Friday was the start of KTC Indoor Track Classic. Track Eastern had some athletes in the first day of competition. In the high school girls triple jump, Kayla Jackson took first with a jump of 37-08.00 feet and teammate Johniqua Fonville took fifth place with a jump of 35-06.00 feet. Track Eastern had two people to compete in the 200 meter dash prelims. Tiffany Downing and the US#1 200 meter runner Fuquawn Greene. Tiffany posted a time off 25.98 in the prelims. Fuquawn ran a 21.56 in the prelims qualifying #1 for the finals.
The story for Friday was the 3:13.24 in the 4x400 meter relay posted by Track Eastern Carolina!
The New Bern boys from North Carolina continue to impress with an incredible indoor season of amazing relay performances topped most recently tonight at the KTC Indoor Track Classic in Tennessee as their 4x400 meter relay ran the #2 time ever in high school history on all sized tracks with a 3:13.24 performance on the oversized track at East Tennessee State. Their time was actually faster than the listed "national record" in the high school boys indoor 4x400 meter relay set by Muir High School in 1996 at 3:13.34, but Muir High School will keep their national record (for now) as they ran their time on a 200 meter indoor track which is the standard for all high school national record performances in the circular running events. The fastest oversized track performance belongs to Dallas Lincoln at 3:11.7, which puts the performance by the New Bern boys in perspective since they just ran the fastest high school 4x400 indoor time since the 1970 performance from the Dallas Lincoln squad.
WHAT A DAY!
Track East kicked off day two of competition with the high school girls 800 meter run. Ryhanna Henderson of TEC competed in the 800 meter run taking second with a time of 2:22.82. For the boys, Banks Barnes and Steven Harpe competed in the second section of the 800 meter run. Barnes posted a 2:03.85 while Harpe came in with a 2:06.90. The 60 meter hurdle prelims were contested next. Miles Sparks and Malcolm Nunley represented TEC in the hurdle prelims. In heat six Miles Sparks posted a 8.81, While his teammate Malcolm Nunley ran a time of 8.44 qaulifying for the finals. Malcolm Nunley would go on to run a 8.39 in the finals to take third place. In the 400, Track Eastern had three athletes to compete and all three were in the top eight overall. Anthony Hendrix took first in a time of 48.23, Andrew took second with a 48.64 and Malcolm Nunley was seventh overall with a 50.95. The 60 meter dash gave Fuquawn a chance to showcase his speed once again. In the prelims, Fuquawn ran a 6.95 and would go on to the finals and post a 6.80 to capture the gold.
To finish up the day, Fuquawn Greene competed in the 200 meter dash finals. Although Fuquawn qualified with the fastest time, he was given lane one. That didn't stop Fuquawn from blowing the competition off the track with a 21.55. Great Race! TEC ended the day with a girl's mile run by Ryhanna Henderson, she posted a 5:30.48 to take the silver medal.