By JP Widner
SWT Sports Reporter
Floyd– The Buffalo Track & Field Invitational took place last Friday evening as sixteen high schools converged at Floyd County High School. The Pulaski County High School girl’s track team was missing superstars Sydney Anderson, Brittany Worrell and Sarah Wright due to injuries and softball commitments. Senior Tamera Smith took matters into her own hands at that point and hoisted the Lady Cougars on her shoulders. Pushing ahead, Smith defeated 18 competitors as she won the long jump (16’7.75”). In the triple jump, Tamera placed first with a leap of 35’7.5”. She followed that victory with a fourth place tie in the high jump (4’8”). Smith finished her day by winning the 100 meters (12.77 seconds) over 25 other sprinters. The Radford University-bound athlete finished with 33 of her team’s 60 points.
Julia Hager placed seventh in the 200 meters (28.36) and twelfth in the 100 meters (13.95 seconds). Ellisa Fink earned points for the Cougars as she placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles (54.34 seconds). Fink also placed seventh in the 100 meter hurdles (19.2 seconds).
In the distance races, Erin Hamric defeated 30 harriers as she won the 800 meters in 2:34 while Julie Guthrie placed sixth in the 3200 meters (12:31). Anne Kelly Newman placed a solid seventh in the 800 meters (2:41). The 3200 meter relay team of Llaneras, Hamric, Newman and Guthrie placed second (10:52). The 400 meter relay team also placed second (4:25-Hamric, Llaneras, Fink, Hager).
William Byrd High School won the Buffalo Invitational with 81 points. Short-handed Pulaski County finished second with 63 points followed by Bassett (49), George Wythe (48), Hidden Valley (48), Giles (41), Radford (35), Floyd County (34), Magna Vista (27), Patrick County (26), Chilhowie (15), Patrick Henry/Glade Springs (12), Grayson County (12), Galax (3), Glenvar (1) and Auburn (1).
“To get a runner-up finish while missing three girls was great,” commented Head Coach Jamie McCarty. “The distance girls are getting better, and our sprinters are working hard. We just need to get healthy and ready for districts!”
The Lady Cougars will be competing in the Cosmopolitan Track & Field Invitational this Friday and Saturday at William Fleming High School in Roanoke.