people’s lives,’’ she said. “He’s worthy of all the attention he was given today.’’

The Lady Indians freshman Ellen Ehrenfried came from behind over the final 50 meters to edge Science Hill’s Kayla Kuziola in a very competitive 1,600 meters. Ehrenfried crossed the line in 5:26.4, Kuziola in 5:27.4.

Science Hill’s Jasmine Foster was named most outstanding girl in the field events after wins in both the shot put and discus. D-B’s Trey Hutchinson was the most outstanding boy in field events after winning the high jump (6-0) and finishing second in the triple jump.

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