Records Fall at Great 8 Track Meet

Posted on May 4 2016 - 6:22am by Mike Strasinger
Brentwood's Brody Hasty (1) leads the pack in the 1600 meters

Brentwood’s Brody Hasty (1) leads the pack in the 1600 meters


Winning an event at Tuesday’s Great 8 Invitational track and field meet at Vanderbilt was an accomplishment, considering it featured the top performers in Middle Tennessee – and beyond.

Battle Ground Academy’s Diamond Battle was one of three athletes to take multiple titles.

The senior sprinter won both the 100 and 200 meters, turning in a 12.26-second effort in the former and a 25.28 in the latter.

“The 200 isn’t usually my race, but I told myself ‘you’ve got this’,” said the Austin Peay signee, who was pushed by Shelbyville’s Keithlin Campbell in both events. Campbell, who had the fastest qualifying times in each, finished second in the 100 (12.36) and did not finish the 200 as she had to be helped off the track following an injury.

“I knew as long as I could run with her, I could hit my times,” Battle said. “I’ve been trying to hit 11.9 or 11.8 (in the 100), but I haven’t had the weather or the competition. I felt like she’d be my competition (Tuesday).”

Battle’s time in the 200 was a personal best and set a school record, as she hopes to continue to peak toward the upcoming Division II state meet in three weeks.

“I feel good about it,” she said of Tuesday’s outings.

Maplewood’s Jeremy McDowell – a summer track teammate of Battle’s – swept the 100 and 200 as well, winning the 100 with a 10.94 and the 200 with a 21.77.

“It’s an honor to be here with some of the top runners in the state,” the junior said. “Knowing people are out here running the same times as you, you know every race has to be the best it can be. One mistake and you’re done.

“It was a little cold out here. To run the time I ran in the 200 was amazing. I’ve been stuck at 21.9 the whole year. To run 21.7 in this weather – I probably would have gone 21.5 or 21.6 if it had been warmer. It gives me hope for the future.”

Gallatin’s Adam Neelly was also a double winner, with a 55-11 effort in the shot put and a 181-1 in the discus – erasing the previous meet record of 174-6 set by his older brother, Brett, two years ago.

Four other records were set Tuesday, including the 110 hurdles, where Brentwood Academy’s George Patrick ran a 13.98 to erase the 14.09 ran by Hunters Lane’s John Yarbrough in 2000.

“It feels amazing,” said Patrick, a Texas signee, of the new mark. “I know in my heart I can go faster. But the second you start getting mad at PRs is the second you stop hitting them.”

His record-setting effort almost didn’t take place, as Patrick was nearly disqualified for false-starting.

“(The starter) was shooting rounds off at the line, but they didn’t go off,” he said. “I tried to stop myself, and my shoulder popped out. I fell on my face.”

For Patrick, running on a school day after classes wasn’t the most conducive set-up for a stellar performance.

“I’m not used to running at 7 at night when I’ve been up since 6 in the morning,” he said. “Running in a meet after a school day is really tough, when you’ve been sitting in a position not good for running. The conditions weren’t perfect to break a record.”

Records were also set by East Nashville’s girls (49.01) and Pearl-Cohn’s boys (42.50) in the 4×100, along with Brentwood’s Brodey Hasty in the 1600 (4:13.22) and Niamh Schuacher of The King’s Academy in the 3200 (10:47.99).

Ravenwood’s girls and Franklin’s boys saved their best for last, winning the 4×400 relays in the final events of the night.

Ravenwood’s foursome of Addison White, Juila Henderson, Grace Parsons and Riley White combined for a 3:59.87, finishing just ahead of Centennial’s 4:00.90.

“We know what’s coming at state,” Ravenwood coach Peter Muller said. “It was great for us to come out here and see you can’t just settle, you can’t be complacent. You can’t be satisfied with anything.”

The Franklin combination of William Pope, Logan Guidera, Michael Muir and Nick Sepanski finished with a 3:25.95, with Sepanski holding off Antioch anchor Travon Wimley at the finish line by a half-second.

“I started in first; my team put me in a prime position,” Sepanski said. “I was right next to Antioch for about 200 meters. I passed him, he passed me. But this team motivates you. You want to do it for your brothers. You start thinking about that the last 100 meters.”

Great 8


100 – Diamond Battle (BGA) 12.26; 200 – Diamond Battle (BGA) 25.28; 400 –Annie Hayes (Rdl) 56.11; 800 – Grace Parsons (Rvd) 2:16.86; 1600 – Hailey Hendry (Bwd) 4:58.23; 3200 – Niamh Schumacher (TKA) 10:47.99*; 100 hurdles – Tyra Gittens (Ens) 14.54; 300 hurdles – Kennedi Johnson (EN) 45.85; 4×100 – East Nashville 49.01*; 4×400 – Ravenwood 3:59.87; High jump – Caroline Edmondson (CkWd) 5-2; Pole vault – Taylor Pickett (Bwd) 11-0; Long jump – Kelsea Buchanan (Ovt) 17-6½; Triple jump – Maya Perry-Grimes (CR) 37-6; Shot put – Katherine Coffey (Bwd) 42-1; Discus – Mikayla Thompson (McG) 146-3.


100 – Jeremy McDowell (Mwd) 10.94; 200 – Jeremy McDowell (Mwd) 21.77;400 – Nickson Pierre (PC) 49.32; 800 – Andrew Powell (BA) 1:53.73; 1600 –Brodey Hasty (Bwd) 4:13.22*; 3200 – Joel Barlow (WilC) 9:24.64; 110 hurdles – George Patrick (BA) 13.98*; 300 hurdles – Rodney Castille (Lib) 39.29;4×100 – Pearl-Cohn 42.50*; 4×400 – Franklin 3:25.95; High jump – Zach Tudeen (Rvd) 6-2; Pole vault – Jack Crouch (Cent) 14-9; Long jump – Quinton Poole (CkWd) 22-0; Triple jump – Desmond Cambridge (Ens) 44-0; Shot put –Adam Neelly (Gal) 55-11; Discus – Adam Neelly (Gal) 181-1*.

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