Athlete per athlete, the Eminence Warriors might have had the best team performance at the Shelby County All-Comers last Tuesday night, scoring 44 points between five tracksters and finishing fifth in the team standings.
The Warriors also left with a little more pride after producing five top-three finishes and one first-place. They were up against much larger schools, including Shelby County, Waggener, Male, Southern, Franklin County and Spencer County.
“That was the most points we’ve scored this season,” Eminence coach Steve Frommeyer said of his squad’s score of 44. “Given the competition with all the large schools, I was really tickled. And I think our athletes went away feeling a whole lot better about themselves and the season than before they showed up.”
The Warriors were nervous beforehand, Frommeyer said, but got comfortable midway through the meet and left with smiles.
“Afterwards, I told the kids, ‘points per participant, we beat them all,’” Frommeyer said.
Ed Berry won the high jump (5-06), finished second in the triple jump (36-02) and third in the long jump (17-09.5), while TJ Cooper took second in the high jump (5-04) and 12th in the 100-meter dash (12.74), Sydney Armstrong finished fifth in the long jump (15-08.5), and the 400-meter relay team took third (48.06).
The 800-meter relay team was running strong, but dropped its baton on one of the exchanges midway through the race, stepped outside the lane to retrieve it, and was eventually disqualified for the infraction.
In the 100-dash, which was the first event for the Warriors, Cooper slipped out of the blocks, resulting in a slow start, but quickly made up ground and finished a respectable 12th in 12.74 seconds. Each team was allowed two athletes per event for scoring purposes, which bumped Cooper up to seventh in the team results, earning two points for the Warriors.
Eminence’s 400-relay, composed of Cooper, Berry, Brock Roberts and Tihon Durrett, improved its exchanges from the 800-relay earlier in the meet, and finished third overall in a shade over 48 seconds. Southern came across the finish line in the four person, one lap race first in 45.95, then Waggener (47.00) and Eminence.
In the team standings, Shelby County won with 183 points, followed by Waggener (128.5), Franklin County (100), Southern (86.5), Eminence (44) and Spencer County (23).
Berry, who is currently ranked second in Class A in the high jump, was the high scorer for the Warriors, giving them a big lift with a combined 29 points in four events.
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