Jackie Hudson and Jasmine Dysart certainly know the road to Murfreesboro by now.
The Union City field events specialists are going back again this week.
Hudson won the Class A-AA West Sectional championships in the shot put and discus, while Dysart was second overall in the shot event to qualify for the state meet this weekend, to be held on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro.
“It’s been like a two-athlete race for those two every time out,” UC girls’ track head coach Nelson Youngblood said. “They make each other better.”
It is the straight third state meet for both.
Hudson won the shot with a throw of 35 feet, three inches and the discus with toss of 88 feet, eight inches. Dysart placed second in the shot with a toss of 34-4.
“That was kind of a surprise because Jasmine had been throwing better all year long,” Youngblood said of the duel at the shot venue. “But, the last two meets, Jackie has really worked hard in the shot, and that’s made Jasmine work harder, too.”
Dysart also threw in the discus, finishing eighth with a distance of 74 feet, 7 1⁄2 inches.
Kalia Fowler was UC’s only other girls’ athlete to pick up points in the meet with a fifth-place leap of 4-06 in the girls’ high jump.
As a result, the Lady Tornadoes finished eighth overall in the meet with 32 1⁄2 points.
While no member of the Twister boys’ team qualified for the state meet, UC placed in eight events and finished 11th overall with 24 points.
It was a somewhat frustrating day for sophomore double-thrower Tristan Jernigan, who improved on his sub-sectional meet distance in one event but saw his distance shrink in another.
Jernigan was fifth in the discus with a toss of 128-08.5, which marked an improvement of nearly a foot over the previous week’s throw in Dyersburg. He was more than three feet shorter in the shot, however, finishing fourth at 43-02.
Jernigan had the highest two finishes among the UC point producers, the Tornadoes claiming three sixth-place spots and three more seventh-place slots.
Marquelle Spears was sixth in the boys’ high jump with a 5-08, while the 4×100 and 4×200 teams featuring Iora Smith, Jamie Hyde, Donte Simpson and Khiry Lewis were also sixth with respective times of 44.60 seconds and 1:33.91.
Simpson was seventh in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.61 seconds, Malachi Kidd placed seventh in the long jump as he covered 18 feet, and the 4×800 team of Kaleb Anderson, Carlos Easley, Cody Easley and Jaylin Ware was also seventh with a time of 10:13.99.
Dyersburg won the girls’ meet with 174 points, while Memphis Sheffield topped the boys’ field with 97 points.
Published in The Messenger 5.20.13