County dominates sectional

County dominates sectional


County dominates sectional



There were upsets. There were costly miscues.

And, of course, there were dominant performances.

Rutherford County athletes filled 60 individual spots and 16 relays for next week’s TSSAA BlueCross Spring Fling Class AAA track and field state championships by placing in the top four at Tuesday’s Class AAA sectional at Rhea County High School.

Oakland senior Brock Baker led all county participants by winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

He will try to win all three at state.

“In nine days, I’ll do my 800 prelim and start the road to the triple,” Baker said. “It’s a big deal. (Tuesday) was definitely tiring. I had three of the longest races you can run in Tennessee high school athletics in two and a half hours.”

Baker’s teammate Conner Thompson, an Alabama signee, ran next to him for the 3,200 and 1,600. Thompson placed second in both races. Those distance points helped give the Patriots a boost in the points to help Oakland win the sectional championship. Riverdale won the girls title.

Oakland also had a strong performance from thrower Caleb Yates, who won the shot put with a throw of 50-feet-4 1/2 and was second in the discus. Sophomore Chris Stokes was one of the biggest surprises in the meet, finishing second in the 100 (11.09). He was edged out by Walker Valley’s Justin Ware by .02. Blackman’s Maison Baer was third (11.16). Baer also advanced in the 200 and the 4×100.

However the Blaze 4×200 relay, which had been one of the best in the county all season, dropped a baton and was disqualified.

“We just have to let it go and do the best in the events we are in,” Baer said.

Blackman’s 4×100 relay barely qualified after Cole Notgrass pulled a hamstring during the first 100 meters of the event.

Riverdale had first place performances by Rockesia Mintlow in the 100 hurdles (15.46), Joy Frierson in the 100 (12.24), Jaa’Leah White in the 200 (25.16) and Olivia Jones in the shot put (36-11) among individual events.

Frierson was part of the winning 4×100 and 4×200 and runs the 4×400.

“We all love each other (on the relays),” Frierson said. “We all work hard together. We all push each other.”

Siegel’s Ellise Carter was first in the 400 (59.37). Alex Pulido set a school record in winning the pole vault (13-0).

La Vergne’s Steven Joseph was first in the 110 hurdles (15.45) and the 300 hurdles (40.93), Josh Brame in the 200 (21.83) and Marcus Franklin won the discus (148-2). Aliah Cook was first in the 300 hurdles (45.87) and triple jump (36-10 1/4) and Jealyn Todd won the discus (117-10).

Blackman’s 4×400 relay was first in 3:29.85.


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