CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – With a total of 19 teams competing on the boys’ side and 20 teams in the girls’ competition, West Creek and Northeast continue to prove why they’ve been the most consistent track and field programs in the city.
West Creek finished first among those 19 teams Saturday in the Austin Peay Classic that was held at Governor Stadium. Northeast — the two-time defending Class AAA state champion — finished second overall on the girls’ side.
Coyotes sprinter Zeandre Floyd took home first place in the boys’ 100-meter dash and finished second in the 200 while his school’s relay teams finished no worse than third place in all four races.
Kenwood’s Chris Jackson took home a pair of first-place medals. He finished in the top spot in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Eagles have reset their team after the graduation of All-State performer Brittany Kelly, who helped lead Northeast to back-to-back state titles the past two years. Only the school’s 4×200-meter relay team captured first place, but Northeast secured several second and third place finishes to accumulate enough team points to put it among the top team finishers this past weekend.
Centennial took home the top honors with 100 points, followed by Northeast (89.5), East Nashville (76.5), Rossview (70) and West Creek (63.5). Fort Campbell’s girls took ninth while Clarksville High finished 13th. Northwest and Kenwood finished 17th and 18th, respectively.
On the boys’ side, West Creek grabbed a total of 96.5 points to finish first, followed by Centennial (91), Pearl Cohn (80.5), Oakland (66) and Henry Clay (Ky.) 54.5 points. Northeast took sixth and Kenwood took eighth while Fort Campbell finished 11th. Rossview, Northwest and Clarksville High finished 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively.
Floyd, who had a third-place finish at state in the 100 last year, captured the race in a time of 11.1 seconds, beating out Henry Clay’s duo of Devonte Robinson (11.21) and DeQuan Robinson (11.22) Saturday. Floyd then ran in the 200 finals and took second place with a time of 22.49 seconds, just behind DeQuan Robinson’s 22.48 time.
Jackson finished first in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.01 seconds and took the 300 hurdles in a time of 40.73. In both races, he defeated Northeast’s Desmond Tanner, who took second place.
West Creek’s boys’ relay teams took second place in the 4×200 (1:32.63) and the 4×800 (9:04.46) while finishing third in the 4×100 (44.74 seconds) and 4×400 (3:34.63). Northeast’s boys took the top spot in the 4×800 running in a time of 8:54.54. That team consisted of Maurice James, Trevor Young, Cameron Moser and Kenneth Malone.
Northwest’s Alex Bellavance took second place in the boys’ 3,200 meter run with a time of 10:07.55.
The Coyotes’ Terrell Coger finished first in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet, 8.5 inches as Tanner took third for Northeast (40-04).
Kenwood’s Joshua Lewis finished third in the boys’ shot put with a distance of 43 feet, 2 inches.
For the girls’ West Creek and Northeast finished second and third in the 100. The Lady Coyotes’ Asha Jennings took second in a time of 13.02 seconds, followed by the Lady Eagles’ Taylor Stratton (13.14). Stratton also took third in the 200 finals with a time of 27.17 seconds.
Northeast’s Eryn Decker took third in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:33.24 while Rossview’s Brooke Kowalski finished third in both the girls’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
Rossview’s Bethany Rich took second in the 100 hurdles (15.61 seconds) while Northeast’s Daisia Frank took third in the 300 hurdles (47.77 seconds).
The Lady Eagles’ relay teams won the 4×200 (1:46.32), finished second in the 4×400 (4:17.72) and took third in the 4×800 (10:46.04). The Lady Eagles’ Ty’Asia Thorton fook third in the girls’ shot put
Rossview’s 4×100 team took the first-place medal in a time of 51:55 seconds with a team of Rich, Jazzmine Adams, Kennisha Chester and Alycia Buggs. Rich also finished third in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 8 inches.
Kentucky state champion, Nia Gibbs-Francis of Fort Campbell, took first place in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches and third in the triple jump, while teammate Dascha Hix took first in the girls’ pole vault with height of 11 feet, 6 inches.
West Creek’s Aliah McPhaul took first in the shot put and second in the discus, and teammate Shayla Smith took second in the girls’ triple jump.
George Robinson. Prep writer. Twitter: @Cville_Sports.