MURFREESBORO – Ensworth accomplished a season-long goal Monday at the girls Division II Pentathlon, taking home the top two spots.
Sophomore Tyra Gittens captured the state title for the second consecutive year with 3,681 points and teammate Sara Shipp finished second with 3,029 points.
“It’s really exciting,” Shipp said. “We were hoping for this. We worked every almost every Saturday to improve and it’s good to finally finish our goal.”
Gittens, who dominated the field in four of the five events, said having the senior on her heels all day helped propel her toward her second straight state title.
“It’s perfect because I don’t really compete at my best without competition, so having Sara was great,” said Gittens, who completed the 100 hurdles in just 14.95 seconds. “Especially for the 800 because I could see her and I knew I needed to stay with her.”
St. Cecilia’s Adreanna Parlette finished fifth and Harpeth Hall’s Anna Kate Rader ninth.
East Nashville junior Grenetria Shell also claimed a state championship Monday, tallying 3,242 points in the Class A-AA meet. She excelled in the 800-meter run and long jump.
Shell capitalized on her first trip to state after not competing her freshman year and missing last year’s pentathlon because of an injury.
“It feels really good,” Shell said. “I’ve worked hard over the years and it felt great to come out here and do good.”
Shell also benefited from the competition of a teammate as Micquana Webster finished fourth with 2,703 points.
“She’s my motivator,” Shell said.” She always pushes me a lot.”
Darreon Sawyers of Martin Luther King finished eighth, Kayla Guthrie of Whites Creek took ninth and Lipscomb Academy’s Katherine Gaw was 11th.
Brentwood’s Rachel Jantzi was the top finisher from the Midstate in the girls Class AAA event, taking third place with 2,866 points.
Rossview’s Bethany Rich finished fifth and Coffee County’s Sara Pearson was seventh.
Watkins leading decathlon: Pearl-Cohn is making a push for a state decathlon championship in boys Division-I A-AA as Cameron Watkins sits in first with 1,931 points after five events and Darryl Harris Jr. is in third at 1,689.
Brentwood Academy junior George Patrick is primed for his first state title in the boys Division II field after a runner-up finish last year.
Patrick holds a 452-point lead on Ensworth’s P.J. Settles.
In the boys Division-I AAA decathlon, Ravenwood junior Carter Sorenson is third with 2,827 points and Northwest senior Matthew Stewart is fourth with 2,756.
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