Hudson, Bowling set to (throw) down for UC at ’Boro

Hudson, Bowling set to (throw) down for UC at ’Boro
Hudson, Bowling set to (throw) down for UC at ’Boro

Union City’s Chase Bowling prepares for a throw during the West Sectional Track Meet.
A pair of Union City High School track athletes have “thrown” their names into the hat for the next week’s TSSAA Class A-AA State Championship Meet.
Senior Chase Bowling and freshmen Jackie Hudson both advanced to the state finale thanks to their stellar tosses in field event action at the Class A-AA West Sectional Meet on Thursday at University School of Jackson.
Hudson won both the shot put and discus at the sectional, while Bowling — who threw the discus and earned seventh at the state meet a year ago — was the runner-up on Thursday in said event.
The top two performers from the West Sectional automatically earn a berth in the state championship.
Additionally, a pair of wild-card performers will be selected in each event. The wild-card picks will be the athletes who had the best time or distance but did not place as champion or runner-up in one of the state’s three sectionals (West, East and Middle.)
Hudson will throw the discus Thursday morning at 10:15.
She is set to heave the shot put at the state finale on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University exactly two hours later at 12:15.
Her best throw of the discus at the West Sectional landed 94 feet, 8 inches after its take-off.
Hudson claimed the SP title with a best throw of 35 feet, 4 inches.
“This has been a goal of Jackie’s since even before the season start,” Twister girls’ track coach Preston Martin said. “She has stated this was what she was shooting for as long as she’s been in high school.
“She’s making state as a freshman and is very talented. The sky is the limit for her.”
On the boys’ side, Bowling — the son of UC guys’ track skipper Darren Bowling — came up with his best throw of the campaign at the sectional.
His hurl of 123 feet, 11⁄2 inch was a little over five feet less than that of West Sectional champion Javon Ollis (Sheffield).
Bowling will throw a week from today at 12:15 p.m. in the state finale.
“Chase really stepped up and gave it his best today,” said Bowling, the coach. “He came out with the goal of getting back to state and topped out to do so.”
As of press time, Twister distance runner Daniel Williamson was in the wild-card discussion as the third-place finisher — in the two-mile run — at the West Sectional.
However, his time of 11:14.9  was well off the best pace of many of the qualified runners for the two other sectionals that have not been completed.
Joshua Gale — an Obion Central student running under the South Fulton banner per the rules of the co-op between the two schools — was sixth in the two-mile.
Williamson also ran the one-mile and earned seventh-place honors.
Other local athletes from both Union City and the South Fulton/Obion Central co-op team also competed at the West Sectional.
Twister sprinter DeAndrez Williams — who made it to state last year — was fourth in both the 100- and 400-meter dashes and fifth in the 200-meter sprint. His dual fourth-place finishes signify that he could, in theory, sneak into the state meet, but it appears unlikely.
Williams was also part of the 400-meter relay team along with Jamie Hyde, Tymaine Strickland and Iroa Smith, which crossed the finish line in fifth.
UC’s other boys’ relay team in the hunt for a state berth — the 800-meter quartet — was disqualified due to a lane violation. Tyren Brown, Jamie Hyde, Iroa Smith and Tymaine Strickland combined in that finish.
Nicole Storey — another OC student listed as a SF runner — was fourth in the girls’ two-mile race.
Also, the Lady Twisters’ 800-meter relay team (Alisa Davis, Brandy Henry, Aaliyah Daniel and Destiny Powers) came in at eighth.
South Fulton had one relay team — comprised of Obion Central’s Tristin Terry, Tamara Nettles, Taylor Baker and Paige Hicks at the West Sectional.
They were sixth in the 400-meter relay.
“It was a remarkable experience,” SF track coach Brent Wilson said. “I’ve never made it this far and it was great to see the level of competition here.
“This co-operative has been nothing but positive for our team as Obion Central’s athletes and ours bonded quickly and have worked together well.”
Sports reporter Ken-neth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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