By Jim Fuller
April 23, 2014
RONDA — Several Rams competed well at the track and field meet at East Wilkes Thursday.
“Brittany Brown had a great meet with a personal record in 100 hurdles,” Starmount Coach Emily Curtis said in an email. “She is the only freshman girl participating in the conference meet.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing my 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams compete at conference,” Curtis said. “The 4x2 team ran at the state meet last year and all of the girls have returned for this season.”
Trey Bryant has struggled with injuries all season, Curtis said, but came back for a “huge personal best” in discus.
“Dalton Vestal, a senior, has been working diligently on his 300 hurdle time,” she said. “He reached regional qualifying [Thursday]. It was an important race for him to solidify his trip to regionals again this year.”
Vestal won the race with a time of 43.25.
“Many team leaders emerged yesterday to set a strong tone for the others,” Curtis said. “Josh Houser had a good day throwing (winning the discus and the shot put). Ken Kelly ran well in his events. Samantha Welborn (who also won the discus and the shot put) stepped up to run the fourth leg of the 4x1, bringing the win for that race.
“Also, Erin York, a senior, threw a personal best on every throw in shot put yesterday.”
The Mountain Valley Athletic Conference track and field meet was scheduled to be held yesterday at West Wilkes.
East Wilkes 7, North Wilkes 1: In Hayes, Zach Crabb finished what he started — pitching the Cardinals to a complete-game victory over the Vikings.
“Zach Crabb pitched a great ball game,” East Wilkes Coach Todd Welborn said.
Welborn said the Cardinals jumped on the Vikings early with four runs in the second. Jacob Chipman’s two-run single highlighted the East Wilkes second.
Welborn said Levi Ray drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, providing East Wilkes with an important insurance run in the fifth. “Each one of those runs were important,” Welborn said.
The Cardinals continue to play better defense. “Zach West made to really nice plays in the outfield,” Welborn said. “We’ve making more plays in the field.”
The Cardinals were 5-13 overall and 3-7 in the conference going into last night’s home game with West Wilkes.