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Boone, Crockett take part in conference track meet

Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools’ track squads joined fellow Big 8 members in Kingsport for the conference meet on April 26-27.
The event featured both the girls and boys from the conference’s eight schools squaring off in 18 track and field events over a two-day period at host school Dobyns-Bennett.
At day one of the track and field events, Boone put together strong finishes in the 3200 meter, relying on several runners who are no strangers to success in the distance runs.
The Blazers captured the third, fourth and sixth spots with Chad Whitehead (10:05.07), Adam Barnard (10:07.94) and Roderick Bowman (10:08.97) completing the strong finishes.
Jared Phillips and Christian Stumpf tied for fifth place finishes in the high jump and Zack McCracken led the way for the Blazers in the triple jump with a sixth place finish.
Thrower Bradlee Clark matched Whitehead for the Boone boys top finish of the afternoon after placing third in the shot put (40-4 1/2).
Despite the smallest roster in the conference, Crockett’s Anthony Campbell put the Pioneers in the standings with a second place finish in the long jump, falling just a spot behind top finisher Kirk Cradic of Volunteer.
The girls from Boone were led by Kasey Coggins who placed in two events, finishing fifth in the shot put (29-10 ¾) and eighth in the triple jump. The Blazers Alora Crain kept Boone competitive in the throws, with a sixth place finish in the discus. Abby Howe put together a seventh place finish in the pole vault for the Blazers.
Crockett’s Ashlyn Fox was the only Pioneer to place in a girl’s event in the first day of competition, finishing eighth in the high jump.
While day one was mostly field events, day two moved the competition to the track with sprints and relays.
In the individual events, Jordan Turner led the Pioneers with a sixth (11.44) and fifth place finish (23.56) in the 100 and 200 meter. Boone’s Ashton Wilson led the Blazers with a third (51.35) and eighth place (23.93) finish in the 400 and 200 meter.
Campbell was once again in the standings for the Pioneers on day two of the event with an eighth place finish in the 400 meter.
The Blazers best categories of the day came in the 800 and 1600 meter runs with a Jordan Roth (2:01.85) third place finish and a Whitehead (2:05.12) seventh place finish in the 800.
Boone’s Barnard led the way in the 1600 meter with a third place finish (4:26.15) and Whitehead added to his strong individual performance in the two-day event with a fifth place finish in the 1600.
Boone’s David Merriken led the way for the Blazers in the hurdles with a fifth place finish in the 110 meter and a fourth place finish in the 300 meter.
Caleb Ruff finished just behind Merriken for the Blazers in both events placing seventh and sixth respectively.
The Blazers and Pioneers struggled in the relays, placing seventh or eighth in every event except the 4×800 where Boone’s team of Jordan Roth, Roderick Bowman, Jacob Cutshall and Connor Davenport placed third.
After two days, the Blazer boys finished in fifth place overall in team standings. Crockett finished in eighth.
In day two of the event for the girls, Brie Rector led the way for the Blazers with a third place finish in the 400 meter and a sixth place finish for Hannah Everhart in the same event. Brittanie Hubbard placed sixth for Boone in the 800 meter.
The Boone girls put together strong finishes in 4×400 and 4×800 relays, placing fourth and third in the events.
After two days of competition, the Lady Blazers finished fifth among the conference, with Crockett in eighth spot. Dobyns-Bennett captured both the boys and girls championship in event.