BRISTOL, Tenn. — Some performances were outstanding, some just good enough to win.
At the end of the day, it was really about earning points for your team.
After Thursday’s opening day of the Big 8 Conference track and field championships at Tennessee High, the Dobyns-Bennett girls hold an 82.5-80 lead over archrival Science Hill.
Tennessee High stands third with 57 points.
In the boys competition, Science Hill leads D-B 84.5-61. Daniel Boone is a close third with 60 points.
On Day 1, all six field events and the 3200 meters were contested.
“I feel good about where the girls stand,” said D-B coach Bob Bingham. “We thought we might be down 10 to Science Hill after the first day, but we got some points in unexpected places and came out ahead.
“Not having Malik Foreman for this meet hurts us in the boys,” added Bingham. “But we feel good about our position going into the running events on Friday. We just have to fight back everywhere we can.”
Foreman has been nursing a muscle pull and was held out of the meet as a precaution.
The Lady Indians’ Adriana Watkins, who was coming off a win in the Section 1 pentathlon on Monday, captured the triple jump with a D-B school record of 38-1.
“I’ve been trying to get over 38 feet all year,” said Watkins. “What I do is bring everything I have for that last jump.
“Sure enough, on my last jump I went past 38,” added Watkins. “I’ll just keep trying to build on that and go farther.”
Tennessee High’s Ashlee Mitchell, the TSSAA Class AAA state shot put champion, had an outstanding day. She threw season best’s of 39-8½ in the shot and 116-11 in the discus.
Mitchell was 2 feet past her previous best in the shot and almost 10 feet better in the discus.
For complete coverage of the meet see the April 26 edition of the Times-News.