Running in both of his specialties, Bryson Lillard had plenty
left at the end.
The Brentwood Academy junior swept both the 110 high hurdles and 300-meter hurdles and won boys athlete of the meet in the Great Eight track and field event at Vanderbilt Tuesday night.
Lillard had a 14.72 in the highs, then followed that up with a personal best 38.79 in the 300, which beat his personal best by a whopping two seconds.
The meet saw six meet records broken (four in the boys division and two in the girls) with some superlative performances.
“My teammates were urging me on, encouraging me, pushing me,” Lillard, whose presence will give the Eagles a strong shot at a state title in May, said.
Asked about winning state, he said, “that’s in God’s hands, I will work hard toward that goal.”
“He’s a wonderful kid, everyone likes him. I’d adopt him if I could,’’ BA coach Charlie Harper said, laughing.
Lillard won MVP honors over a strong performance by Brentwood High’s and Arkansas signee Kevin Lazus, the defending AAA state decathlon champion. Lazus, who placed third among high school runners in a national meet last weekend, won the pole vault with a meet record 15-6 and finished second in the shot put.
University School of Nashville junior Jordan Lavender and Cane Ridge junior hurdler Janetra Gleaves were named girls co-athletes of the meet.
Gleaves won all three events she entered, the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and the high jump at 5-6. She ran away from the field in the 300 hurdles, winning by almost 15 meters.
“My favorite is the 300 hurdles,” she said. “I’m going to give my best to win state, and I hope my running will put Cane Ridge on the map.”
Lavender also won three events. Her highlight was the 400 where she smoked the field and set a meet record of 55.43. She also won the 200 and the long jump at 18-¼.
“I’m proud of the way I ran, and I’m ready for state,” the tiny, 5-foot-4 Lavender said.
She will run in the Doug Hall Relays Saturday at MBA but said she may have to cut her day short due to prom night at the school.
Hunters Lane’s Davis shines: Even though he won just one of the three events he ran in, the “Iron Man of the Meet’’ award had to go to Hunters Lane senior Jaz Davis. He was second in the 100, came right back to run the 400 with only one event in between and almost won. He was edged by a meter by R.J. Ellison of Independence in 49.33.
Davis, a Memphis signee, finished up strong and won the final event, the 200, in 21.94 when he edged Hillsboro’s Tyler Anderson at the tape.
“The 200 is my love,” he said after the final race. “I was going to do everything I could to win that race. After the 100, I thought I might win the 400, but he (Ellison) was just too strong at the end. But my time (49.35) was a personal best.”
Other meet notables: Ford Bell of Brentwood High broke a meet record with a 4:15.84 run in the 1600 which was 2.5 seconds better than his previous best, and won by about 50 meters. “He ran a great race, and kept the record in the Brentwood family,” coach Ronnie Siegenthaler said. … Hillsboro’s Anderson set a meet record in the long jump (23-4¾) as did Terry Hodges of LaVergne in the triple jump (47-6½) … Hunters Lane’s Mychele Cummings set a girls record of 149-¾ in the discus and she also won the shot put. … Antioch’s Quamel Prince ran a great 800 in a personal best 1:53.90 and just missed the ’05 record of CPA’s C.J. Hudgens (1:52.41). … Ensworth’s Sarah DeLozier swept the 1600 and 3200 runs. She barely edged Harpeth Hall senior Grace Stumb who collapsed at the 1600 finish line but was OK. … Even though she entered as an alternate, East Lit junior Veonka Manning still won the girls 100 in 12.28. … Veteran Susan Russ has returned to become head coach at Harpeth Hall after a year’s absence. … The next big meet of the spring is the Doug Halls Relays at MBA Saturday.