Brentwood Academy’s George Patrick recently made his first appearance on the world stage, competing in the International Association of Athletic Federations World Youth Championships in Colombia.
Patrick, The Tennessean boys track athlete of the year, captured a fourth-place finish in the decathlon, breaking his own U.S. Youth record with 7,493 points.
“It was definitely one of the craziest things I have experienced,” Patrick said via text message. “Competing against people from all over the world is something completely different than competing against people you know.”
His performance included seven personal records, including personal bests in long jump (23-10), 400-meter dash (50.54), 110-meter hurdles (13.99), discus (136-10), shot put (50-11), high jump (6-5¼) and 1,500 meters (4:55.2).
“I had a lot of (personal records) and it was a great time,” Patrick added. “I can’t wait to try out for another world team,”
In May, Patrick, the Gatorade Tennessee boys track and field athlete of the year, claimed five Division II championships, including the decathlon (6,882 points), 110-meter hurdles (14.24), 300-meter hurdles (39.24), long jump (23-8¾) and triple jump (47-3¼).
According to Patrick, a senior at Brentwood Academy, his top college choices include Texas, Arkansas, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA.
Diving in: Charlie Clifton, a senior diver at Ensworth, recently received All-American honors from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for the third consecutive year.
That was just the latest addition to a long list achievements for Clifton, who also recently qualified for August’s USA Diving Junior Olympic National Championships in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.
Big arm: MaxPreps has released its 2015 Small School All-American Baseball Teams, and Goodpasture graduate Drew Hall was selected.
Hall, a right-handed pitcher, is the third Midstate baseball player to earn All-American honors, joining a pair of large school All-Americans in Clarksville’s Donny Everett and Ravenwood’s Bryce Denton
Hall, a first-team All-Midstate selection and reigning Class A Mr. Baseball, posted a 12-1 record with a 0.49 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 85 innings. He helped guide the Cougars to a 31-10-1 record, along with the school’s fourth straight state tournament appearance.
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports. Reach Sam Brown at 615-259-8232 and on Twitter @SamBrownTN.