BOONE — It’s no secret to anybody who follows middle school sports in the High Country that Parkway Middle School’s Caroline Farthing stands out in volleyball and basketball.
Add track and field to the list. Farthing won three events in the Watauga County Middle School Track and Field Championships held at Jack Groce Stadium May 10.
The meet featured Watauga County athletes only. They were divided into three separate teams, and were encouraged to participate in any event offered, even if they had never done it in a real meet.
“This is one of the best fun things for the kids, the coaches and the adults,” Watauga coach Michael Neff said. “The kids get to come out and be themselves in a relatively low-pressure environment, but they’re still competing.”
Farthing, a seventh-grader, chose three events and walked away with victories in each. She won the triple jump with a leap of 30-2, making her the only athlete to break the 30-feet barrier. Kate Dailey was second with a 27-7 and Brooke Scheffler, Farthing’s basketball and volleyball teammate at Parkway, was third with an effort of 26-0.
Farthing also won the high jump with a 4-6. Dailey was second with a 4-2 and Scheffler was third with a 4-2. Farthing didn’t limit her victories to jumping. She also ran a 1:07.34 to win the 400-meter dash. Jaidyn Toomey was second with a 1:09.69 and Alli Satterfield was third with a 1:09.72.
Taylor Grogitsky picked up two victories in the meet. She won the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.04 and grabbed a win in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.23 seconds.
Mirandi Kinnaman finished a close second in the 100-dash with a time of 12.26, while Faith Watson was third with a 14.58.
Watson turned in a second-place finish in the 200-dash with a time of 30.18. Jasmine Towle was third with a time of 31.38.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Sarah Goode crossed the finish line with a time of 10.60. She also finished third in the long jump, and celebrated her success with a backflip off the medals podium.
Nyla Johnson was second in the hurdles with a time of 10.63 and Satterfield took third with a time of 10.82. Dailey won the long jump with a leap of 14-3 and Watson, a seventh-grader, was second with a 13-7.
Satterfield picked up a victory in the discus with a toss of 58-6. Scheffler was second with a 57-06 and Miriam Spaulding was third with a toss of 45-11.
“It was kind of surprising to see some of the results we had from people who don’t normally do events and see them come in and win things,” Neff said. “Alli Satterfield won the discus. We had a girl who had never run the 400 (Toomey) come in second. We’ve had some great results today from people who haven’t been doing these events all year. Hopefully it will branch them out and they’ll continue to do it for us and for the high school.”
Karia Ruiz won the shot put with a toss of 23-6. She was followed by Adeyah Hammonds and Emily Eggers, who each threw a 22-0.
Sixth-grader Macy Pate proved she can run distance races after showing she can drive a golf ball for distance on the golf course. Pate, a standout golfer, won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:27.75. Gwen Anderson was second with a time of 6:30.52 and Sophie Beach was third with a time of 6:39.56.
Pate was also fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:57.50. Laurel Kiker won the 800-run with a time of 2:50.92, while Greta Klein was second with a 2:51.00. Beach was third with a time of 2:57.12.