ROGERSVILLE — The track and field season is young, but Volunteer’s Taylor Castle and Cherokee’s Amelia Metz appeared to be in mid-season form with stellar performances in a chilly early-season meet Tuesday at Cherokee High School.
Castle didn’t seem challenged by the competition or the weather winning the 100 (13.15), 200 (27.92) and triple jump (31-04.5).
In fact, the Volunteer girls competed in the running events. Along with Castle’s wins in the 100 and 200, Volunteer won the 400 (Jacie Begley, 1:05.73), 800 (Elise McKinney, 2:45.9) and 1,600 (Lillie Bullock 6:05.32).
Cherokee senior Amelia Metz looks good in her bid to return to national competition, winning both the women’s discus (110-08) and the shot put (30-04).
Emily Christian of Volunteer won the women’s long jump (15-01.5) and 300-metre hurdles (51.74) and was third in the 100-metre hurdles.
Volunteer rookie Aliah Laster was second in the discus (110-08) and shot put (30-04).
Cherokee sophomore Lillyan Henley was third in the 100m (13.78) and third in the shot put (27-03.25).
On the boys’ side, Dalton Pearson of Cherokee won both the shot put (41-07) and the discus (131-01), edging teammates Aaron Coffey (129-09) in the discus and Justin Mendoza (41- 04) to shooting. to put. The three Chiefs intend to push themselves all season long in these two events.
Jackson Clone nibbles at their heels. The Volunteer freshman was third in discus (125-03) and fourth in shooting (38-02).
Two sophomores from Hawkins faced off in the hurdles. Cherokee’s Trey Smith won the 110 hurdles in 17.72. Grant Winegar of Volunteer was second in 18.92. Winegar won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.25. Her teammate Jordyn Winegar-Collis was third (49.50) and Smith was fourth (50.21).
Junior Cherokee Preston McNally finished second in the 200m. His time of 24.2 was just behind winner Austin Riner of West Ridge (23.8). McNally also anchored Cherokee’s winning 4×200 relay team.
Volunteer finished 1-2-3 in the boys’ 400, 800 and 1600. John Ross (55.08) won the 400, just ahead of Cayden Cox (56.55) and Andrew Dickerson (1:00.21).
Ethyn Council (2:15.01) won the 800, beating teammates Roman Borghetti-Metz (2:15.02) and Caleb Greene (2:17.72).
The trio were even closer in the mile, caught by Borghetti-Metz (4:59.50) ahead of Greene (4:59.55) and Council (4:59.60).