Union’s Barnett has record night at South-West Insurance Relays

Kevin Mays • Apr 18, 2019 at 1:06 AM

BIG STONE GAP — It was a record-setting night for Union senior Justin Barnett on Wednesday.

Barnett took wins in the discus (148 feet, 8 inches) and the shot put (56-3.5) in the South-West Insurance Relays at Bullitt Park.

Barnett’s record-setting throw broke the old mark of 55-3.75 set in 2002 by Michael Stacy of the former Powell Valley High School.

The winning throw came on Barnett’s second throw in the shot competition.

“I felt great. It was a good throw and it just felt really good,” said Barnette.


Because of the number of entries in the discus throw, Barnett had to wait nearly the length of the entire meet to make his throws in the final flight of the competition. But he said it was worth the wait to get the win.

“I was a little tired, but I was able to push through it and get some good throws,” he said.

Barnett said he wants to use the meet as a catapult to keep pushing for better personal best performances and increasing his distance on the throws, particularly the discus.


Two more record fell at the meet.

Ridgeview’s 4x100 boys relay team took a win in a record time of 44.2, besting the time set by last year’s Union relay team that ended up winning the VHSL Class 2 state championship.

Virginia High’s Kelsey Harrington took a win in the 1,600 and set a meet record in doing so with a winning time of 5:10.09, 41.3 seconds better than her closest competitor.


In girls competition, Gate City’s Riley Houseright won the discus (34-4.5) and shot put (34-4.5); J.I. Burton’s Lydia Blair James won the triple jump (33-4) and the 100 hurdles (16.82); Gate City’s Samantha Jerrell won the long jump (16-6); Union’s Emili Brooks won the high jump with a personal best of 4-11; Union’s Samantha Hampton won the discus with a throw of 105-0; Castlewood won the 4x800 relay with a time of 11:05.16; Hannah Large, of Wise Central won the 100 dash (13.31); Abingdon’s 4x100 relay team of Lacey Woodall, Emily Billips, Cassidy Farley and Emily Mays won with a time of 52.9; and Abingdon’s Farley won the 400 with a time of 1:04.14.


In boys competition, Wise Central freshman Maddox Reynolds had a big night with wins in the 110 hurdles (15.51) and 300 hurdles (41.82).

J.I. Burton’s Najee Steele won the triple jump (41-2) and the 400 (53.05); Union’s Avery Jenkins won the 100 (11.26); Lebanon’s Mason Adkins won the high jump (6-0); Castlewood won the 4x800 relay win with a time of 8:45.32; Middlesboro, Ky.’s Jabari Kyle won the long jump (20-7) and Abingdon’s Dylan Phillips won the 1,600 (4:49.23).

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