Boone — It was a memorable day for Watauga Excessive Faculty once they hosted the Northwestern 3A/4A Convention championship monitor meet on Wednesday.
The Pioneer ladies took dwelling their thirteenth straight championship, and the boys gained their first since 2018.
The 2 titles weren’t solely celebrations of crew and particular person success, however a correct send-off for head coach Randy McDonough who teaching the crew in his final 12 months.
Six occasion wins and a bunch of podiums helped the Pioneers ladies tempo the sphere with 222 factors for the highest spot.
“It feels great. We had people show up rated seventh and finish second, things like that,” McDonough mentioned, noting that the Watauga ladies scored factors in each occasion apart from the excessive soar. “Everybody contributed to this and I can’t say enough about the effort of these girls.”
A spotlight of the day had been the space runs, the place Watauga took all three of the highest spots within the 800, 1,600 and three,200-meter runs. Senior Sidra Miller completed first in all three occasions, Sophie Seaside completed second within the 800 and 1,600-meter runs and Gwendolyn Anderson took second within the 3,200-meters. Virginia St. Clair, Anderson and Andriana Rink completed third within the three occasions.
The Watauga relay groups took a pair of wins within the 4×400 and 4×800-meter relays and Sarah Goode rounded out the Pioneers’ golds within the pole vault. Tight contests had been commonplace on the meet, with the Watauga relay crew’s two second-place finishes within the 4×100 and 4×200 being lower than a second off the highest spot. Goode solely topped teammate Olivia Burroughs by six inches, however Burroughs additionally picked up second within the discus with a throw simply over 96 ft.
Religion Watson and Kate Dailey every picked up a podium spot behind South Caldwell’s Heather Deal within the triple soar and Meggin Gunnell-Beck’s second-placed effort within the 100-meter hurdles was solely one-hundredth of a second behind South Caldwell’s Olivia Miller.
Ashe County completed second with 176.5 factors, whereas Alexander Central stuffed the rostrum spots with 105.5.
In the meantime, the Watauga boys had been doing their half in making it a two-title day. Seven wins — together with a dominant 13-foot efficiency from Henry Coatney within the pole vault — gave the Pioneers 189 factors to second-place Alexander Central’s 130.
Coatney’s dominant day noticed him go a foot-and-a-half larger than the remainder of the sphere. In the meantime, junior Davis Hunt picked up a pair of wins within the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and Ethan Cannon took the highest spot in each the 800 and 1,600-meter runs. Ethan Campbell — who completed second within the 1,600-meter run — took his personal win within the 3,200-meter run.
Rounding out the Watauga golds was the 4×800-meter relay, which got here after a second and third end within the 4×400 and 4×200, respectively.
Sam Nixon picked up a 3rd within the 800-meter run earlier than Will Bradbury took second behind Campbell within the 3,200. Energy was on show within the shot put and discus occasions, the place Isaiah Shirley’s 42-foot throw gave him second within the shot put and Jonathan Lutabingwa picked up a bronze within the discus with a 117-feet, 2-inch toss.
Firstly of the season, McDonough had his eyes set on the ladies successful their thirteenth straight title however was much more enthusiastic about getting the boys to the highest spot for the primary time in 4 years.
“They came into this year very, very fired up for (a title),” McDonough mentioned. “Alexander Central lost a lot of seniors last year and we saw an opening. Again, we had people doing things they hadn’t done all year as far as times and distances. Their effort was great. I love this team.”