Katharine Hills

Katharine Hills runs during the 1,600-meter race during the Rotary-Rudy Hensel Invitational held at Tullahoma High School on April 27. Hills is part of the Tullahoma 4x800 relay team that qualified for the state meet. Elise Sandlin, Natalie Nunn and Anna Parker are also part of that relay team. 

Six Tullahoma High School athletes earned their seats into the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) State Championships based on their performances at sectionals last Friday at Rhea County High School.

In order to qualify for the state meet, athletes had to finish in the top four of their respective events. Connor White and Kailyn Farrell each qualified individually for the TSSAA State Meet, which will be held at MTSU on May 22-24. Elise Sandlin, Katharine Hills, Natalie Nunn and Anna Parker then teamed up to qualify for state in a 4x800 meter relay race.

The Large Classification State Track and Field Championships will take place on May 23 at MTSU. Running events are slated to get underway at 4 p.m. with the girls 4x800 meter relay leading things off.

During their run at sectionals, Sandlin, Hills, Nunn and Parker teamed to take third place at Rhea County High School. The four Lady Wildcats clocked in with a time of 10 minutes and 32.35 seconds during the race.

Soddy Daisy had the winning team in the 4x800 relay, finishing at 10:19.76. Oakland’s squad followed in third place at 10:21.95, while Siegel rounded out the top four teams with a time of 10:44.14.

Farrell earned her spot into state with a fourth-place performance in the shot put. During that event, Farrell was able to hurl a distance of 34 feet and 7.50 inches. Teammate Stashia Sims also took part in the same event, finishing 16th at 28-6.5.

Rhea County’s Hallie DeArman took first overall in the same event, tossing a distance of 36-4.50. Walker Valley’s Sophie Frederick finished second at 35-09.50, while Blackman’s Hope Anderson took third at 35-09.

As the lone THS boys team member to qualify for state, White took the top spot in the pole vault, clearing 12-0. Second place went to Stewarts Creek’s Christian Brown, who finished at 11-0. Coffee County’s Trace Bryant finished in third at 10-6, while Red Bank’s Caleb Paradis rounded out the state qualifiers at 10-6 as well.

Both White and Farrell are scheduled to get their state meets started on May 23 at 9 a.m. Both the girls shot put and boys pole vault are slated to begin at that time.

Tullahoma had a few athletes finish inside the top 10 of their respective events at sectionals as well. Logan Crouch just missed qualifying for state in the shot put, taking sixth with a distance of 42-2.5. Cadden Bradford also took part in the same event, finishing 15th at 34-0.52.

Alex Higgins, from Cleveland, took first in the shot put, hurling a distance of 48-09.25. Blackman’s Antonio Malone finished second at 45-10.25. Red Bank’s B.J. Ragland took third at 43-06.50, while Cookeville’s Benton Flatt rounded out the state qualifiers in fourth at 43-03.

The THS boys 4x800 team took seventh at sectionals as well. C.J. Harden, Branden Cluckey, Matt Qua and White all teamed to finish with a time of 8:50.58.

Cleveland’s team took the top spot in that race with a time of 8:23.25. Central Magnet placed second at 8:26.02, while Ooltewah finished third at 8:31.21 and Siegel rounded out the top four performers at 8:37.44.

Harden also took 10th individually in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 45.15. Cleveland’s Eric Parker took the top spot at 37.80, while Walker Valley’s Skyy Craig finished second at 38.30. McMinn County’s Spencer Hoffman took third at 40.89 while his teammate Dace Brown rounded out the state qualifiers at 42.15.

In the 4x400 relay, Tullahoma finished ninth overall as Qua, White, Anthony Wonder and Cluckey teamed to clock in at 3:42.37. Cleveland’s squad took first overall at 3:28.04, while Ooltewah finished second at 3:30.13. Riverdale took third place at 3:32.60, before Coffee County rounded out the state qualifiers at 3:32.88.

Cluckey also took 10th individually in the 800 run, finishing with a time of 2:12.95. Cookeville’s Kevin Griffin finished first overall at 2:01.79. Cleveland’s Cole Millard took second at 2:03.71, while Stewarts Creek’s Andrew Nau placed third at 2:04.43, before Central Magnet’s Nathan Cardel took fourth at 2:04.80.

In the girls 4x400 relay, Tullahoma took seventh place overall with a time of 4:24.75. Amy Johnson, Willow Hobbs, Natalie Nunn and Anna Parker all teamed to run that race.

Stewarts Creek’s team won the girls 4x400 relay with a time of 4:13.63. Oakland’s squad finished second at 4:14.05, while Walker Valley placed third at 4:15.14 and Cleveland rounded out the top four squads at 4:15.69.