University School Track
Coach: Ms. Jessica Bragg
Track Roster 2013
Greene edges Wade in pole vault
Unicoi County’s Kyle Greene edged University High’s Devon Wade in the pole vault, and Gabe Simerly won the 300 hurdles on Tuesday at the Class A/AA East sectional track & field meet at Christian Academy of Knoxville.
Wade — the defending state champion — finished second in the pole vault after both he and Greene cleared 13-foot-6. Greene, who finished runner-up to Wade last year at state, did so on fewer attempts to win the title.
Sullivan East also had two qualify for state. Luke Meade was second in the the 1,600, finishing in 4:31, and Jennifer Warren clocked 2:28 in the girls 800 to advance. Happy Valley pole vaulter Emily Holtsclaw cleared 7-6 to finish second and move on to the state meet. Elizabethton’s girls 4x400 relay team of Whitney Roberts, Kyra McCrary, Mandi Largent and Katie May also placed second, clocking 4:11.90, to advance.
UH’s Eliza Gillespie won the girls triple jump to move on.
Simerly also led a trio of Blue Devils that finished in the top four and have a chance to qualify for state depending on results from other sectional meets. Simerly had a top-four finish in the 100 hurdles, and was joined by Whitley True in the girls 3,200 and Alex Edwards in the girls pole vault.
For UH, Jared Smith finished third in the pole vault, Seth Hilbert was third in the 400 and Gabe Perry was fourth in the 800.
Elizabethton’s Nikolai Simpson had top four finishes in the shot put and discus, throwing 45-05 and 144-11, respectively, in the events. May was in the top four in the girls 100 hurdles, clocking 17:34 and Ethan Thomas finished fourth at 20-1 1/2 in the long jump. Happy Valley’s Kaitlyn Simerly also cleared 7-6 in the girls pole vault for a chance to advance. Holtsclaw had fewer attempts. Johnson County’s Jacob Henson leapt 40-8 1/4 in the triple jump to finish in the top four.
Congratulations to our Boys and Girl's Track Team for their outstanding effort and performance at the TSSAA A-AA East (North Sub Sectional). Eliza Gillispie took 1st place in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. Seth Hilbert placed 1st in the 400 Meter Dash, and Devon Wade placed 1st in Pole Vault! How about those Bucs!!!!! We also had several 2nd and 3rd place winners!!!!! All results can be viewed on
Another notable performance was University High’s Devon Wade flying high in the boys’ pole vault. The defending Class A-AA state champion in the event, Wade cleared 14 feet, a foot and a half better than the height to win last year’s state title.
“I had a head wind today so I was vaulting a little bit shallow,” Wade said. “I had to wait for the wind three or four minutes a couple of times, but I finally got the extension so it was fun.”
Eliza Gillespie also picked up a second-place for University High in the girls’ triple jump (34-1 3/4) after placing fourth in the long jump.