By JP Widner
SWT Sports Writer
Salem- Some people just jump over obstacles. They spend more time going up and down than they do going forward. Real athletes glide over the hurdles. Pulaski Cougar High School has one such athlete. Her name is Ellisa Fink, a junior, and she earned first place in the 300 meter hurdles last Wednesday at the quad track & field meet at Salem High School. She out leaned her closest opponent to win in 53.1 seconds, by just two one-hundredths of a second. Fink went on to place sixth in the 100 meter hurdles in 19.5 seconds.
The powerful Sarah Wright conquered both the shot put and discus competition by throwing 36’1” and 85’4” to finish in first place. Dyanne Nipper earned points for the Lady Cougars by placing third in both the shot put (26’10”) and the discus (66’3”).
Erin Hamric defeated 16 half-milers to win the 800 meters in 2:34. Teammates Julia Guthrie (6th-2:41) and Anne Kelly Newman (7th-2:43) ran well. In the one mile race, Guthrie earned third place (5:39) and Newman finished in 7th place (7:45).
Julie Hager stayed quite busy as she placed second in the long jump (15’), sixth in the 100 meters (13.9 seconds), eighth in the 200 meters (29 seconds) and ninth in the triple jump (29’ 5 ¼”). Hamric placed 4th out of 19 sprinters in the 100 meters (13.8 seconds) and 6th out of 30 sprinters in the 200 meters (28.9 seconds). Cassidy Smith gained valuable experience as she ran in the 100 meters (18th-16 seconds) and the 200 meters (23rd-33.9 seconds).
Blacksburg High School won the meet with 78 points followed by Salem High (70 points), Pulaski County (43 points) and Hidden Valley High (30 points).