The races are on in Cherokee County: Area athletes earn awards at Whitehouse’s Wildcat Relays

by By Michelle Dillon

Two Cherokee County schools, Jacksonville and Bullard, participated in the Whitehouse Wildcat Relays Thursday, March 28.

In boy’s competition, the Jacksonville Indians finished fifth with 56 points and Bullard placed seventh with 43 points. Athletes from 12 schools participated in the event.

Hayden Jeffus of Bullard, seized first in the 3200-meter with a time of 10:22.32. He captured third in the 1600-meter with a time of 4:45.75.

In the 800-meter final, Charles Meador of Bullard placed fourth with a time of 2:03.99. Also competing were Hernandez, Jacksonville, seventh, 2:07.22 and Caleb Carmichael, Bullard, 10th, 2:12.02.

In the 400-meter, finishers included Marco Hernandez, Jacksonville, eighth, 53.81;

Zachary Vanwinkle, Bullard, ninth, 53.87; Daniel Esposito, Bullard, 23rd.

Landon Wheeler of Bullard placed third in the 200-meter with a time of 23.09. Teammates Reece Rickets and Elijah Gilliam placed 20th and 21st, respectively.

In the 100-meter dash, finishers included Deshaun McCuin, Jacksonville, third, 11.52; Nicholas Hooley, Bullard, sixth, 11.61; Jamarious Hart, Jacksonville, 11th; Gage Wakefield, Bullard, 14th; and Bryson Luscombe, Bullard, 21st.

Finishers in the 300-meter hurdles included Patrick Cater, Jacksonville, 12th; Derek Garces, Bullard, 14th; and Kodi Reichert, Bullard, 19th.

Bullard competitors in the 110-meter hurdles included Cameron Baldwin, 10th, 17.94 and Reichert, 12th.

First place in the 100-meter relay went to the Jacksonville team of Hart, McCuin, Jeremiah Mobley and Chris Carpenter, who won in a time of 42.87. Bullard’s team, consisting of Josh Mascola, Hooley, Wheeler and Wakefield, placed fourth (43.99).

In the 200-meter relay, the Jacksonville team placed third with a time of 1:33.79. The team of Jackson Elliott, Jakob Key, Caden Key and Meador from Bullard finished eighth, (1:38.47).

Jermichael Calhoun of Jacksonville captured third in the shot with a put of 46-0.

Jacksonville’s Carpenter took third in the high jump with a height of 6-0. He also placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 42-6.50. Other finishers in the triple jump included Bullard’s Hooley, eighth (40-5.50) and Meador, 12th.

In the long jump, finishers included McCuin, Jacksonville, 11th; Amad’juan Menefee, Jacksonville, 15th; and Cameron Baldwin, Bullard, 21st.

Two Bullard athletes placed in the pole vault. Tag Martin captured third with a height of 12-0 and Zach Arroyo placed fifth (11-0).

In girls’ competition, the Jacksonville Maidens finished fifth with 57 points and the Bullard Lady Panthers finished seventh with 40 points. Twelve schools participated.

Madison Soultanova of Jacksonville captured first place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:45.15 and second in the 3200-meter, 12:46.72. Alexia Davis, also of Jacksonville, placed sixth in the 1600-meter (5:56.53) and finished fourth in the 3200-meter (13:15.58). Lucy Moore of Bullard finished seventh in both the 1600- and 3200-meter. Emily Berry of Bullard came completed the 3200-meter in tenth place.

Jenaia Williams of Bullard seized first place in the 400-meter race with a time of 56.82. Other finishers included Sierra Brown, Bullard, seventh, 1:04.14; Jakayla Young, Jacksonville, ninth, 1:04.71; Tierra Brown, Bullard, 12th; Reyna Munoz, Jacksonville, 15th.

Katelynn Hogg of Jacksonville won the 200-meter race with a time of 26.67. Jolee Dixon, Bullard, placed sixth (28.40) and Lamaria Thompson, Bullard, placed 11th.

Dixon placed seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.66.

Aspyn Grossman seized second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.97. She placed ninth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.24. Berlyn Grossman, Bullard, placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.47) and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (52.70). Meagen Holiday of Jacksonville placed 12th in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Other finishers in the 100-meter hurdles included Tori Snyder, 14th, and Ashley Duncan, 15th, both of Jacksonville.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Victoria Simmons placed 13th and Nadia Neveu, 14th. Both athletes are from Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville team of Kathryn Smith, K Anderson, Jakayla Young and Katelynn Hogg placed sixth (2:02.61) in the 200-meter relay.

The Bullard quartet of S. Brown, T. Brown, Thompson and Williams captured second in the 400-meter relay. The Jacksonville team of Smith, Munoz, Young and Hogg placed fifth (4:21.20).

In the shot put, Jacksonville’s T. Gibson took second with a distance of 35-0.

Gabby Nichols of Bullard placed seventh in the pole vault and Ashley Duncan of Jacksonville finished 10th.

Grace Abercrombie of Jacksonville took second in the high jump with a height of 4-10. Teammates Maleni Romero placed fourth and Kathryn Smith finished sixth.

In the long jump, Jacksonville’s Hogg placed seventh with a distance of 15-4. Thompson of Bullard finished 12th and Jacksonville’s Young placed 14th.

Finishers in the triple jump included Hogg, Jacksonville, fifth, 32-11; Young, Jacksonville, ninth; and Kenzie Colson, Bullard, 14th.