|Tornado thinclad Williams to be a busy guy at sectional
|Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 1:44 pm
|Union City’s DeAndrez Williams will be a busy man at next week’s Class A-AA West Sectional track meet.
Williams, who ran in the 400-yard sprint at last year’s state track finale, qualified for this season’s sectional with a Top 4 finish in the aforementioned race and both the 100- and 200-yard dashes at Dyersburg’s Region 7A-AA championship meet on Thursday.
Additionally, a Union City relay team — of which Williams is part of — will compete in two running events at next week’s sectional.
Williams ran a 53.36 to cross the finish line as the regional runner-up.
He was third in both the 100- and 200-yard races with respective times of 11.34 and 22.98.
In relay event action, Williams — who answers to the nickname “Snickers” — teamed with Iora Smith, Jamie Hyde and Tymaine Strickland to run the 400-meter relay in 44.49 (third place).
The same foursome was fourth with a 1:39.5 in the 800-meter relay.
Twister runner Daniel Williamson also punched his second ticket to the sectional with a fourth-place finish — at a time of 5:18.70 — in the mile run on Thursday at Dyersburg.
Wiliamson had already qualified in the two-mile due to his finish as the regional runner-up Tuesday.
Also, Union City has field event participants set to compete at next Thursday’s sectional.
Chase Bowling earned a ticket on the boys’ side in the discus for the second straight year.
Meanwhile, Jackie Hudson won both the discus and shot put on the girls’ side Tuesday afternoon to earn the right to represent UC and Region 7 at the West Sectional.
Hudson, who was a standout at the middle school level, is only a freshman.
The South Fulton team, which includes athletes from Obion Central, will also be represented at the sectional.
One relay team is moving on as are two distance runners.
The SF-OC co-operative foursome of Tristin Terry, Taylor Baker, Paige Hicks and Tamara Nettles was fourth in the 400-meter relay — just half a second ahead of Covington — with a 53.35.
Boys’ distance runner Joshua Gale, who attends Central, was third in the regional’s two-mile run.
Gale finished two seconds short of a second berth — in sixth.
South Fulton girls’ team member Nicole Storey — a student at OC — claimed the fourth and final spot for the one-mile race.
Nettles fell just short of a sectional appearance in the 200-yard dash. She finished a spot out of advancing in fifth — a little over a second back of fourth place.
Terry also gained fifth in the 100-meter hurdles — a little over a second behind the pace of Dyersburg’s Tiera Cole, who finished in fourth place.
Overall, the Twister boys — who won last week’s Rotary Relays for the first time in over two decades — were fifth at the meet with 56 points.
The Lady Twisters totaled 31 tallies and came home in sixth.
The top two finishers at the West Sectional are guaranteed a ticket to the Class A-AA State Track Meet.
Wild-card berths are also awarded to the best performing athletes who don’t finish as a winner or runner-up at one of the state’s three sectional events.