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Sprinting success leads BHS boys to 2nd at Big East Invitational; girls 3rd


A young sprinter plus an emerging talent in the high jump are providing valuable meet points this season for the Bearden boys track and field team.

Highlighting top individual efforts during last week’s Big East Challenge — representing the seven teams comprising Region 1-5A in football — included freshman Devrin Young’s first-place finish in the 200-meter dash and runner-up finish in the 100 dash.

“He’s going to be special,” said BHS girls head coach Hunter Fendley, who also coaches both teams’ sprinters.

As a team, the BHS boys took third at the Wednesday, April 9 meet, held at Jefferson County High School.

Nathan Parker’s second-place finish in the high jump (6-feet) impressed Fendley.

“His first meet of the year ... total natural ability, he doesn’t even really know the technique yet,” Fendley said about the junior, also a standout player on the highly successful BHS basketball team.

The Bulldogs’ highly regarded 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 relay teams both took first-place, with the 4 X 200 team finishing second.

Other top individual efforts included Sam Shaughnessy’s second-place showing in the 3200.

Fendley said that after last Wednesday’s effort, the BHS boys have “closed the gap on [meet champ Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett] by about 23 points” versus an earlier meet this season going against the KD-B Indians.

BHS GIRLS THIRD

Bearden’s girls finished third, led by junior Mary Hirst’s top finish in the high jump (5-foot-6), and senior Sarah Canter’s first-place effort in the discus (114-feet).

Other top efforts from the girls was a second-place finish in the 4 X 200 relay.

 

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