MURFREESBORO – Kirstyn Sweeney is putting a solid stamp on a truly outstanding track career.
The Lipscomb High senior won her second state A/AA pentathlon championship, racking up a personal best and school record total of 3,057 points at the Blue Cross Spring Fling event on the Middle Tennessee State University track Monday.
“This is a truly amazing way to wind up senior year,’’ said Sweeney, who holds five school track records, including her pentathlon point total Monday. “God has blessed me so much with the track talent I have, and I am so thankful.’’
Sweeney won the event as a sophomore two years ago with much the same strategy of staying close to her closest competitor – East Lit’s Kannellar Carney – in the 800, the final event. Exhausted, Sweeney collapsed on the track before coming to her feet moments later.
“It was special to come back after I had mono last year (when she still finished second) to win it again,’’ said Sweeney, who had a personal best in the shot put. “I wanted to get one more (championship) before I left. I hoped to break 3,000 points, and I was able to do that, too.’’
Sweeney got off to a good start with a 15.93 running in the 100 hurdles, second best behind only Tasha Austin of Howard, who finished third.
Sweeney hopes to keep Lipscomb in the thick of the state team championship as she’ll compete in the hurdles and the high jump, among other events. Her pentathlon win gives
Lipscomb 10 points and a head start on the field.
She has signed with UT where she will compete in the heptathlon events.
East Lit’s Carney second
The second place finish of Kannellar Carney was one of the highlights of the A/AA meet. The East Literature freshman had 2,925 points to place ahead of Austin who had 2,830.
She stayed close to Sweeney throughout the day and finished in a three-way tie for first in the high jump at 5-0.
The petite 5-4, 109-pound Carney also made a strong push with second-place finishes in the long jump and the 800.
“My favorite events are the high jump and the hurdles, and I did well in both of them,’’ said Carney who just started running track in the seventh grade. “I’m very excited about how I did. Next year, I’m going all the way (to the championship),’’ she said.
Freshman Amia Butler of M.L. King finished fifth, and sophomore Abbie McKinney of FRA placed ninth.
Ravenwood’s Woodard wins AAA pentathlon
Keeping the Ravenwood tradition going, Courtney Woodard has added her name to the Raptor honor role.
Woodard won the Class AAA pentathlon, barely finishing ahead in a three-girl race Monday on the MTSU track. With 3,515 points, she edged out Sharika Nelvis of Memphis Northside (3,487) and Hunters Lane senior Akira McSwain (3,427).
“It was amazing,’’ Woodard said, just after exiting the victory stand in the infield. “We were all so close. I knew I had to stay close to the field in the 800 (final race), because I knew it would be close,’’ added Woodard, who has signed with Indiana.
“I was able to PB (personal best) in the hurdles, and that got me off to a good start in the first event,’’ she said. “My total (3.515) was also a personal best, I think my best previously was 3,422.’’
Woodard follows the achievements of ex-Ravenwood star Michael Ayers, who won the boys decathlon two years ago to put his name into Raptor lore. He signed with Tennessee and last week finished a close second in the decathlon in the SEC meet.
Woodard blew away the field with a 35-4 shot put throw, and she also easily won the high jump with a 5-3¾ leap.
McSwain stayed close with strong showings in every event. Included for the Hunters Lane star was a close second in the high jump (5-1¾) and a second place shot put throw behind only Woodard.
BA’s Conger places fourth: Brentwood Academy junior Macy Conger collected a fourth-place finish in the girls DII pentathlon, scoring 2,985 points. Knox Webb freshman Marjorie Butler won the championship by scoring 3,400 points.
“I got off to a bit of a bad start when I clipped the first hurdle (in the 100 hurdles),’’ said Conger who was the MVP of the Doug Hall Relays. “But other than that, I had a PR in the shot and I broke my 800 PR by five seconds. So overall, it was a good day for me.’’
“My goal was a 3,000 total and I just missed that,’’ she said. “But I’m going to work hard and try to break that next season.’’
Lazas lead boys AAA: Region champ Kevin Lazas of Brentwood High held a commanding lead in the boys Class AAA decathlon after the first five events Monday.
The Bruin junior scored 3,364 points, ahead of Quartez Clark of Cordova (3,176) and Kendric Moragne of Memphis Overton (3,065). Lazas jumped ahead of the field with a big-time leap of 14-0 in the pole vault which was more than three feet better than any of his competitors.
Senior Bo Gilroy of Ravenwood was in fifth place at 2,747.
Page’s Gilbert leads: Page High senior Les Gilbert held a solid lead in the boys A/AA decathlon, going into the final day. He won the triple jump, discus and pole vault events Monday for a 2,944 total.
MUS trio in front in DII: MUS’ Barret Polk, Stephond Almond and Jared Davis were 1-2-3 after the first day of the DII boys decathlon, with only five points separating the three of them.
MBA’s Bryan Oslin and Brentwood Academy’s Matt LaPere were the closest area competitors, residing in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
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