Runner-up in sectional caps strong UCMS year

Runner-up in sectional caps strong UCMS year

It’s been a great year for the Union City Middle School athletic teams.
Having already enjoyed high-level success in football and basketball, the Tornadoes capped off an outstanding sports year when the boys’ track team placed second among “around 40” schools in the West Tennessee Sectional meet in Memphis Wednesday.
Colonial Middle School of Memphis was the only squad with more points than Union City. Brighton placed third.
The UC girls also had a good showing with three participants placing in the event.
Boys’ head coach Bobby Williams was glowing with pride this morning when speaking of the landmark success of his group.
“I’m so proud; you look at them and you really don’t expect much. But they just run like the devil,” Williams said of Wednesday’s best-ever track finish by UCMS. “They’ve just surprised me all year, what with winning the Big Kahuna (meet at Dyersburg), our conference championship and now this.”
The Twisters set three school records in the process with Taeshawn Allen leaping 18’5” in the long jump that was good enough for fourth place.
The mile relay team consisting of Robbie Thomas, Lazz Scribner, Michael Warford and Kalab Dowell posted a best-ever 3:54 time and came in third.
Dowell’s time of 17.3 in the 110 hurdles was good for sixth and represented the top time in school history.
Cooper Hurt had a tremendous showing in the field events — winning the discus with a toss of 133’4’. He was fifth in the shot put with a hurl of 39’11⁄2.
Tripp Conley earned points for the Tornadoes with fifth-place showings in two long-distance running events. He posted a time of 5:49 in the mile run, and came in at 12:19 in the two-mile.
Dowell placed in a third competition, running the 400 meters in 57.2 that was fourth-best among all competitors.
Alivia Bishop’s second-place finish in the discus highlighted the Union City’s girls’ effort.
Gussie Parks was fifth in the high jump, while Cortteaira Monroe came in seventh place in the 200 meter dash.
In addition to the strong track effort, Union City posted a 14-4 record and reached the West Sectional Tournament semifinals in boys’ basketball and finished 9-1 with a spot in the West Sectional playoff title game in football

Published in The Messenger 5.9.13

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