When the dust finally settled at the district track in Pine Tree Wednesday, the Lady Cats’ track team ended up as district champions by three points over second place Mt. Pleasant. The Lady Cats won despite not fielding a team in the 4 X 400-meter relay, the last event of the meet. Mt. Pleasant did enter a team but they did not finish high enough to overtake the Lady Cats. Lady Cats Coach Triston Abron said high school Assistant Administrator Dwayne McMeans was researching whether a Lady Cats’ varsity track team had ever won a district championship before.
The Lady Cats district championship was fueled in large part by seven athletes who qualified for next week’s area meet by finishing in the top four at district. Imani Taylor was declared the winner of the district’s point total winner. Taylor won the long jump and was second in the triple jump and she also ran the lead off lap for the first place 4 X 100-meter relay and for the area meet qualifying 4 X 200-meter relay team. Freshman Sydney Washburn qualified for area in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. Sheretta Hill qualified in the 400-meter run and as a member of the 4 X 200-meter relay. N’ysa Dugan and Sadavia Porter both qualified in the 100-meter dash taking second and third and as a members of both relay teams. Abbi Baier qualified by winning both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles and by being on the 4 X 100-meter relay team. Faith Hatley qualified in both the 100-meter hurdles with a second place finish and the 300-meter hurdles with a third place finish. Coach Abron said Abbi Beggs earned a point with a sixth place finish in the discus