MURFREESBORO – Regarded as one of the top decathletes in the nation, Brentwood Academy junior George Patrick didn’t disappoint at the Division II decathlon on Tuesday.
Patrick racked up 6,882 points to dominate the field, capturing the title by almost 1,000 points.
Ensworth’s P.J. Settles finished in second.
“It’s so awesome to just have two other guys in here with you,” said Patrick, whose teammates Thomas Ozburn and Cameron Johnson also placed in the top eight. “Just watching them compete as they did was just humbling.”
Johnson was fifth and Ozburn was seventh.
Patrick won or tied for first in seven events while finishing second in two more and setting a personal record at 14.12 seconds in the 110 hurdles.
With the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump still to go, Patrick held back on the final mile of the 1600-meter run.
“(Johnson) really wanted to run a 5:10, so I brought him through at that pace and just told him to go on that last 200,” Patrick said. “I pretty much just walked across the finish line.”
Franklin Road Academy’s Drake Mitchell finished third and Montgomery Bell Academy’s Will Eskew was fourth.
Christ Presbyterian Academy junior William Stout captured the Class A/AA title, beating two competitors from Pearl-Cohn and one from Central Magnet.
“I’m so relieved it’s over … it’s brutal,” Stout said. “I’m very humbled and excited to win.”
Pearl-Cohn’s Darryl Harris Jr. and Cameron Watikins finished second and fifth, respectively. Central Magnet’s Ben Waldecker took fourth and East Nashville’s DeAndre Kpana-Quamoh was seventh.
The Midstate came up just short in the Class AAA field, with Ravenwood’s Carter Sorenson finishing runner-up and Northwest’s Matthew Stewart placing third behind state champion Chase Sholl of Rhea County.
“He’s so good,” Sorenson said. “He’s just crazy fast. He doesn’t look fast, but he blew pretty much everyone out of the water.”
Sorenson said his second-place finish gives him confidence he can catch Sholl next year.
“It’s amazing for my confidence,” the junior said. “I definitely feel like I can close the gap on him and get him next year.”
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