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May, Edington win conference championships at Three Rivers Meet

The story of Montra May was documented earlier in the year, but it became even more intriguing last Tuesday at the Three Rivers Conference Track and Field Meet.
May capped off her amazing four years at JCHS by winning the 100 meter hurdles at the conference championships on the campus of Sullivan North High School in Kingsport.
May beat out Katie May from Elizabethton and teammate Adhara Guzman to win the crown.
All three runners will move on to the sub-sectionals on May 11.
The story has been well documented about May's struggles just getting around the track early on in her career, but she has come so far and is now a conference champion.
May feels honored to be called champion.
“I can't believe it,” May said.
There haven't been as many meets on the schedule this year, but May and the Longhorns have been practicing extremely hard to get to this day.
The hard work has paid off and especially for this dedicated athlete.
“We worked almost non-stop,” May said. “We practiced four times a week. I practiced on my own.”
JCHS has a very dedicated coach in Penny Gentry, but May for three years was able to be under another great coach in Matt Bray, who left the program in the off-season to focus on leading the middle school football team.
May is very grateful to both coaches for believing in her and believing that she could win a title.
“Both coaches are great at what they do,” May said. “Mrs. Gentry did great in her first time and Coach Bray gave us some tips from football and taught us our form and to breath right and to push it. He gave us great pep talks.”
May thought about that first practice where she couldn't finish the lap and when asked if she thought then she would be district champion, she said no way.
“My freshmen I didn't place anything,” May said. “I would tell the freshmen to work in the off-season. Me and a buddy of mine practiced all summer and we practiced outside of track season. I would tell them to eat right and practice.”
Another great champion from JCHS is Mikey Edington and he took home another 1,600 meter win last week.
Edington won by over second seconds with a time of 5.08.88.
Edington made a late push in the race and then manhandled the competition in the last lap.
“I just paced myself with the leader and on the last lap I broke in and took the lead,” Edington said.
Edington is also a wide receiver on the football team and he showed that receiver's burst of speed on the last lap.
“Football helped a lot with last lap,” Edington said.
Edington shaved nine seconds off his time from the Unicoi meet just five days earlier.
“My goal is to reach 4.50, but I'm surprised about how much time I've shaped off.”
Edington won this event last year in the conference meet. He's very happy to do it again.
“I was actually stressing it, but I'm happy I won it,” he said. “This means a lot to me to own the meet record and somebody has to break it.”
Like May, Edington works extremely hard in training. One person he has worked with is personal trainer Adam Cranford, a former football player at JCHS.
“Adam has helped me a lot with my burst speed and my form in running,” Edington said.
Edington was also second in the 800.
Finishing third in the 800 was Kenneth Blevins, who gave an outstanding effort along with Edington.
“I told Mikey before we started running that I was going to stay with him all the way and at the end I was going to book it and I did,” Blevins said.
Blevins will move on to sub-sectionals and he's glad to be in this position.
“I'm excited,” Blevins said “I thought I wouldn't make it as far this year because I really didn't work that much, but I must have done something.”
May finished third in the 100 meter run and qualified for subsections in that race as well.
Jacob Henson finished third in the 100 meters.
JCHS head coach Penny Gentry is very proud of her team for how well they performed and for being good kids.
“I was very happy with our athletes, they have worked very hard and it showed. We have several athletes that will be moving on to the Sub Sectionals on May 11th, it is our goal now to work those students to the max in their events. We are going to talk with Holston High school's coach to see if we could possibly practice on their Track a couple of times a week, just so our athletes would be able to practice on a regulation track. I am very proud of Mikey Edington who beat his own conference record for the 1600m, also Montra May who won the 100m Hurdles and Kenneth Blevins who dropped the 1 mile to concentrate on the shorter distances and he proved that to be the best decision for him, placing 3rd in the 800m and helping the 4 X 200 relay to a 3rd place finish. I am very proud of each and every Track Athlete, they make me proud to be known as their coach,” Gentry said.