North Sports Report – Year-end Wrap Up
Graduation: It’s All About the Walk
The North Sports Report attended several graduations last month and was thrilled at the number of student-athletes I recognized as they received diplomas. I witnessed amazing athletic performances and thrilling competitions this year, but nothing compares to seeing the scholars, decked out in their caps and gowns, stroll across the stage for that diploma. Preparation and hard work lead to that all important walk for the sheepskin! Priceless!
Track: State Champions
The North Sports Report attended the state track championships in Murfreesboro as MNPS athletes brought home the gold.
Team: MLK’s Boys Track Team won the State Championship, and six MNPS schools finished in the top twenty in the state.
- 1. MLK; 7. Pearl-Cohn; 11. Whites Creek; 14. Maplewood; 16. Hume-Fogg; 20. East Nashville.
- 1600m – Sam Klockenkemper, MLK – State Champion
- 300m Hurdles – Justice Wooten, MLK – State Champion
Team: Six MNPS schools finished in the top ten in the state.
- AAA: 3. Antioch; 8. Hillsboro
- A-AA: 3. MLK; 6. Hume-Fogg; 8. Maplewood; 9. East Nashville
- 4X100m Relay – Antioch – State Champion
- 4X400m Relay – Antioch – State Champion (AAA)
- 4X400m Relay – MLK – State Champion (A-AA)
- 3200m – Bailee Dean, Cane Ridge – State Champion
- Pentathlon – Jada Curbeam, East Nashville – State Champion
- 100m Hurdles – T’Kesha Hagens, Maplewood – State Champion
- 300m Hurdles – T’Kesha Hagens, Maplewood – State Champion
- 400m – Paige Farrow-Davis, MLK – State Champion
Alumni Alert: Mychelle Cumings of Hunters Lane – All-American
2011 Hunters Lane graduate Mychelle Cumings, a sophomore at Liberty University, earned All-American honors and is one of only 24 athletes to qualify for the NCAA National Championships in the discus. By the way, she can throw a discus farther than I can throw a Frisbee.
Read the blog post about Mychelle by the Tennessean’s Maurice Patton.
Alumni Alert: Dominique Hannah of Overton – National Player of the Year
Overton alumnus Dominique Hannah, a sophomore left fielder for the Lee University softball team, was named NAIA National Player of the Year after batting .482, hitting 9 Home Runs and driving in 56 runs.
Hold on… I want to be sure you read that right…I said “National Player of the Year.”
Read the blog post about Dominique by the Tennessean’s Maurice Patton.
History: Records Still Stand for Track Greats
While studying for the state track meet, the North Sports Report snuck a peek at the state track & field records according to the TSSAA website. Here is some of what I learned:
- Whites Creek’s Jeff Powell set the state record in the 110m Hurdles in 1981, and that record still stands. I think 1981 was the first year the TSAA measured the races in meters rather than yards. If so, Jeff Powell’s record has stood since the beginning of time!
- Goodlettsville’s Larry Cantrell holds the state record in the 100m Dash (10.40 seconds) and the 400m Dash (46.6 seconds). He won the state championship three years in a row in the 100m, 200m, and 400m from 1983-1985 and his time improved each year. In 1984, his junior year, he also won the long jump. He was the only athlete from his school entered in the state track meet and single-handedly won the Team state championship. Larry Cantrell now serves as a minister for the Nashville Inner City Ministry.
- Hillwood’s Ralph Thompson still holds the 300m Hurdles state record (36.58 seconds) he set in 1990.
- The Hillsboro 4X800m Relay team (1982) and the Antioch 4X200m Relay team (2006) hold their respective state records.
When you know history, the next step is to make history. Now you know!
MNPS: The First Choice for Making History