Several members of the Cumberland County High School track team opened spring break by competing in the Hardin Valley Invitational in Knoxville March 29-30.
Taonna Miller and Christy Carter competed i the 100-meter dash, with Miller finishing 13th in 13.73, according to tn.milesplit.com. Christy Carter was 40th in 16.28.
Both young ladies competed in the 200-meter dash, with Miller finishing 14th in 27.89 and Christy Carter taking 34th in 32.70.
Marissa Vincent finished 14th in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.73, while Anna Holt Shaw was 25th in 1:10.17.
Jennifer Hedgecoth was 11th in the 800-meter-run in 2:32.76, while Kassidy Sommer was 14th in 2:34.81.
Sommer picked up the Lady Jets' first point with an eighth-place finish in the 1600-meter run in 5:30.37. Taylor Hammons was 35th in 5.56:75.
Becky Carter was 18th in the 3200-meter run in 16:02.90. Selena Bryant also ran.
Sharon Ulloa finished 17th in the 300-meter hurdles in 57.87.
The Lady Jets 4x400 relay team (Vincent, Shaw, Sommer and Hedgecoth) earned three points for their sixth-place finish in 4:25.10, while the 4x800 relay team (Brianna Taylor, Vincent, Shaw and Hedgecoth) also earned three points for their sixth-place finish in 11:06.72.
Miller and Christy Carter finished 24th and 28th, respectively, in the long jump in 11-09.50 and 10-04.00.
Tyler Hancock finished 48th in the 100-meter dash in 14.52, while P.J. Marquez was 45th in the 200-meter dash in 26.39.
A.J. Page was 27th in the 400-meter dash in 57.23, and Kyle Lockwood was 36th in 1:01.59.
Bradley Mathis was 17th in the 800-meter run in 2:10.79, and finished ninth in the 1600-meter run in 4:48.03. Nathan Phillips was 38th in the 1600-meter run in 5:19.18.
Ryan Tabor was 31st in the 3200-meter run in 12:09.06.
Seth Randall was 17th in the 300-meter hurdles in 46.15.
The 4x400 relay team (Page, Seth Hardman, Daniel Richards and Mathis ) finished 12th in 3:54.73, while the 4x800 relay team (Hardman, Randal, Richards and Page) were 11th in 9:31.01.
Zakk King was tied for 11th in the pole vault in 8-00 (2.43 meters).
Marshall Nye was 27th in the shot put in 33-03 (10.13 meters) and Dylan Oakes was 34th in 30-08.50 (9.35 meters).
Kobe Cox was 14th in the discus in 102.08 (31.29 meters), and Ben Church was 15th in 102.04 (31.19 meters).
The CCHS track and field team's trip to Calhoun, GA, March 23, was canceled, but Coach Ted McCaslin scrambled to get some of his student/athletes into a meet in Mt. Juliet.
Kassidy Sommer led the 3200 from start to finish and took first in a time of 11:59. That is 18 seconds faster than two weeks ago. She was also two seconds off what she ran at the state meet a year ago.
"Hopefully she can continue to improve in both the 3200 and 1600," said McCaslin.
The girls 4x800 team (Brianna Taylor, Marissa Vincent, Anna Holt Shaw, Jennifer Hedgecoth) finished second at 10:52, which was 25 seconds faster than more than a week ago. Hedgecoth, the team anchor, got the baton 100 to 125 meters behind the first-place team and just about ran her down at the finish. Vincent was a newcomer to this race and ran an impressive 2:39 the first time out.
"Had we had five more meters, we would have won that race," noted McCaslin. "Jennifer is gonna be a 2:20 800 girl and a sub 60 400 girl. It is likely that if she contiues to improve at a rapid pace that she will be on the medal stand."
Taonna Miller finished fifth in the long jump at 12'2", fifth in the 100 at 13.30, and fourth or fifth in the 200 at 28.00. Hedgecoth finished third in the 400 at 1:04.27 and did this in the slowest of heats. "Pretty impressively," said McCaslin.
Sommer ran 2:37 in the 800 and finished second.
"We are using the 800 as speed work to get her faster in the 1600 and the 3200," he added.
The girls 4x400 team (Vincent, Shaw, Sommer and Hedgecoth) finished second in a time of 4:37 which is 12 seconds faster than a week ago. "Hard to tell what place we would have finished, but I am sure it was in the top three with only six girls attending," he said.
"The boys had great results as well," he added.
The 4x800 team (Seth Hardman, Seth Randall, Daniel Richards and A.J. Page) ran 10 seconds faster and finished third in a time of 9:24.
Kyle Lockwood ran 5:24 in the 1600 and finished fifth.
Brad Mathis ran a 50.61 in the 400 and won by over a full second and this was done in the slow heat.
"Brad is probably our fastest kid from the 400 and up. We are gearing him to the 1600 and 800 but there is a good chance if he continues to improve in the 400 we could add that to his resume," added McCaslin. Lockwood also ran in the open 800 and finished seventh in a time of 2:29. "Kyle Just needs to get into better shape," McCaslin added.
Randall ran in the 300 Hurdles and finished second.
"He is a newcomer to track and field and took off two seconds in a week. Seth just doens not know how good he can be," McCaslin added.
The boys 4x400 team (Page, Seth Hardman, Daniel Richards and Brad Mathis ran 3:52 and finished third.
"What was impressive is that this team took off 25 seconds from the week before. Only six boys went to this meet as well and would have finished in the top five. I am very proud of how hard our kids are working and, if the improvement continues from week to week, don't be surprised to see some individuals or relays on the medal stand come late May," concluded McCaslin.
Schedule: CCHS will compete in the Oak Ridge Relays April 6 and the Optimist Invitational at Walker Valley High School April 12.