The best track and field athletes in Rutherford County converged at Eagleville High School on April 23 and 24 to see who is the best in the area in track and field.
It was one of the final meets for all of the teams before the postseason starts next week.
On Monday, it’s was the girls turn as Riverdale looked to pick up another L.D. Agee Rutherford County Track and Field title.
The following day, the boys took over as La Vergne faced a deep field looking for its third RCTF championship in a row. By the end of the meet both teams repeated as champions.
On a sunny, but windy April 23, the girls took to the track and field starting its journey that hopes to conclude in late May with the TSSAA State Track and Field Championship as part of the 2012 Spring Fling here in Rutherford County. Once again, the Lady Warriors came out on top in the overall standings with 248.5 points, while Siegel finished second and La Vergne rounded out the podium.
It was another title for the Lady Warriors under head coach Rickey Field; however, his team focuses more than just winning championships.
“We really do not talk about championships,” Field said to the Murfreesboro Post last Tuesday. “We just want to go out there to perform and do our best.”
All three schools had its top stars in its best events come out on top last night. First in the 100 meter dash, Lady Warrior Joy Frierson proved once again why she is the fastest women in Rutherford County. However, she had to fend off two of her teammates for the victory, Olivia Jones and Jasmine Mayes, along with LHS runner Jaandra Sanders.
Frierson said after the race, the fast Lady Warrior threesome feed off each other.
“We just love running together, and we push each other,” Frierson said to the Murfreesboro Post after her win on Monday night.
Most people think of track events being all about the individuals, however, in the relay events it takes a total team effort. La Vergne and Siegel proved in each of its best relays on Monday evening. The Lady Wolverines were led by anchor Sanders and the remaining foursome of Jewell Ellison, Jaa’Leah White and KeShon Holbrook took home another 4x100 title this season.
Sanders said the relay team did really well considering the conditions.
“It’s wasn’t that bad,” Sanders said. “I through we did really good running with the wind and the cool weather. We did really well with our handoffs during the race.”
Siegel High has always been known for its long distance runners, especially in the girls division. In the 4 x800 relay, it was no different as the foursome of anchor Katie Ann Bass along with her teammates Kiera Weems, Taylor Cochrane and Melina Therrien took home the event. Bass feels like the relay team is ready to go in the postseason portion of the schedule.
“We are confident and working hard getting ready for the postseason,” Bass said to the Murfreesboro Post after the race.
The home crowd had something to cheer for in one of the best high jumpers in the state Becca Browning. Browning once again won the high jump event at five feet even; however, she wanted to keep going after she won the event. Her new goal was jumping her season best of 5-7. She finished at 5-4.
“I just wanted to continue to push myself,” Browning said to the Murfreesboro Post about not stopping after clearing the winning mark.
On Tuesday night, it was the boys turn to take to the track and field with most of the events taking place at Eagleville, but a few field events were held at Riverdale. Just like the girls, there was close action between the nine schools from Rutherford County. The title was won by for the third year in a row by La Vergne with a total score of 156 points. Siegel was runner-up and Riverdale finished third.
“It is not over yet,” LHS head coach Al Evans said after the team received the trophy for being the best in the area this season. He added most of these teams including its rivals Riverdale and Siegel will be back for the sub-sectionals and the competition will be just as tough.
“I’m just glad to able to win it,” Evans said.
The high jump was a family affair between two cousins that finished tied for the top spot in the event.
It came down to a mono-a-mono showdown between Blackman’s Jamichael Hatcher and his relative Siegel’s Quintavious Nelson. Both athletes were able to clear the six feet mark with Hatcher doing it on his third and final attempt but neither one was able to clear the 6-2 mark. Nelson was credited with the win going 6-00.25 and Hatcher finished with six feet even.
“It was really fun, because we are real competitive with each other,” Hatcher said to the Murfreesboro Post. “I was mad I did not get it, because I know I can go higher.”
