|4 sectional berths to make Tornado Huff busy |
|Union City’s Scott Huff will be a busy man next Friday at the TSSAA Sectional track meet. |
Huff advanced to the sectionals in four events Thursday at the Region 7A-AA track meet Thursday.
The senior thinclad will represent the Twisters individually in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles and he is a part of the 400 and 800-meter relay teams that advanced to the sectionals, as well.
On Thursday, Huff’s time of just over 42 seconds in the 300-meter event was good enough for second at the event held on the campus of the University School of Jackson.
Meanwhile, the senior’s time (15.8 seconds) in the 110-meter hurdles gave him the region’s bronze medal.
Huff also teamed with Dexter Hopson, Josh Nicks and Markeem Ware to earn fourth-place finishes in both the 400- and 800-meter relay.
“Scott has been our biggest asset in running events this year,” first-year UC track coach Darren Bowling said. “I feel he was a bit disappointed in his times during the hurdles yesterday, but I fully expect him to correct his errors and work harder for the sectionals next week.
“This year means a lot to Scott and Dexter Hopson, for that matter, and I fully expect both of them to leave it all on the track in Memphis.”
Huff will join Hopson — who will also compete in four events including the two relays and two field events (long jump and triple-jump) that he qualified for Tuesday — Wyatt Carr (shot put and discus), Nik Brooks (high jump) and Tony Wilkins (high jump) at the sectional event.
As a team, Union City’s boys finished fourth out of 22 teams with 58 total points behind Ripley (112), Dyersburg (103) and Fayette-Ware (91).
“This meet was a good experience for us to compete against some of Tennessee’s top athletes,” the first-year Twister track coach said. “Hopefully, the experience will pay off for us next year as this team is learning that track is a team sport and not about individuals.
“I also think, we’ll be less nervous next year at this juncture, as we had a lot of first-year runners out there, but that’s why we came — to learn to compete.”
Otherwise in Thursday’s running finals, Curtis Pitts was seventh in both hurdle events with Lady Twister Kierra Davis just under a second away from the sectionals in fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Davis finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles and then she combined with Brittany Mitchell, Labrica Ward and Shaneisha Huff for a like finishing spot in the 400-meter relay.