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South boys, Elizabethton girls withstand bad weather, good competition to claim Three Rivers track titles

April 28th, 2014 10:28 pm by Pat Kenney

South boys, Elizabethton girls withstand bad weather, good competition to claim Three Rivers track titles

KINGSPORT — A torrential downpour early in the Three Rivers Conference track and field championships did little to dampen the outcome for the Sullivan South boys and Elizabethton girls on Monday at Sullivan North.

With outstanding performances all around, the Rebels cruised to a 207-133 win over Elizabethton's boys. Unicoi County finished third with 70 points.

The Lady Cyclones proved too tough for the competition, posting a 175.5-142 win over Sullivan East. Lady Rebels came in third with 105.5 points.

Will Blair got things going early for South's boys. He won the high jump (5-6) and was second in the triple jump (35-7).

The rains came right in the middle of the triple jump competition and caused a 35-minute delay.

"That delay affected me a little," said Blair, who earned the award as the meet's most outstanding male in field events. "But overall I was pleased with the way things went today."

The Rebels got a bonus when Charlie McCann had a day off from his duties on the South baseball team. McCann, running in his first meet of the season, posted the second-fastest times of the season in the area when he won both the 100 meters (11.07) and 200 (22.24).

South also picked up victories in the 4x100-meter relay (46.35), 4x200 (1:36.34) and 4x800 (9:00.36). The Rebels' Heath Harmon was a double winner, taking the 800 (2:11.43) and the 1,600 (4:51.09), and Kyle Bond had a winning toss of 48-7 in the shot put for South.

The Lady Cyclones' run to the team title was led by Abbi Pierce, who won both the 800 (2:34.03) and 1,600 (5:42.97), and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay (4:46.73).

Pierce was named the meet's most outstanding female runner.

"I've been waiting all season for this meet," said an elated Pierce. "I've been wanting to get out of this slump I've been in.

"My win in the 1,600 set the tone. I felt amazing in the 800 and so when they asked me to run the 4x400, I was ready to go."

The Cyclones' Ethan Thomas earned most outstanding male runner honors after his win in the 400 meters (53.10) and runner-up finishes in the 100 (11.21) and 200 (22.90). He also won the long jump (19-11 1/2).

"I had a good day," Thomas said. "But I really wish we could have won the team title."

Makenna Smith of Sullivan North was named most outstanding female in field events after she won the long jump (16-1) and finished second in the triple jump (31-2), third in the high jump (4-6) and fourth in the shot put (27-8).

"The wind just before the rains came really was tough in the high jump," Smith said. "But today I had a lot of confidence in my steps so that's why my long and triple jumps were good."

South's Abby Childress won the 100 hurdles (16.79) and placed second in the 300s (51.44). Elizabethton's Katie May took the 300 hurdles (50.35) and won the triple jump (33-9).

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