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WCMS track wins CTC Tournament
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Photo provided Members of the WCMS boys and girls track teams celebrate their first-place finishes Friday in the CTC Tournament in Manchester.

Warren County Middle School was able to run, jump and throw its way to two CTC Tournament track and field championships last week in Manchester.

The WCMS girls and boys both won the team competition of the tournament for the first time ever.

“It was pretty awesome and definitely a great way to end the season,” said WCMS coach Scott Pritt. “These will be our first two track championship banners.”

WCMS piled up 38 total medals for first-, second-, and third-place finishes. Those were evenly split with 19 each for the girls and boys teams.

DeJames Lewis was one of the brightest stars for the Pioneers – and the fastest. He was part of two relay teams that captured first place and then he was a stunner to win the 800-meter run individually.

“I had never used him in the 800 before and Tullahoma East has a really strong 800 runner so I’m sure they thought they would win,” said Pritt. “DeJames ran a great race and really had a great day.”

Lee-Allen Esparza was on two winning relay teams and lost a photo finish for first place individually in the 400-meter run.

In the field events, Luke Saldana won first for WCMS in shotput and discus.

In girls competition, Ariyanna Rippy was a speedster with a win on the 4x200 relay team and third-place finishes in the 200 and 400 meters.

In field events, Samantha Saldana won shotput and was second in discus.

“We had a little letdown at sectionals with no one on our team advancing to state,” said Pritt. “I don’t know if that provided us with a little extra motivation for the CTC Tournament or what. I told the team I would let them shave my head if anyone qualified for state. Well since that didn’t happen, I rolled that over and said if we made history with a championship in either boys or girls, I would let them shave their head. So I guess that’s going to happen during our last team function May 24.”

Pritt said the sectional tournament required a grueling 2.5-hour ride to Dickson County. He said events were running way behind so they had to wait another two hours to compete. Those factors may have contributed to an uneven performance at sectionals, Pritt said.