MURFREESBORO – Brentwood High School made waves at the TSSAA Large Class Track Championships, on Thursday at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium. The boys’ team took first place overall with 77 points and the girls’ team finished fifth with 38 points.
Brentwood junior Skylar Coffey picked up two state titles by sweeping the discus and shot put events. His discuss throw come up just a a few feet shy of the state record. And set a new personal record with a throw of 188 feet, 3 inches – more than 24 feet farther than second place Bubba Johnson of Spring Hill (163-11).
“My technique, everything just seemed to come together at the right time and it all felt good when I released each throw,” Coffey said.
Coffey’s shot sailed a state-best 55-5.25 to earn another first place finish. Chase Smith of Sevier County was second (53-7.50) and Ravenwood’s Gabriel Sleenhof third (49-6).
Coffey finished fourth and sixth last season in the two events as a sophomore. His sister Katherine, now a competitor at Louisville, swept both events as a senior last year. She finished with four state titles in four years as a Lady Bruin.
The younger Coffey said there’s plenty of talk about one-upping one another.
“We but heads a lot, but I love her to death,” he said. “Seeing her dominate kind of showed me that I need to keep that legacy going and keep the Coffey name strong out here”
Fellow Bruins junior Jett Kinder collected points all over the board for Brentwood. He won the pole vault by clearing 15 feet. Payton Culp of Centennial and Patrick Holcombe of Brentwood finished seventh and eighth by clearing 13 feet.
Kinder finished fifth in the lone jump with a 22-1 leap. Teammate Walker Merrill was sixth (21-11.75). In the triple jump, the Burins went 1-2 atop the podium with Avery Williams flying for a 47-1.50 jump and Kinder taking second (44-11.50).
Carter McKechnie added a third place finish in the high jump for the Bruins, clearing 6-6, while Kinder placed fourth (6-6).
The girls’ 4x800 meter relay kicked off the running events and featured three Williamson County teams in Franklin, Centennial and Brentwood.
All three teams medaled with Franklin heading up the pack with a fourth-place finish at 9 minutes, 54 seconds. Centennial and Brentwood were hot on their heels finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.
The county’s earned its first state title in running for the year, thanks to the Franklin’s boys’ 4x800 team. The Rebels pulled out an early half-stride lead and were able to maintain and extend it to a 20-meter lead coming down the final straight away.
“We came in, we wanted to win, and knew we could win,” said anchor Max Zani. “We just had to run a great race.”
Once Zani realized that he had the lead and the win secured, it was all smiles coming across the finish line.
Wilco’s next top athlete was sophomore Leigh Walters of Page. Walters notched a third-place finish in the mile and the two mile. She ran times of 5:01 and 10:51 respectively.
Despite battling the wind, Walters was able to hold onto the pack of front runners and cross the finish line within seconds of the first-place runners.
“I just really wanted to run my best today and give it my all,” said Walters. “I just tried to hold onto the person in front of me no matter how much they sped up.”
Centennial senior Davis Bove left the state meet with some hardware to say the least as well. He placed second in the mile running a 4:16. He passed two runners in the final 50 meters to jump from fourth to second.
“This sport isn’t who I am, it’s a platform for me to be who I am, which is a competitor,” said Bove.
Bove returned to the podium a second time after he placed fourth in the 800-meter sprint, with a time of 1:57. His final trip to the winner’s circle came after a blazing fast third-place-finish in the 3200, where he ran 9:29. Bove ran neck-and-neck against Lebanon’s Aiden Britt, until he pulled away in the final few meters to secure the finish.
Franklin senior Whitney Bryant finished sixth in the girls’ 800-meter sprint with a time of 2:21. Junior Solathus Johnson won his heat for the Rebels with a lightning fast 49:15 and held on secure a fourth-place finish in the 400.
“At sectional I ran a bad time and that got me placed in the first heat,” said Johnson “My plan for today was to run a. Good time and hopefully medal.”
Rounding things out the Brentwood and Centennial girls 4x400 relay teams by finishing fifth and sixth, with times of 4:01 and 4:03 respectively.
In the girls’ field events, Avery McMullen of Centennial topped Meg Wilson of Brentwood in the long jump. McMullen claimed the state crown with a leap of 18-11.25 on her final attempt. Wilson was second (18-3.50). McMullen added a sixth place finish in the high jump for the Lady Cougars.
Brentwood’s Grace Gamboa placed second in the pole vault (11 feet) and teammate Hollan Powers also medaled finishing sixth. Gamboa added a fourth place finish in the triple jump (36-11) and Wilson was sixth (35-10).
Charles Pulliam contributed to this report.