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Three Rivers track titles go to East boys, Elizabethton girls 

By STEVE WILMOTH TriCitiesSports.com • Apr 22, 2016 at 1:02 AM

KINGSPORT — The Sullivan East Patriots and Elizabethton Lady Cyclones took titles at the Three Rivers Conference Track & Field Championships Thursday evening at Sullivan North High School.

Paced by triple running event winners Luke Meade and Peyton Kegley along with double field event winner Hunter Eads, the Patriots outdistanced runner-up Sullivan South, 178-138.

The Lady Cyclones got three wins from Autumn Thomas and two from Heather Feuchtenberger to pull away from the Lady Rebels, 172½-108¼.

Beginning to prep for a run at a triple at the TSSAA State Championships next month, Meade easily won the 800 (2:01.80), 1600 (4:29.47), and 3200 meter runs (10:13.40).

“I’ve had a hard week of training, so this was more of a workout meet for me, preparing to try and triple at state,” said Meade. “That’s the plan so I’m working towards that.”

While Meade’s season has waffled between higher-profile meets like the Penn Relays he’ll run next week and more team-centered events like the conference championships, Meade relishes all time spent on the track and especially enjoys seeing his teammates celebrate a title.

“I enjoy the team aspect of the conference meet,” added Meade. “It means the world to me for us to win it. I like the team aspect in cross country and it’s nice in track to feel that same emotion.”

Meade took home Most Outstanding Male Runner honors, but was pushed by Kegley who raced to wins in the 110 meter hurdles (15.66), 300 meter hurdles (45.04) and 200 meter dash (23.26).

East’s Hunter Eads doubled in the high jump (5-10) and the shot put (42-11) to earn Most Outstanding Male Field Event Honors. Trey Lowe won the long jump with a leap of 18-0 ½.

“Peyton had a great day, three wins, great performance,” added Meade. “And I’m really excited for Hunter. That’s not an easy double.”

Thomas won the 100 meters (12.74) and 200 meters (26.01) as well as the long jump (14-8). Feuchtenberger crossed first in the 400 meters (1:02.15) and the 800 meters (2:39.33) and added a third place in the high jump (4-8).

Neither took home the Most Outstanding Female Runner Award, however, that instead went to Unicoi County’s Stephanie Wisse. Wisse was second to Thomas in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and won the 100 meter hurdles (16.30) and the triple jump (31-1).

Elizabethton’s Camryn Korona won the shot put (31-9½) and finished second in the discus (101-0) to claim the Most Outstanding Female Field Events Performer Award.

Other Lady Cyclone winners were Lauren Pilkton in the 1600 meters (5:45.02), Maci Shell in the 3200 meters (13:22.82) and Duke basketball signee Emily Schubert in the discus (104-04).

The Sullivan South contingent was long gone before their runner-up finishes were officially announced. South’s Tyler Youngblood had a nice night with solid times behind Meade in the 1600 and 3200 meters. Teammate Zach Johnson placed third in both events.

South went 2-3-4 in the 110 meter hurdles with Ethan Ward, Aaron Watterson and Mason Armstrong with Ward logging a runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles as well. Ward and Armstrong teamed with Jarrett Fox and Lukas Strickler to win the 4x100 meter relay. The Rebels’ Daniel Lewis, Brandon Reed, Matt King and Jacob Smith were second in the 4x800 meter relay. Strickler placed second in the triple jump and Grant Ward third in the shot.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Rebels’ Olivia Kent was fourth in the 200 meters, second in the high jump. 

 South produced runner-up finishes in the both hurdles raced with Avy Fowler in the 100 and Brooke Peters in the 300.

Kent, Fowler, Kate McMakin and Meredith St. Clair were runner-up in the 4x100 meters while McMakin, St. Clair, Tiffany Corby and Grace Bowery finished third in the 4x200 meters. 

 Bowery, Peters, Alisha Mann and Rebekah Hilton placed fourth in the 4x400 with Mann, Peters, Grace Bishop and Brittany Fuller logging a third place in the 4x800.

Maddie Townsend and Ashley Bear finished second and third in the shot with St. Clair third in the discus. McMakin produced a third place in the long jump.

The Sullivan North effort was paced by Lady Raider Melina Page who was sixth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdles. Rhealyn Salyers claimed sixth in the shot and fifth in the discus. 

 North’s Kevin Haynes finished sixth in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Michael Lingerfelt placed fifth in the shot.

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