BRISTOL, Tenn. — Pride will be on the line tonight when the final day of the Big 8 Conference track and field meet gets under way at Tennessee High.
After Thursday’s opening- round action of field events and the 3,200 meter finals, the Dobyns-Bennett boys hold a slim 87-86 lead over Science Hill while the Lady Hilltoppers lead the Lady Indians 102-81.5.
“We did about as well as expected with the boys in the field events,’’ D-B coach Bob Bingham said. “The boys ran well and we got our kids qualified for the finals.
“The girls competition should be a horse race,’’ Bingham added. “Things will be very interesting on Friday. We’ll have to run well in every event in order to overtake Science Hill.’’
Bingham feels the final results in the girls competition could hinge on the Lady Vikings.
“Tennessee High has some great sprinters,’’ the D-B coach observed. “If they get in the mix, it could change the point spread and make things tough for us.’’
Jane Smith helped the Lady Indians cause by capturing both the shot put (32-4½) and discus (90-9).
Science Hill’s Justin Harris was also a double winner in the weight events. He won the discus at a personal best of 147-8 and captured the shot put with a throw of 45-2.
“My throws get better each meet,’’ Harris said. “I want to improve my speed in the discus and that will help me to throw farther.’’
Sullivan South’s Andrew Pickwell took the boys high jump with a leap of 6-6.
“I struggled when the bar was a 6-0,’’ said Pickwell, who has cleared 6-8 this spring. “I guess I just wasn’t ready. But once I got my rhythm the jumping got easier.’’
Pickwell has a goal of clearing 6-10 or 7 feet this year.
“My shoulders are over the bar by 4 inches at least,’’ Pickwell added. “I just have to get the rest of my body over.’’
Boone’s Chris Winkle, coming off an impressive win in the Section 1 decathlon earlier this week, did just enough to capture his specialty, the pole vault.
Winkle stopped vaulting after clearing 13-6 and assuring himself of first place.
“I’m still whipped from the decathlon so I didn’t see any point wearing myself out trying to go higher,’’ said Winkle, who also finished third in the triple jump (40-7) and qualified fourth for today’s 110 hurdle finals (16.41) .
Science Hill’s Molly Foster won the girls 3,200 final in a time of 11:49.79 while the Hilltoppers’ Michael Mansy cruised to a victory in the boys 3,200 at 9:35.41.
Boone’s Brittaney Johnson took the girls high jump (5-0) with D-B’s Cammie Browning (8-0) finishing first in the girls pole vault.
The Lady Hilltoppers’ Lexie Burley was a double winner, capturing the long jump (16-8½) and triple jump (36-1). Science Hill’s Ryan Mitchell took the long jump (21-¾) while Graham Boone won the triple jump (43-4).
Today’s running finals begin at 4:30 p.m.