HICKORY — Emma Brown led the Watauga girls’ track and field team to a victory in the Northwestern Conference Championships held at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Watauga won the event with 253 points. Alexander Central finished a distant second with 149 points and Freedom was third with 62 points.
Brown won three individual events, including the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, eight inches. Teammate Brooke Byrd was second with a jump of 15-41/2 and Kate Dailey was fourth with a jump of 15-2.
Brown also won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.27 seconds. Sarah Goode finished sixth with a time of 18.66. Brown also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.51. She was the only hurdler to finish under 50 seconds.
Livia Coppedge added a fourth-place finish in the 56.33 and Lydia Rothrock was fifth with a time of 57.19.
Byrd provided the Pioneers a victory in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. Byrd teamed with Brown, Ava Williamson and Maddy Watson to win the 400-meter relay with a time of 52.94 seconds.
Kendall Reece placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:04.08. South Caldwell’s Cassandra Bonds won with a time of 1:04.40 and Watauga’s Kate Tuberty was third with a 1:06.63.
Watauga’s pole vaulters claimed the top two positions with Ella Nelson winning the event with a vault of 11-0. Goode finished second with a vault of 9-6.
Byrd added a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.07 seconds.
Watauga also dominated the distance running. Sophia Ritter won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:09.72. Teammate Rebecca Anderson was second with a time of 12:14.48 and Sophie Beach was third with a time of 12:18.97.
Watauga also grabbed the top three places in the 800-meter run. Emma Tzotschew won the event with a time of 2:33.21, while Caroline Edwards was a close second with a time of 2:33.96. Sidra Miller was third with a time of 2:33.96.
Miller won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:32.28. Beach was second with a time of 5:32.77 and Riley Fowler was third with a time of 5:40.54.
All three Pioneers finished 10 seconds faster than fourth-place Macey Eckard of South Caldwell, who ran a time of 4:43.59.
The Pioneers picked up some points from Briana Jones and Madelyn Furr in the throws. Jones was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 31-81/2 and was fifth in the discus with a throw of 83-0.
Furr was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31-7 and was sixth in the discus with a toss of 82-9.
Watauga also scored points in relays. The Pioneers’ 3,200-relay team comprised of Lena Miller, Hannah Curtis, Isabelle Broman-fulks and Edwards won with a time of 11:16.04. The Pioneers’ 800-meter relay team of Maddy Watson, Carolina Davidson, Lillie Jamison and Kendall Reece captured a win with a time of 1:54.67.
Watauga boys finish second
HICKORY — The Watauga boys’ track team finished second in the Northwestern Conference Championships May 3 at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Watauga finished with 161 points, which was behind NWC champion Alexander Central, which finished with 188 points. South Caldwell finished third with 110 points.
Watauga’s Tate Cook won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches. Jaiden Bond was third with a time of 5-8 and Sam Sappington finished second in the shot put with a toss of 42 feet, 11 inches. Sappington also tossed the discus 127-9.
Sebastian Best claimed a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20-81/5 and added a third-place finish in the triple jump with an effort of 41-5. He also finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 51.96 seconds.
Grant Oliver added a 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.26 seconds.
Henry Coatney took second in the pole vault with an effort of 11-0. Jayden Robbins was third with a vault of 10-0, while South Caldwell’s Carter Lewis won with a vault of 13-0.
In distance running, Watauga’s Caleb Cox finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.38. Caleb Coatney finished third with a time of 2:05.92.
Watauga got a second-place finish from Avery Cannon in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:30.00. Watauga freshman Gavin Sweeney was third with a time of 4:34.64 and Rien Freeman was sixth with a 4:49.06.
Cannon also was second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:07.80, while Sweeney was third with a time of 10:11.16.
In the relays, Watauga’s 3,200-meter relay team comprised of David Mims, Korben Anderson, Coatney and Cox won with a time of 8:51.95.
Watauga’s 400-meter relay team comprised of Jackson Greene, Bond, Oliver and Orlando Leon was third with a time of 45.69 seconds. Watauga’s 1,600-meter relay team comprised of Mims, Alexander Freeman, Jayden Robbins and Asa Markus was fourth with a time of 3:48.42.
Greene, Bond, Oliver and Robbins were fifth in the 800-meter relay.