D-B’s legendary hurdler and school record-holder “Scat” Springs even made an appearance on his home track. Springs was a two-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles in 1978-79 and ran track at Appalachian State.
Springs went on to a 30-year career singing country music in Nashville and around the world before suffering a stroke in January 2017. He’s doing much better now, he said, nearly a year and a half later.
Tj Patton of Science Hill beat last year’s meet record by running 14.50 in the 110 hurdles. He also doubled back to help the Hilltoppers win the 4x200 relay and he capped his night by winning the 200 in 21.84, also a meet record.
“It was a great day. I knew that coming out of school that I have two or three meets left, so I have to give it my all,” he said.
The ’Toppers came home with both of the male outstanding performances. William Peterson successfully cleared 14 feet, 1 inch in the pole vault to eclipse the previous meet record of 14-0. He also broke the Science Hill school record.
D-B’s Natalie Donahue also gained a meet record in the pole vault with an effort of 10-7, which surpassed the old mark by an inch. She earned the most outstanding performance in the field events.
Daniel Boone’s Maria Chellah didn’t set a meet record in the 800, but she did run one of the fastest times ever in Northeast Tennessee by crossing the line in 2:18.69. She took home one of the two most outstanding performances on the track.
“I went out with a high goal for today’s meet. I knew I wanted to run fast,” Chellah said. “I wanted to back up my fast indoor race with an outdoor race. I went out with the mindset of going hard. Practice this week was difficult, but it paid off.”
Another outstanding performance on the women’s side was by D-B’s Sasha Neglia in the 3,200. Finishing in 10:41.20, she lapped the field and shattered the meet record of 11:16 set by Whitney Jessee of John Battle way back in 1986.
On the Northeast Tennessee girls side, Camryn Koroma of Elizabethton won the shot put with a throw of 33-9. Madison Cowan of Sullivan South pulled off a double win in the girls triple jump and long jump. D-B’s Lily Griffith won the high jump with a clearance of 5-4. Volunteer’s Whitney Christian paced the 100 hurdles with ease in 16.20 seconds and won the 300 hurdles in 47.62. Breanna Roy of David Crockett took home the 1,600 title in 5:15.10.
D-B won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, Volunteer took the 4x100 and Tennessee High ruled the 4x200.
From Virginia, Sarah Cornett of Cornerstone Christian won the 100 and 400, Patrick Henry’s Maggie Buchanan captured the 200 and Abingdon’s Michelle Morris won the discus (114-1).
On the boys’ side in Northeast Tennessee, winners included D-B’s Aziz Dunn in the long jump (19-3.50) and Tanner Henry in the high jump (6-4). D-B’s Jeamy Williams won the 100 in 10.95 and Jeb Jones of Science Hill won the 800 in an impressive 1:57.08.
D-B nabbed the 4x400 relay, Science Hill took the 4x100 and 4x200, and Daniel Boone prevailed in the 4x800.
Union racked up four of the seven wins for Virginia when Justin Barnett swept the discus (142-0) and shot put (49-0), Dakota Owens won the 400 (51.46) and Avery Jenkins won the 300 hurdles (41.30). Abingdon’s Karl Thiessen took the 3,200 (9:31.73), Patrick Henry’s Gavin Grossman won the 1,600 (4:32.98) and J.I. Burton’s Austin Lane took triple jump gold (42-10).