Cleveland claims sub-sectional track titles
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL saw both their track and field teams claim first place overall for the boys and girls at the sub-sectional at Rhea County last week. Will Hilliker (center) is just one of the numerous athletes who qualified for the sectional at Riverdale on Tuesday. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Following impressive performances at the sub-sectional last week, local high school athletes must now turn their attention to the TSSAA Track and Field Sectional being held at Murfreesboro Riverdale Tuesday.

To qualify for the TSSAA Sectional, competitors had to finish in the top four places in the sub-sectional.

Cleveland once again was dominant in many events, with both the boys and the girls teams claiming first place overall with 164 points and 112 points respectively.

“We did really well and had a good day (at sub-sectional). We won both the guys and the girls overall,” Cleveland Coach Casey Price stated. “What we’re good at, we are really good at. We didn’t just come in third and fourth, we were first or second in a lot of events. Those times I think will push us through because we stack up really well with that other sub-section.”

Sophomore Maddie Coulthard finished first in the girls pole vault, reaching a height of 7 feet, 6 inches. According to Coach Price, Coulthard is the first girls’ pole vaulter in Cleveland High’s history.

The Raiders qualified two for boys discus, with senior Dalton McDonald finishing first with a throw of 132 feet, 8 inches and junior Juan Ochoa coming in third with a throw of 117 feet, 10 inches.

Three Cleveland boys also advanced to the Sectional in shot put.

McDonald finished first with a throw of 42 feet, 3.5 inches, Kevin Ha came in third with his throw of 38 feet, 10 inches, and Robert McMahan claimed the final qualifying position with a fourth place throw of 38 feet, 9.5 inches.

Hallea McClendon’s throw of 31 feet in the shot put earned her a fourth place finish and a trip to the sectional competition.

Senior Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad dominated in the girls triple jump with a first place total distance of 38 feet, 7.5 inches, which was eight feet further than the second place jumper.

Qetuwrah also finished first in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet, 7 inches.

“I think that Qetuwrah is going to come close to setting a state record. She is getting better and better each week,” Price commented.

Teammate Shae Ferguson came in second in the long jump, recording a distance of 15 feet, 8.5 inches.

The Raiders saw senior Chris Ofori finish third in the boys triple jump, with a total distance of 39 feet.

Ofori also qualified for the boys high jump competition and came in fourth place at sub-sectional after clearing 5 feet, 9 inches.

Cleveland qualified two for sectional competition in the boys long jump.

Senior Tyler Davis came in first place with a jump of 22 feet, and junior Will Hilliker came in fourth with a jump of 20 feet, 7.5 inches.

The Cleveland boys 4x800 meter relay team of Isaiah Beaty, Blaine Boley, Tommy Marino and Mel Obadiah finished third at the sub-sectional with a time of 8:54.71.

Two Lady Raiders qualified for the sectional in the girls 100 meter hurdles.

Mira Migovich came in second with a time of 16.86, and Monica Allison finished in fourth with a time of 17.21.

In the boys 110 meter hurdles, Hilliker came in first with a time of 15.43, with teammate TJ Parker’s time of 16.55 claiming him a third place finish.

The Cleveland boys saw a top two finish in the 100 meter dash, with Davis claiming first with a time of 11.10 and Stephen Cannon following in second with a time of 11.39.

“Tyler has really been coming along strong in the last couple weeks,” Price declared.

Davis also earned a first place finish in the 200 meter dash, posting a time of 22.30, while Cannon finished third with his time of 23.07.

The girls 4x200 meter relay of Abdullah-Muhammad, Ferguson, Marissa Langford and Migovich finished first with a time of 1:45.99.

Their boys 4x200 counterparts, which includes Robert Anderson, Anthony Boykin, Cannon and Davis claimed a second place slot with a time of 1:35.12.

The Cleveland boys 4x100 meter relay team of Anderson, Boykin, Cannon and Davis came away with a first place finish after posting a time of 43.05.

Freshman Narissa Riley earned a trip to the sectional after coming in fourth in the girls 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.26.

In the girls 300 meter hurdles, Allison finished third with a time of 49.98, and TJ Parker came in third in the boys 300 hurdles with a time of 42.56.

The Cleveland girls’ 4x400 meter relay team of Abdullah-Muhammad, Rebecca Allen, Allison and Langford earned a first place finish with a time of 4:15.28

The boys’ 4x400 team of Beaty, Boykin, Cannon and Davis finished third with a time of 3:36.85.

Walker Valley also saw a number of athletes qualify for the sectional, which included all four of their girls’ relay teams.

“All four of our girls’ relay teams made it in. We have nine girls who run our relays. One is a sophomore, one is a senior and seven are freshmen,” Walker Valley coach Drew Nunnelly said. “We’re young, but they are talented and work hard. They are just getting better and better,”

Senior Rachel Lawhorn came in second in the discus following a throw of 103 feet, 10 inches.

Freshman CyCy White nabbed a third place finish with a throw of 94 feet, 7 inches.

“Rachel is a senior, and CyCy is a freshman. Last year, Rachel placed 12th overall at state in the discus. This [the sectional] will be a learning experience for CyCy, but you never know. She might surprise us,” Coach Nunnelly stated.

Lawhorn and White also finished second and third in the shot put event, with respective throws of 35 feet, 3.5 inches and 32 feet, 8 inches.

The Lady Mustangs 4x800 meter relay team of Kyla Downes, Sierra Green, Hali Lowe and Trinity Sellers came in fourth with a time of 11:23.19.

The girls 4x200 relay team of Cydney Black, Downes, Nicole Hartman and Lowe earned third place with a time of 1:55.97.

The Lady Mustangs all-freshman 4x100 team, made up of Downes, Skylar Earls, Hartman and Hali Miller, came in fourth place at the sub-sectional with a time of 58.24.

Their boys 4x100 meter relay team of Zach Hartman, Alex King, Bryce Nunnelly and Devin Pruett finished fourth with a time of 45.38.

Freshman Gracie Pierce came in fourth in the 300 meter hurdles after posting a time of 50.12

Walker Valley’s girls 4x400 team of Black, Lowe, Pierce and White came in fourth place with a time of 4:23.37.

Bradley Central saw Collin Gwaltney finish second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:35.88.

The Bears’ Harold Smith and Gwaltney punched their tickets to sectionals with a first and third place finish in the 800 meter dash.

Smith finished first with a time of 1:59.46, while Gwaltney came in third with a time of 2:05.90.

Whitney Mcconnell came in fourth place in the girls 3200 meter run with a time of 13:09.42.

Bradley’s boys 4x400 meter relay team of Ty Beavers, Cortland Bradley, Gwaltney and Smith earned fourth place after posting a time of 3:40.50.

To advance to the TSSAA Spring Fling, competitors in the sectional must finish fourth place or higher.