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Ex-Vol Martland takes inaugural Quadrathlon


The inaugural Farragut Quadrathlon, a track and field test of athletic prowess, featured four current or former college standout track and field athletes — the top two Farragut High School alumni.

The event, held at FHS’s Bill Parker Track inside Farragut Stadium/Bill Clabo Field Saturday morning, Aug. 1, ended with Chris Martland winning by a nose.

Martland, former FHS standout decathlete who in 2005 as a Tennessee Vol finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in that event, scored 296 points to edge No. 2 Willie Parker (295).

Parker, a former Admirals and Middle Tennessee State University standout field thrower, currently is attempting to make the 2014 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.


Quadrathlon’s four events are backwards shot put toss, 30-meter sprint, standing long jump and triple bound long jump (three consecutive standing long jumps in rhythm). Parker, a 2002 FHS grad, won backward shot put toss at 58-feet-6 (pictured left).

Martland won the 30-meter sprint (3.25 seconds, pictured right), standing long jump (10-feet-4) and triple bound long jump (30-feet-5 1/2).

Other participants were Robert Carter, a 400-meter dash specialist at MTSU; former Farragut High athletes Andrew Martland, Chris' younger brother and former FHS quarterback, Class of 2008; Lawton Johnson, former FHS football, wrestling and track athlete, Class of 2008, and Michael Christianio of Winston-Salem, N.C.

For more quadrathlon news, contact Willie Parker at Scwoogie@gmail.com.

 

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