Rotary Club members ensure relays ‘run’ without a hitch

Rotary Club members ensure relays ‘run’ without a hitch
The 31st annual Rotary Relays completed another successful run Friday thanks to the continued volunteer support of the Union City Rotary Club members. The elite event, held annually at Dave Shatz Track, attracted eight boys’ teams and nine girls’ teams.
With 17 events each for the boys and girls, it takes dozens of volunteers to ensure the meet is run smoothly.
During the running events, a group of timers (top left photo) is required. Among those helping out were (from left) Rotarians Jack Parker, Kyle Baggett, Ron Green, Rob Jordan, Kevin Harrell, Todd Stone, Steve Goodrich, Skipper White and Scott Critchlow.
Rotarian Harold Cozart (top right photo) was among those setting the bar during the high jump competition. Helping ensure the overall event ran smoothly were meet director Randy Barnes (bottom picture, left) and field event coordinator Wright Jernigan (right).
The overall event was highlighted by the efforts of Fulton County’s Sharika Smith, who was awarded a Most Valuable Performer (running events) award.
She ran away, literally, with the top individual girls’ award.
The Western Kentucky University track signee put herself in a class of her own as the only female competitor to earn four Most Valuable Performer awards over the course of a career at the UC event, which is the longest running one of its kind in West Tennessee.
On the way to her third Most Valuable Running Performer award, Smith blew the field away in the 330-yard hurdles, finishing the event in 46 seconds flat, a full nine ticks ahead of UC’s Kierra Davis, the event’s silver medalist.
The senior Lady Pilot, who has a dozen Kentucky state titles to her credit, also took top honors in the 100-meter dash and 220-yard dash while claiming the gold medal in the triple jump for the second straight year.
Published in The Messenger 4.30.08

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