Williams, Watkins, Barton shine at D-B track meet

Pat Kenney • Mar 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

KINGSPORT — Blustery winds and cold temperatures turned Wednesday’s Tri-Cities Invitational track meet at Dobyns-Bennett into a survival test. In spite of the adverse conditions, there were several outstanding performances over the course of the meet. Defending state shot put champion Ashlee Mitchell from Tennessee High left no doubt that she is ready to defend her title and is also one of the area’s most versatile athletes. Mitchell recorded wins in the shot put (34-10), discus (98-2) and 100 meters (12.72). “I feel much more confident coming into this season,” said Mitchell, a senior who has signed to play basketball at Virginia Commonwealth. “I’m motivated to win the state title again. I don’t want people to think I’m slacking off just because I won last year.”Sullivan Central’s Emily Williams showed mid-season form in winning three distance races against very competitive fields. In the 3200 meters, Williams lapped the field with her winning time of 10:59.84. She backed that up with a stunning 5:17.73 to claim the 1600m. And to top it all off, Williams went into another gear 250 meters from the finish in the 800. She crossed the line in a time of 2:25.94, winning by almost four seconds over Science Hill standout Molly Foster.

For complete coverage of the meet see the March 21 edition of the Times-News.

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