Rien Freeman and Ethan Cannon

Watauga’s Rien Freeman (left) and Ethan Cannon line up for the start of the 1600 Meter Run, June 3 at the Northwestern Conference track and field championship meet, at Freedom High School.

MORGANTON — Rien Freeman crushed the 1600 field and a trio of Pioneers swept the top three spots in the 800 meters, leading Watauga to an impressive second place finish at the Northwestern Conference track and field championships on June 3, hosted by Freedom High School.

Davis Hunt - 110 Hurdles

Watauga’s Davis Hunt will finish just an eyelash behind Jaxsen Wilkerson of South Caldwell in the 110 Meter Hurdles during the Northwestern Conference track and field championship meet on June 3, hosted by Freedom High School of Morganton. A short while later, Hunt won the 300 Hurdles.

Freeman also won the 3200 Meter Run. Pioneer teammate Davis Hunt was impressive in the hurdles, capturing the 300 Meter Hurdles and finishing an eyelash behind South Caldwell’s Jaxsen Wilkerson in the 110 Meter Hurdles for second.

A little more than two-thirds of the way through the event schedule, the competition was delayed for approximately two hours due to rain and lightning strikes nearby.

The day seemed to be slipping away from Watauga as the public address announcer periodically gave periodic updates on the team scores, with Alexander Central, South Caldwell and McDowell making regular appearances in the top three.

But Watauga’s depth in the middle and long distances came to the fore in the latter half of the race card.

Mark Mellon -- relay

Watauga’s Mark Mellon leads off the Pioneers’ 4x100 relay team at the Northwestern Conference track and field championship meet on June 3, hosted by Freedom High School.

“With the way this season was scheduled, it was a real challenge putting a team together for the conference meet,” said Pioneer head coach Randy McDonough. “We were able to fill up most of the spots with the athletes who were able to compete after school got out. We had many of our student athletes during extra events and even some doing events they had never done before. Everyone worked extremely hard and we really came together as a team. As coaches, we are very proud of these athletes and this team.”

Overall team scores

215.50 — Alexander Central

  1. 149.00 — Watauga
  2. 112.50 — South Caldwell
  3. 86.50 — McDowell
  4. 65.50 — Freedom
  5. 38.00 — St. Stephens
  6. 9.00 — Hickory

Individual Watauga performances

Davis Hunt - High Jump

Davis Hunt clears bar in the high jump during the Northwestern Conference championship track and field meet on June 3, hosted by Freedom High School in Morganton.

4x800 Relay (5 teams entered)

  1. Watauga (9:05.01)
  2. David Mims, Asa Markus, Luke Ramsdell, Ethan Cannon)
  3. South Caldwell (9:09.45)
  4. Alexander Central (9:10.02)
  5. St. Stephens (9:17.42)
  6. Freedom (9:28.13)

110 Meter Hurdles (7 entries)

  • 2- Davis Hunt (16.33)
  • 7- Nathaniel Cox (21.37)

100 Meter Dash (12 entries)

  • 6- Trey Thompson (11.56)
  • 9- Aidan Styron (12.90)
  • 10- Grayson Elliott (13.46)

4x200 Relay (5 teams entered)

Mark Mellon and Carlton Horine

Watauga speedster Mark Mellow takes the baton from Carlton Horine in the 200 relay at the Northwestern Conference track and field championships, June 3, hosted by Freedom High School.

  1. Alexander Central (1:33.45)
  2. Freedom (1:34.55)
  3. Watauga (1:39.07)
  4. Eli Lyons, Klaus Best, Carlton Horine, Mark Mellon)
  5. South Caldwell (1:39.17)
  6. McDowell (1:47.11)
Rien Freeman

Rien Freeman of Watauga completes his sprint to the finish line just as he is lapping a runner from Hickory in the 1600 Meter Run on June 3, in the Northwestern Conference track and field championship meet, hosted by Freedom High School. Freeman won the 1600 and the 3200.

1600 Meter Run (15 entries)

  • 1- Rien Freeman (4:33.08)
  • 3- Ethan Cannon (4:40.65)
  • 6- Micah Rushin (4:52.96)

4x100 Relay (4 entries)

  1. Alexander Central (44.77)
  2. McDowell (46.89)
  3. Watauga (48.19)
  4. Mark Mellon, Carlton Horine, Cole Horine, Davis Hunt
  5. South Caldwell (48.99)

400 Meter Dash (15 entries)

  • 4- Eli Lyons (55.71)
  • 9- Riley Cook (58.46)
  • 10- Nathaniel Cox (59.81)

300 Meter Hurdles (10 entries)

  • 1- Davis Hunt (42.67)
  • 5- Carlton Horine (47.28)
  • 8- Mark Mellon (50.67)

800 Meter Run (17 entries)

  • 1- Ethan Cannon (2:02.60)
  • 2- David Mims (2:05.72)
  • 3- Asa Markus (2:06.40)

200 Meter Dash (12 entries)

  • 6- Trey Thompson (24.17)
  • 8- Klaus Best (24.51)
  • 10- Eli Lyons (25.19)

3200 Meter Run (12 entries)

  • 1- Rien Freeman (10:21.17)
  • 4- Wesley Coatney (10:45.05)
  • 5- Ethan Campbell (11:02.03)

4x400 Relay (6 teams entered)

  1. Alexander Central (3:37.52)
  2. Watauga (3:44.95)
  3. Mark Mellon, Luke Ramsdell, Eli Lyons, Asa Markus
  4. Freedom (3:48.93)
  5. South Caldwell (3:52.89)
  6. McDowell (4:04.71)
  7. Hickory (4:11.45)

Long Jump (16 entries)

  • 7- Klaus Best (18-07.50)
  • 10- Trey Thompson (18-02.00)
  • 15- Grayson Elliott (14-04.50)

Triple Jump (13 entries)

  • 5- Trey Thompson (37-00.50)
  • 9- Klaus Best (33-08.00)
  • 11- Grayson Elliott (29-09.75)

High Jump (10 entries)

  • 5- Davis Hunt (5-06.00)
  • 9- Cole Horine (5-00.00)

Pole Vault (9 entries)

  • 9- Creed Casner 8-00.00)

Shot Put (14 entries)

  • 4- Isaiah Shirley (39-09.75)
  • 9- Jonathan Lutabingwa (35-03.50)
  • 11- Brody Martin (32-03.00)

Discus (15 entries)

  • 5- Isaiah Shirley (103-02)
  • 8- Brody Martin (100-06)
  • 10- Jonathan Lutabingwa (98-03)

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