The Panthers and Lady Panthers of Stone Memorial High School competed at Chattanooga Christian Open last Friday.
The Panthers finished in fifth place out of 14 teams, while the girls finished third out of the 14 teams.
“Today was a great day for both the boys and the girls. The several of the boys are finally starting to get healthy. The girls looked strong again and have continued the success that they started back at Riverdale,” said Coach Matt Bates.
In the girls discus, Brett Suggs finished fourth with a throw of 84’0,” while teammate Riley Hunt took sixth at 71’10”.
For the boys, Dakota Karge threw 92'11," which was good enough for second place while Corey Buccina threw 76’3” for eighth place.
In the girls shot put, Lacey Melton finished ninth with a throw of 24’1.50,” while Dakota Karge took first place with a heave of 39’3.50”, which is also a personal best.
Kendal Brantley set a personal best in the long jump with mark of 12’0.50” to finish in eighth place. Aly McNulty and Kayli Priestwood took second and third place, respectfully, in high jump with marks of 4’10” and 4’8”.
The girls 4x800-meter relay team cruised to a first-place finish with a time of 11:05.33. Meanwhile, the boys finished in second place with the time of 9:58.45.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Aly McNulty took third place with a time of 18.80. Sam Grey and Lacey Melton finished sixth and eighth in the 100-meter open with times of 14.80 and 14.95, respectfully.
In the 4x200-meter races the girls finished fifth with a time of 2:09.18, while the boys took sixth with a time of 1:46.88.
In the 1,600-meter race, Hailey Coudriet took first place with a time of 5:50.09 knocking off more than 40 seconds for a personal best time. Lexi Hinch finished in ninth with a solid time of 6:39.53.
For the boys Jordan Schroeder took third place with a time of 5:20.41 and Dawson Hassler ran a 5:25.60 race that was good enough for fourth place.
For the 4x100 meters. the girls finished in third place with a time of 57.90, while the boys finished eighth at 50.80.
Bailey Rutledge took sixth in the 400-meter open with a time of 1:06.36, which was also a personal best.
Priestwood ran the 300-meter hurdles and finished second with a time of 53.81, while Rachel Raulerson finished in fifth with a time of 1:03.82.
Blu Shillings ran a 46.18 race in the boys 300-meter hurdles for a third-place finish. Tiffany Cokkinias took second place in the 800-meter open with a school record time of 2:37.70. Hailey Coudriet made another easy first place finish in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 12:30.97 while on the boys side Jordan Schroeder finished third, Dawson Hassler took seventh, and George Sampley finished eighth with times of 11:34.96, 11;39.49, and 11:40.55, respectfully.
Lastly, in the 4x400-meter race the Lady Panthers team took third place with a time of 4:35.76 and the boys finished seventh at 4:11.49.
"All in all, this was another quality day. Each day we practice or compete, we are building towards the sub-sectionals and sectionals. It's always great to do well in these meets, but, in mid-May, we want to hitting on all cylinders," added Bates.
Starting this Thursday SMHS will host the King of the Mountain Series (three meets) that will feature the best teams around. The events have attracted many high schools from around the state including Coffee County High School, Livingston Academy, Loudon High School, White County High School, Cookeville High School, Sequatchie County High School, York Institute, Wilson Central High School, Clarkrange High School, Warren County High School and Trousdale County High School.
Coach Bates is also hoping that these events will help showcase track and field to younger athletes who may be interested in participating in track and field when they get to the high school level.
Stone Memorial High School, with the assistance of the school’s administration, has created a first-class track and field locale featuring new discus net and poles, new hurdles, new shot-put pit, starting blocks and a newly re-lined and marked track.
“This series of meets gives us an opportunity to show case track and field for the community to see as well as possible future team members who are currently in the elementary schools," added Bates.
Any current Cumberland County elementary cross country team member who comes to any of the three meets may get in free with their uniform and accompanied by a paying adult.”
The events start at 3:45 p.m. with the field events and 4:30 p.m. for the running events Thursday. The other two meets are April 1 and April 8.