By Ed Greif
The Cumberland County High School track team competed in another high level meet Friday afternoon — the Chattanooga Optimist Southeast Track and Field Invitational at Walker Valley High School, as they prepare to attend the Elite 8 meet at Vanderbilt today in Nashville.
"As of right now Kassidy Sommer has qualified for the Great 8 meet at Vanderbilt tomorrow. There is a better than 50 percent chance that Brad Mathis will get in in the 1600 tomorrow," said Coach Ted McCaslin.
The Lady Jets finished 11th with 22 points behind Baylor (95), Maryville (93), GPS (93), Cleveland (58), LaVergne (54), Signal Mountain (51), NW Whitfield (340, McMinn County (31), Ooltewah (28) and Lenoir City (23) and ahead of Chattanooga Central, Rhea County, East Hamilton, Siegel, Soddy-Daisy, White County, Walker Valley, Creek Wood, Chattanooga School for the Art, Knox Karns, Chattanooga Christian School, Home School (Chattanooga) and South Pittsburgh, according to tn.milesplit.com.
"This is the highest the girls team has ever finished at this meet. The girls 4x800 is only four seconds off the school record as well. There were actually 33 teams there but only 24 teams scored. Pretty impressive, considering we only entered eight events on the girls side and scored in six of them. Boys did well considering we only entered five or six events," said McCaslin.
The Jets tallied seven points for 18th behind McCallie, Ooltewah, Cleveland, LaVergne, Karns, Maryville, Baylor, Chattanooga School for the Arts, Tullahoma, Chattanooga Central, Red Bank, NW Whitfield, Signal Mountain, Walker Valley, Rhea County and Lenoir City., and ahead of McMinn County, Collegedale Academy, South Pittsburgh, Creek Wood, Chattanooga Christian School, Soddy-Daisy and Siegel.
Lady Jet sophomore Kassidy Sommer finished fourth in the 3200-meter run in 11.49.8 to earn five points for CCHS and fourth in the 1600-meter run in 5:39.60 to earn five points for the Lady Jets.
Kobe Cox (107-03) and Ben Church (92-08) finished 16th and 24th, respectively, in the discus.
The girls 4x800 relay team (10:22.29) was fourth behind Maryville, Signal Mountain and Baylor, while the boys 4x800 relay team was sixth behind in 9:05.47 behind McCallie, Cleveland, Chattanooga Central, Red Bank and Baylor.
Taonna Miller was ninth in the 100-meter dash in 13.41, while Bradley Mathis earned three points for the Jets with a sixth-place finish in the 1600-meter run in 4.44:14.
Miller earned another point for the Lady Jets, as she finished eighth in the 400-meter dash in 1:05.56.
Sharon Ulloa was 15th in the 300-meter hurdles in 56.94, while Seth Randall was 15th in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.72.
In the girls 800-meter run, Jennnifer Hedgecoth finished eighth in 2:31.98 to earn another point for the Lady Jets, while Brianna Taylor was 20th in 2:38.79.
Mathis was 10th in the boys 800-meter run in 2:08.34.
Both 4x400 relay team earned points. The Lady Jets were fourth in 4:25.73 to pick up five points, while the Jets were eighth in 3:49.04 for one point.
"This next weekend we are only taking six girls and six boys to the Tri-Cities meet in Johnson City, TN. There will be teams from all over the Southeast and Virginia at this venue," added McCaslin.
"Both teams are starting to build towards their peak best come sub-sectionals and section finals. Good chance that we will qualify for the state in five or six events on the girls side and possibly four events on the boys side. I am so proud of our team. They have worked very hard to represent CCHS," concluded McCaslin.