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Volunteer girls, South boys take Keith Cox Invitational titles

April 8th, 2014 10:15 pm by Pat Kenney

Volunteer girls, South boys take Keith Cox Invitational titles

Volunteer's Emily Armstrong is shown in action in this time-lapse photo taken during the Keith Cox Invitational on Tuesday at Sullivan North. (Ned Jilton II photo)

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KINGSPORT — The Volunteer girls won 12 of the 17 events contested in Tuesday's Keith Cox Invitational track and field meet at Sullivan North, cruising to a 198-131 win over Sullivan South.

On the boys' side, South got strong performances in the sprint relays, distance races and both hurdles competitions and edged Volunteer 159-156.

Emily Armstrong led the Lady Falcons with wins in the 100 meters (13.10), 200 (26.96) and long jump (16-11). She also ran the anchor leg on Volunteer's winning 4x400 relay (5:00.13).

Armstrong just missed breaking the school record of 13.04 in the 100 meters.

"It was a good day for us," she said. "That was the first time I'd run the 100 this season."

The Lady Falcons' Abigail Gregory also pulled in big points for her team. She won the 400 (67.62) and 800 (2:53.33) and ran legs on the winning 4x400 and 4x800 relays (11:33.69).

South's Heath Harmon won the 1,600 (4:52.01) and the Rebels' John Machen added a victory in the 3,200 (11:25.59).

The Rebels captured the 4x100 (46.07) and 4x200 (1:36.53) relays, also picking up valuable points with second-place finishes in the 4x400 (3:42.95) and 4x800 (9:00.83) relays.

Volunteer's Maliek Carpenter had an outstanding day with wins in the 100 (11.36), 200 (23.29) and 400 meters (55.68). He also ran the anchor leg on the Falcons' winning 4x400 relay (3:42.95).

For an expanded version of this story, see Wednesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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