D-B boys, Science Hill girls take Big 9 track crowns

Pat Kenney • Apr 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — There were just too many Indians to fight off at Thursday’s Big 9 Conference track & field championships.

The Dobyns-Bennett boys went on the warpath, winning seven events and using superior depth to amass 221 points and capture the 2009 conference title.

Science Hill finished second with 148 while Tennessee High was third (83.5) and Daniel Boone fourth (72.5).

In the girls competition, Science Hill avenged last year’s one-point loss to D-B by downing the Lady Indians 241.5 to 214.

Tennessee High was third (67.5) with Daniel Boone fourth (48).

Sophomore Reggie Peterson was one of the stars for the Tribe, winning both the 100 meters (11.41) and 300 hurdles (42.03).

His lean at the tape in the 100 was the difference over Tennessee High’s Darryal Wilson (11.45).

“I could see him out of the corner of my eye,’’ Peterson said. “It was my lean that got me acroos first.’’

Peterson edged Boone’s Chris Winkle (42.55) in the 300 hurdles.

“The key for me in that race is to set a steady pace and just get my trail leg over the hurdles,’’ Peterson observed.

Derrick Steele, another D-B sophomore, clipped the Vikings’ Wilson in another photo finish in the 400. Both runners were timed in 52.82 with Steele using his lean to make the difference.

“Steele just gutted it out in the 400,’’ D-B coach Bob Bingham said. “Our young runners put on quite a performance today.’’

The Indians’ Adam Chase won the 3,200 (10:22.43) with T.J. Dodd taking the pole vault (11-0) and J.B. Huff winning the long jump (20-8¾). The D-B boys also won the 4x100 (44.19).

“It’s still sweet to win the conference,’’ Bingham said. “I was happy for the boys. With the girls we just got too far behind in the field events. We stayed about even with Science Hill in the running but just couldn’t make up the points gap.’’

Sullivan South’s Seth Watterson cruised to a win in the 110 hurdles (15.75) with teammate Andrew Pickwell soaring to victory with a leap of 6-6 in the high jump. The Rebels also captured the 4x200 relay (1:33.25).

Sullivan Central’s Brianna Cox won the girls high jump after clearing the bar at 5-2.

“That jump really felt good,’’ said Cox, a junior. “At this stage it’s all mental. You have to have it in your head that you can clear the bar.’’

Boone freshman John Patrone won a highly competitive 200 in a time of 23.46 to edge D-B’s Steele (23.51) and Chris Sensabaugh (23.54).

D-B’s Tori Head won the 200 (26.18) and anchored the Lady Indians’ winning 4x100 (44.19) and 4x200 (1:47.99) relay teams.

“I was a little nervous today coming off my recent (leg) injury,’’ Head said. “But everything turned out fine. We had a lot of great performances today, but it just wasn’t enough.

“Science Hill was tough,’’ Head added. “They had all the right runners in all the right places. We just couldn’t catch them after they got ahead coming out of the field events.’’

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