Tuscola girls win first-ever title and Turner named M.V.P.Robinson voted coach of the year, Tuscola boys tie for second
EDNEYVILLE — Two years ago the Tuscola varsity girls track and field team came close to an outright conference championship, but had to settle with a sharing the championship with West Henderson.
But led by sensational freshman Brooke Turner, head coach Joey Robinson’s girls got to savor the fruits of all their labors with each other, and not share with any other team, as the Mountaineers finished first at the WNC Athletic Conference Girls Track and Field Championships at North Henderson High School on Wednesday afternoon.
The Tuscola girls, which claimed its first-ever outright conference track and field championship, edged second-place West Henderson by 20.5 points, 172-151.5. East Henderson finished third with 87 points, while Pisgah and Brevard tied for fourth with 75 points each. North Henderson (64.5) was sixth, Smoky Mountain (31) seventh and Franklin (29) finished eighth.
In the boys meet, East Henderson was first with 184, while Tuscola tied for second with West Henderson scoring 105 points each. Franklin (96) was fourth, North Henderson (71) was fifth, Smoky Mountain (58) sixth, Pisgah seventh (39) and Brevard (36) was eighth.
The Tuscola girls’ accomplishment was the story and the end of the meet, but the story during the meet was Turner, who was voted the most valuable player of the WNCAC girls track and field meet after winning the 800 and 1600, while also running anchor on the second place 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.
“She is certainly a special athlete and phenom freshman with an outstanding work ethic and God given talent,” said Robinson, who was named track and field coach of the year in the WNCAC. “The boys team also tied for second with West Henderson. Our boys’ program had finished last the previous two years and this was a pleasant turnaround. I cam so proud of both teams. I received coach of the year only because of these kids. I did nothing special to earn this. All the success of this season is due to their hard work and dedication to each other. This is a special group, and I have been lucky to call myself their coach.”
Earning all-WNCAC honors for finishing first at the conference meet from Tuscola were senior Sarah Golden (girls discus), Turner (girls 800, girls 1600), senior Adam Silvers (boys 200, boys 400 boys 4x100 relay), sophomore Bryce Myers (boys 100, boys 4x100 relay), junior Russell Callahan (boys 4x100 relay), junior and Eric Messer (boys 4x100 relay).
Earning all-WNCAC honors for finishing first at the conference meet from Pisgah were senior Hannah Rabideau (girls long jump), junior Hannah Warren (girls 4x800 relay team), sophomore Mackenzie Murphy (girls 4x800 relay team), sophomore Sierra Southerland (girls 400, girls 4x800 relay team) and senior Mackenzie Galyean (girls 4x800 relay team).