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Cougars shine at Judy Thomas Invitational




GLADE SPRINGS – The majority of the Cougar and Lady Cougar track and field teams travels to Patrick Henry-Glade Springs High School Saturday to compete in the Judy Thomas Invitational against 16 other teams.


Kelsey Arnold had a solid day, placing in several events. She took first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.10, first in the triple jump with a lead of 36’2”, second in the long jump with a 16’7.75” effort and fifth in the 100-meter race with a time of 13.30.


Shanece Lewis took third in the 100-meter race with a time of 13.07. She also earned third in the 200-meter (27.71). Jaira Mcnair earned fourth in the 200 (28.50), seventh in the 100 (13.37), 10th in the triple jump (29’11.25”) and 11th in the long jump (13’8.75”).


Presley Martin took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.32. She also earned third in the 300-meter hurdles (53.31) and fifth in the high jump with her 4’2” effort.


Madison Woolwine earned third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:39.66. Cierra Truehart took 11th in the 100 with a time of 13.74. Courtney Cregger finished seventh in the 400-meter with a time of 1:09.14. Kenzie Farmer took fifth in the 3.200-meter (15:43.78) and 15th in the 1,600-meter (6:51.99). Allyson Castle took sixth in the 1,600-meter with a time of 5:54.27.


Grace Jennings finished 25th in the 100 with a time of 14.95. Kimberly Lyons finished 26th in the 100 at 14.99. Scarlett Arms took 36th in the same race at 16.84 and Ruth Downey was 37th at 17.99. Essence McCloud finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.65.


The Lady Cougar 4×400-meter relay team of Arnold, Castle, Cregger and Woolwine took first place with a 4:33.14 time. The 4×100-meter relay team of Truehart, Lyons, McCloud and Jennings finished fourth at 56.32.


The Lady Cougars finished the day with 105.5 points and a second place finish. PH-Glade Springs took top honors for the day with 156 points. Floyd County took third with 68 points, Abingdon and Chilhowie tied for fourth with 62 points each. Radford finished sixth with 49 points, Ridgeview was seventh with 45, George Wythe was eighth with 22, Rural Retreat finished ninth with 15. 5 and Hurley rounded out the top 10 with 14 points. The remaining teams were Castlewood (13 points), Marion (11), John S. Battle (10), Holston (6) and Northwood (6).


Numbers were the key for the Cougar boys, who brought a host of athletes to put forth their best efforts.


Cade Compton took first in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10:49.27. Compton also took second in the 1,600-meter with a time of 4:51.72. Shaun King took first in the 400-meter race with a time of 53.60. EJ Horton took first in the 100-meter with a time of 11.27. Jacob Akers took first in the discus with a throw of 134’9”. He also finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 39’5.5”. Armonte Lewis was first in the long jump with a leap of 20’8.5” and fifth in the 200-meter at 24.45.


JJ Gulley took first in the high jump (6’2”), third in the triple jump (40’6”) and fifth in the long jump (20’1.5”). Julian Black was second in the 800 with a time of 2:09.36. Lane Suthers was third in the 300-meter hurdles (44.11) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.03). Bryce Martin was third in the 800 at 2:09.51. James Guthrie was third in the 3,200 (11:14.32) and ninth in the 1,600 (5:10.32).


Zach Fox was fifth in the 800 at 2:10.49. Brayden Smith finished sixth in the 300 hurdles (46.16) and ninth in the 110 hurdles (19.05). Zeke Surber took sixth in the shotput with a 41’8” throw. Tristen Bowden was eight in the discus (104’5”) and ninth in the shot put (38’8”). Clay Phillips was 12th in the shot (36’9”) and 14th in the discus (94’4”).


Landon McDaniel took 11th in the high jump at 5’4”, 17th in the 200-meter (26.00) and 30th in the 100-meter (12.75). Keyonte Kennedy was 13th in the 200 (25.73) and 24th in the 100 at 12.57. Luke Russell was 20th in the 200 (26.17) and 28th in the 100 (12.66). Evan Hull finished 10th in the 1,600 with a time of 5:13.94. Nathan Rice was 18th in the 100 at 12.14.


Evan Wisesett was 19th in the shot at 33’7.5”. Tyler Southerland was 37th (28’9.25”) and Charles Buchinsky was 40th at 26’2”.  Ethan Duke was 39th in the 100 at 13.49. Julian Miller finished the 100 in 43rd at 15.58.


Grayson Deu was 22nd in the 400-meter at 1:01.06. Karson Sweatnam was 23rd at 1:02.47 and Breon Hopkins was 26th at 1:03.87. Nick Phibbs was 25th in the 800 at 2:46.36. Austin Hall was 30th in the 1,600 at 5:59.67.


Three relay teams earned points for the Cougars. The 4×800-meter team of King, Martin, Fox and Black took first place with a time of 8:53.41. The 4×400-meter team of King, Javier Cobbs, Lewis and Black took second with a time of 3:40.75. Finally, the 4×100 team of Lewis, Horton, Rice and Cobbs took seventh with a time of 47.66.


The Cougar boys finished first out of 16 teams with 144 points. Floyd County was second with 87, Holston was third with 81, PH-Glade Springs was fourth with 65 and Radford finished fifth with 56 points. George Wythe was sixth with 55.5 points, Chilhowie was seventh with 43, Castlewood was eighth with 39, Abingdon was ninth with 31 and Ridgeview finished 10th with 24 points. The remaining finishers were Marion (17 points), Rural Retreat (10), Northwood (9.5), Bland County (7), John S. Battle (4) and Lebanon (2).


The Cougars and Lady Cougars will hit the road again this weekend when they travel to Christiansburg High School Saturday.



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