Despite having had very little practice in field events because of weather and an almost completely revamped roster from last year, the boys team earned top honors in the eight-way meet, while the girls finished third.
“We have 20 boys and 13 girls this year and of the 33 total kids, 21 of them are freshmen, so the fact that we did so well has got me very excited about the possibilities this year,” coach Larry Cotton stated.
“Everyone probably thinks that we are going to be down this year because of all the seniors we graduated last year, but if you don’t get us this year it is going to be difficult to in the next few years.”
Winners for the Bears and Bearettes included Paul Patterson in the 3,200 meter run (10:22), Harold Smith in the 1,600 (4:42) and 800 (2:03), the boys 4x400 relay of Patterson, Smith, Malik Temple, and Collin Gwaltney, as well as DeShawn McCleary in the triple jump (38-feet, 6-inches) and Tirranie Swafford in the shot put (31-feet, 10-inches).
Second place finishers included Patterson in the 1,600, McCleary in the 300 hurdles, Gwaltney in the 800, Logan Fetzner in the 200, and Hannah Scoggins in the high jump.
Third place finishers included Scoggins in the girls’ 400, Temple in the boys’ 400, Dominique Hanners in the 300 hurdles, Zack Peak in the 200, Taelor Hill in the high jump and Tirranie Swafford in the discus.
The Bears posted a team winning total of 158 points, followed by Karns (141), Halls (136), Knox Central (118), Stone Memorial (46), Sunbright (6), First Baptist Academy (5) and Union County (0).
The Bearettes earned 97 points, placing them behind Halls (119) and Karns (110), but ahead of Stone Memorial (86), Knox Central (83), Union County (35), Sunbright (13) and First Baptist Academy (7).
Bradley will host its first meet Tuesday as Signal Mountain and Grace Academy are scheduled to come to the BCHS track.