Written by SWT Sports Reporter JP Widner
Radford- With many new faces and new “highlite yellow” uniforms, Pulaski Middle Head Boy’s Track & Field Coach Tony Viers marched his team across the bridge to do battle against the middle schools of Floyd County, Giles County and Radford County.
Pulaski’s 4 x 400 meter relay team consisting of Bryant Grubb, Noah Campbell, Dustin Collins, and Tyler Waddell placed first with a winning time of 4 minutes and 19 seconds. The 4 x 100 relay team consisting of Alex Akers, Christian Cook, Bryant Grubb, and Noah Campbell placed second (53.57 seconds).
In his first career track meet, seventh grader Dustin Collins ran an incredible 5:38 mile to place second. Sam Nall ran strong and placed in the top ten (6:21). Jacob Moye (7:30) ran well, also.
In the triple jump, eighth grader Tyler Waddell placed second (32’2”) while Bryant Grubb placed third (31’8”). Teammate Alex Akers placed fourth (30’11”) and Noah Campbell placed sixth (29’11”). Waddell also competed in the 110 meter hurdles (3rd-20.96 seconds), 400 meters (3rd-1:04) and 300 meter hurdles (5th-56.1 seconds). Campbell also placed fourth in the 400 meters (1:05).
Shot putter Alex Akers performed well with a third place throw of 31’9”. Caleb Dunford had a personal best throw of 31’6” to place fourth. Dunford also placed sixth in the 100 meters (13.49 seconds).
In the discus competition, Bryant Grubb placed third (88’4”) while Jordan Morton placed third (85’4”) and Alex Akers (76’1”) captured sixth place. Akers also placed fourth with a strong, smooth stride in the 800 meters (2:37).
Bryant Grubb and Christian “Bubba” Cook both high jumped 4”10” to placed 3rd and 6th in the competition. Grubb also long jumped 15’3” for sixth place and placed third in the 200 meters (27.16 seconds).
Seventh grader C.C. Grubb competed in the 110 meter hurdles (6th-22.85 seconds), 100 meters (4th-13.28 seconds) and 300 meter hurdles (3rd-52.3 seconds).
When all the sweating had stopped and the heart rates had calmed down, the final score showed Floyd County to be the winners with 67 points followed by Pulaski (52), Radford (51) and Giles (45).
“I am pleased with the results of our team for our first track meet of the year,” said Coach Viers. “We’ve had limited number of practices due to the weather. I am proud of the hard work each team member has put in so far in our season. We look forward to the next meet Monday at Pulaski High School.”