It wasn’t his usual workload, which generally features between 30 and 40 carries, but Montgomery Bell Academy junior Ty Chandler still had quite a bit on his plate Saturday.
There was no football being played at Tommy Owen Stadium, but the Doug Hall Relays gave Chandler the opportunity to show off his speed — just one of the reasons he’s among of the top-rated high school prospects in the country.
“It was a great meet overall,” said Chandler, who ran the 400-meter relay (43.21), the middle distance medley relay (3:35.97) and the sprint medley relay (1:37.77) to help the host Big Red capture a second-place finish at the 30th annual Midstate meet.
“The team did great today and I felt like we ran some great races,” he added. “(I run rack) just to get bigger, faster and stronger and I have great coaches around to help me.”
And while Chandler has been keeping himself busy with track and field, college recruiters from across the country have kept busy trying to persuade the standout running back to sign with their school.
“The recruiting process, it’s fun,” said Chandler, the reigning Tennessean football player of the year and the state’s fifth-ranked prospect according to 247Sports. “It’s something that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I enjoy it and I’m glad I’m in the position I’m in.”
Chandler, a four-start prospect who had 2,585 yards and 34 touchdowns last fall, holds offers from numerous top programs, including Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has yet to release a list of his top schools, but it shouldn’t be too much longer.
“Not just yet, but I have a few in mind,” said Chandler, who has an upcoming visit to Southern Cal scheduled. “I’m probably going to put out a list soon.”
MBA, which collected wins in the pole vault, the middle distance relay and the 4×400, finished 41 points behind Brentwood Academy, which claimed its ninth Doug Hall Relays title with 112 points. Brentwood (57), Wilson Central (43) and Antioch (42) rounded out the top five.
“It’s hard to win a meet like this if you don’t have depth, and I do think that’s a strength of our team,” Brentwood Academy coach Brad Perry said. “It’s a testament to our coaches, and I think that showed today.”
In girls action, Brentwood High claimed a comfortable first-place finish with 81 points behind senior Hailey Hendry’s MVP performance.
“My teammates just put me in a good position to win all three, and I just had to keep the lead,” said Hendry, who anchored Brentwood’s winning teams in the 6,400-meter relay, the distance medley relay and the 3,200-meter relay. “This is more of a team meet, and it’s really fun to win as a team.”
Brentwood Academy’s girls came in second with 67.5, edging third-place East Nashville by just two points, while Centennial (50) and Antioch (40) also managed top 5 finishes.
Team standings: Brentwood Academy (112), MBA (71), Brentwood (57), Wilson Central (43), Antioch (42), Centennial (33), FRA (31), McGavock (28), MLK (24), CPA (21).
Pole Vault — MBA (35-06.00), Shot put — Brentwood Academy ( 132-06.75), Discus — Brentwood Academy (398-00), High jump — Brentwood Academy (18-00.00), Long jump — Brentwood Academy (64-00.00), 4×1600 — Brentwood (18.01.26), Shuttle hurdle — Brentwood Academy (46.90), Distance medley — Brentwood (10:21.45), 4×100 — Brentwood Academy (42.54), 4×800 — Brentwood (8:05.45), Middle distance medley — MBA (3:35.97), 4×200 — Antioch (1:29.52), Sprint medley — Brentwood Academy (1:37.26), 4×400 — MBA (3:50.58).
Team standings: Brentwood (81), Brentwood Academy (67.50), East Nashville (65.50), Centennial (50), Antioch (40), Lipscomb (30), MLK (23), Harpeth Hall (22), Overton (20), St. Cecilia (19), Ravenwood (19).
Pole Vault — Harpeth Hall (19-06.00), Shot put — Brentwood (94-03.50), Discus — Brentwood (278-11), High jump — Lipscomb (14-04.00), Long jump — Brentwood (48-09.00), 4×1600 — Brentwood (22:14.66), Shuttle hurdle — Antioch (53.83), Distance medley — Brentwood (12:37.04), 4×100 — East Nashville (49.97), 4×800 — Brentwood (9:36.57), Middle distance medley — Overton (4:29.17), 4×200 — East Nashville (1:45.76), Sprint medley — East Nashville (1:56.04), 4×400 — East Nashville (4:05.89).