Heritage Track and Field Has Outstanding Season
Cougar Track and Field Has Successful Year
Track and field athletes from Mountain Heritage made a good showing at the Western Highlands Conference meet this season while also qualifying two individuals for regional competition.
The Cougar boys relay teams did well at the WHC meet in Polk County as the 4x400 Relay Team took 2nd place while the 4x800 Relay team captured 3rd place. The 4x200 Relay team, made up of Salvador Ortiz, EJ Ochoa, Ty Byrd and Trevor Robinson also captured 2nd place at the WHC meet.
In the boy’s field competition, Jake Virnelson got 4th and Cody Morrow took 6th in the shot put while in the Discus, Virnelson captured 2nd, Randolph Roberson got 6th and Cody Morrow took 8th.
In track events, Salvador Ortiz captured 3rd place in the 110 Meter Hurdles while EJ Ochoa took 5th and Ty Byrd finished 7th. In the1600 Meter Run Isaac Galton captured 2nd and Patrick Robinson took 10th place, while in the 400 Meter Dash Trevor Roinson came in 5th and Dylan Chandler finished 8th overall.
In the 300 Hurdles Salvador Ortiz ran a great race but finished 2nd, while EJ Ochoa was right behind in 3rd and Ty Byrd not far behind in 6th place.
The Cougars also made a strong showing in the 800 Meter Run where Isaac Galton took 2nd, Patrick Robinson came in 7th and Casey Fender took 8th. In the quick 200 Meter Dash Alex Turner took 6th place, Austin McLaughlin 7th and Giacomo Zanella captured 8th.
In girl’s competition, Mica Cruz also had a good meet, taking first in the discus and second in the shot put while Emma Hicks got 5th in 800 meter run. In the 200 meter dash Mariah Gouge got 6th place and Madi Johnson got 7th place. In the 400 Meter Dash Mariah Gouge came in 6th and Madi Johnson finished 7th.
Micaela Cooper was the big winner at the meet. She captured Conference Championships in four track and field events - Long Jump, Triple Jum as well as the 100m and 300 m hurdles . This was a great individual achievement by a Yancey County athlete, congratulations.
By David Grindstaff