By Ken Lay
Farragut Middle School’s girls and West Valley’s boys won the 2012 Knox County Middle School Track and Field Championships in dominating fashion Wednesday night at Hardin Valley Academy.
The Lady Admirals won their second consecutive county title with 143 points. The Halls Lady Demons took second (69). Karns was third with 68 points. West Valley finished fourth (62) and Bearden placed fifth (52).
Farragut claimed the top two spots in the 200-meter dash as Miranda Burt won the event with a time of 26.82 seconds. The Lady Admirals’ Shannon McBride took second (27.44). Farragut’s Katie McBride won the 400-meter run with a time of 59.61 seconds. Halls Middle’s Kaitlyn Lay was second (1:03.62)
The Lady Admirals swept the relays competition, They won the 400-meter relay (53.39 seconds), the 800-meter relay (1:51.42). Farragut’s 1,600-meter relay team finished in 4:32.79. The Lady Admirals finished the 3,200 relay in 10 minutes, 35.34 seconds.
Bearden’s Madeline Christian won the 800-meter run, finishing the race in 2:23.96. Farragut’s Carson Woody took second (2:24.24). Lay, of the Lady Demons, took third (2:24.34) while Farragut’s Heather Winter finished fourth with a time of 2:37.97.
In the 100-meter dash, Powell’s Sage Davis claimed the top spot with a time of 13.09 seconds. Vine’s Jamesha Fain took second (13.43).
Farragut’s Destiny Carey, an all-county center on the Lady Admirals basketball team and defending Knox County field Athlete of the Year, won both the shot put (38-09 ½) and discus competitions. Her county-best discus throw went 86 feet, 7 inches. Northwest Middle’s Jamiya King took second in the discus (30-03 ½) while Ally Lecoultre of Halls was runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 73 feet, 3 inches.
The Lady Admirals claimed both first and third in the long jump. Marissa Varrone won the event with a leap of 15-01 ½. Caroline Henderson was third (14 feet, 9 inches). West Valley’s Casey Riemer was second with a mark of 14-11 ½.
Meanwhile, the West Valley Wolves cruised to the boys title. The Wolves took the top two spots in the 100-meter dash. Christian Foster won the event with a time of 11.87 seconds. Dylan Austin claimed the runner-up spot (11.97). Holston’s Jamarius Dixon was third (12.29).
Austin won both the 200 and the 400. Foster was second in the 200 and Cedar Bluff’s Robert Taylor was third in the 200 while Farragut’s Alex Laggis took second in the 400 while Halls Middle’s J.T. Freels was third in that race.
In the relays, The Gresham Gladiators claimed the 400 (49.53) with the Wolves finishing second (49.82). The Wolves claimed the title in the 800-meter relay (1:42.05). Bearden’s 1,600-meter relay team took the top spot (3:58.82). The Wolves prevailed in the 3,200-meter relay (9:30.96).
Laggis won the 800-meter run (2:11.97). Halls’ Kyle Holland took second (2:16.63).
Bearden swept the top two spots in the long jump. The Bruins’ Stedman Love prevailed with a leap of 17-10. Devin Harper was second (17-05). West Valley’s Christian Ironside took third with a mark of 16 feet, 7 ½ inches.
Cole Patterson of the Demons won both the discus (167-03) and the shot put (48-03 ¼ inches).
Powell Middle took both second and third in the discus. The Panthers’ Blake Jenkins had a throw of 124-05. And Lane Hurst posted a mark of 105-04.
West Valley’s Blake Cosby took second in the shot put (37-11 ¾) and Halls’ Derek Coker finished third (37-07 ¾).