A total of 33 athletes from both East and West middle schools will be representing Tullahoma at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships based on their performances at sectionals last week at Riverdale High School.
West Middle School will be sending 20 athletes to the state meet, while East Middle School will be taking 13 athletes of its own. In order to qualify for state, participants had to place fourth or higher in the respective events at sectionals.
The TMSSAA State Championships will take place on May 18 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Start time is scheduled for 8 a.m.
The two-day sectionals got underway on Monday at Riverdale, when the field events took place. On Wednesday, sectionals concluded with the track events.
West saw 10 athletes qualify for state in individual events, while East had eight athletes make it to state in individual events.
For the West girls, Joanna House, Rachel Ferguson and Baylee Buchanan each qualified for in their respective events. House placed in the high jump, while Ferguson and Buchanan both placed in the discus throw.
In the high jump, House was able to clear 4 feet and 2 inches, taking third place. Bailey Trussell also took part in the same event, finishing sixth at 4-0.
Ferguson took second in the discus throw, hurling a distance of 58-9. Buchanan followed by finishing fourth in the same event, at 57-10.5.
The West girls also saw two of its relay teams qualify for state, as the 4x100-meter relay team and the 4x400 relay team finished with top four performances.
In the 4x100 relay, Alyssa Stephens, Lucy Nutt, Morgan Carr and Ruth Jennings teamed to take third in the race. The Lady Bobcats combined to clock in at 58.82 seconds.
In the 4x400, Reagan Rogers, Alivia Bowen, Trussell and Mikalah Sims teamed to finish third. The Lady Bobcats clocked in at 5:10.24.
On the boys side, Jaxon Sheffield qualified for state in two events. Sheffield took third place in the 100 dash, followed by a second-place effort in the 200 dash.
In the 100 dash, Sheffield timed in at 12.21. Teammate Caiden Allsop also qualified for state in the same race, finishing fourth at 12.84.
In the 200 dash, Sheffield clocked in at 25.53 in his second-place effort. DeVonte Blair also ran in the same race, finishing fifth at 26.97.
However, Blair did qualify for state in the 110 hurdles, after a third place effort. Blair finished that race with an overall time of 18.53. Teammate Evan Tomlin took sixth in the same race at 20.54.
Grant Chadwick earned his spot into state after taking second place in the high jump, clearing 5-2. Teammate Jerrell Sheffield competed in the same event, finishing sixth at 4-8.
Xavier Farrell took third place in the discus throw to ensure he was headed to state. Farrell hurled a distance of 76-4. Bryson Steverson took sixth in the same event at 71-5 and Daylen Fulton finished 15th at 55-0.
Kristopher Rippy and Nathan Jones each qualified for state based on their performances in the shot put. Rippy nabbed first place after hurling a distance of 33-5. Jones followed that with a fourth place finish, throwing at 30-10. Farrell also competed in the shot put, finishing ninth at 24-9.
The West boys also had a relay team qualify for state, after the 4x100 team took second place. Sheffield, Blair, Shamar Brewer and Tomlin teamed to finish the race at 50.23.
Marriana Hendon led the East girls with a pair of first place finishes, as she ensured herself spots at the state meet. Hendon took the top spot in both the shot put and the discus throw.
In the shot put, Hendon hurled a distance of 29-9.5 to take the top spot. In the same event, teammate Israel Hovater also qualified for state with a fourth-place effort, finishing at 28-6. Karah Lawrence finished seventh in the shot put as well at 25-0.
In the discus throw, Hendon finished at 62-4 to win the event. Callie Hargrove also qualified for state in the discus after placing third at 58-4. Hovater finished sixth in the same event at 53-0.
Sara Eakin also qualified for state in two individual events for the East girls team. Eakin took the top spot in the 200 dash, before finishing second in the 100 dash.
In the 200 dash, Eakin topped the racers at 28.63. Eleanor Fults took fifth in the same race at 29.52, while Chloe Denson finished 16th at 31.98.
In the 100 dash, Eakin timed at 13.88 in her second place effort. Hovater finished eighth in the same race at 14.67, while Victoria Kenimer took 12th at 15.00.
Fults and Kanora McGee each placed in the 400 run, ensuring their spots at state. Fults took the top spot in the race, clocking in at 1:05.23, while McGee finished fourth at 1:07.28.
On the boys side, Zane Hopf qualified for state in three individual events. Hopf will be competing at state in the 200 dash, 110 hurdles and the high jump.
In fact, Hopf took first place in two events at sectionals. In the 110 hurdles, Hopf clocked in at 17.21 in his first place finish. During the high jump, Hopf cleared 5-2 to nab the top spot.
Danny Martinez also qualified for state in the high jump, finishing fourth at 4-10.
In the 200 dash, Hopf took fourth place, clocking in at 26.93. Andrew Ewing took eighth in the same race at 28.43, while Christian Salazar finished 13th at 29.54.
The East boys also had three relay teams qualify for state, as the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 squads all had top four efforts at sectionals.
In the 4x200 relay, Salazar, Te’Angelo Ewing, Grant Allen and Logan Prosser teamed to take second place. The Panthers clocked in at 1:48.23.
In the 4x100 race, Jalen Hill, Te’Angelo, Allen and Prosser teamed to take third place. The Panthers timed in at 51.42.
In the 4x400 relay, Martinez, Prosser, Allen and Hill finished second place. The Panthers finished with an overall time of 4:36.38.