Brooke Haynie reaches to pass the baton to her teammate in a relay during the Greenwood and Emerald track and field meet Tuesday evening at Greenwood.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Brooke Haynie reaches to pass the baton to her teammate in a relay during the Greenwood and Emerald track and field meet Tuesday evening at Greenwood. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
For several years, the Emerald High School track teams were not even competitive with Greenwood. But with David Payne at the helm, the Vikings have been rebuilding and have aimed to at least be competitive with the Eagles.
The Emerald girls team did a little more than just compete with Greenwood. The Vikings won the last event of the meet, the 4-by-400-meter relay, to clinch a 73-66 victory.
The Greenwood boys used their superior depth to walk away with a 94-41 win.


"It's special," Payne said of his girls' win. "This is the first time with me being the coach (that we've beat Greenwood). The program is real near and dear to my heart, so just to see us be competitive because for so many years, we got blown out, that was our goal (Tuesday), to come out and be competitive.
"Obviously, I'm happy with a victory, but the main thing was to be competitive."

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