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Rosado does well in track sectionals

Out of the six athletes qualified to move on and compete in the A-AA Region 1 Track and Field Sectionals, only Andy Rosado actually made it to Knoxville last Thursday to give it his best in the men’s triple jump. Rosado was supposed to be joined by fellow junior J.R. Speed until a recurring knee issue ended a season’s worth of hard work.  “I was disappointed that J.R. wasn’t able to go and participate after he had worked so hard this season,” said Coach Penny Gentry.  “It came down to this and he couldn’t go.”
Speed would have been competing in the 100-meter dash and could have been joined by Johnson County’s 4X100 relay team. Yet, with the school year drawing to a close and scheduling conflicts arising with senior activities, only Rosado actually opted to move on and compete. “I took Andy, but he was the only one that got to go,” Gentry said. “The other ones decided not to go because it was their senior day at school. Andy ended up in eighth out of 16. After he calmed down and wasn’t as upset he told me, ‘At least I can say that I’m the eight best jumper in all of East Tennessee.’ He did well. Andy has gone to Milligan once last week to work with Jacob Henson and some of the coaches down there. I think he plans to go back some more this summer and try to work with them and show him some different things he can do to improve.”
Rosado ended up with a final distance of 35’ 5’’ just two inches shy of the seventh place position taken by Cody Murphy of Tellico Plains and well ahead of jumpers from Alcoa, Knoxville, Greeneville, and Unicoi. Although in the middle of the pack, Rosado still has another year to improve and will likely get a shot at sectionals again next year. Considering the handful of meets that the team actually participates in each year, Johnson County has shown some remarkably talented competitors. Rosado’s jump marks the third year in a row that the Longhorns have had an athlete reach this level, a milestone in its own right.
“This ends our season, but I was pleased with them,” said Coach Gentry. “Overall we had a very productive season. We lost Colton Phillips, Patrick South, and Kenneth Brown, but we have a strong team coming back. We only lost the three seniors and Colton just came in this year. With Kenneth, it’s his second year, and Patrick is his third year. We’re doing well and we’re looking forward to a strong season next year.”