Wesleyan sweeps 5-A track and field titles

The jumbo-sized Region 5-A track and field meets featured 21 girls and 20 boys teams. But it seemed more like a Wesleyan Invitational.

The Wolves dominated the region Thursday to sweep the boys and girls championships in the meet at Mount Pisgah. They had 132 girls points (Our Lady of Mercy was second with 77) and 118 boys points (Eagle's Landing Christian was second with 68).

"We were really excited with the way the girls competed and exceeded expectations," Wesleyan girls coach Candler Baxley said. "So many of them had their best performances of the season, and that is what you want this time of year. It was a total team effort."

Double-winner Holli Wilkins highlighted the Wesleyan girls' event champions. She swept the throws, winning the shot put in 39 feet, 1 inches and taking the discus in 112-3.

Teammate Landyn Duley also had a big day with a victory in the long jump at 16-4. She also was runner-up in the 100 (12.88 seconds) and third in the triple jump (35-7 ).

Katie Frerking added a victory in the high jump at 5-4, a spot ahead of runner-up and teammate Hannah Hoskin (5-2).

Caroline Reed gave the Wolves a pair of third-place finishes in the distance events. She was third in the 3,200 with a school-record time of 11:43.71 and third in the 1,600 at 5:20.64.

The Wesleyan girls also got top showings from Alana Broe (third in discus, 92-7), Adrienne Lee (third in pole vault, 9-6), India Welton (fourth in pole vault, 9-6) and CaraMia Tsirigos (second in shot, 30-8).

Wesleyan had the boys' high-point scorer in Cole Warren, who scored 25 points by himself. He was second in the long jump at 20-9 and set school records in both his running events, the 200 (third in 22.71) and the 400 (second in 51.17).

The Wolves' Bradley Gossett broke a pair of school records, too. He won the 3,200 (9:52.23) and was second in the 1,600 (4:23.02). Teammate Charles Mack also was a region champ with a 41-9 leap in the triple jump.

Wesleyan also got big points from Doug Mohme (second in 800, 2:00.09), Josh King (second in shot, 43-3), Zander Yost (third in 300 hurdles, 40.98) and Drew Jones (third in triple jump, 40-8 ).

"I am extremely proud of our kids for their desire to compete, regardless of their seed entering the meet," Wesleyan boys coach Chad McDaniel said. "It is an honor to coach this outstanding group of young men, who have chosen to use the gifts God gave them for the great sport of track and field. This is a mentally tough group that stays focused on the goal throughout the meet. The goal was a team victory, and as we only won two events, we scored points in 15 of the 16 events, and finished top four in 12 events to qualify for state sectionals."

Providence was eighth in the girls meet behind Tayler Tuttle, who was second in the 1,600 (5:18.11) and fourth in the 3,200 (11:47.17). Teammate Anna Park was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (17.00).

The Stars were 13th in the boys meet led by Candler Martin, who qualified for sectionals in the long jump (third, 20-3 ) and triple jump (fourth, 40-1 ).