Rebels defend regional crown

ELLENBORO – Roane County junior Troy Fisher edged out Ritchie County’s Jayden Allender by one half of a point to take individual high point honors-32.5-32. But that wouldn’t be enough as Allender, also a junior, and his Rebel teammates captured the Class AA, Region One Track and Field Championship held Thursday night at Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium by a 104-88 margin over runner-up Fairmont Senior.

“I’m not sure,” veteran head coach Rick Haught said when asked how many regional titles the Rebels have won in a row. “All I know is that next week is the big one.”

The top ranked Rebels will look to defend its state Class AA crown when action begins at 2 p.m. on Friday at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field.

Roane, which finished third in the team race with 84 points, was led by Fisher’s victories in the 400 meter dash (51.43), 800 meter run (2:02.36) and long jump (20-11.75). The Raider also teamed up with Steve McGinnis II, Robert Pavalok and Thomas Bates to capture the final race of the day-the 4 by 400 meter relay-with a time of 3:34.44.

Allender captured the high jump (6-4) and 300 meter intermediate hurdles (40.22) and place third in both the 110 meter high hurdles (16.75) and 400 meter dash (52.7) to account for his points.

Haught’s team also received first place efforts from Johnny Hogue in the 1600 meter run (4:44.97), and Daniel Cooper in the 3200 (10:06.84).

In the girls division No. 2 ranked North Marion held off a late charge by No. 3 Oak Glen to win by one point, 108-107.

Roane County’s Josie Raines was the area’s top point producer (28.5) as the Raiders freshman won the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 9-inches, placed second in both the 100 (13.65) and 200 (28.14) meter dashes and teamed up with Hannah Hardman, Elizabeth Boggs and Caitlyn Hudnall to win the 4 by 100 meter relay in a time of 53.45 seconds.

Ritchie County’s Janessa Adams was a triple winner as the junior won the 100 meter highs (16.73) and 300 meter low (49.82) hurdles and anchored the Rebels winning shuttle hurdle foursome which included Samantha Kirk, Anna Cokeley and Kylie Gump, setting a new school record with their 1:07.94 clocking.

Other locals capturing individual titles included Ritchie’s Gump in the high jump (5-0), Sarah Cokeley in the pole vault (8-0) and Mikayla Little in the discus (105-1) and Roane’s Kaitlin Bush in the shot put (31-1.5).