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Barrett makes Big 7 history, D-B sweeps team track titles

PAT KENNEY, [email protected] • Apr 23, 2016 at 2:23 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Dobyns-Bennett boys and girls swept the Big 7 Conference track and field championships on Friday at Tennessee High. 

D-B’s boys, behind a historic performance from junior Bryce Barrett, cruised to a 227-149 win over runner-up Science Hill. Daniel Boone finished third with 113.5 points.

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The Lady Indians had to battle to the final race before holding off hard-charging Science Hill 174-168.5. Volunteer, with 94 points, placed third.

Barrett won the 100, 200 and 400 meters to become just the third runner in conference history to pull off the feat — joining D-B’s Darwin Bond and Teddy Gaines in the record book. Barrett also anchored the Indians’ winning 4x100 relay.

“It does mean a lot to have accomplished this,” Barrett said. “I knew I was capable, but I had to pace myself all day because of how fast the races came.”

The Indians held a 58-point cushion following Thursday’s field events and never let up Friday.

“What Barrett did today was pretty special,” said D-B coach Bob Bingham. “But we got a lot of points out of guys that you don’t hear a lot about. Resse Cornett won the 300 hurdles and was third in the 110s. Jordan Murray had a second in the 300 hurdles with freshman Jeamy Williams finishing second to Barrett in the 400. He’s a great talent.

“Those guys and so many others were the key for us today.”

The Lady Indians led Science Hill by just a half-point with two events left. Placing three runners in the top six finishers of the 3,200, D-B pushed its advantage  to 3½ points entering the day’s last race, the 4x400 relay.

“We knew where we stood going into that last race,” said D-B’s Erica Stone, who ran the anchor leg of the 4x400. “Coach told us just to win and that would take care of everything.”

Sydney Breeding, Megan Davis, Makayela Fullen and Stone left no doubt about the outcome, running a winning time of 4:10.31. Science Hill finished second in 4:12.98.

“It was very satisfying to win that last race and seal the win,” Stone added. “We just didn’t want to let the team down.”

Volunteer’s girls won both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. With just 10 girls on the team, the Lady Falcons had an outstanding meet.

“I could not have asked any more of these girls,” said Volunteer coach Claudette Sivert. “They gave everything they had.”

Tennessee High’s Kassidy Morton swept the girls’ 100-, 200- and 400-meter races. 

 Science Hill’s Halle Hausman won the 800 and 1,600 and ran a leg on the  winning 4x800-meter relay. 

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