By JP Widne
Salem- The 2013 outdoor track & field season continues to get better and better for Tamera Smith, a senior at Pulaski County High School and a member of the Lady Cougars injury riddled track team.
With hamstring injuries still hurting two regular contributors, Smith has stepped up her game, and it was very apparent this past weekend at the 2013 River Ridge Track & Field District Championship. Smith won the 100 meters (12.59 seconds), 200 meters (25.63 seconds), long jump (16’ 9”) and triple jump (35’11”- personal record). In the 400 meters, Tamera was put in the slow heat and ran uncontested to win in 61 seconds. It was good enough for 3rd place overall and proved that with competition, Smith could have captured her 5th district title of the day. Overall, the Radford University bound student-athlete finished with 46 of her team’s 84 total points. At the end of the day, Smith was named the most outstanding female performer of the meet.
Sydney Anderson, a track superstar when not hampered with hamstring injuries, proved she was on her way back to her old winning ways. Anderson captured the high jump title with 5’5” leap. She had cleared 5’7”, but her heel clipped the bar on the way down. Her winning leap broke her own River Ridge District outdoor record (5’4”- 2011). Anderson also tested her legs out on the 1600 meter relay and 3200 meter relay and ran well with no ill effects.
Sarah Wright is really busy nowadays. Despite having three softball games this past week and only being able to practice her field event throwing one evening, Wright still placed second in the shot put (35’ 11”) and fourth in the discus (93’ 6”) this weekend. Teammate Dyanne Nipper threw personal bests in the shot put (7th- 29’ 2”) and discus (8th- 77’ 4”).
Julie Guthrie, the long distance guru of the Lady Cougars, ran two personal bests in the 1600 meters (9th- 5:38) and the 3200 meters (7th- 11:59). With Guthrie breaking the 12 minute barrier for the first time in her career (personal best by 22 seconds), she qualified to run in the Region IV Championships. This was a particularly great feat due to the misty, muggy weather on Saturday. Julie Hager placed 6th in the 100 meters (13.47 seconds), 7th in the triple jump (31’ 10 ½”) and 11th in the long jump (13’ 8 ½”). Erin Hamric placed 4th in the 400 meters (1:03- personal best) while Anne Kelly Newman placed 12th (1:07). Ellisa Fink ran well in the 300 meter hurdles (8th- 53.71 seconds).
The 1600 meter relay team of Erin Hamric, Anne Kelly Newman, Julia Hager and Sydney Anderson ran an exciting race. They placed second in a time of 4:16.53, just 1.1 seconds behind Blacksburg and 1/10th of a second in front of Hidden Valley. The 3200 meter relay team of Anderson, Hamric, Newman and Emily Llaneras placed third (10:21.20), beating Christiansburg by just 2/100th of a second.
“The girls ran really well,” commented Head Coach Jamie McCarty. “With Brittany Worrell being out with her hamstring injury and still being cautious with Sydney Anderson’s injuries, I think the team performed and finished well at the district championship. This was really a prepping day for the Virginia State Championships in two weeks.” The Lady Cougars will compete next Saturday at Abingdon High School in the Region IV Track & Field Championships.
Blacksburg High School easily won the final River Ridge District Outdoor Girl’s Track & Field Championship with 170 points. Cave Spring High finished in second place (105) followed by Pulaski County (84), Salem (60), Christiansburg (57) and Hidden Valley (48).