Some fun and very distinctive rivalries came out of the Class A/AA Midstate Regional track and field meet this week.
In the boys division, a good sprinters’ duel has emerged between David Lipscomb jet Zach Rogers and Goodpasture comet Ben Cunningham.
Cunningham pulled an upset win over the favored Rogers in the 100 final Thursday night in :10.82 at the Lipscomb track after Rogers had the fastest qualifying time. But Rogers came back with a five-meter win in the 200 in :22.04, with teammate Jeremy Holt edging Cunningham at the tape for second place.
“That’s the first time I’ve beaten him in the 100, he’s still ahead of me 2-1,’’ said Cunningham, a fullback/defensive back on the Cougar football team. “I just have to keep working hard. He’s pushing me (for better times), and I think I’m pushing him.’’
“I told him before the 200 that whoever is first or second, we’ll still go to state,’’ said Rogers. “I got a little bit of a chip on my shoulder when he beat me in the 100, and I wanted to come back strong in the 200.’’
With both being juniors, next spring should be an exciting track season as well.
“I got a great start in the 200, I just gave it my all,’’ Rogers said. “And Jeremy Holt ran a great race to finish second, that was the points that clinched the meet for us,’’ said Rogers, who is also Holt’s teammate in football.
Holt also came right back in the very next event to run a strong anchor leg for the winning Mustang 4X400 relay team which edged MLK. It enabled Lipscomb to finish with 136½ points to 114½ for FRA. MLK (100) was third.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for state.
In the girls division, a good duel has developed between Lipscomb junior Kirstyn Sweeney and Pearl-Cohn senior Brielle Moore. The two finished 1-2 in the region pentathlon and are expected to duel for top honors in that event Monday at MTSU.
The two also are strong competitors in the hurdle events. Moore won the 100 hurdles in meet in a personal best 15.36, with Sweeney second. Sweeney won the 300 low hurdles in a personal best :46.59, with Moore third.
“I was really happy with 300,’’ said Sweeney, who glanced at the clock as she ran by, showing it with her personal best, and threw up her hands in happiness.
“She’s (Moore) is a great athlete, and we push each other. I had mono during the Great Eight and City meets, and I didn’t get to compete against her.
“I’ve done some research, trying to figure what I have to do in each event to maximize my score (in the pentathlon),’’ she said. “I’m aiming for about 3,100 (she had 2,986 in region, despite competing with mono, 61 points ahead of Moore).
“I think we bring the best out in each other,’’ Moore said of Sweeney. “She’s a great athlete and competitor. I’m just going to keep working hard, and hope for the best in the pentathlon. My best chances are in the 110 hurdles, high jump and long jump.’’
Moore said she likely will sign with either Bethel or Kentucky State.
Thanks mainly to the 5-10 Moore, Pearl-Cohn ran away with the girls division, scoring 167 points, with M.L. King second (112) and Lipscomb third (98).
• In other highlights: M.L. King set a school record in winning the 4X100 relay in :49.52 and were led by the youthful quartet of freshman Jasmine Mitchum, soph Kirsten Jones, freshman Jalyn Burr and eighth-grader Jasmine Owens. Decked in his all-white outfit, Pearl-Cohn’s Corey Cecil smoked the field in both the 110 high hurdles in :15.35 and the 300 hurdles in :40.62. Pearl-Cohn’s Shateka Battle was second in the girls 100 and first in the 200.
BGA TAKES SERIES: Lee Coleman’s two-run game-winning double in the eighth inning helped Battle Ground Academy rally for a 9-8 victory over Briarcrest in the opener of their best-of-three DII sectional baseball series in Franklin. Starter David Isaacs struck out 10, and Navery Moore got the win in relief. The Wildcats clinched it with a 12-8 victory in the nightcap behind winning pitcher England Smith and nailed down a trip to state next week.
BRENTWOOD BLANKS RAVENWOOD: Jennifer Maher fired a two-hit shutout and Paige Katchur belted her 15th homer of the season, adding to her school record, as Brentwood High (31-8) won the Region 6-AAA title with a 3-0 win over Ravenwood. Suzi Jenkins tripled and scored the first Bruins run. Brentwood hosts Mt. Juliet today at 4:30 in AAA Sectionals at Granny White Park.
Today’s area schedule
Mt. Juliet at Franklin
7:30 p.m.-- Ravenwood at Beech
4:30 p.m.— McMinn Central at Goodpasture
4:30 p.m.—Lexington at Lipscomb
FRA at Bolivar
NCS at Summertown
Father Ryan at Baylor
1:30 p.m.—Brentwood Academy at ECS
11:15 a.m., if nec, Tipton-Rosemk. at Davidson Ac.
2 p.m.—Harding Academy at USN
4:30 p.m. – Mt Juliet at Brentwood
5:30 p.m.—Ravenwood at Beech
4:30 p.m. – Chatt. Christian at Goodpasture
6 p.m.—Lipscomb at Waverly
BGA at Chatt. GPS
ECS at Pope JPII
Father Ryan at St. Benedict
11:15 a.m., if nec., Tipton-Rosemark at Davidson Ac.
in Class AAA and A/AA
DII-AA (Today’s games)
5:30 p.m. – MBA at Ryan
Pope JPII at Mem. CBHS
Harding Academy at USN
Pope JPII at Mem. CBHS
TRACK AND FIELD
AAA Middle Region Sectionals
At Rossview High, Clarksville
Today, 5 p.m. – Running event finals
DII Middle Region
Today, 6 p.m.—Running event finals.
3 p.m. -- DCA at Summertown