By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Eagle girls track team finished runner-up in the Sevier county Championship while the boys finished tied for 3rd.
Sevier County took the Championship in both the boys and the girls meet making it the fourth year in a row for the Bears.
The Sevier County boys compiled a score of 127.5; while Gatlinburg-Pittman had 72; Pigeon Forge had 28 and Seymour compiled a total of 28. Sevier County dominated by winning 12 of 17 events.
The Bearettes won their event with a total score of 115 points. The Lady Eagles were second with 54; G-P 52 and Pigeon Forge 32.
Branson White of Seymour took 1st place in the 200 meter race with a time of 23.46 seconds. It was his first track meet and White came within 1.74 seconds from breaking a Seymour High School record in that event. He also plays football for the Eagles.
On the girls’ side for Seymour, Elizabeth Cody took 1st in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.79.
One major setback for the Lady Eagles was an injury to Jodie Wood, a four event participant. She injured her ankle in a long jump competition. That knocked her out of the sprint relays which put Seymour at a tremendous disadvantage.
“Overall it went well,” Head Seymour track Coach Cotton Julian said. “We knew Sevier County was real strong especially in the run events; sprints, hurdles and mid distance.
“It was a battle for the runner-up spot for both our boys and girls. They competed well. I was really pleased with our girls. Jodie Wood’s injury put us at a big disadvantage in the sprint relays.
“I was very proud of Branson White who almost broke a school record in the 200 meter in his first track meet.”
Seymour’s next track meet will be March 24 at home.
Seymour Track Competes in County Championship
By: Lee Ramsey