The Fairview Middle School Track and Field athletes are celebrating an impressive performance at the TMSSAA Sectional Championship was hosted at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro on April 19-20.
The Lady Jackets brought home the Class A Girls Track & Field Championship with the boys team earning Sectionals runner-up honors.
The teams have competed in six meets so far this season. According to Coach Ryan Pett, who shared coaching responsibilities with Rebecca Singer, “All of our meets prior to last week were in preparation for the sectional meet.”
Three of their meets were hosted at Dickson, two at home, and then the most recent sectionals meet.
At the sectional meet, field events were contested on April 19 with the track events contested on April 20. There was a lot riding on these contests as the top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet.
On April 19, Emily Kuhn got the girls off to a good start with a second place finish in the discus throw and followed up with sixth place in the shot put.
Landon Reynolds took the fourth spot in the boys high jump, punching his ticket to state.
Emily Quant narrowly missed a qualifying position by 1.5 inches in the long jump, finishing fifth in her first time ever competing in the event.
In the girls high jump, Jaqueline Harrison-Stanley, Emily Quant and Emily Greer finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, gaining valuable points for the team.
The Falcon hurdlers launched their team’s momentum, getting off to a hot start on April 20 with Layla Curtis, Anna Dye and Katie Coble scoring first, second and third in the 100m hurdles.
Coach Pett noted, “These girls have been a force all season and have improved their technique and time just about every time that they have competed.”
On the boys side, Elijah Stewart took first place by a large margin in the 110m hurdles with Luke McAllister close behind in fourth place.
In the 100 meter dash, Lucas Casaletta-Holmes blazed past the competition, taking first place with Aidan Ellis .34 seconds behind, finishing in third.
Sara Latreille held on to the fourth spot with Ava Sullivan earning points with a seventh place finish.
Jax Crolley was the lone Falcon that was able to snag team points in a blazing fast 200 meter race.
Layla Curtis and Aidan Ellis both snagged second place in the 400m dash, both running personal best times. Aidan was followed by Thatcher Pittman (5th) and Gavin Pulido (7th) who both earned valuable points for the team. Layla was leading the way for Sara Latreille (5th) and Katie Coble (6th).
“This was a strong showing for the Falcon quarter milers,” said Coach Pett.
In the distance events, Jenna Calcote (7th) secured points in the 800 meter run. Isobel Issa (5th), Addy Sloan (6th), and Logan Ventrella (8th) were all point scorers in the 1600 meter run. Isobel nearly tracked down fourth place in the final sprint of this competitive mile race.
The Falcon relay teams also had an outstanding day at sectionals.
The girls 4x200, ran by Jaqueline Harrison-Stanley, Fiona Finnegan, Emily Greer and Ava Sullivan, along with the 4x400, ran by Sara Latreille, Katie Coble, Jaqueline Harrison-Stanley and Layla Curtis, will both be headed to the state meet in May.
The boys relay teams went 3/3, qualifying the 4x100 with Elijah Stewart, Jax Crolley, Tyler Smith and Lucas Casaletta-Holmes; 4x200 with Landon Reynolds, Noah Fatony, Jax Crolley and Tyler Smith; and 4x400 with Lucas Casaletta-Holmes, Elijah Stewart, Thatcher Pittman and Aidan Ellis.
The event was highlighted by a nail-biting first place finish under the lights at Riverdale High School.
In the team race, the girls won the meet with 99 points and the boys were runner up with 78.5 points.
“Going into the sectional meet, it was not necessarily a goal or priority of ours to win the team championships, but about halfway through the meet, Coach Singer and I looked at each other and kind of said ‘We’re doing pretty good’ with our eyes – and the result was a good one,” shared Coach Pett.
He added, “We encourage the athletes to be confident, competitive, and have fun. That’s what the kids did, and they deserve every bit of their success.”
The Fairview Middle School teams next meet will be a final tune up at “Meet in the Middle Invitational” hosted at Independence High School on Saturday, May 8 followed by the TMSSAA State Championships at Austin Peay State University on May 22.
Coach Pett said, “These student athletes have been everything you could ask for as a coach ever since our first practice in February. They are competitive, willing to learn, and their support for each other is unmatched. I have never had kids ask for weekend practice before in my life prior this team. They are a special group!”