By KEVIN WEAKS
It’s not known if Union City’s slim three-point lead in the boys’ standings would have held up for five more events.
It also doesn’t matter.
Shortened by rain that started during the running of the girls’ 400-meter event, the 36th annual Union City Rotary Relays ended with the host Golden Tornado boys holding a 66-63 advantage over Haywood.
The final five events in the girls’ meet would likely have been a mere formality as Dyersburg had already amassed 115 points, well ahead of Haywood’s 52 and Union City’s 38.
UC’s boys won their second Rotary title in three years, while the Lady Trojans continued their RR dominance, having now won the last six meets and eight of the last nine.
Rain began just before 8 p.m., just as the third heat of the girls’ 400 was finishing, and the meet was called off about five minutes later.
In addition to the 400, other events that did not get run included the 300 hurdles, 800-meter run, 200-meter dash and the 4×400 relay.
Prior to early conclusion, Union City and Haywood had battled for points and superiority in the meet.
UC scored in seven events, including a strong run through the field events, while Haywood posted points in eight events with an emphasis on the track.
The Twisters put up 50 points in the field and held a 50-25 lead going to the track. But, a win in the 4×100 relay and multiple spots in the 1,600-meter run pulled the Tomcats within three points.
“A lot of people at a track meet will strick around until 9 or 10 o’clock to see the trophy presentation, but what some don’t realize is that a meet can be won at three in the afternoon,” UC head coach Darren Bowling said.
“I tell our kids all the time that every point matters. We’ve done a good job this year in building up a lot of points in the field events, and (Thursday) was another example of that.”
Mayfield was a major player in the field events, scoring in all five and totaling 40 points, but then faded on the track with only a pair of sixth-place finishes to show for the seven events that were completed.
Tristan Jernigan and Kane Taylor put the Tornadoes in a good spot early on as Jernigan finished second in both the shot put and discus while Taylor was third in the discus and fifth in the shot.
UC went 1-2 in the high jump, Marquille Spears’ 5-8 leading the way with Donte Simpson placing second.
Malachi Kidd was second in the long jump to cap UC’s solid effort in the field events.
Union City was able to maintain its lead as Simpson placed third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.3 seconds, the 4×100 foursome placed second to Haywood in 44.87 seconds and the 4×800 team finished fifth with a time of 10:00.1.
In the girls’ meet, all of Union City’s points came in the field events, led by a 1-2 finish in the shot put where Jasmine Dysart had a throw of 35 feet, 11 inches to edge out Jackie Hudson.
Hudson was also second in the discus, while Kalia Fowler and D’Leshae Olds were third and fourth in the high jump.
The Lady Tornadoes were in second place behind Dyersburg after the field events. But, Haywood scored 44 points on the track to pass UC for second place.
Dyersburg’s status as the meet’s best team was never challenged as the Lady Trojans scored in every event, highlighted by four first-place spots and seven events with two spots among the top six.
South Fulton and Obion County Central were among the 16 schools participating in the event.
In the girls’ meet, the Red Devilettes were fourth in the 4×800 relay while Nicole Storey was sixth in the 3,200-meter run.
South Fulton’s boys were third overall in the 4×200.
Sports reporter Kevin Weaks can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.3.13