Top athletes converge for 33rd Times-News Relays

Pat Kenney • May 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

KINGSPORT — The best high school track and field competitors in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will converge on Sullivan North today for the 33rd Times-News Relays.

One of the best fields in recent years will be a gathering of champions. In the 34 events to be contested, there are 19 defending champions returning from last year’s meet.

To show the quality of the participants, four of the defending champs weren’t even the top qualifiers in their events.

Field events begin at 4 p.m., with the running set for a 6 o’clock start.

All eyes will be on Tennessee High’s Jennifer Cannon. With a stunning time of 43.05 in the 300-meter hurdles, Cannon is not only the top qualifier in that event; she’s ranked No. 12 in the nation.

Cannon also comes in as the top 100 hurdles qualifier with a time of 14.85.

VHSL Group A state champion Forrest Stuart from Appalachia is the top boys 110 hurdler qualifier at 14.76. He leads a highly competitive field that includes Dobyns-Bennett’s Trey Hutchinson (15.12) and Volunteer’s Sam Barton (15.22).

Barton (39.99) is the top qualifier in the boys 300 hurdles.

Look for sparks to fly in the boys 100 dash where John Patrone from University High has a season-best time of 10.58.

The girls 800 is loaded. D-B’s Ellen Ehrenfried (2:24.31) leads a field that includes Science Hill’s Molly Foster (2:25.53) and Sullivan Central’s Emily Williams (2:25.78). D-B’s Olivia Loveless (2:26.58) and the Lady Hilltoppers’ Martha McCoy (2:27.57) should make this one of the night’s top races.

In the field events, Greeneville’s Alyssa Crum returns to defend her crown in the shot put.

The boys discus will be a spectacle. Nick Huffman from Virginia High leads the competition with a qualifying throw of 158-0. Myron Wynn from George Wythe is next at 144-3, with Thomas Walker’s Casey Vass third at 140-1.

Cocke County’s Tim Maloney is also back as the defending champion in the boys 400.

All of the relays, both boys and girls, look highly competitive and should provide some exciting racing. The Dobyns-Bennett boys and girls teams have the top qualifying times in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Admission will be $4.

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