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Raising the bar
Paige Sweeton
Jeffery Simmons photo Paige Sweeton clears the bar during her high-jump attempt. Sweeton won both the long jump and high jump during Thursday's track event at WCMS.

Competing against Franklin North and Franklin South, the Warren County Middle School track team had plenty of standout performances Thursday.

The Lady Pioneers 4x400 relay team tied a school record and Paige Sweeton took home two of Warren County’s five individual top finishes in the home meet.

Sweeton was part of the WCMS girls team dominating the long jump, with her leap of 11 feet, three inches matching teammate Arica Walker for top honors. Chloe Volf was just behind, finishing just nine inches behind her teammates for third.

It came just moments after Sweeton had also topped the field on the high jump. The sixth-grader cleared a four-foot bar for top honors, while teammates Kyra Perkins and Delia Evans tied for third.

Savannah Winfree also stood out in field events, outdistancing the competition in the shotput and getting in the top three in discus. Winfree, who has dominated opponents all season in shotput, once again saw her top toss land at the top of the field. Winfree’s heave of 28 feet left her nearly two feet ahead of her nearest competition.

She followed with a third-place throw in discus at a distance of 51’10”.

The strong showing in the field almost pushed the Lady Pioneers to victory, but Franklin North earned seven victories on the track to prevail 45.75 to 40.5.

One place the Lady Pioneers excelled on the track was the 4x400 relay. Bailey Bundy, Carmen Verdel, Sable Winfree and Walker sped around the track in 4 minutes, 58 seconds to win by 19 seconds and tie the school record.

Verdel followed with a second-place finish in the 1600-meter race, finishing at 6:32, and taking third in the 800m at 3:04.

Bundy was a winner a second time in the 400m, turning in a time of 1:07 while Perkins finished fourth in the same event at 1:16.

Kylie Mason rounded out the top performances for the Lady Pioneers, completing the 200m in 31.46 seconds to earn third.

On the boys side, Alec Smith turned in a solid performance to lead the way. Smith won the 400m with a time of 1:02 and also finished third in the long jump with a leap of 12’6” – narrowly edging out teammate Jasper Hullett.

Other top boys performances included Alan Hernandez (3rd, discus, 80’10”), Riley Bundy (2nd, 1600m, 5:47), Brayan Holguin (3rd, 800m, 2:52) and Julian Martinez (4th, 800m, 2:57).