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Morgan Gose leads Lady Blue Devils to team title in WSWV Track Invitational

April 17th, 2014 3:12 pm by Pat Kenney

BEN HUR — Gate City's Morgan Gose had four first-place finishes and helped the Lady Blue Devils to the girls team title in the WSWV Track & Field Invitational on Wednesday at Lee High.

The Lady Blue Devils posted a 167-106 win over Virginia High with Lee third at 74.

Union captured the boys team trophy in spite of having two of its best athletes not run in the meet. The Bears upended Lee 118-94.5. Claiborne County finished third with 84 points.

"I'm totally shocked that we won this meet," said Bears coach Tim Thomas. "My two best guys were unable to compete. One was at a soccer game and the other is in the stands hurt.

"We have a bunch of hard working guys and they got after it tonight," added Thomas. "But there is not doubt, this is a total surprise."

The Bears Trey Hall was named the meet's most outstanding distance runner after winning the 800 (2:18.24) and finishing second in the 1,600.

Gose, who was named the meet's most outstanding jumper, won the high jump at 5-3 and long jump 15-2 then added wins in both the 100 meter hurdles (16.15)and 300 hurdles (49.82). She also ran a leg on Gate City's 4x100 meter relay team that finished second.

"My high jump was surprising," said Gose, who cleared 5-3. "My sister Kaely said something to me prior to the event that motivated me today."

Competing in just her second meet of the season, Gose was pleased with her performances in both hurdle races. Especially after tweaking her hamstring in the high jump.

"The 300 hurdles is all about endurance," said Gose. "It's such a hard race. All I try to do is keep my steps even.

"My hamstring really didn't bother me once I got into the hurdles," added Gose.

The Lady Blue Devils Jordan Houseright earned the girls most outstanding thrower award after winning the shot put (35-8) and finishing second in the discus.

"The throws weren't my best," said Houseright, who finished second in the state last year in the shot put with a throw of over 39 feet. "But this is only our second meet so I'm still trying to get everything together.

"There are still a lot of little things to fix in my throws," added Houseright. "But at this point, I'm still way ahead of where I was last year."

Virginia High's Kobe Clisby was named the meets most outstanding male jumper after finishing first in the long jump (18-11) and triple jump (38-).

Lee's Verity Collingsworth earned most outstanding female sprinter with wins in both the 200 (29.30) and 400 meters (70.60). The Generals Houston Sage was named the most outstanding male sprinter. He won the 110 hurdles (16.41) and the 300s (44.14) and also was second in the 100 meters.

Union's Raekwon Mitchell was the most outstanding male thrower win a win in the discus (125-0).

Lee's Nicole Sturgill was the most outstanding female distance runner after her victory in the 3,200 meters (14:18.61). 

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