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BHS track-field shines at Disney, but teams struggle at Y-12 meet

While Bearden track and field had a number of impressive performances at the annual Disney Classic in Orlando, Fla. March 14 — led by Mary Hirst winning the high jump for a second straight year — neither Bulldogs team sniffed a high finish at the Y-12 Federal Credit Union Invitational Saturday, March 28, at Hardin Valley Academy.

BHS coach Steve Prince said injuries and sickness to sprinters, plus dropped batons, contributed to a sixth-place finish for the girls (16 teams) and 11th for the boys (15). “The worst performance that Bearden High has put on since I’ve been there in 12 years,” he added.

Hirst easily won high jump at HVA after her 5-foot-6 jump claimed the Disney crown by “beating the same two Canadian girls she beat last year.” Hirst also won triple jump Saturday.

Topping Bulldogs boys success in the Y-12 event was its 4 X 800-meter relay champion foursome of Scott Carvin, Sam Shaughnessy, Tyler Freeman and Brent Johnson. “Right now we’ve got the fastest time in Tennessee at 8:23,” Prince said. Carvin also took third in the 400 after a fourth at Disney.

Other girls finishes at Disney included Rebecca Stover taking second in the mile and fifth in the 800. Stover also finished second in the Y-12 1600 and also was runner-up in 800 Saturday.

Max Lee of Farragut was third in Y-12 decathlon (4,556).

Hardin Valley was led at Y-12 by Jordan Sink’s top finish in boys pole vault (9-00). Edward Dutton took third in boys 300. Top Lady Hawks efforts were Emily Yarnell grabbing second in 200 and third in 100. Alexis Hewitt took third in 3200, as did Hope Kane in discus.

As a team, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s boys were second and girls fourth.


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