The Watauga High boys' and girls' track teams changed venues on Saturday. They pulled out of the Taco Bell Invitational in Columbia, S.C., and competed at the Appalachian State University Invitational in Boone, instead.
And it wasn't a bad choice. The WHS boys, led by Zach Styron, won three events and posted 11 top-five finishes. Styron won both the 110-meter hurdles (15.97) and the 300-meter hurdles (41.27). The Pioneers also won the 4x800-meter relay (team members were: Bill Bisignani, Conner Pate, Matthew Hellenbrand, and Michael Holland). That group crossed the finish line in 8:37.36. Graham finished close second in 8:39.11.
The Pioneers also had two second place finishes---Matt Hall in the pole vault (12-6) and Jacob Soule in the 3,200 (10:03.36).
Zack Pifer finished third in the 300 hurdles (46.0), Holland finished third in tyhe 3,200 (10:23.37), and WHS also had four fourth-place finishes---Kenon Fox in the shot put (44-10), Justin Hall in the pole vault (11-0), Dallas Trivette in the 100 (11.54), and Matthew Osborne in the 1,600 (4:43.94).
The WHS girls had six top-five finishes and won two events.Alison Seramer won the girls' pole vault with an effort of 10-6; Savanna Randle won the girls' 100 in 12.97. Randle also had a third-place finish in the 200 (26.88)./
Kathleen Mansure finished second in the 3,200 (12:35.33), WHS finished third in the 4x800 relay (11:11.73). That group consisted of Alina Kosmala, Lily Weeks, Sophie Sloboda, and Maddie Swisher.
Lynde Wangler finished fourth in the 3,200 (13:05.96).
The Avery High boys had two top-five finishers on Saturday. David Clifton Braswell finished second in the high jump (6-0) and Jaxson Roberts of the Vikings finished second in the 300 hurdles (44.40).
Andrew Tedder of Ashe County finished fifth in the boys' 3,200 (10:39.20).
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