His goal during the postseason is to reach the 6-8 mark. His previous best, according to him was a 6-6.
Turning to the track, Central Magnet just opened up a few years ago, and its athletes are very young. However, the school is already producing some of the best distance runners in the area. The 4 x800 relay team was no different as the Tigers ran a school best time led by the anchor Andre Hillsman in the upset victory. The rest of the team was Danny Mullane, Nathan Poplin and Noah Delk.
“It was an excellent run,” Hillsman said to the Murfreesboro Post after the event. “We have been running great all season, and we have been getting better at each meet. It was a great race and we got a huge personal best.”
Now all of the teams are preparing for the upcoming postseason portion of the schedule with the Sub-Sectionals being held at Riverdale on May 8 for the girls, and May 10 for the boys. The TSSAA State Track and Field Championship will be held at MTSU starting on May 21. For full results of this meet log on to www.tennesseerunner.com.
2012 L.D. Agee Rutherford County Track and Field Champions
100 meter dash-Joy Frierson (Riverdale)-12.50
200 meter dash-Jaa’Leah White (La Vergne)-26.10
400 meter dash- Sara Welborn (Siegel)-1:00.00
800 meter run-Katie Ann Bass (Siegel)-2:28.20
1600 meter run-Trisha Frazer (Siegel)-5:49
3200 meter run-Trisha Frazer (Siegel)-12:34
100 meter hurdles-Derriana Parrish (Riverdale)-17.30
300 meter hurdles-Derriana Parrish (Riverdale)-49.10
4x 100 meter relay- La Vergne (Jaandra Sanders, Jewell Ellison, Jaa’Leah White, KeShon Holbrook)-49.30
4x 200 meter relay- La Vergne (same as above)-1:48.00
4x400 meter relay- Siegel (Katie Ann Bass, Kaylin Johnson, Tori Hawkins, Sara Welborn)-4:10.40
4x800 meter relay- Siegel (Katie Ann Bass, Kiera Weems, Taylor Cochrane, Melina Therrian)-10:30.00
High Jump- Becca Browning (Eagleville)-5-04
Pole Vault-Kelsey Brown (Siegel)-6-06
Long Jump-Ashley Haymond (Riverdale)-16-00
Triple Jump- Kenia Azor (Riverdale)-32-06
Shot Put-Asia Larkin (Riverdale)-33-10.50
Discus Throw-Asia Larkin (Riverdale) - 111-02
100 meter dash- Jacob Hayes (Siegel)-11.17
200 meter dash-Josh Brame (La Vergne)-22.47
400 meter dash- Josh Bane (La Vergne)-52.47
800 meter run-Micah Farmer (MTCS) - 2:05.10
1600 meter run- Brandon Harvey (Riverdale)-4:41.00
3200 meter run-Brandon Harvey (Riverdale)-10:20.30
110 meter hurdles-Maurice Call (Siegel)-15.40
300 meter hurdles-Maurice Call (Siegel)-41.80
4 x100 meter relay- Blackman (Trevor Gormley, Itavius Mathers, Maison Baer, Thahal May)-40.33
4x200 meter relay- Blackman (Trevor Gormley, Maison Baer, Dee Mathers, Styles Corder)-1:31.40
4x400 meter relay- Riverdale (Dakwan Balfour, Devasea Smithson, Brandon Harvey, Chris Brown)-3:37.10
4x800 meter relay- CMHS (Andre Hillsman, Danny Mullane, Nathan Poplin, Noah Delk)-8:28.30
High Jump- Quintavious Nelson (Siegel)-6-00.25
Pole Vault- Tony Allen (Siegel) - 11-06.00
Long Jump- Lamar Thompson (Riverdale)-21-05.50
Triple Jump- Ransom Ritter (La Vergne) - 40-09.00
Shot Put- Alex Young (La Vergne) - 52-03.00
Discus Throw- Aaron Staten (La Vergne) - 170-10.50