By Kris Freeman for White House High School
The White House Track and Field team has an incredible day on Saturday in Crossville at Cumberland County High School, with the girls taking home first place honors for the meet and the entire team earning 30 bids to the sectional round.
The White House girls are the Division I-AA Middle East sub-sectional champions as a team, and the girls overall qualified individually in 14 additional events. White House had 133 total team points, dominating the field with Tullahoma finishing second with 95 points and Central Magnet School third at 91. Host Cumberland County was fourth, followed by White County and Stone Memorial.
The boys team had qualifiers in 10 events.
Sectional qualifiers have to win or place in the top four in their event to advance to the next round, which is one step short of the TSSAA State Tournament. Athletes will compete in the sectional at Fairview High School on Thursday at 4 p.m., and have to place in the top two in their event, or be one of the top 8 performances in their events across three sectional meets.
Lauren Davis had a long jump of 14-9 to take first place in the event, and Anna Kate Bess had a triple jump distance of 29-5 to earn a first place medal.
Mathew Miller ran an 11.25 in the 100 meters to take first place, and then also won first in the 200 meter run with a time of 23.36.
The girls 4×100 meter team of Macyn Hunt, Maddy Hanlon, Gabby Grisham and Lauren Davis beat their personal record time by .02 seconds. The girls 4×200 meter team also took first consisting of Emily Tiepelman, Macyn Hunt, Maddy Hanlon and Lauren Davis.
Kerra Marsh ran a season best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:34.08. She is committed and signed to run cross country and track and field at Austin Peay State University.
Melody Keith had one of the most impressive events of the day, beating her personal record in the discus throw by 21 feet and winning the event with a 93-2. The second closest competitor was 79-9. She also won the shot put event with a throw of 30-9.25, earning 20 points for the girls as a team on her own in those two events.
Emily Tiepelman took first place in 400 meters with a time of 59.83, and Lauren Davis captured first in the 200 with a time of 27.91, and Macyn Hunt won the 100 meter hurdles at 17.30.
Girls Sectional qualifiers:
- Melody Keith – shot put and discus
- Dannesia Williams – shot put and discus
- Lauren Davis – long jump and 200 m
- Maddy Hanlon – long jump
- Anna Kate Bess – triple jump
- Caroline Cooper – triple jump
- Callie Garner – triple jump
- Macyn Hunt – 100 m hurdles
- Emily Tiepelman – 400 m
- Kerra Marsh – 800 m
- 4×100 m Relay – Macyn Hunt, Maddy Hanlon, Gabby Grisham and Lauren Davis
- 4×200 m Relay – Emily Tiepelman, Macyn Hunt, Maddy Hanlon and Lauren Davis
- 4×400 m Relay – Caroline Cooper, Maddy Hanlon, Kerra Marsh and Emily Tiepelman
- 4×800 m Relay – Kerra Marsh, Ashtine Hooper, Hallie Biggs, Emily Tiepelman
Boys Sectional Qualifiers:
- Jovanny Valles – high jump and 300 m hurdles
- Mathew Miller – 100 m and 200 m and 400 m
- Austin Beeson – 400 m
- Josh Grisham – 110 m hurdles
- Reed Aguilar – triple jump
- Johnny Gilbert – shot put
- 4×100 m Relay – Austin Beeson, Reed Aguilar, Bryce Hill and Mathew Miller
- 4×200 m Relay – Reed Aguilar, Bryce Hill, Jovanny Valles and Austin Beeson
- 4×400 m Relay – Chase Singleton, Bryce Hill, Jovanny Valles, Austin Beeson
- 4×800 m Relay – Chase Singleton, Jonah Murray, Layne Norris and Sam McDaniel
Photos by Anna Kate Bess