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TRACK: Boys shatter DCHS record at first meet of season
(From left to right) Luke Hamby, Ethan Smith, Sam Hulsey and Wiley Dennis shattered the school's 4x800 meter record at the first track and field event of the season on Thursday, March 4 with a time of 8:33. - photo by Photo submitted

You might recognize the quartet of Luke Hamby, Sam Hulsey, Wiley Dennis and Ethan Smith. 

The four athletes were already a part of the cross country team that finished second place at the state cross country meet this fall, tying the highest finish in Dawson County history.

Now, the boys have quickly broken school records during the first track and field match of the year against Gilmer and Union County. Hamby, Hulsey, Dennis and Smith shattered the 4x800 event on Thursday, March 4, with a time of 8:33. 

Smith ran the fastest time of 2:05. Hulsey ran a 2:09 and Hamby finished just behind at 2:10. Dennis ran a 2:19. The boys also won the 4x400 event. 

“I am super pumped for how well all of our athletes competed,” Tigers head coach Arron Haynes said. “The future looks very bright.”

Conley Dyer passes the baton off to Chandler Bagley during the first track and field event of the season on Thursday, March 4. - photo by Jacob Smith

Smith continued to finish in first place when he won the 400 meter (53.4) and the 800 meter race (2:10). Dennis finished in third place with a 5:05 time. 

The Tigers boys’ finished second overall behind Union County and the girls finished in third place. 

Junior Emma Pelfrey and senior Cameron Tomlinson both had impressive days in the air. She tied with teammate Emily Kurtz in pole vaulting with a height of 7 feet 6 inches. Pelfrey already holds the school record in pole vault at 8 feet .  Pelfrey also finished third in the Long Jump (14 feet ’ 3 ¾ inches) and third in the Triple Jump (27 feet 8 ½ inches). 

Tomlinson finished tied for first in the boys High Jump (5 feet 2 inches) and second place in the Long Jump (18 feet 5 inches). He added a third place finish in the Triple Jump (35 feet 4 ¾ inches). 

Riley Westbrooks jumps into the air for his High Jump attempt during the first track and field event of the season on Thursday, March 4. - photo by Jacob Smith
The Tigers sprinted well on both sides of the track. Freshman Katie Gloeckner won the girls 400 meter (1:07.5). Lauren Kurtz finished second on the 100 meter, just .04 seconds behind the winner. Anna LeCave finished second on the 1600 meter (5:59) and third in the 800 meter (2:44). 

On the boys side, sophomores Noah Lee and Troup Ford placed in second place in their respected events. Lee finished the 200 meter in 24.9 seconds and Ford finished the 100 meter in 11.59 seconds. 

At the throwing events, Collin Robinson finished in third place at Shot Put (33 feet 3 inches). 

The track and field season continues on Tuesday, March 9, against North Hall and Johnson High School in Oakwood. The Tigers will host the event, starting at 4 p.m.