|Twisters punch sectional tickets |
Four Union City field event performers punched their respective tickets to the sectionals after finishing in the top four at the Region 7A-AA meet on the campus of the University School of Jackson.
Union City’s Tony Wilkins clears the high jump bar during the Region 7A-AA meet Tuesday at USJ.
Meanwhile, the preliminary round of most of the running events took place Tuesday with no results of those competitions that were overseen by Memphis-area track officials made available to either UC track coach Darren Bowling or The Messenger.
Nonetheless, the running event finals are set for Thursday (weather permitting) at 2:30 p.m. at the USJ track.
On Tuesday, the high jump was particularly good for the Twisters with Nik Brooks and Tony Wilkins finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the leaping event.
Brooks — who was competing in just his second organized meet — scaled the bar at a mark of six feet, with Wilkins skying up to five feet, 10 inches.
“Nik has gotten better over the two weeks that I’ve had him,” Bowling said. “He and Tony Wilkins both just get after it in the high jump and they are both fierce competitors.”
Additionally, Wyatt Carr and Dexter Hopson each will have double duty at the sectional meet scheduled for May 16 in Memphis.
Carr moved on in both the shot put and discus, with Hopson advancing in the long jump and triple jump.
In the shot put throw, Carr’s best effort landed 40 feet, five inches away from his start point, with his top discus toss 117 feet and three inches from the release point.
“Wyatt works hard in the weight room and he concentrates on the shot put and discus,” Bowling said. “I’m glad to see all the effort he has put forth pan out for him with a pair of berths into the sectionals.”
Hopson, who won the Rotary Relays’ Most Valuable Field Performer award, took third in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, one inch and fourth in the long jump (20 feet, four inches).
“I’m proud of the year Dexter has had as a senior,” Bowling said. “I hope he can continue to do well here in the last few weeks and finish the track season as strong as he started it.”
In other action Tuesday involving local entries, a trio of UC thinclads came up short with Brandon Easley sixth in the shot put, Luke Sanderson eighth in the discus and Sharee Forrest sixth in the girls’ shot put.
Easley’s best throw was 40 feet, two inches while Sanderson’s top toss fell at a mark of 104 feet, three inches.
Forrest’s best shot put hurl was 31 feet, seven inches.