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Track team breaks school records
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The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers had 22 athletes compete at the TSSAA Sub-Sectional track meet at Walker Valley High School. Warren County exceled at several events, including the triple-jump, shot-put, and several timed distance runs.
WCHS track coach Amy Baird said, “This has been a great year, though half our team was newcomers it was for the best. We had lots of new talent and fresh energy and I want to thank Carol Nelson for all of her help and influence on our team.”
Lady Pioneer Bethany Fye had an incredible day in the triple-jump. She placed second with a distance of 30’-01 inches.” which not only earned her a spot in the TSSAA Sectional Meet, but she also beat her previous personal record.
Another Lady Pioneer who performed well was Samantha Howard, who threw her best distance of the season in the shot-put with a distance of 30’-2 inches.”
It would only be enough to get her into fifth place which was just one place away from advancing to the TSSAA Sectionals for the second year in a row.
Larissa Lopez had a solid showing in the 400m with a time of 1:09.39 which was good enough for a 10th place finish for Warren County. Lopez was also on the girls 4x800 relay, where she ran a personal record, split time of 2:39.
Lady Pioneer Kelci Hastings finished in 10th place in the long jump. Hastings’ distance in the long jump was 12’-10 inches.
The Pioneers 4x800 relay team, Joey Hitchcock, Grant Hitchcock, Ben Myers, and Bunker Brock beat the Warren County record by a full second with an overall time of 9:05. The boys placed fifth and were only eight seconds away from advancing to TSSAA Sectionals.
Lady Pioneer Bethany Fye was the competitor from Warren County at the TSSAA Sectional meet held at Rhea County High School. Fye exceeded all expectations once again on the triple-jump when she set another person best record with a jump of 30’-7 inches, which earned her sixth place. The jump also broke the WCHS record by a full 3 inches. Fye was two places short from advancing on to the state competition.
Coach Baird added, “Bethany’s accomplishments have been pretty incredible, given that she is only a freshman. She has traits that are hard to come by these days. She has determination, competitive edge, and focus. She also managed to be successful in an event that, up until the last week of practice, we had no jumping sandpit at our home facility. Thanks to the middle school coaching staff and community members for getting the pit dug out and filled with sand.”