Jacksboro track and field teams advance to sectionals

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By Dwane Wilder

Several Jacksboro Middle School track and field athletes advanced to compete at sectionals with Top 3 performances Monday afternoon in the Area 2 Championships at Anderson County High School.

Jessica Stanley won the 100-meter dash for the 2nd place Lady Eagles with a time of 14.26 and took 1st in high jump with a new personal record of 4-4. 

Gracie Faulkner won the 1,600 and 800 meter runs for the Lady Eagles and set a new school record in the 1,600 with a time of 5:49.

Faulkner was named Girls’ Distance MVP. Stanley was selected Girls’ All-Around MVP. Zoie Mefford placed 2nd in shot put and 3rd in discus. Kelsey Williams placed 3rd in the 3,200; Sydney McCreary placed 3rd in the 100-meter dash; and Tylee Torres placed 3rd in long jump.  

Stanley, Morgan Simpson, Sydney Fields and Torres placed 2nd in the 4x100-meter relay and 3rd in the 4x200-meter relay. Regan Lindsay, Sarah Cain, Bethany McKamey and Lexi Gross placed 2nd in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 11:46, knocking off 43 seconds from their best time this season. 

On the boys’ side of the meet, Austin Raines won the shot put (38-10) and was runner-up in discus for the 3rd place Eagles. Raines also ran a leg of the 2nd place 4x100 relay and 3rd place 4x200 relay. Other relay team members were Jacob Bunch, Landen Reese and Devin Davis. The 4x200 team set a new personal record (1:47). Raines was Boys’ Field Events co-MVP.

Bunch placed 3rd in the 100 dash and high jump. Jared White, Grant Daugherty, Noah Smith and David Whaley placed 3rd in the 4x400 relay with a personal record time of 4:35.

“All of the kids had new personal records, even if they didn’t place in the top three,” Jacksboro coach Shaniell Nelson said. 

“We had some other events that were close, with some 4th place finishers, so I can’t say these kids didn’t go all out. 

“I am very proud of these kids. They all have worked hard this season, and I believe it shows.”

 Last Tuesday at Christian Academy of Knoxville, the JMS boys finished 7th in a field of 14 teams, while the JMS girls placed 8th. Mefford (discus) and Faulkner (1600 meter) were runners-up for the Lady Eagles.

Raines, Bunch, Reese, Davis, Dillon Aslinger, Jared Bane, Gavin Cooper and Dawson Hembree led the Eagles.