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Good things come in threes and twos: Watauga District middle school track finishes strong in Valdese

By David Rogers. VALDESE, N.C. — A trio of Watauga District Middle School track and field girls each picked up a pair of first place finishes on March 21, as Watauga’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade team members competed against their counterparts from West McDowell Middle School (Marion, N.C.) and host Heritage Middle School (VALDESE, N.C.) in a tri-meet.

In the field events, Watauga captured four first place finishes in the five events. Sydney Helms took top honors in the high jump and triple jump while Maria Soto won both the shot put and discus events. In the fifth field event, the long jump, Helms leaped to a fourth place finish.

On the track, Tessa Buchanan finished No. 1 in both the 200 meter dash and 55 meter hurdles.


  • 100 meters
    • Addie Stough 14.90 (3rd)
    • Emma Harris 15.38 (5th)
  • 200 meters
    • Tessa Buchanan 28.59 (1st)
    • Cora Byrk 30.13 (3rd)
  • 400 meters
    • Krystian Wellenstein 1:12 (3rd)
    • Ayla Tippett 1:13 (4th)
  • 800 meters
    • Sadie-Rose Long 3:00 (T3rd)
    • Ragan Gordon 3:06 (6th)
  • 1600 meters
    • Sadie-Rose Long 6:22 (4th)
    • Ragan Gordon 6:34 (5th)
  • 55 meter hurdles
    • Tessa Buchanan 9.66 (1st)
    • Mackenzy Cheek 11.16 (6th)
  • 4×200 meters relay
    • Watauga A 3:11 (2nd), team of Kelby Windish, Cora Byrk, Willa Stoley, Winter Shaw
  • 4×400 meters relay
    • Watauga A 5:20 (3rd), team of Ayla Tippett, Ragan Gordon, Sadie-Rose Long, Winter Shaw



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