|Kane able, Cesar great for UCMS |
|Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 5:52 pm |
A pair of Union City Middle School track athletes reached the highest pinnacle possible on Thursday night at the TMSAA West Sectional in Memphis.
Union City’s Cesar Landerson won the two-mile at the West Sectional in Memphis.
Cesar Landeros set a school-record in the two-mile race and in the process won the sectional championship.
Landeros ran a 11:35 in that event.
Meanwhile, Twister thrower Kane Taylor hurled the discus 131 feet, six inches to become the West Sectional champion. His mark was also a school record.
Altogether, Union City finished third at the meet with 52 points behind only champion Lauderdale (77 tallies) and Bellevue (65).
UC’s third-place finish in boys’ action was the highest for a school of its size at the sectional event. It is also worth noting that the Twisters were up a spot from last season.
“I’m excited that in three years, this program has become as competitive as it is,” Union City boys’ track coach Bobby Williams said. “We’ve had a successful season and had a lot of athletes out. I see many of these guys doing big things at the high school level if they continue in track.
“Our ultimate goal is to feed into the high school program. It did me good to hear the high school team won the Rotary Relays and I’m glad some of the athletes I coached had a part in that.”
In other boys’ track and field action at Memphis involving UCMS guys, Donte Simpson barely missed a sectional championship with a second-place finish in the 400-meter.
Simpson’s time of 54.7 seconds broke a school record.
Relay action had the UCMS one-mile team of Brantley Clendenin, Knox Faulkner, Ricky Henry and Simpson in fifth with a school-best mark of 4:03.
The Twisters’ two-mile quartet (Alex Vasquez, Jalen Ware, Marcus Deberry and Tavarius Thompson) crossed the finish line in fifth with a time of 10:49 in the two-mile relay.
Field event action had Taylor third in the shot put, Jamie Pirtle fifth in the discus and Vasquez seventh in the mile.
On the girls’ side, Dyamond McCadney was the top finisher. She placed fourth in both the shot put and discus.
Meanwhile, the 800-meter relay team (Kealie Reaves, Prasha Fair, Alex Parks and Chynia Hyde) combined for fifth place.
Finally, Reaves was eighth in both the 100 and 200-meter dash.