Bell County boys win SEKC title

Published 6:45 pm Monday, April 23, 2018

The Bell County boys track and field team walked away with an SEKC championship on Friday. The team, lead by Mitchell Miracle’s three first place finishes, ended at the top of the leader board with 150 points.

Miracle was awarded MVP for the third straight year. He finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.09 — over three seconds faster than Williamsburg’s Tate Fields who finished second. Miracle also finished first in the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run. He placed second in the 400-meter dash as well.

While he led the charge, Miracle wasn’t the only Bobcat to perform well at the SEKC Championships. All together, Bell County had 16 top-five finishes on the day.

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Jason Jones earned a first place finish in the long jump and grabbed fourth place in the high jump. Colby Frazier finished second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash. He also grabbed a third place finish in the shot put.

Dawson Atkins finished fifth in the 400-meter dash. Caden Miracle ended the day with second place finishes in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. Andrew Caldwell finished third in the 800-meter dash.

Bell County also found success in the hurdles with Cody Brannon and Marcus Chaney finishing third and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, respectively. Brannon also grabbed a fourth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

Keagen Lefevers earned an individual medal finishing fourth in the shot put.

The Bobcats grabbed another first place victory in the 4×800 relay when the team of Atkins, Caldwell, Caden Miracle and Douglas Miracle finished with a time of 8:55.46 – three seconds better than Corbin’s relay team.

Bell’s 4×100 team finished fifth and the 4×400 team finished third in their respective events.


Middlesboro had an impressive showing at the SEKC Championships finishing fifth with a score of 64. Pineville ended the night ranked ninth with 18 points.

For the Yellow Jackets, Steven Poore’s second place in the high jump was the highest individual finish for the team. He also grabbed a fourth place finish in the 400-meter dash.

In the distance running events, Ozzy Norris finished third in the 1600-meter run and grabbed a fifth place finish in the 3200-meter run.

Middlesboro grabbed top-five finishes in two of the sprinting events. In the 100-meter dash, Alex Mason finished fourth with a time of 12.13 seconds. Corey Hariston finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25 seconds.

Andrew Padgett grabbed an individual medal finishing fourth in the long jump.

The relay team of Poore, TJ Patterson, Eric Helton and Hariston earned a second place finish in the 4×200 event. The Jackets also grabbed a third place finish in the 4×100 relay and fourth place finish in the 4×800 relay.

Pineville’s Sean Whitehead was the Mountain Lions’ highest finisher of the day. With a time of 47.09, he finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.

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