MURFREESBORO — Brentwood Academy senior George Patrick put together another impressive title haul at the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association State Track Championships, winning four events on Friday to lead the defending champion Eagles to a second consecutive Division II state title.
For the second consecutive year, Patrick, who also won Tuesday’s Division II decathlon, claimed titles in the triple jump (46-0.25), long jump (22-2.75), 110-meter hurdles (14.26) and 300-meter hurdles (38.34), accounting for 50 of Brentwood Academy’s state-record 211 overall points.
“It’s like everything has finally paid off you know,” said Patrick, the 2016 Tennessean Boys Track Athlete of the Year. “All the work I’ve put in, all the times that I missed hanging out with my friends and the studying I missed working out seven days a week, it all pays off.”
With Friday’s performance, Patrick, a University of Texas signee, became the first athlete in TSSAA history to win five individual titles at consecutive state meets.
“I think the best thing that comes out of this is that I think I made track a little bit cooler for people at my school, and I think I made it more desirable for people to want to do,” Patrick added. “I think track is becoming bigger and bigger every year, especially at Brentwood Academy.
“There’s a ton of people rallying around the team, and I think the team aspect is going to continue to grow.”
The Eagles, who won their state-leading 21st team title on Friday, outscored second-place Montgomery Bell Academy by 124 points, while McCallie (68), Memphis University School (58) and Harding Academy (56) rounded out the top five.
In addition to Brentwood Academy claiming victories in both the 400- (42.54) and 800-meter (1:29.37) relays, Eagles seniors Josh Bell (1,600-meter, 4:16.70) and Michael Renner (3,200-meter, 9:34.31) also captured titles.
“It means everything,” Patrick said. “I don’t know many other people who can say they finished their careers with, in my opinion, the best team is state history … and it’s not because we have more talented people than other teams, it’s because we have people that just want to win and work really hard.”
Stratford captured a runner-up finish in Class A-AA, winning the evening’s final event — the 1,600-meter relay — with a time of 3:22.51 to conclude the meet with 51 points and edge out third-place finisher Christ Presbyterian Academy by one point.
Spartans senior Tre’Vaughn Hatcher won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.23, while CPA’s Bobby Willingham (pole vault, 14-0), Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Sam Mathis (discus, 154-10), Creek Wood’s Quinton Poole (long jump, 22-5.5), Nashville Christian’s Daniel Bituli (shot put, 51-11) and Maplewood’s Jeremy McDowell (200 meter, 21.77) also came away with individual state titles on Friday.
Pearl-Cohn, which won both the 800- (1:27.64) and 400-meter (41.71) relays, finished fifth in the team standings after winning the Class A-AA state title a season ago.
Brentwood High School tallied the top Midstate score in Class AAA, racking up 43 points to finish in third place — 31 points behind state champion Memphis Central and 12 behind runner-up Whitehaven.
Brentwood sophomore Brodey Hasty won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:14.72, while the Bruins’ 3,200-meter relay team clocked a 7:57.03 to claim a first-place finish.
Other Midstate winners in Class AAA included Gallatin senior Adam Neelly, who captured titles in both the shot put (59-11) and discus (181-05).
Neelly, a University of Memphis signee, finished second last year to Brett Neelly (now at Kansas State University), but he did something his older brother could not – win the shot put state title as well.
“It’s awesome to end my senior year on a high note,” Adam Neelly said. “I turned myself into a shot putter my senior year.”
Other AAA winners included Centennial’s Jonathan Helton (800-meter, 1:54.69) and Kenwood’s Isaiah Lucas (200-meter, 21.74).
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