Doug Hall Relays To Run on Saturday
Two dozen boys and girls track teams will be competing in the 29th annual Doug Hall Relays this weekend at Montgomery Bell Academy.
The meet traditionally serves as the unofficial kickoff to the Midstate track and field season, as it’s typically the largest to this point of the schedule.
“If it’s not the biggest (this year) that it’s ever been, it’s certainly close,” veteran meet director Jim Barr said. “We’ve tried to keep it at about 18 over the years. We’ve had some come and go, and we still have people wanting to get in. But we don’t really want to drag it out.”
The Doug Halls are strictly team-based competitions, with all events contested relay-style, including all field events and the hurdle shuttle relay. The meet honors the memory of longtime Metro coach Doug Hall, who died in November 1986 – just months before the inaugural meet in April 1987.
Brentwood Academy swept the boys and girls titles last spring – marking the ninth meet championship for the Lady Eagles and the seventh for the boys. Both teams return this year, along with girls runner-up Centennial and the host Big Red, which placed second on the boys side a year ago.
Other teams scheduled to compete include Brentwood, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Ensworth, Father Ryan, Franklin, Franklin Road Academy, Harpeth Hall, Hillsboro, Hillwood, Hume-Fogg, Lipscomb, Martin Luther King, McGavock, Murfreesboro Central, Overton, St. Cecilia, University School and Whites Creek.
Varsity competition begins on Friday afternoon, with the boys discus and pole vault events taking place at 3 p.m. The schedule resumes Saturday at 8 a.m. with the girls pole vault and continues with additional field events at 9:30. Running events start at 11 a.m. Official opening ceremonies will be held at 1:15 p.m., with awards presentations scheduled for approximately 4:50 p.m.
Also, 10 Midstate teams will participate – as well as nine college programs — in the Boston/Moon Relays at Tennessee State this weekend. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Friday and resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday. Among the high school participants are Stratford, Hunters Lane and Kenwood.
Looking ahead, the Great 8 Invitational is set for Tuesday at Vanderbilt. Field events are set to begin at 6 p.m. with running scheduled for 6:30.