For area girls in the state pentathlon competition, Monday seemed to be the day for seconds.
Three area girls finished second — Ensworth’s Anna Bowers in DII, David Lipscomb’s Kirstyn Sweeney in Class A/AA and Ravenwood’s Courtney Woodard in Class AAA.
But things look brighter so far for area athletes after the first day of the boys decathlon. Decathlon star Ben Davies of Brentwood Academy is currently leading DII with 3,408 points. Page High’s Les Gilbert has a narrow lead in A/AA with 2,862 points to 2,861 points for Chattanooga Brainerd’s Orlandus Harris and Brentwood High’s Kevin Lazas is second in Class AAA.
The rest of the decathlon events will be finished today in Murfreesboro.
But a second-place wasn’t disappointing for Ensworth’s Bowers, who has almost no experience in the competition. Her first practice for some of the events came the day before the region competition.
“I would have liked to have been first,” Bowers said. “(But) I’m happy with second place. I exceeded my expectations.”
Also, her Ensworth teammate Genny Mayden finished fourth in the pentathlon, giving the team 13 points heading into the rest of the state championship competition.
Bowers, who helped lead Ensworth to the state basketball championship last season, said she’d like to win another title before she graduates. She has signed to play basketball for Lipscomb University next year.
“We have a chance to win state,” Bowers said. “That’d be great.”