KINGSPORT - Dobyns-Bennett long distance runner Josh Vasquez bit off quite a lot in Friday's Big 9 Conference Track and Field Championships.
None of it was more than he could chew.
The Indians, bolstered by a strong showing in the sprint relays, won the boys' meet with 192 points. But what impressed D-B coach Bob Bingham most was Vasquez's iron man act in the 3,200, 1,600 and 800 races.
"Running those three races in one day is pretty tough. In that he won all three of them is pretty awesome," reflected Bingham.
The Indian distance runner normally wouldn't have been forced to attempt all three races in one day. Inclement weather Thursday threw the 3,200 to the front of Friday's meet schedule.
Vasquez did it for the team - pretty much out front and all by himself.
"I had to do it in cross country season. So I got used to setting my own pace and my own splits. It's hard, but a little easier than people think," said Vasquez, who won the 3,200 with a 10:46.08 and the 1,600 with a 4:39.84.
"I'm hoping to get a 2:04 or 2:05 in the 800. I'm a little worn out, but I think I can do it."
He did it, winning with a 2:04.48.
Dobyns-Bennett's Adrian Sensabaugh, Lane Dukart, Robert Hogg and Coty Sensabaugh blasted off in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, winning in 43.52 and 1:30.86, respectively.
Coty Sensabaugh - who finished second in the 100 dash behind Science Hill's Soloman Duanah, who won with an 11.09 - went on to win the 200 dash with a 22.83.
"I don't usually run the 100 or 200. This was for the first time this season," Sensabaugh said. "We're trying to do big things this year with our relay teams. This was for fun. After this, it's strictly relays."
Brandon Lawson won the pole vault for D-B, clearing the bar at 13-0 while Andrew Pappas won the shot (47-11Â½).
On the girls' side of the meet, Science Hill's Emma Bowers set meet records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while twin Hannah Bowers won the 400 to lead the Lady Hilltoppers to the conference title with 236Â½ points.
Emma clocked a 12.39 in the 100 that deposed Laura McSpadden's hand-held meet record of 12.2 set in 1984. Her 25.62 in the 200 eclipsed Mona Sensabaugh's hand-held 25.5 set in 1985.
Emma finished second in the 400 dash behind Hannah, whose 58.46 wasn't fast enough to overshadow the record 57.45 she ran in last year's meet. Hannah, unsurprisingly, took second in the 100 and 200.
The twins also joined Kayla Kuziola and little sister Rachel Bowers for the winning 1,600-meter relay (4:11.82).
Ginny Browning set a meet record for D-B in the pole vault, her 10-footer knocking off Mary Armstrong's 2004 mark of 9-6. Britt Brewster set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.59 while Lady Indians teammate Laura Loveless won the 1,600 (5:23.42) and the 800 (2:26.37).
In the relays, Maria Maxwell, Olivia Lawniczak, Darah Karst and Abbie Cooper won the 4x100 with a 51.30 for the Tribe while Maxwell, Cooper and Karst were joined by Mary Baldock for the winning 4x200 (1:52.19).
In other girls action, Sullivan Central's Courtney Barnett won the discus with a throw of 118-1, despite having been in an automobile accident earlier during the day.
"I was leaving school early because it was honors day and I wasn't paying attention and rear-ended somebody. My neck and back are kind of hurting, but nothing bad," said Barnett, who got beat in the shot by Science Hill sophomore Jasmine Foster, who used the Oldfield spin to chunk the pumpkin 37-9Â½.
Barnett's career count so far: four knee surgeries, one wrist surgery, two car crashes and three state discus championships. The final category is the only one expected to increase before she graduates this spring.
Her teammate, Briana Cox, won the girls' high jump with a leap of 4-10.
Friday's meet was free of foul weather, but the chilling effect of the constant wind became more noticeable after the sun went down.
"Last week, it felt like summer. This week it feels like midwinter. It affects me. I have to stretch a little more before the race," said Sullivan South's Houston Martin, who won the 400 dash with a 52.43 and credited coach Jackie Dingus with the victory.
Billy Haden, Henry Ringley, Noah Poor and Nathan Wooden teamed up to win the 4x800 for the Rebels in a time of 8:48.21.
Volunteer's Bo Dykes won the boys' 110 hurdles with a 15.35. He didn't mind doubling up on field events for Friday's finals.
"I have the decathlon Monday and Tuesday. So this will have me ready for that," said Dykes, who also placed in the triple jump and high jump.
Sullivan East's Kyle Barnes won the discus with a throw of 140-1.