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BHS track girls No.1 at WBHS, BHS boys 2nd; Admiral boys 5th

Judy Johnson may not be able to fill the shoes of former Bearden superstar Lindsay Glover, but she’s still racking up lots of points for the Lady Bulldogs’ track and field team.

Johnson’s first-place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.3 seconds), second-place finishes in the 200, 400 and triple-jump, and a top-three finish in the high jump vaulted BHS to a 30-point team victory (142 to 112) against second-place Morristown West in the annual William Blount Invitational Thursday at WBHS. “She did more than anybody,” BHS head coach Barry Faust said of Johnson.

The BHS skipper was especially pleased with his young sprint relay team who despite having never competed in a high school event finished first in the 4 X 200 and second in the 4 X 100. “And that was three ninth-graders and a sophomore, the first time they ever ran in a meet,” Faust said. “That knocked me out. I thought Allysia Bailey did a good job anchoring both of our sprint relays.”

Bailey joined Jeanna Davis, Grace Johnson and Allison Hixson in both relays. As for Hixson, “every time she runs she seems to get faster,” Faust said. “She’s been a very pleasant surprise.”

Caitie Oyler won the high jump (5-feet), while the 4 X 400 tandem of Catherine LaForce, Judy Masterman, Kelly Fuller and Kelly Kohlbusch took second. Fuller, Mary Randolph, Masterman and Mary Alex Rochester were second in the 4 X 800.


Taking second as a team at WBHS, the Bearden boys were led by Bryan Webb’s victory in the 400, Jay Oatts’ win in the 300 hurdles and second-place finish in the 110 hurdles. Other second-place finishes: Thaddeus Grace (200 and 100 dashes), Nathan Grace (400) and Jeremy Holliday (high jump).

Bulldog relay victories came from Paul Dickenson, Stephen Shankles, Billy Welsh and Patrick Shires in the 4 X 800 and Shires, Webb, Oatts and N. Grace in the 4 X 400.


Farragut finished fifth behind Michael Koszela (second in the 1,600 and third in the 800) and Yvon Miller, second in the long jump in addition to being a leg on the 4 X 200 team that finished third.

Other 4 X 200 relay runners were Nick Moore, Lee Travis and Jason Stone. “We’ve got four pretty good sprinters,” FHS head coach Scott McKenzie said.

The Admirals’ 4 X 800 tandem of Jordan Bryner, Jonathan Lindsay, Michael Tabler and Frank Streiff took third.

Ryan Crews was fourth in the 3,200.


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