Union senior standout Justin Barnett is a rare breed of thrower, one that does not come through Southwest Virginia all that often. On Tuesday afternoon, Barnett signed his national letter of intent to continue his track and field career at Virginia Commonwealth.
After not having an ideal start to the day — finishing fourth in the high jump (4-8) and sixth in the triple jump (31-0.5) — J.I. Burton junior Lydia Blair-James successfully defended her 100-meter hurdles (16.59) and 300 hurdles (49.71) championships.
The VHSL Region 1D track and field championships took place on Saturday afternoon in Coeburn. Several area athletes showed their stuff and qualified for the Class 1 meet in two weeks in Elkton.
The Mountain 7 District track & field championships took place on Tuesday on the campus of Ridgeview High School in Clintwood, Virginia. Several local stars shined brightly and punched their tickets to next week's regional meet also at Ridgeview.
Abingdon’s girls and Union’s boys came away with the team championships Tuesday in the Mountain 7 District track and field championships at Clintwood.
The TSSAA Section 1 track and field championships took place on Saturday at Hardin Valley in Knoxville. Several area athletes punched their tickets to Murfreesboro.
State bids were on the line Saturday at the TSSAA Section 1 track and field meet in Knoxville. The top four finishers in each event automatically qualified for the TSSAA meet in Murfreesboro in two weeks.
On a day that saw J.I. Burton junior Lydia Blair-James rack up five championships, Castlewood swept the team titles in the Cumberland track and field meet in Coeburn.
Two meet records were established during Friday’s Ballad Health/TriCitiesSports.com Relays at Dobyns-Bennett — and some performances were seen that will not soon be forgotten.
KINGSPORT — The 41st edition of the Ballad Health/TriCitiesSports.com Relays will commence on Friday afternoon at Dobyns-Bennett. The track & field meet brings together the best competition from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
The Ballad Health/TriCitiesSports.com Relays will be held Friday, May 3 at Dobyns-Bennett’s Crowe-Coughenour Track in Kingsport.
Wednesday’s Food City Track and Field Championships at Abingdon produced some top times and distances among Southwest Virginia’s female athletes, though not so much among the region’s top male performers.
Nebraska redshirt freshman and former Dobyns-Bennett sprint standout Bryce Barrett knows the value of hard work. But at the collegiate level, it’s an entirely different workload.
Dobyns-Bennett coach Bob Bingham: “It feels good to win the title and it means bragging rights and all that stuff for around here.”
Jeamy Williams of Dobyns-Bennett has been the hunted for the last two years in the conference and this season has been no different.