By Stephanie Dobbins and Allen Hamrick
There were no chicken legs and no noodle arms for the Mustang track team this past week as they competed in the Spencer Easter Classic. The Mustang team is like a fine cheese that only gets better with age, and they continue to do just that. They have been in the hunt at most of the meets this season barking up some big trees, and often times putting meat on the kitchen table. This meet they pulled out all the stops in what should become known as the Mustang Stampede Invitational. These Mustangs were unbridled and untamed as they ran the rest of the field in the ground and then kicked dust in their face. It was a masterful event showing that the Mustangs are never left untied.
Simply put, the Lady Mustangs were slinging horse shoes and making ringers. The girls’ team scored a whopping 156 points as they dominated
the field. Jayda Stricker, the running phenomenon, put on her cheetah legs and scored 24.5 points for the team leading the Lady Mustangs. She placed 2nd in the 400 meter run and the 200 meter hurdles. She took 3rd in the long jump and was a member of the first place shuttle hurdle relay team. Ariel Dobbins was right behind her with 20 points, and Cheyenne Taylor topped it off with 17 of her own. Dobbins, a master at the discus, took 1st place in the event and 2nd in the 800 meter run. She was also 5th in the shot put. Cheyenne Taylor placed 2nd the in 1600
meter run, third in the 400 meter, sixth in the long jump and was a member of the second place 4 x 400 relay team. Other notables include Natalie Tanner, Brooke Cliver and Dusty Duffield. Natalie Tanner earned 16.5 points and was 2nd in the 100 meter, 3rd in the 200 meter runs and was a member of the first place shuttle hurdle relay team. Brooke Cliver earned 14 points took 1st in the shot put and 4th in the discus. Dusty Duffield placed second in the 200 meter run and third in the 100 meter and also had 14 points. Rounding out the point scorers for the girls were Cheyanne Adkins, Tara Bird, Audrey Paxton, Ivy Beard, Laney McKinney and Hayden Rogers.
The boys had no mercy for the field. They stomped and romped their way to the top scoring 236 points and winning the event. Seth Robinson was high point boys’ scorer for the entire meet; his 40
points made him king of the hill. He placed first in each of his four events – the 100, 200 and 400 meter runs, and the shot put. Brody Scarbro was right behind him with 34 points and Justin Nida captured 30.5. Scarbro placed first in the discus throw and second in the 100, 200 and 400 meter runs. Nida won the 100 and 200 meter hurdles, placed second in the long jump and was a member of the first place shuttle hurdle relay team. Other notables for the boys include
Adrian Davison who scored 20 points while winning the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Elijah Tanner scored 18.5 points by placing second in the shot put and discus throw and was a member of the first place 4×400 relay team. Ian Dawson scored 16.5 points by placing second in the 1600 meter run, third in the high jump and was a member of the first place 4×800 team. Other point scorers for the boys’ team were Cole Boggs, Elijah Paxton, Tilyr Bird, Mason
George, Caleb Robinson, Jackson Stricker, Canaan Payton, Bryton Champ and Izayah Nelson. The Mustangs have just four events left, and the next one will be held at Laidley field on April 20. The Mustang track team stands a better than good chance at a CWVAC title, an event that will be held on May 13 at Roane County High School. Go Mustangs!
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