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Turnabout’s fair play? Bearden track and field stung by absence

Turnabout’s fair play?

Less than two weeks before, Bearden’s sweep of the KIL boys and girls track and field championships was made easier by the absence of West High School [reason not officially known].

In the Knox-area championship event held Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, at The University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track, it was the absence of key BHS girls and boys sprinters that allowed West to edge past both Bearden teams and sweep both events.

Minus key sprinter and long-jumper Jonathan Blue on the boys’ side, the Rebels edged Bearden 114-108.

Missing relay sprinters Mary Hirst and Sarah Himmelreich for the Lady Bulldogs, West slipped by BHS 105 to 95.5.

Though BHS girls head coach Barry Faust said his team “didn’t have enough people to win today,” he added, “We didn’t do as good a job as we could have today, and we got beat by a superior team. My congratulations to West High School.”

Meanwhile, Farragut’s girls placed fifth overall (42 points).

Winning the 4 X 800 (8:14.94), Farragut’s boys tied for eighth-place with Campbell County (33 points). More about the FHS teams later in this story.

On the bright side for Bearden, Nathan Grace once again dominated a sprinting competition.

Grace, named the event’s Most Outstanding Sprinter, won the 100-meter (:11.25 wind-affected), 200 (:22.62 wind-affected), 400 (:49.09) and was the anchor leg of the winning 4 X 400 champs (3:26.80). Other 4 X 400 relay members are Sean Cunningham, C.J. Gunn and Jay Oatts.

Oatts was also champion in both the 110-hurdles (:14.68, wind affected) and the 300-hurdles (:37.97). Cunningham was third in the 200.

Meanwhile, BHS senior Eric Pickle was named Most Outstanding in field events after setting a meet record in the shot put (58-09.50) while finishing second in the discus. Adam Canter was second in the shot put.

Sarah Canter won the discus for the Lady Bulldogs (120-01), while teammate Amity Mulvey finished second. Sarah Himmelreich, who was able to participate in Friday’s field events, was second in shot put. Taylor Rotella was fourth.

When asked about “top performers” during the two-day event, Faust said, “Karen Shotwell did a good job for me, she’s our coach in the throws.”

Lady Bulldog Molly Arwood was pole vault champ (8-00), while teammate Stephanie Shultz was third.

In other field events Friday, Hirst was second in the high jump, as was the 4 X 100 relay team (Jenna Davis, Danielle Elliot, Jennifer Scott and Destiny Miller).

Farragut’s winning 4 X 800 team was comprised of Bryan Mann, Frank Streiff, Thomas Fraser and Jacob Gibson.

Gibson also finished second in the 800, while Tom Gilmartin took third in the 3200.

Kathleen Jarvis finished second in the pole vault, while Jessyca Sterling was second in the 200 and third in the 100.

Catelyn Dake was third in the 400, and was anchor led on the Lady Ads’ third-place 4 X 400 relay team that also included Brittany Simmons, Nicole Besola and Tiffany Whitney.


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