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Record set, odds beaten at sectional


JOHNSON CITY — Bearden’s state tournament qualifiers in Class AAA track and field included a new school record, a freshman overcoming injury to qualify the 100-meter dash and a dramatic rally at the stripe.

Meanwhile, Farragut was led by a pair of female distance runners and qualified six individual and one relay team for state during the Section 1-AAA meet at Science Hill High School Friday, May 9. More on FHS athletes later in this story.

Bearden senior discus thrower Sarah Canter, No. 2 at state last year, broke a 29-year school record (Alma Cobb, 1979 state champ, 132-feet) with a toss of 135-4 to finish first.

Junior Mary Hirst, second in high jump statewide last season, won with a 5-feet-7 leap. The Lady Bulldog junior also qualified for the Class AAA pentathlon earlier this month by finishing third in Sectional but with the sixth-best score statewide (2752). “She did well, we’re very pleased,” FHS coach Hunter Fendley said.

However, “Mary’s not sure she’s going to attend that,” Fendley added about the Monday, May 19 event at MTSU in Murfreesboro. “She wants to do well on final exams.”

Freshman Devrin Young continued to sparkle, winning the 100-meter dash while finishing just out of the money for state in the 200 at fifth. “That’s despite a hip injury that had bothered him a little bit,” Fendley said. “And they were running into a fiercely strong head-wind.”

Bearden coach Steve Prince added, “I think he’s the first freshman at Bearden High School to go to the state in the 100.”

Young was just .03 of a second away from also qualifying in the 200, joining a handful of BHS relays and individuals so close to state with fifth-place finishes: Hirst in triple jump, Ryne Goodrich in shot put, Ben Fennell in 800, and the 4 X 400 and 4 X 100 boys relay teams.

Fendley labeled Sam Shaugh-nessy’s fourth-place finish in the 3200 “a great race,” as the junior rallied down the stretch from sixth-position.

Prince added, “Sam was in sixth-place with a lap to go, he was 50 meters behind, and he passed the Morristown West kid at the 300 [meter mark to go] and passed the Oak Ridge kid with 100 to go. It was amazing.”

As for the 4 X 800 team taking third (8:09.54), “That’s the best time they’d run all year,” Fendley said.

As a team, the Bearden boys were fourth in a 25-team field, while the BHS girls took seventh among a 23-team field.

FARRAGUT

Alyssa Dresen’s second-place finish in the 800 (2:22.86) led the Farragut girls to a sixth-place team finish.

Samantha Kimble-Trent took third in the 100 hurdles (16.18), while Alex Newby claimed fourth to qualify in the 1600 (5:23.00). Stephanie Robnett grabbed a state spot in pole vault with a fourth-place vault (8-00.00)

On the boys’ side, Jacob Gibson qualified with a third-place effort in the 800 (1:58.35).

Max Lee already had qualified earlier this month for the decathlon thanks to a third-place Sectional finish. The Admirals’ 4 X 800 boys relay qualified with a fourth-place run (8:12.92).

Among those barely finishing out of a state stop were three FHS girls relay teams, all taking fifth: 4 X 100, 4 X 200 and 4 X 800.

 

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