Among the local participants in the Large Class track and field state championships Thursday at Rockvale, Independence’s Jayne Halterman turned in the biggest – and most dramatic – performance.
Halterman won the girls 1600 meters, running a four-minute, 56.62-second time to narrowly defeat Zoe Arrington of Tennessee High. Arrington ran a 4:56.93, just three-tenths of a second off Halterman’s winning pace.
Also in the girls running events, Columbia Central’s Lillian Moore posted a 45.73 in the 300-meter hurdles to place fourth, about a second and a half behind Franklin County’s Gracie Morse, who won with a 44.10.
In the field events, Independence’s Sarah Tang placed second in the shot put and seventh in the discus. Tang’s 39-feet, three-inch shot put effort was within two feet of the winning throw of 41 feet by Ravenwood’s Reghan Grimes. In the discus, Tang’s 111 feet was outdistanced by Grimes’ winning toss of 135 feet.
At the net: Gracie Kelly and Ella Konig are set for the Small Class girls doubles championship match Friday after a pair of preliminary wins Thursday.
The Summertown tandem opened play with a 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinals victory over Bindi Patel and Grace Williams of Signal Mountain, then downed Annie Wade and Shelby Bondurant 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Kelly and Konig will face Mitzi Castro and Sarah Wilson from Madison Magnet in the 11 a.m. title match.
This marks the second straight Spring Fling that Summertown has been represented in the Small Class girls doubles finals. Alexis Perry and Haley Caperton won the 2019 doubles championship. The juniors were unable to defend their championship in 2020.
In the Small Class boys doubles quarterfinals, Summertown’s Turner Perry and Aniken Johnson fell in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) to Joshua and Joseph Rodriguez of Merrol Hyde.