SF, Central on same page; ‘Valuable’ runners plentiful

SF, Central on same page; ‘Valuable’ runners plentiful
South Fulton is on the same page with Obion Central.
The two Obion County School System institutions have become one in terms of track and field, competing under the SF banner at track meets this spring — most notably Thursday’s Rotary Relays in Union City.
“Coach (Darren) Bowling of Union City approached me with the idea that we should co-op with them,” said OC cross country coach Pam Daniel, who serves as an assistant to Red Devil track skipper Brent Wilson. “The administration at our school felt it was best for us to co-op with another school in our system.
“It’s an opportunity to have contact with some of my cross-country athletes in the spring, but also just a chance for me to be around some young men and women that I wouldn’t be otherwise.”
As of this writing, the Rebels participating in track and field are commuting to South Fulton for practice, and the jump from seven athletes to 27 has certainly been a change for Wilson.
“The numbers are the obvious difference in practice,” Wilson said. “We’ve had to figure out how to conduct practice and work with more athletes without making it last all night.
“Coach Daniel has helped a lot in that regard by shouldering part of the load.”
Whether the sharing continues throughout next season is anyone’s guess. Daniel did say that Obion Central — which accounts for 20 of the team’s 27 athletes — is looking into possibly having its own track program next season. However, she also said that the co-op situation could continue forward.
VALUABLES — There wasn’t just one standout runner at this year’s Rotary Relays.
For the first time in the history of the event, a trio of athletes shared the Most Valuable Runner award on the girls’ side.
Dyersburg’s Arielle Haynes (who won both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles) was one of the MVRs.
Meanwhile, Bradford’s Jackilann Street — who was the winner of the 800-meter and two-mile races and third in the 400-meter run — also was named as one of the Most Valuable Runners.
Finally, Mayfield’s Asha Powell also gained a nod as a co-MVR after she swept the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
The Most Valuable Field Performer on the girls’ side was Dyersburg’s Jolyta Taylor, who won both the long and triple-jump events.
Mayfield’s Carlos Parrott — the Rotary Relay shot put champion and discus runner-up — earned the boys’ MVFP award.
REMEMBER WHEN? — Longtime followers of the rich history of the Rotary Relays likely recognized the name ‘Champion’ from Humboldt.
Myia Champion, a junior, placed second for the Viking squad in the high jump and fifth in the 100 meter hurdles.
Her father, Tony, was a past standout for H’boldt at the meet and went on to star as a football player at UT Martin and in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
The younger Champion grinned Thursday when asked about her father and revealed she was wearing the same tights under her uniform that he wore as a CFL standout.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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