Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 28, 2013

Panther and Lady Panther track teams hit their stride


CROSSVILLE — Last Thursday, the track and field teams of Stone Memorial traveled to Rhea County and ran against some quality AAA competition.

In the eight-team meet, the Lady Panthers took second place, while the boys took home third place.

Starting off for the girls in the 3200-meter race, Caroline Pribanich ran a 13:03.46 to finish in second place. Aly McNulty ran an 18.72 100-meter hurdle for a third-place finish.

Up next for the girls was the 4x100 meter relay team of Faith Van Ruden, Laura Chavez, Ellane Music and Lacey Melton who ran a 58.94 sec race to grab fifth.

In the 4x800 meter relay race, the Lady Panthers ran into two of the better 4x800 teams in East Tennessee. The team of Pribanich, Kerigan Smith, Rachel Hutson and Tiffany Cokkinias ran an 11:29.57 and finished in third place.

Smith ran a 6:23.00 mile to win by almost 15 seconds.

The Lady Panther 4x200 meter relay team of Van Ruden, Chavez, Abby Griffin and Melton led the race for the first half and then settled in for a fourth-place finish at 2:05.03. Van Ruden scored some much needed points in the 800-meter open with a 2:52.37 time.

Next was Tiffany Cokkinias who ran a 30.61 200-meter race, which was good enough for third place.

In the field events, the Lady Panthers really racked up the points, starting off with the high jump where McNulty jumped 4 foot 8 inches and Kayli Priestwood jumped 4 foot 6 inches to finish 1-2.

Chavez had a long jump of 12 feet 11 inches, which was good enough to take fourth place.

In the shot put event Makayla Kington finished in second place with solid throw of 30 feet 9 1/2 inches, and was followed by Lacey Melton with a throw of 24 feet 3 1/2 inches, good enough for fourth place.

To finish out the girls' events, Kington once again took second, this time in the discus with another good throw of 95 feet 4 inches and Brett Suggs came up with a throw of 73 feet 10 inches to capture fourth place.

For the Panthers, John Mathis got the boys off to a good start with a 12:06.55 3200 race which placed him in fourth.

The boys 4x100 meter relay team of Justin Simmons, Brian Frye, Boomer Freeman and Cory Myers won the event with a 48.83 time.  The boys 4x800 meter team of Freeman, Tyler Garrison, Chandler Reed and Andrew Sampley cruised to victory with a time of 10:15.75. Brian Frye got the Stone boys on the board once again with a 12.31 100-meter time that put him in fourth place.

The distance man, John Mathis, ran the 1600-meter race in 5:40.20 to claim hold of the fourth place spot. Mathis was followed by Jordan Schroeder who finished fifth with a time of 5:42.66.

The boys 4x200 team of Simmons, Frye, Padgett and George Sampley  finished in fourth at a time of 1:47.61.

Simmons got the boys started off in the field events with a big victory in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet 10 inches. Cory Myers continued the momentum with a long jump victory with a mark of 18 feet 7 3/4 inches. Brady Wattenbarger took fourth  in the discus with a throw of 110 feet 4 inches, Nick Bohannon took fifth with a throw of 109 feet, and lastly Sam Caballero threw 90 feet 10 inches.

“Today was a great test for us as a team. Every aspect of today’s meet was tough. Our kids really pulled through and had a solid meet. Anytime your compete against deep AAA schools and have success is great," said Head Coach Matt Bates.

He added, ”Our girls 4x800 relay team set a new school record tonight and we were really close to several others. I really think with a little more work we can start to rewrite the records books for this track program this year.These kids love to get out there and work to get better.”

The team had intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday and will run at Cookeville High School on April 9. Crossville, Inc sponsored this meet. The Stone track and field team would like to thank them for their partnership to help make the 2013 season a success.