The 2017 Tennessee State HS Indoor Track Championships took place on Sunday at the fabulous indoor facility at Vanderbilt University. Not all schools compete during the indoor season and it is not an official TSSAA sport. However many elite area athletes were on hand and did very well, most notably Ensworth’s Tyra Gittens. Gittens competes during the indoor season for Precision Track Club. Gittens is the most decorated high school athlete ever in Tennessee, and she is on track to compete in the 2020 Olympic games. First though will be her senior season at Ensworth, then off to track and field powerhouse Texas A&M.
Gittens is the now #2 ranked high school long jumper and high jumper in the country after the meet when she hit a high jump of 1.77 meters/5’9.75″. She already had the 2nd best long jump in the nation at 20′ 11.5″. She came up just short of that on Sunday with a leap of 20’5.25″.
Other highlights of the meet from area athletes included Pearl-Cohn’s Nickson Pierre setting a new meet record in the 400 with a time of 50.05. Brentwood High School did very well with Brodey Hasty winning the 2-mile run (9:36.92), Jeff Kinder winning the high jump (6’6.25″), Taylor Puckett winning the pole vault (12’0″), and Katherine Coffey took the shot put with a throw of 41’11.25″. Oakland’s Imani Udoumana won the girls’ triple jump at 37’1.25″.