In their opening meet of the 2017 track and field season, the Southwestern Warriors ran away from the competition to win their own Southwestern Warrior Invitational on Saturday at the Reservation.

Thanks to claiming some big-time points in the sprinting events, the Warriors accumulated a meet-high 141 points, well ahead of second-place Pulaski County, who finished with 111 points. The Somerset boys, who tallied 24.50 points, finished 12th in the boys’ team standings.

Warrior sophomore JP Vaught had a sensational day, claiming two individual first-place finishes. Vaught won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.24 seconds and the 200-meter dash in a winning time of 22.54 seconds.

Fellow sophomore teammate Drew Sawyers won the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.14 seconds. Treavor Brock’s first-place finishes in the high jump (6”0’) and long jump (18”3’) provided Southwestern some big-time points.

Southwestern’s Floyd Fannin, who committed earlier in the week to play football at EKU, won the shot put event with a best throw of 39”7’. Christian Bach, also of Southwestern, came home in the second position in the discus throw.

Daulton Ramsey, of Southwestern, finished second in the high jump event with a best jump of 5”8’. Devin Strunk tallied a third-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Pulaski County’s Micah Wooldridge performed well in the hurdle events, grabbing the top spot in the 110-meter high hurdles and second place in the 300-meter hurdles. Sam Smith, a senior, won the two-mile run (10:43) and finished in the second position in the one-mile run (4:52). Dylan Hopkins won the pole vault event with a best vault of 12”0’, while fellow teammate Hunter Godsey came home right behind Hopkins in the second spot.

Somerset’s Isaiah Cornett finished third in the triple jump event with a mark of 36”0’. Coming home in second place in the shot put throw was Tavian Wilson, who had a best toss of 37”10’.

The Warriors won the 800-meter relay event and finished second in the 1600-meter relay, while the Maroons grabbed second place in the 400-meter relay and tallied a third-place finish in the 1600-meter relay.

On the girls’ side, Corbin dominated the team standings, scoring a meet-high 107.50 points. Madison Southern grabbed second place with 79 points, while the Lady Warriors took sixth with 64.50 points. Pulaski County finished seventh with 59.50 points and Somerset came home in 12th place with 26 points.

Southwestern’s Cassi Reed had three individual first-place finishes, tallying the top spot in the 400-meter dash (1:03), 800-meter run (2:35), and high jump (4”8’).

The Lady Maroons’ Carly Johnson tallied a pair of gold medals in the sprinting events, winning the 100-meter dash (13.44 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (28.44 seconds). Johnson came home in the second-place position in the 400-meter dash.

For Southwestern, Kelsie Pitman’s throw of 80”9’ was good enough for a second-place finish. Teammate Ermina Ramic tallied a third-place finish in the high jump (4”6’).

Pulaski County’s Lyric Duncan finished second place in the shot put event with a toss of 29”0’.

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