On Friday, April 26 Stone Memorial hosted the Inaugural King of the Mountain track meet. The Lady Panthers started strong in the field events and finished even stronger in the last running events. The Lady Panthers tallied a total of 165 followed by Karns at 129, Cookeville (66), Livingston (33.5), White County (15.5), Sequatchie (0), and Upperman (0).
“I could not be more happy right now with the girls team. To come out and compete like they did is tremendous. We went up to Karns in mid-March and finished fourth out of eight and about 50 points behind Karns. Today with both teams having nearly the same line-up we won by 36 points. That speaks volumes for the work that these girls have put in,“ Head Coach Matt Bates said.
In the 3200 race Kerigan Smith took first with fellow teammate Rachel Hutson in a close second place. Aly McNulty ran away with the 100 hurdles with a personal best of 18.64 seconds with teammate Rachel Raulerson placing fourth Despite exchange issues the girls 4x100 relay team finished in third with the Lady Panther B team in fourth. The Lady Panthers set a new school record in the 4x800 with a time of 11:13.87 and a first-place finish.
In the 100-meter dash Freshman standout Lacy Melton took fourth with a personal best of 14.58 seconds. In the mile race is was Caroline Pribanich and Hutson finishing 2-3. The Lady Panthers edged out a second-place finish in the 4x200. Kayli Priestwood ran the 400 meter race and took first with teammates Tiffany Cokkinias and Charming Wurm finishing third and sixth, respectively
Priestwood again won first in the 300 hurdles with a solid finish.
In the 800-meter race Faith Van Ruden ran her best time of the year for a great second-place finish. In the girls 4x400 meter relay, the Lady Panthers had a dramatic come from behind win in the last 30 meters to knock off AAA power Karns.
Aly McNulty won the high jump as she is so accustomed to doing. In the discus, it was all aenior Makayla Kington who cruised to an easy win followed by teammates Brett Suggs and Riley Hunt in second and fifth, respectively. In the shot put event it was Kington dominating again with Suggs in third and Hunt in fourth. Laura Chavez finished second in the long jump to finish out the meet.
“Anytime you can host a meet to get the community involved in track and field is awesome. We are a non-revenue sport and it takes businesses like Romo’s Mexican Restaurant with their business sponsorship to make our season happen.”
Here are the results from the sub-sesctional meet at Christian Academy of Knoxville on Monday:
The Lady Panthers finished third with 72 points, behind Austin-East (106) and CAK (103), while the Panthers were seventh with 45 points, behind Alcoa (106), CAK (103), Loudon (65), L&N STEM Academy (61), Austin-East (57) and Fulton (57).
Rachel Rylerson and Mitzi Dominquez finished 13th (14.98) and 17th (15.73), respectively, in the 100-meter dash.
Priestwood captured fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:04.37.
Kerigan Smith was fourth in the 400-meter run in 2:51.47, and won the 1600-meter run in 6.06:10. Rachel Hutson finished fourth in 6:34.08 and was third in the 3200-meter run in 13:06.13.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Aly McNulty was runner-up in 18.79, while Raulerson was eight in 20.09.
Raulerson, Laura Chavez, McNulty and Lacey Melton finished fourth in the 4x100 relay in 55.5, while the 4x200-meter relay team (Faith Van Ruden, Chavez, Ellaine Music and Lacey Melton) were fifth in 4:04.25.
McNulty was second in the high jump (4'10").
Makayla Kington was runner-up in the girls shot (32'08.5"), and Riley Hunt was 13th in 22'08."
Kington won the discus (102'04"), while Brett Suggs was fifth (73'08") and Hunt 13th (57'01").
In the boys 100-meter dash, Brian Frye was fifth in 11.82, while Justin Simons was sixth in 11.85.
Simmons was fourth n the 200-meter dash in 23.46, while Frye was seventh in 23.89.
In the 400-meter dash, George Sampley finished 13th in 2:42.21.
John Mathis was sixth in the 1600-meter run in 5:28.50, while Jordan Schroeder was fifth (11:38.99) in the 3200-meter run.
Blu Shillings took first in the 300-meter hurdles in 46.26.
The 4x200 relay team (Sam Hagan, Shillings, Mathis and Frye) were fifth in 1:39.82, while the 4x400 relay team (Andrew, Tyler Garrison, Mathis and Shillings) was fourth in 3:57.91 and the 4x800 relay team (Garrison, Sampley, Mathis and Hagan) were fifth in 10:05.44.
Simmons won the high jump in 6'.
In the shot put, Sam Caballaro was third (43'08") and Nick Bohannon was 13th (30'07").
In the discus, Brady Wattenbarger (115'06"), Caballero (103'01") and Bohannon (105'10") finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.