The NWC Runner of the Year

Watauga hurdler, runner and jumper Emma Brown was named the NWC's Runner of the Year.

HICKORY — Watauga’s Emma Brown was named the Northwestern Conference’s Runner of the Year for girls’ track by the league’s coaches.

The top two finishers in each event was named All-NWC.

Brown reached the state 3-A championships and won NWC championships in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-hurdles. Brown also finished second in the 1,600-meter run and won the long jump.

Brown was also a part of Watauga’s 1,600-meter relay team that reached the 3-A state finals. The team that captured the conference championship included Brown, Caroline Edwards, Kate Tuberty and Emma Tzotschew.

Brown wasn’t quite finished at the NWC finals. She won the long jump and ran a leg in Watauga’s winning 400-meter relay team, which also included Maddy Watson, Ava Williamson and Brooke Byrd.

Watauga’s Randy McDonough was also named the coach of the year for girls’ track. The Pioneers scored 253 points in the final meet. Alexander Central was second with 149 and Freedom was third with 62.

Brown won the long jump and Byrd was second in the event. Byrd also won the high jump and Ella Nelson won the pole vault. Emma Goode was second in the pole vault.

In distance running, Sidra Miller won and Emma Beach was second in the 1,600-meter. Kendall Reece was second in the 400-meter dash, Edwards won and Tzotschew was second in the 800-meter run and Byrd won the 200-meter dash.

Watauga junior Sophia Ritter finished first in the NWC 3,200-meter run and fourth in the state finals. Rebecca Anderson was second in the event.

Janayah Norman of West Caldwell was named Track Athlete of the Year. She won the 100-meter dash, while Freedom's MaKayla Moore won the Field Athlete of the Year. She finished second in the shot put and the discus.

Boys’ track and field

HICKORY — Watauga’s boys’ track and field team had several athletes named All-Northwestern Conference.

To qualify for the all-conference team, athletes must finish in the top two of each event.

Watauga had all-conference athletes in running and field events. Sam Sappington was All-NWC in the shot put and Sebastian Best was second in the long jump. Both athletes placed in the 3-A state championships in Greensboro as both were seventh in their events.

Watauga’s Tate Cook was named all-league for winning the high jump and Henry Coatney won the pole vault in the NWC meet. Best won the 400-meter dash, Caleb Cox was second in the 800-meter run and Avery Cannon was second in the 3,200. Cannon also finished fifth in the state-3A championships.

Watauga’s 3,200-meter relay team also earned all-conference recognition for winning the event. Caleb Coatney, David Mims, Korben Anderson and Caleb Cox were named All-NWC.

South Caldwell’s Spencer Piercy was named Runner of the Year. Alexander Central’s Lyndon Strickland was named the Field Event Athlete of the Year, and the Track Athlete of the Year is Cooper Castellaw of Alexander Central.

Alexander Central's Jonathan Winkler was named Coach of the Year. Alexander Central won the NWC meet with 188 points. Watauga was second with 161 points and South Caldwell was third with 109.5.

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