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Horns track team does well in Tri-Cities Classic meet

The competition was ramped up even higher in Johnson County’s second official track meet this year, participating in the annual Tri-Cities Classic at Science Hill in Johnson City. Facing some of the best talent not only in their own conference but also across the entire region, the Longhorns still performed amicably against schools like Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennet, Daniel Boone, and Morristown.
Stephanie Coffey and Fernanda Flores ran the girls 100 meter coming in with 14.57 and 16.25 respectively, times that were better than runners from Boone, University High, Elizabethton, and Sevier County. Coffey went on to do even better in the 200 meter, finishing up at 29.79, just a few hundredths of a second under runners from South-Doyle, Anderson County, and Science Hill.
Changing events, Chloe Eller represented Johnson County in girls’ 300-meter hurdles, finishing up with a time of 1:4.49, ahead of Emily Jacobs from John S. Battle and Sarah-Grace Turner from University High. Kenny Brown ran the 100-meter on the boys’ side along with Chris Blevins. Brown finished up at 12.37 while Blevins came in just a few spots down at 12.59. Patrick South and J.R. Speed ran the 200-meter for Johnson County, with Speed reaching the top 25 at 24.01 while South beat out more than a dozen other competitors with a time of 24.87.
Possibly the best score of the day came during the boys 4×100 relay which saw the Longhorns come in 18th, the only top 20 finish of the day. In field events Andy Rosado was one of the only representatives for the Longhorns taking part in the long jump where he finished up at 15 ft. 8.25 inches.
While there were no huge upsets, the day was a fairly positive one for Coach Penny Gentry. “We did well considering the competition and the number of teams that were there,” Gentry said.  “I think we held our own. Stephanie improved her time in the 200. Chloe Eller improved her time on hurdles. Some of the others improved their times. It was the first time that we got a 4×100 score and we were pretty proud of that. With the Easter break, the weekend and everything we had quite a few out but I feel good.”
With Science Hill behind them the Track and Field team now gear up for their Conference meet at Sullivan North. A qualifying round, Johnson County’s athletes must place to move on but even though the meet will undoubtedly be challenging, Coach Gentry is hopeful. “We’re looking for an even better time at conference,” Gentry said.  “I think our kids are ready. Andy is doing the long jump and triple jump. Stephanie was holding out hopes that she can get in the top five for either 100 or 200 and move on. We’ve had a limited number of meets this year but I think with what we have had the competition has gotten us ready for conference. We saw Elizabethton, Happy Valley, Sullivan East, and Sullivan South. We’ve seen just about everybody except Unicoi and North. Those are the only two we haven’t seen in competition so far this year.”