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Columbia Academy’s Henson, Columbia Central’s Woodson grab Great Eight victories

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Connor Henson and Roman Woodson each turned in championship performances Tuesday at the Great Eight Invitational track meet at Vanderbilt.

Henson, the defending Division II-A state cross country champion, ran a four-minute, 16.76-second 1,600 meters to finish ahead of Brentwood High’s Kevin Vanderkolk by more than three seconds. The Columbia Academy junior’s previous best this season had been a 4:17.01.

Woodson, a Columbia Central senior, posted a 23-feet, 8¾-inch long jump effort to outdistance Green Hill’s Marzeion Jones by more than five inches. His Tuesday leap was almost a foot better than his qualifying mark of 22-9½.

Henson also finished fourth in the 3,200 meters, running a 9:33.45 – and shaving nearly a second off his season-best 9:34.28. Martin Luther King’s Miles Ally won the event with an 8:56.29.

Columbia Central’s Lillian Moore placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. After qualifying with a 48.96, she ran a 46.66 Tuesday, two seconds off the winning pace of 44.40 set by Ensworth’s Gianna Bullock and just behind third-place finisher Georgia Cockerham (46.44) of Summit.

Summit’s Jadon Hickman placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (41.76) and seventh in the 110 hurdles (17.57).

Independence’s Julia Halterman finished second in the 3,200 with an 11:18.34, with Jayne Halterman running a 4:55.63 for third place in the 1,600. Sarah Tang posted a pair of fifth-place finishes in the throwing events, with a 35-11 in the shot put and a 104-10 in the discus.

Complete results can be found here.

Courtesy photos by Mike Strasinger / SportsNashville.com

2021 Spring Fling state championship sites finalized

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After last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19, Rutherford County will once again host Spring Fling in 2021.

Spring Fling is the TSSAA’s unique spring sports championship event, where state championships are decided in seven different sports over a four-day period. Spring Fling will be held from Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28. Track and field and baseball events, which have normally been held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, will take place at new sites this year due to the university’s capacity limits at Hayes Stadium and Reese Smith Jr. Field.

The 2021 Track & Field State Championships will be held at Rockvale High School and baseball championship games will be played at high school sites that are currently scheduled to host quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

All tickets will be sold in advance on GoFan and spectators will still be encouraged to wear masks and allow for adequate physical distancing from those not in their household as part of the latest TSSAA COVID-19 regulations. A complete schedule will be posted on TSSAASports.com in the near future.

The championships for the seven sports that comprise Spring Fling will be conducted at 13 different venues in and around Murfreesboro. The boys’ soccer tournaments will be conducted at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, softball will take place at McKnight and StarPlex Fields, tennis will be held at the Old Fort Park Tennis Complex and track and field meets will be conducted at Rockvale.

Eight area schools will host the TSSAA state baseball tournaments. The entire Division II-A tournament will be held at Middle Tennessee Christian School and the entire Division II-AA tournament will be held at Wilson Central. The championships for those classes will also be played at those sites, respectively.

Sites for Division I baseball will include Riverdale and Stewarts Creek for Class A, Smyrna and Blackman for Class AA and Oakland and Siegel will play host to Class AAA. The schedule for the Division I baseball championships is as follows:

Division I, Class A – Blackman High School (Friday, May 28)
Division I, Class AA – Siegel High School (Friday, May 28)
Division I, Class AAA – Oakland High School (Friday, May 28)