By Kyle Lovern
The Mingo Central track team made a good showing in a recent meet held in Pikeville, Ky.
Senior Alex “Booger” Lee won the 100 meter dash on the men’s side, while freshman Tyshira Joplin came in second place in the 100 meter for the ladies.
“With so many new faces on the team it has been a work in progress, but I have noticed over the last week that the team is starting to come together,” said coach Brad Webb.
“We have had terrible weather conditions for two of our four meets, but with the warmer weather we ran better in Pikeville,” Webb said. “We don’t run till after Spring Break so the team gets to rest a few days.”
“We have a solid girls’ team that may make some noise at regionals and hopefully to the state tourney. Joplin, Lakin Reed and Mikazia Rhodes have been great additions to help our relay teams with Amber Hensley as the only returner that finishes off the relay team,” he added. “Tori Varney, Katie Toops and Amber Hensley have been key contributors for throwing the shot this year.”
“Paige Tiller is solid at her first year throwing the discus. Ashia Cline has been a surprise in the long jump. Cassie Toops, Kenna Crum and Sydney Smith have been great at long distance runs.”
“On our boys side, Alex Lee just set a school record in the 100 Meter Dash at Pikeville with a time of 10.71. Alex also just joined our relay team this year while sitting out the other meets to focus on the 100 and the 200 meter run,” Coach Webb said.
“Our relay team is built on the legs of Chase Justice, Taylor Thornsbury, Garrett Moore, Deonte Joplin and Alex Lee. With these guys making up the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 200,” Webb added. “Deonte Joplin, Chace Hatfield and Garrett Moore have been great at the long jump with Garrett also doing the high jump. Chace, Mallie May and Justin Parker have been strong runners in our 200 Meter and 400 Meter runs.”
“Austin Powers has picked up really well on the discus throw this year and is improving with each meet. We as a team still have a lot of room to improve but with hard work over the next couple of weeks we should be ready for regionals,” Webb concluded.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)