Brown captures win in hurdles

Watauga’s Emma Brown, right, won the 100-meter hurdles at Jack Groce Stadium on April 10.

BOONE — The Watauga girls’ track and field team nearly doubled all of its opponents’ scores in a meet held at Jack Groce Stadium April 10.

Watauga finished with 200 points, while Freedom was second with 104 points. Ashe County was third with 103 points and Hickory was a distant fourth with 30.

Watauga built its lead with 47 points in jumps, 38 points in the relays and 33 points in throws. Watauga also scored 32 points in the hurdles.

“What I liked was the kids got to compete on a not-cold day for a change and I thought the times reflected that,” Watauga coach Randy McDonough said. “Basically we were trying new things. We had kids running events they haven’t run before.”

Watauga’s Ella Nelson set a personal record in the pole vault with an effort of 10 feet, six inches. Nelson was the only pole vaulter to reach the 10 feet barrier.

“Ella Nelson was a big plus by going 10-6 in the pole vault,” McDonough said.

Ashe County’s Melena Howell was second with a vault of 9-0. Sarah Good was third with a 9-0 and Gracie Holman was fourth with a vault of Gracie Holman.

Watauga also got some points in the throws from Tegan Allan, Briana Jones and Madelyn Furr. Allan was second in the discus with a toss of 82-3 and second in the shot put with a throw of 30-21/2.

Jones was third in the discus with a throw of 77-0 and Furr was third in the shot put with a 29-5. Freedom’s Makayla Moore won each event by throwing the discus 94-4 and the shot put 35-11.

Watauga’s Brooke Byrd was second in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. Ashe County’s Bella Potter won with a jump of 4-10 and the Huskies’ Holly Grant was third with a 4-10. Watauga’s Maddy Watson was fifth with a jump of 4-4.

Grant won the triple jump with a leap of 30-111/2, while Watauga Grace Horine was second with an effort of 28-31/2. Watauga’s Bethany Pryor was third with a jump of 25-1.

Watauga’s Emma Brown won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.35. Brown was the only runner to break the 17-second barrier. Goode was third with a time of 19.14 and Madeline Mitchem was fourth with a time of 19.32. Watauga’s Livia Coppedge was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.24 and Lydia Rothrock was fourth with a time of 56.90.

Watauga freshman Juniper Peltz won the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.02 seconds, and finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.71. Watson was third in the 200-dash with a time of 29.01.

Watauga’s distance runners produced their share of points. Annie Veno, a freshman, finished second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:14.35. Teammate Hannah Curtis was fourth with a time of 6:18.23, while Ashe County’s Zoe Schell won with a time of 6:01.51.

A pair of freshmen, Isabella Sibaja and Veno, provided depth in the 800-meter run. Sibaja was third with a time of 2:50.42, while Veno was fourth with a time of 2:50.89. Ashe County’s Olivia Randolph won with a time of 2:39.43 and Avery County freshman Josie Naumowich was second with a time of 2:50.42.

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