On Thursday, Ensworth’s Tyra Gittens put the finishing touches on a spectacular sophomore track and field season.
If all goes according to plan, Gittens, who scored a perfect 50 points in her five events at girls state track and field championships, will be competing on the international stage in the near future.
“I’m probably going to try and run for Trinidad,” said Gittens, a Trinidad and Tobago native. “I have my green card and everything, but I’m not a citizen. I don’t know if you have to be an actual citizen, but if not I’m going to try and run for them.
“They don’t really have any heptathletes, so I’d be a first.”
So close: Brentwood High came up 14.5 points shy of claiming its fourth Class AAA championship.
In addition to his squad’s second-place finish, Brentwood athletic director and track coach Ronnie Seigenthaler still had plenty of reason to celebrate as he was able to watch his son, Ensworth coach and Brentwood graduate Dillon Siegenthaler, lead the Lady Tigers to their first team championship in Division II.
“(Dillon) made some great moves today, and his kids responded,” Ronnie said. “You’ve got to put the kids in the right position, and they’ve got to perform. I am very proud of Ensworth, and, of course, Dillon.”
Waiting it out, part I: Spring Fling has been able to dodge bad weather for much of the week, but the start of Thursday’s baseball action at MTSU was delayed for about an hour by rain. The delay at the outset of the day, coupled with a long game, caused Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. game (FRA vs. St. George’s) to start at 5 p.m.
After the early-morning delay there was no further weather-related interruptions. The sun even managed to break through the clouds a few times during the third game of the day. The temperatures were surprisingly cool, though — a big switch from Wednesday’s warm weather — and many of the fans had blankets and coats.
Waiting it out, part II: A steady light rain delayed the start of the tennis singles and doubles matches at Old Fort Park by an hour-and-a-half Thursday.
The wet conditions and unseasonably cool temperatures were especially a hindrance for University School of Nashville senior Francesca Eluhu.
Play finally started at 11:30 a.m., but not for Eluhu. Her quarterfinals opponent Cameron Touliatos from Evangelical Christian School did not show up so Eluhu was left trying to keep warm.
“I was really hoping I’d get to play so I wouldn’t go out cold,” Eluhu said. “And it was cold. I just kept moving, tried to get over my jitters that way while everyone else was getting to play. I stayed here so I could watch all my teammates play and it was hard trying to stay warm.”
The downtime didn’t appear to bother Eluhu. Once she finally got on the court she breezed by University School of Jackson’s Tori Hockaday 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals.