SMHS' 800-meter relay team

Smoky Mountain’s 800-meter relay team won the Western 2-A Regional championship Saturday at Polk County and will run in the State 2-A Track Meet set for Saturday, May 21, at N.C. A&T in Greensboro. The squad includes, from left: Deojanae Shoate, Shay Tisho, Xzavia Shoate and Shea Sutton. Tisho had a big day as she won the 400 dash and 800 run and also was part of the 3,200 relay team that qualified for the state meet.

Smoky Mountain’s women finished fifth among 22 teams, and the men were 12th out of 25 teams at Saturday’s Western 2-A Track Regionals at Polk County.

SM will be sending 13 representatives to the State 2-A Track Meet set for Saturday, May 21 at N.C. A&T.

“As far as we can tell, that’s the most Smoky Mountain has ever sent to a state track meet,” Coach Pam Shuler said. “This is the best regional track meet I’ve participated in. The boys and girls were both outstanding.”

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state meet.

Shay Tisho had a big day as she won two events and was part of a winning relay team. She also was on another relay team that qualified for state.

Tisho set a school record to win the 800-meter run in 2:23.35. She also won the 400 dash in 1:00.74.

Tisho teamed with Shea Sutton, Xzavia Shoate and Deojanae Shoate to win the 800 relay in 1:47.71.

Tisho combined with Kaitlyn Wood, Rebecca Fox and Maddy Polyasko to set a school record of 10:04.94 and place third in the 3,200 relay.

A sophomore, Tisho missed her freshman track season as she recovered from knee surgery.

“For a sophomore, this is an amazing thing to qualify in four events for the state meet with three of those being first place,” Shuler said. “Coming back after an injury in her freshman year made it more special. She gave above and beyond what was expected of most athletes.”

Xzavia Shoate was fourth in the 200 dash in 27.73.

Leading the Mustang men was Josh Logan, who was second in the discus with a school-record throw of 139-9.

Connor Moore also set a school record in the 110 hurdles as he was fourth in 15.57.

Another school record was set by the 3,200 relay team. Evan Grant, Isaac Bjerkness, Jonathan Scifers and Eli Costa were fourth in 8:32.79.

While not qualifying for state, the Lady Mustangs also got points from the 400 relay team and Sutton in the 100 dash.

The relay team of Deojanae Shoate, Sutton, Shelby Banks and Taryn Ledford was fifth in 52.69.

Sutton was sixth in the 100 in 13.41.

Also placing for the men were Costa (sixth, 4:47.01) and Grant (seventh, 4:47.74) in the 1,600 run.

The 800 relay team of Jared Hughes, Moore, Montrell Turner and Bradley Parker was eighth with a school-record time of 1:34.27.