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Five Lady Cougars Heading to State Championships

By JP Widner

SWT Sports Reporter

Abingdon- A eye-opening fact was revealed last Saturday in the Region 4 Track & Field Championship held at Abingdon High School. Sydney Anderson is finally healthy and the state of Virginia has been put on alert for next weekend.

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The duo of Tamera Smith and Sydney Anderson could be the biggest one-two punch in Harrisonburg next weekend as the Lady Cougars try to achieve the impossible…a Virginia State Championship with just five student-athletes. While most Pulaski County students are celebrating graduation and all its festivities, Erin Hamric, Sarah Wright and Julia Hager will join Anderson and Smith next Friday and Saturday as they battle the best track & field athletes in Virginia.

This past Saturday, Tamera Smith continued to dominate her competition as she won the 100 meters (12.58 seconds), long jump (16’) and the triple jump (35’ 10 ¼”). Smith also placed second in the 200 meters (26.16 seconds). Altogether, Tamera scored 38 of the Lady Cougar’s 82 points.

Sydney Anderson won the high jump (5’2”) and placed second in the 400 meters (59.83 seconds). Anderson also anchored the 1600 meter relay team (Smith, Anderson, Erin Hamric, Julia Hager) that won in a time of 4:08. Anderson received the baton withthe Cougars in third place. Sydney then took over the race by running a blazing 57 second quarter mile to overtake her front running competitors and brought the victory home for Pulaski County.

Sarah Wright earned second place in the shot put (37’9”) and seventh in the discus (81’ 8”). Erin Hamric earned fourth place in the 400 meters (1:03) while Julia Hager placed ninth in the 100 meters (13.65 seconds). Julie Guthrie placed eighth in the 3200 meters (12:23) and anchored Pulaski County’s 3200 meter relay team of herself, Anne Kelly Newman, Erin Hamric and Anne Kelly Newman (4th place- 10:57).

Blacksburg High School won the Region IV meet with a whopping 143 points thanks to their huge roster and incredible distance runners. Pulaski County placed second out of 16 schools by earning 82 points with only eight student-athletes. Anderson, Smith, Wright, Hamric and Hager earned All-Region honors. Cave Springs placed a close third place (79 points) followed by Christiansburg (50), Salem (46), Hidden Valley (38), Marion (30), Bassett (30), Abingdon (15), Patrick County (7), Tunstall (2), Carroll County (2), Magna Vista (1), Tazewell (1), Richlands (0) and Martinsville (0).

“Earning second place at the regional championship was really good with all the adversities we have faced,” commented Head Coach Jamie McCarty. “This was a tough meet for Tamera as the whole meet was over in less than six hours and she was competing in so many events. Our 1600 meter relay team ran their best time of the year. We were pleased with Sydney’s performance as she appears to be healthy and have confidence in herself once again.”

At the Virginia State Track & Field State Championship next weekend, Sarah Wright will compete in the shot put; Sydney Anderson in the high jump, 1600 meter relay, 400 meters, 200 meters; Tamera Smith in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, triple jump, 1600 meter relay; Erin Hamric in the 400 meters, 1600 meter relay; Julia Hager in the 1600 meter relay.