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Cowan, Whitson, Williams, Barnett rack up individual golds at DC/TC Relays

Tanner Cook • Apr 14, 2019 at 1:29 AM

KINGSPORT — A Saturday bathed in sunshine made for an outstanding track and field meet at Dobyns-Bennett.

Some already-solidified names in local track showed their stuff during the annual Dan Crowe/Tom Coughenour Texas Roadhouse Relays. Others set themselves up as major contenders for sectional spots in the upcoming weeks.


Dobyns-Bennett senior sprints standout Jeamy Williams was named the outstanding sprinter of the meet after a torching 48.94 to win the 400 meters. His time was the second fastest quarter-mile Williams had ever run. He also ran a leg on the Indians’ winning 4x400 relay team.

The Tribe was trailing Sevier County going into the anchor leg, but Williams dug a little deeper and split 49.35 to win going away.

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A little before rallying the Tribe to win the 4x400, Williams blasted a 22.07 in the 200 dash to win by almost a full second. Both of his individual wins bested his own meet records from a year ago.


Union senior thrower Justin Barnett made a huge statement by launching a new personal best in the shot put with a throw of 53-8. Barnett bested Chase Smith of Sevier County and Cade Salyers of D-B.

Barnett also won in the discus with a throw of 150 feet, just a little over a foot off the school record he set earlier this week.

“I felt pretty good about my day,” Barnett said. “I came back here and I won both the shot and the discus. It feels amazing. ... It feels great to get a personal best this early in the season and pushes me harder for new PR next time out.”

Barnett may have been the alpha male out in the throwing pits on Saturday, but he will have company from his own district come postseason. Gate City’s Michael Calhoun has also thrown over 50 feet this season in the shot. The two are the current leaders in Class 2 in Virginia.

“Having (Michael) in the district pushes me harder and forces me to throw better,” Barnett said. “If I come out and have a bad day and he has a good day, it’s going to be a fight. It makes me want to push harder. It gives me more competition and gets me to throw better.”

D-B senior Courtney Whitson also had a strong day in the throwing rings with wins in the shot put and discus. In her first meet of the season, Whitson bested Union’s Samantha Hampton both times.

Staley Humphries of D-B finished third in shot put. Sullivan South had Jasmine Hon place third in discus and Maddie Townsend finish fourth in shot put.


Talented South sophomore Madison Cowan put her skills on display by winning the high jump (5-2), long jump (16-6.75) and triple jump (35-11) all by convincing margins. For good measure, Cowan finished second in the 100 hurdles — a completely new event for her this year.

Last spring, she was less than half an inch from winning the triple jump at state as a freshman.

“I think triple jump is probably my best event,” she said. “It’s a lot to work on at practice and I just have to make sure I spread all of my time evenly.”

After winning three gold medals and one silver, Cowan took home the most outstanding jumper award for the meet.

Other standouts in the jumps included D-B’s Samuel Cleek winning the high jump and finishing second in the pole vault. Cleek is in the midst of decathlon training, as is teammate Tanner Henry, who finished second in high jump.

Volunteer’s Emily Christian took third in the long jump and Ashley Salyers was second in triple jump.

Henry and Aziz Dunn took second and third in triple jump, respectively. Henry had a busy day as he was also on the 4x400 relay for the Indians.


Daniel Boone had a good showing with a third place from Jeremiah Sullivan in the discus and a runner-up finish in the girls 4x800 relay. Matt Huff won the 800 in 2:02.39 as well for the Trailblazers.

D-B’s Lily Sewel was third in the 100 hurdles and Kamdyn Lee was runner-up in the 100 dash (11.37). The Tribe also came out on top in the boys’ 4x200 relay; the girls took second in their event.

The Lady Indians’ Sasha Neglia dominated the 1,600-meter run, winning in a meet-record 4:55.23. Emma Russum — who later won the 800 in 2:25.37 — was third in the 1,600. The Tribe’s Caleb Amburn was second (4:44.37) and Will Everett third (4:48.37) in the boys’ 1,600.

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