The William Blount Invitational brought out some of the best athletes in the area on Friday night at William Blount High School for the track and field meet.
The Governors, Heritage, Alcoa and Maryville were all in attendance along with nine other schools.
Maryville had the best night overall as both the boys and girls teams finished with the most points in the team score.
Maryville won the boys side with a team score of 123.5 points. Alcoa finished second with 97 points.
Heritage came in fourth with 93 points and William Blount sixth with 47 total points.
The Lady Rebels won the girls side with 119 points. The Lady Tornadoes were second with 88 points. The Lady Mountaineers were sixth with 70 points and the Lady Governors finished seventh with 63 points.
Several individuals and relay teams had sensational nights as each team prepares for the sectional meet in a few weeks.
Maryville coach Nick White liked what he saw from his athletes on Friday night as the Rebels and Lady Rebels get prepared for the sectionals.
“We did pretty well,” White said. “The girls 4x100 and 4x200 both won. We have had some young ones that we have ran in the open events. A couple of freshmen and sophomores have done pretty well.”
David Goss won the 110-meter hurdles with a 16.15 time for Maryville, and Tommy Ward finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.97.
The group of Olivia Scott, Madeline Matzek, Rylee Jorgensen and Georgie McDevitt made up the 4x100 and 4x200 groups that won on Friday.
Alcoa coach Chris Frary liked what he got out of his team with a second place finish from both the boys and girls.
“What we did today, I thought the kids performed really well,” Frary said. “We had some good marks.”
Samir Koko won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:43.33 to give Alcoa a win, and Hunter Marsh won the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, six inches.
Lady Tornado senior Evie Brandt won the triple jump with a mark of 31 feet, one inch, and Jataya Wilson had one of the best nights for Alcoa as she won both the discus and shot put.
For Heritage, Landon Harrell once again came out a winner as he earned the victory in the shot put. Eli Phillips finished second behind Harrell.
Tim Shultz is another name that stood out for the Mountaineers as he won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. Kyle Noe also brought home a win in the 100-meters with a 10.92 mark.
It was hard to top Anna Richardson as she came out with three wins by taking the high jump and both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
“She fell down on the last hurdle and still won by a second or two,” Heritage coach Shawn Wichert said of Richardson’s 300 meter event.
For William Blount coach Jeremy Snoderly he looks at this time of track season as the time his top athletes should be coming into form.
“Our kids did pretty well,” Snoderly said. “They came out and competed. This is more of a higher-level meet so we are really looking for our kids who we have expectations for postseason events to start really coming into form about now.”
Kennedy Moonin won the girls 100-meter race for William Blount with a 12.94 time.
“That was a good time,” Snoderly said. “Hopefully that is going to put her in the fast heat for the sectionals. Once you are in that top eight, you know what you got to do to get out to the state meet.”
Dylan Carter won the discus throw with a mark of over 138 feet, and Conor Blocker set a personal record in the 400-meter and qualified for the sectional with his time of 54.04