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Owens sets new high jump mark for Jacksboro Middle School girls

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By The Staff

Eighth grader Hannah Owens broke a six-year-old school record to win the high jump and highlight an impressive evening, as the Jacksboro Middle School girl’s track and field team played runner-up to Maryville during a 10-team meet on April 1 at Oak Ridge.

Owens, who jumped 4-8, broke the previous mark of 4-6 set by Chelsey Jenkins in 2004.

Overall, the Lady Eagles racked up 108 points, scoring in 22 separate categories. Maryville won the meet with 119 team points, followed, in succession, by Jacksboro, Oak Ridge-Jefferson, Union Grove, Oak Ridge-Robertsville, LaFollette, Cherokee, Lake City, Norris and Clinton.

Michaela Smith claimed her fourth consecutive first place finish of the season in discus with a throw of 68-2. She also claimed a second place finish in shot put (25-2). Emily Byrge and Maria Blackwell placed second and third, respectively, in long jump. Jacksboro totaled 13 points by placing in three spots in the 3,200-meter run. Patience Seiber finished second with a time of 15:45, followed by Carlie Love in fourth place and Brooke Bane sixth. Three more Lady Eagles placed in the 200-meter dash, with Owens taking third place, Lauren Roberts fourth and Brittany Roddy sixth. Love placed third in the 800-meter race. Sixth-graders Kaitlin Goins and Kelsey Williams placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run. Other individuals to place for Jacksboro included Centara Nulf, fifth in high jump; Courtney Charles, fourth in shot put sixth in discus; and Byrge, sixth in the 100-meter dash. The Lady Eagles’ relay teams all scored points, with the 4x400 group of Nulf, Brooke Summers, Jessica Stanley and Olivia Brown taking second place with a season best time of 5 minutes, 3 seconds. Jacksboro’s 4x100 team of Byrge, Smith, Roberts and Owens also scored a season-best time of 57.62 seconds to claim a third place finish.

The Lady Eagles’ 4x800 team of Taylor Love, Seiber, Stanley and Brown and the 4x200 team of Byrge, Brown, Roberts and Smith claimed fourth place finishes.

In four track meets this season, the Lady Eagles have recorded 11 first place individual event winners and three 1st place relay team finishes, along with 19 second-place individual or team runner-up event finishes. As a team, the Lady Eagles, have finished in third place once, runner-up twice and opened the 2010 season by winning a six-team meet at Clinton.

On the boy’s side of the meet, eighth grader Preston Griffith finished sixth in high jump and sixth in the 200. Josh Lasley claimed a sixth place finish in discus. The Eagles’ 4x800 team of Ben Vinsant, Corey Phillips, Gage Lawson and Tyler Loveday finished fifth with a season best time of 11:59.

As a team, the Eagles finished eighth ahead of Cherokee and Clinton among 10 teams competing at the Oak Ridge meet. Maryville claimed the boy’s championship, while Oak Ridge-Jefferson was meet runner-up.

Jacksboro’s next two track meets will both be hosted by Campbell County High School, beginning today (Thurs.) at 4:30 p.m. followed by another meet next Friday, April 23.