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Twenty athletes from Tullahoma High School’s track & field team qualified for the TSSAA state sectional meet following last week’s sub-sectional in Murfreesboro.
There will be 10 girls and 10 boys from the THS track teams competing Tuesday at Riverdale High School in an effort to advance to the TSSAA Spring Fling.
Last week Tullahoma had five first-place finishers, with several netting personal best times. Tullahoma coach Maurice Shaw was pleased that many of the times picked up as the team heads into the postseason.
“What I like best is that they all beat their times, even from Midstate (Rotary meet),” said Shaw. “The relay teams were able to increase their times.”
Drew Young, Zane Price, Kris Potts-Howard, Erin Layne and Johnise Jones each placed first in their respective events during the sub-sectional, which was also held at Riverdale.
Tullahoma’s boys finished fourth overall with 103 points.
Young finished first in the 400-meter run with a time of 52.46 seconds, Shamar Smith was fourth at 53.50. In the 110 hurdles, Montrell Berry finished second in 15.69 seconds.
The Wildcats 4×100 team of Berry, Trey Burks, Shaquille Harris and Cole Potter stopped the clock at 42.97 to finish second, while the 4×400 team of Dalton Cox, Potter, Price and Shamar Smith finished third at the 3:39.82 mark,
Price won the pole vault with a personal best height of 13 feet. He attempted 13-6 but didn’t get it.
“Hopefully we can get Zane over 13-6 and climb on up to that 14 (foot) plateau,” said Shaw.
Tullahoma swept the top three spots in the triple jump. Potts-Howard was first with a mark of 42 feet, 10; Berry was second at 42-05 and Smith was third at 42-02. Harris was third in the long jump at 19-10.
Allen Starks, a senior, finished fourth in the discus at 148.09 feet. Starks, who was a state qualifier last year, was 6 feet short of his personal best.
“Hopefully we can get him up a little further,” added Shaw. “We want him to get dialed in because he wants to compete for a school record.”
The Tullahoma Lady Wildcats finished third overall with 77 points.
They were led by Layne’s first-place finish in the shot put — 32-1 — and a first-place finish by Jones in the pole vault — 8-0.
Suzanna Price was the runner up in the long jump at 14-10.5. She also finished second in the pole vault with a mark of 7-6. Rebecca Speagle was third in the shot put at 29-11.5 and Shantel White placed fourth in the triple jump at 31-7.
The Lady Cats 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams advanced as well.
In the 4×100, White , Shania Taylor, Price and Kalah Vance turned in their best time of the year — 51.37 — to place fourth.
The 4×400 team recorded its best time of the year also. White, Shayla Welton, Mylisha Edwards and Anna Gilbert finished fourth at the 4:29 mark.
These 20 THS athletes hope to advance to the TSSAA BlueCross Spring Fling state championships, which begin May 21 in Murfreesboro.