UC flingers after state titles

UC flingers after state titles
They’ve made it as far as they can.
Now, their goal is to finish as high as possible.
Four student-athletes from Union City will make the trek to Murfreesboro for the annual BlueCross Spring Fling with the hopes of ultimately becoming a state champion as their top priority.
In track and field, freshman Jackie Hudson has two opportunities to put her name alongside past state titliests.
Hudson will throw both the discus and shot put at the Class A-AA Track Meet on Thursday.
Meanwhile, two other young ladies will participate in Spring Fling action on Thursday. Junior Anna Moore and sophomore Tara Elam are set to hit the court in the quarterfinals of the Class A-AA State Doubles Tennis Tournament.
Finally, recently-graduated senior Chase Bowling is the lone returning athlete among this year’s Union City contingent at the ’Boro.
He’ll throw the discus on Friday afternoon — for the second straight season — on the state’s biggest stage.
Hudson claimed her berths at the state finale by winning both the shot put and discus throws at the Class A-AA West Sectional meet last week.
Her sectional throw of 35 feet, four inches has her ranked as the No. 4 SP hurler in the event.
Greeneville’s Alyssa Crum had the top mark among the state qualifiers at the regional level. Her best shot put throw measured 38 feet, eight inches.
Hudson’s farthest discus hurl was 94 feet, eight inches. That ranks her as No. 7 heading into the state championship.
She’ll throw the discus at 10:15 on Thursday morning and heave the shot put at 12:15 in the afternoon.
“Jackie’s been beating my door down to get as much practice possible,” Union City girls’ track coach Preston Martin said. “She’s wanting to work to get better and has been practicing all week.
“She’s a gamer and I’m certain she’ll be ready on Thursday.”
On the tennis court, Moore and Elam do battle with Trinity Christian Academy’s Julea Tignor and Kaitlyn Haynes in the quarterfinals of the Class A-AA tournament. If the UC duo wins, they advance to Thursday evening’s semifinal round. The championship match for the Class A-AA State Doubles Tournament is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m.
Moore and Elam have reportedly been hard at it in terms of practicing as they took part in a practice match against Lady Twister skipper Elizabeth Mooney and a partner.
Elam and Moore came away the victors, prompting their skipper to say she’d rather have the duo on her side than against them.
“They’ve been working really hard and I hope they can shake any pressure they are feeling,” Mooney said. “That’s one of their biggest obstacles other than the level of competition. If they can do that and play well, I think they have a chance to beat anyone up there.”
Bowling’s second date with State Track Meet destiny begins at 12;15 Friday afternoon. The recent graduate will compete for the final time in a prep competition at that hour. Last year, Bowling was seventh at the state championship meet.
He enters this season’s finale ranked at eighth in the field due to his sectional runner-up worthy throw of 123 feet, one inch.
“Chase is ending his high school career on a high note no matter where he finishes,” said Darren Bowling — his father and the UC boys’ track coach. “He’s at the state championship and there’s no higher level than that.”
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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