For Union City, 10 are in.
The Golden Tornado middle school track teams will take 10 athletes to the sectional meet as a result of their efforts at the West Tennessee Athletic Conference meet last week.
The West Sectional will basically be the state championship for middle school track participants as the season will end at Halle Stadium in Memphis on Thursday afternoon. Action in the sectional will begin at 4:30 p.m.
UC will take nine boys, including five 7th-graders, and one girl to the sectional. To earn a spot in the season-ending meet, athletes had to finish either first or second in an event at the WTAC.
The Twister boys placed first in three events and second in two others, while UC had a win on the girls’ side as well.
Willaevion Burton won the high jump, while Tripp Conley was the fastest in the 3,200-meter run. UC’s boys also topped the field in the 1,600-meter relay with D’Carrious Stephens, Cace Cook, Kaleb Dowell and Brantley Clendenin carrying the baton.
Austin Jefferson was second in the 800-meter run and then joined Conley, Jack Guess and Sam Guess for a runner-up finish in the 3,200 relay.
Kendra Young won the girls’ shot put to pace the Lady Tornadoes.
UC also had several third- and fourth-place spots, just missing the sectional round.
Will Harris was third in the high jump, as was Kentravious Robinson in the 110 hurdles. Stephens finished third in the 100-meter sprint, while Jack Guess took third in the 1,600 run.
Two relay teams were also third — Jacob Hyde, Taeshawn Allen, Jeremy Bumpus and Clendenin in the 4×100, and the foursome of Stephens, Allen, Burton and Clendenin in the 4×200.
Finishing fourth were Bumpus in the high jump, Hyde in the long jump, Sam Guess in the 800 and Alex Vasquez in the 3,200.
Kalia Fowler, competing despite a knee injury, was fourth in both the shot put and 110 hurdles for UC’s girls.
UC just missed out on a WTAC championship, scoring 1051⁄5 points to finish second behind Brighton’s 106. The Lady Tornadoes, riddled with injuries and illnesses, finished fifth.
Eight schools competed in the meet.
Published in The Messenger 5.2.12