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Making strides
WCHS track team has strong showings in meets
Christian Locke runs in Saturdays district meet in Rhea County.

The Warren County High School track and field team has been making great strides recently in its end-of-season meet and first tournament action in the subsectionals seeking a district championship.
Coach Tom Moore and coach Carol Nelson have been impressed by the team’s performance as of late and have high hopes for the athletes.
In the district competition meet Saturday held in Rhea County, Moore said a number of the Pioneers competing had personal bests citing Raleigh Woods, Bethany Fye and Christian Locke – all who had season bests in the competition.
“Raleigh is coming off a significant knee injury and he has really stepped up for us. And Bethany is one of the best athletes in the school. She had a good day in the triple jump and the open 400,” Moore said.   “Christian is super talented. He has been battling injuries all year. He ran a great time of 2:01 in the open 800. We are looking for him to keep improving down the stretch of our season.” 
Moore said even with the players who went, they could have fielded more but several members couldn’t make the journey due to illness.
“We had a number of athletes who have really improved this season,” Moore added. “Jayren Perkins and Jasmin DeSantiago have both become key members of our sprint relays.”
The Pioneers also qualified several of the relay teams who will compete in subsectionals held again in Rhea County on May 8.
“I’m really proud of how they competed,” said coach Nelson. “Dillon Earls qualified in the 800 meter with a time of 2:18 and our team captain, Paxton Smith, was out a month due to injury but is back and working extremely hard to get back in shape and to support the team”
Before the district tournament in Rhea County, the team traveled to Cookeville to compete and placed third in boys and fourth in girls in points out of a six-team field.
Individually, McCall Turner finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 23:42, earning 8 team points. Turner finished first in the 400 meter, 55:41, 10 points.
Christian Locke was first in the 400 meter, 10 points. Matthew McCoy finished eighth in the 400 meter for 1 point. In the 1600 meter or just under a mile, Bunker Brock, Rhett Bundy and Caden Stubblefield finished fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, earning 5, 4 and 1 points.
In a relay race, Warren County finished second in the 4x100 for 8 points, second in the 4x200 for 8 points, and second and fourth in the 4x800 for another 8 and 5 points.
In field events, Raleigh Woods made seventh place with a best of 81-0 earning 8 points in the discus and Grant Hitchcock finished eighth with a best of 78-7 earning 3 points. Woods also came in second in the shot put with a 40-5 best earning 8 points.
Turner finished first in the long jump with an 18-9 earning the top 10 points, and Jayren Perkins cleared 5 feet 2 inches for an 8-point second place.
On the ladies side, Allie Garcia finished eighth in the 200 meter for 1 point and Allison Cripps and Marisol Serna finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for 5 and 4 points.