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Champ Twisters taking field trip

Champ Twisters taking field trip
Champ Twisters taking field trip

Union City’s Kaleigh Bynum throws the shot put during Monday’s conference meet.
Union City Middle School will need a full-sized bus to carry its track team to the sectional meet in Memphis next week.
A luxury vehicle might be a more fitting means of transportation.
A total of 22 Tornado athletes qualified Monday for the honor of competing on the largest stage in the sport on the middle school level after a pair of strong showings at the West Tennessee Athletic Conference meet in Dyersburg.
The Union City boys — directed by WTAC Coach of the Year Bobby Williams — finished first in the nine-team field with 97 total points. Brighton was a distant second with 80 points, followed by Munford with 71. Ripley (68) and host D’burg (65) rounded out the Top 5.
Thirteen different UCMS boy athletes qualified for the May 6 sectionals — a feat accomplished by finishing either first or second in their respective competitions.
The Lady Tornadoes finished third behind Dyersburg and Brighton and will carry nine thinclads to the Shelby County meet next week.
“These kids have far exceeded all of my expectations this year,” said Williams, whose program is just two years old. “They’ve worked extremely hard and are really excited about track.”
Union City had five first-place finishes on the boys’ side, highlighted by the mile relay team of Daulton Parish, Cody Easley, Tyren Brown and Donte Simpson that set a school record with their winning time.
In the girls’ discus competition, Jackie Hudson established a new WTAC meet record with a throw of 91’5” — more than three feet farther than the old mark.
Hudson also won the shot put, with teammate Kaleigh Bynum finishing second in both of those competitions.
Williams said the gold medal showings of Parish in the 110 high hurdles, Simpson in the 400-meter dash and the runnerup finish of the 2-mile relay team that consisted of Jermel Watson, Tavaris Thompson, Carlos Easley and Richard Ramos were among the most satisfying and surprising of the day.
Jamie Hyde continued to be among the top sprinters in the area by winning both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes with leans at the finish line.
The 800-meter relay unit of Parish, Iora Smith, Dontarius Owens and Hyde accounted for the Twisters’ other first-place showing.
Distance runner Caesar Landeros placed second in the two-mile competition.
Tristen Jernigan gave UCMS its only field event points by finishing second in the discus.
Nine different UCMS girls’ athletes earned the right to compete in the sectionals in Memphis, led by Hudson.
Kelie Reaves also had a standout showing in multiple events, winning the 200-meter dash and anchoring the 800-meter relay team that placed first. Delraysha Alexander, Brittney Parker and Alex Parks ran the first three legs of the Lady Tornado winning effort.
Reaves also placed second in the 200-meter dash.
The two-mile relay quartet of Erica Cawthon, Bettye Claire Beachum, Kaylan White and Parker was runnerup in that race.
Union City was honored with three all-conference selections on both the boys’ and girls’ side.
Parker, Hudson and Reaves received the honor for the Lady Tornadoes, while Hyde, Parish and Simpson earned those accolades for the Twisters.

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