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All-Midstate boys track team


1:00 AM, Jun. 10, 2013 EDT

Oakland's Brock Baker is The Tennessean 2013 boys track athlete of the year. / John A. Gillis/Gannett Tennessee

BOYS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

BROCK BAKER

800, 1,600, 3,200

Oakland, Sr.

Why chosen: Baker became the first Tennessee prep athlete to sweep titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He ran a 1:54.36 to win the 800, a 4:18.58 in the 1,600 and a 9:01.99 in the 3,200 to post the Midstate's best times regardless of classification in each of the three Class AAA events. He is ranked nationally in 1,600 and 3,200.

Quote: "I knew I had the fastest times (in all three events) coming into the day, but most of those I'd done on fresh legs. You never know what's going to happen when you have to run them. It was a great day to be able to pull it off. From the beginning of the year, I tried to tell myself it's a long year, don't try to do your best work in February. I had good times and raced pretty well all year. It was the cherry on top to be able to put it all together at the state meet."

College plans: Signed with Oklahoma.

Family: Dad Chad, mom Jennifer, sister Rebecca (16), dog Nicky.

What's on your iPod?: "My favorite artist is Chris Tomlin, a contemporary Christian artist. I also listen to a lot of Green River Ordinance and the Avett Brothers."

Best high school sports moment: "When I broke the state record in the mile, (running a 4:06.77) at the Eastern Relays in Louisville. I had been named prom king the night before, so I was really tired. That was a big day, though."

Favorite athlete: Ryan Hall, the American half-marathon record holder (59:43).

Favorite food: Steak.

Least favorite part of practice: "Getting up early to go run -- especially if it's rainy and cold."

Athletic background: "I played travel baseball and soccer from the age of 6. I played soccer until eighth grade and baseball until ninth grade. I saw how gifted I was at running, and how much I enjoyed the individual aspect of it, all the risk and reward."

Summer plans: "I've got two more weeks of running, finishing with the nationals in North Carolina, and I'm going to the beach with my family and going with my friends, and I'll work and spend time with family and friends until I leave for school in August."

FIRST TEAM

C.J. SANDERS

100 meters

Brentwood Acad., So.

Why chosen: Had the best time in all classifications with a 10.64, winning Division II.

D'MONTRE WADE

200 meters

Brentwood Acad., Sr.

Why chosen: Won Division II and had the best time among all state sprinters with a 21.54.

FINIS STRIBLING

400 meters

Independence, Jr.

Why chosen: Won Class AAA with a 48.01, posting the best time in any classification.

NICK PAGE

110 hurdles

FRA, Sr.

Why chosen: Ran a 15.00 to finish third in Division II and lead all local competitors.

JUSTICE WOOTEN

300 hurdles

M.L. King, Sr.

Why chosen: Won second A/AA championship, running a 39.88 for the area's top time.

EMANUEL HALL

High jump

Centennial, So.

Why chosen: Finished fifth in Class AAA by clearing 6-4, coming off 2012 state title.

JALEN RAMSEY

Long jump

Brentwood Acad., Sr.

Why chosen: Florida State football signee set state mark, won DII with 25-3¼.

PHILLIP SMITH

Triple jump

West Creek, Sr.

Why chosen: Jumped 45-11¼ to take Class AAA honors, the second-best jump at state.

PAUL HUNT

Shot put

Brentwood, Jr.

Why chosen: Placed fourth at AAA meet at 49-11¼, leading all area throwers.

BRETT NEELEY

Discus

Gallatin, So.

Why chosen: AAA-winning 167-7 was top performance of any classification at state meet.

JUSTIN LANKES

Pole vault

Ravenwood, Jr.

Why chosen: Vaulted 15-0, seven inches off his personal best, to win Class AAA.

CHAZ HAWKINS

Decathlon

Centennial, Sr.

Why chosen: Duke signee won five events and scored 6,765 points for Class AAA title.

RELAYS

4x100 -- Brentwood Acad.

C.J. Sanders, Justin Anderson, Brandon Taylor, D'Montre Wade

Why chosen: DII-winning time of 42.12 was tops in any class at state meet.

4x200 -- Brentwood Acad.

C.J. Sanders, Justin Anderson, Brandon Taylor, D'Montre Wade

Why chosen: Ran a 1:28.52, the second-best time at the state, to win Division II.

4x400 -- Independence

Braden Mayfield, RaShaan Gaulden, Vic Wharton III, Finis Stribling

Why chosen: Class AAA-winning time of 3:19.13 was the best in any classification at state.

4x800 -- Brentwood

Aaron Thomas, Taylor Caldwell, Ryan Lee, Daniel Hamm

Why chosen: Placed second in Class AAA with 7:58.92, the No. 3 time among all classes.

SECOND TEAM

100 meters: Jalen Ramsey, Brentwood Acad., Sr.

200 meters: C.J. Sanders, Brentwood Acad., So.

400 meters: Chaz Hawkins, Centennial, Sr.

800 meters: Jonathan Conley, La Vergne, Jr.

1,600 meters: Conner Thompson, Oakland, Sr.

3,200 meters: Conner Thompson, Oakland, Sr.

110 hurdles: Chaz Hawkins, Centennial, Sr.

300 hurdles: Isaiah Olige, East Nashville, Jr.

Discus: Amos Mason, Brentwood Acad., Sr.

Shot put: Joe Irby, FRA, Jr.

High jump: Josh Malone, Station Camp, Jr.

Long jump: Cameron Watkins, Pearl-Cohn, So.

Triple jump: Deondre Moore, Fairview, Sr.

Pole vault: Ryan Carr, MBA, So.

Decathlon: Anthony Dunavant, BGA, Sr.

Relays

4x100: Independence -- Kameron Berg, Finis Stribling, RaShaan Gaulden, Vic Wharton III

4x200: Antioch -- Martarious Brooks, Royal Blackman, Michael Carter, Andre Miniffee

4x400: USN -- Simpson Tanner, Daniel Pannock, Christian Floyd, Dylan Groos

4x800: Independence -- Braden Mayfield, Justin Bernard, RaShaan Gaulden, Micah Howard

RECENT BOYS TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

2012: Jalen Ramsey, Brentwood Acad.

2011: Tyler Anderson, Hillsboro

2010: Kevin Lazas, Brentwood

2009: Ray-Mond Jackson, Centennial

2008: Zach Rogers, Lipscomb Acad.

COACH OF THE YEAR

STEPHEN DORRIS

Why chosen: After finishing runner-up by a point in last spring's Class A/AA meet, M.L. King claimed its third championship in five years in dominant fashion -- scoring 60 points to win by 20 over Lipscomb Academy. M.L. King got just two wins, by Justice Wooten in the 300-meter hurdles and Sam Klockenkemper in the 1,600, but scored in three of four relays and four other events along with Troy McLin's third-place finish in the 300 hurdles.

Quote: "The points were more divided up this year than in any year I can remember. I think 50-plus schools (57) scored. We basically had some quantity and quality. Lipscomb had some fantastic quality, but no quantity. We had 11 entries, so we had a lot of guys that were able to contribute. A lot of this started with last year's meet when we finished runner-up by a point and were only in seven events. We didn't want a repeat of that this year. Our guys worked over the offseason to make the adjustments to get to the state meet."

 

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