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Who’s No. 1 at Oak Ridge Relays? Unclear to BHS coaches
ORHS track and field meet results leave Prince’s boys a surprised 2nd; Faust adds up a BHS girls top finish after apparent 5th-place effort


Setting two meet records during Saturday’s Oak Ridge Relays at Oak Ridge High School among a 16-team field, Bearden boys track and field coach Steve Prince walked away from ORHS Saturday evening thinking his Bulldogs finished first as a team.

It wasn’t until a Sunday morning phone call alerted Prince that in fact, William Blount had reportedly won the event with 101.5 points versus Bearden’s 91.


Ironically, Barry Faust’s BHS girls walked away thinking they’d finished fifth at Oak Ridge, 37 points behind apparent champion Harpeth Hall. But upon further review Sunday night, “we won the event, man ... I just showed you 69 (points),” coach Faust said, adding up numerous points omitted in the reported figures Sunday. “The paper showed Harpeth Hall won it with 62.”

More on the Lady ’Dawgs, including one meet record, later in this story.

BHS BOYS NOT NO. 1?

“I came to look at the score, and I went to the table and it said ‘first’ under our name,” coach Prince said. “I said ‘hey, guys, we won this thing.’ They said, ‘no,’ so I went back to the table and looked again and said, ‘see,’ it said Bearden with a ‘one’ and an ‘s-t’ I said ‘OK, well I guess we won,’ and I walked off ... the girl added it up and she put ‘first’ down.

“Then my brother called me this morning (Sunday) and goes, ‘you lost again,’ and I said ‘what, you’re kidding me,’” Prince added. “I thought my brother was joking, ‘I said no way, it said one-s-t, what does that mean to you?’ I didn’t understand how in the world it changed from the time I got home yesterday until this morning.”

BULLDOG RELAY RECORDS

Running what Prince said was the second fastest time in the state so far in 2004, Bearden finished on top in the 4 X 200 relay with Iran Rogers, brothers Nathan and Thaddeus Grace, and Bryan Webb (new meet record time of 1:29.5).

“Then they came back and won the sprint medley, back to back, and set a (meet) record there, too,” Prince added about the winning time of 1:35 – trimming two full seconds off the old record — by Brandon DuBose, Nathan Grace, Webb and Thaddeus Grace.

BHS GIRLS’ 4 X 200 RECORD, OTHERS

The Lady Bulldogs’ 4 X 200 relay set a meet record (1.46.1) with Catherine LaForce, Allysia Bailey, Judy Johnson and Allison Hixson.

BHS also won the 4 X 400 relay, led by a great closing effort from anchor Johnson. “She was about 20 meters behind the girl (when starting) and she won the event, probably won it by ten meters,” Faust said. “I think she surprised herself more than anyone else.” The other legs of that winning relay were LaForce, Kelly Fuller, Merry Prince and Johnson. Caite Oyler was high jump champ (5-foot-2).

 

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