On Saturday, the Warren County varsity track teams competed against more than 15 schools in the Tomahawk Classic Track Meet at Riverdale High School.
In many ways, this track meet in Murfreesboro can be seen as a warmup for the sectionals and finals of the state track meet.
The Pioneers will compete in the highest classification against some of the premier athletes in the state. In the AAA division, it is an accomplishment just to qualify and make it to the state meet which will be held in MTSU on May 26-27.
For the boys, the 4x800 relay team continues to post record-setting performances finishing first against some excellent competition. Grant Walker, Paxton Smith, Jacob Baehman, and Christian Locke ran a time of 8:27 which is their best time this season.
Coach Tom Moore has been impressed with the work ethic of this group. Moore said of the 4x800 team, “They have improved each track meet. Coach Carol Nelson has done a fantastic job training and motivating all of her distance runners.”
One athlete to watch moving forward is Christian Locke. He anchors the 4x800 team and is very competitive in the mile, 800 and possibly the 400 meter runs. Coach Moore also has been encouraged with the progress of several of the sprinters for the Pioneers.
“Nathaniel Stalnaker, Jacob Rabideau, Tyree Ladett, and Noah Campbell have all made progress this season,” said Moore.
For the girls, Bethany Fye continues to show her skill in a number of events. Coach Moore said of Fye, “She is a very good athlete who is also very coachable and unselfish.” Bethany came in 4th in the triple jump with a jump of 30 feet, 5 inches.
Coach Moore feels Fye will have an excellent chance to qualify for the state meet in Murfreesboro.
“Bethany is so good at a number of events, it is sometimes hard to let her really focus on one,” said Moore. “When she has time to really work on a few things, I think we will see her excel especially in the triple jump.”
Alana Owens, Ali Garcia, Gabby Contreras, and Larissa Lopez have been consistent all season for the Pioneers -- especially in the relays.
Moore said the girls will be competitive for state qualification in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
“We have a great group of girls that compete for us in track,” said Moore. “They are selfless, dependable, and competitive. I am proud of all of our athletes.”
The next meet for the Pioneers is this Saturday in Tullahoma.