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WCMS track off and running
Track talk

It only took the WCMS track team two meets to find out it has enough talent to compete with the best teams in the Central Tennessee Conference. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers each finished third in a meet at Tullahoma Tuesday, one that featured six teams from around the area. 

Tuesday's strong showing came after the team debuted against Franklin County back on March 8, which featured a slew of strong showings for the WCMS team. Those impressive athletes were at the forefront again Tuesday.

Jordin Mitchell earned the lone individual victory in Tullahoma, taking top honors in the 400-meter boys race. Mitchell's long strides helped him blaze a trail around the course, ultimately winning with a time of 1:01.85. He edged out teammate Luke Simpson (1:02.87) at the line as Warren County had two of the top-three times in the 400.

Following the strong showings in the individual 400, it came as no suprise when the Pioneers dominated the 4x400 race. Mitchell, Simpson, Christian Munoz and Edgar Hernandez teamed up to earn first in the relay, one of two races the Pioneers would claim as a team.

The 4x100 team, which features Jay Patillo, Daylen Savage, Canaan Parris and Grayson McElyea, ran a a blistering time of 52.33 seconds to win in thrilling fashion. 

"It was an exciting race as Jay (running anchor) had to make up ground on the last leg and won a spectacular finish," said WCMS track coach James Clark.

Savage also had a second-place finish in the 100, while Jaelyn Munoz was just a hair behind the leader in the 200 as he also took silver for the WCMS Pioneers in Tullahoma.

Parris and Patillo rounded out a solid day by tying for third in the high jump.

On the girls side, Maya Reagan has been a standout in multiple events. She won the long jump Tuesday (her second top finish in as many meets) with a leap of 13 feet, 4 inches. She also took second in the 100 and the 400, clocking times of 14.55 seconds and 1:11.09 in the events.

Teammate Avery Womack was third in the 400, finishing with a time of 1:14.83. Ella Kesey also had a third-place finish, soaring 4'2" in the high jump.

The girls team also took second in the 4x400 relay as Womack, Stacey Bonilla, Marylou Margeson and Zoey Snider combined for a time of 4:16.20.

The 4x100 and 4x200 Lady Pioneer relay teams each finished second. Berenice Almaguer pulls double duty as a runner on both teams, while Ja'Tavia Matlock, Michelle Cereceras and Kelly Basillo round out the 4x100 team. Kesey, Womack and Samara Harris run legs on the 4x200 team.