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All-Midstate girls track team


1:00 AM, Jun. 10, 2013 EDT

Brittany Kelly of Northeast is The Tennessean 2013 girls track athlete of the year. / HELEN COMER/GANNETT TENNESSEE

GIRLS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

BRITTANY KELLY

100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pentathlon

Northeast, Jr.

Why chosen: Northeast's Class AAA title came largely because of Kelly. With wins in the long jump (18-3¼), 100 hurdles (14.25), 300 hurdles (44.43) and pentathlon (3,475 points), Kelly scored 40 of the Lady Eagles' 61 points. She also ran the leadoff leg on the 4x400 relay that placed fourth. Her performances in the pentathlon and in both hurdle events were the best in any classification at the state meet.

Quote: "Considering we don't have a track, this was an amazing season. It's kind of cool to say we're state champions without a track. It shows what we can accomplish even when we don't have the proper facilities. I think I was really anticipating this season. I was eager to get back on the track. Last year, I didn't really keep my composure during the pentathlon and do as well as I'd hoped I would. This year, even when I didn't do well, I kept my composure."

College plans: LSU, Austin Peay, Brown and Penn have shown interest.

Family: Dad Thomas, mom Tammy, sisters Briana (18), Bethany (10) and Bryleigh (3), dogs Russell and Minnie.

What's on your iPod?: "I'm really diverse when it comes to music. I've just got whatever's on the radio -- anything that catches my mind."

Best high school sports moment: "After they announced our name as the first-place team. That's what I'm going to remember the rest of my life."

Favorite athlete: "Olympic track athletes like Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross."

Favorite food: Fettucine alfredo.

Least favorite part of practice: "When it's really hot and you want to stop, but you know if you stop, you're not going to get any better. That mental part when you have to keep pushing is my least favorite part."

Athletic background: "I started track my freshman year. Up to that point, I'd never done basketball or volleyball or soccer or any other sport. My mom ran track in high school, so I decided to give it a try."

Summer plans: "I'm running summer track with Tennessee Athletic Project, and I'm hoping to spend a lot of time with my friends this summer since I'm going into my senior year."

FIRST TEAM

BREANNA TATE

100/200 meters

Brentwood Acad., Sr.

Why chosen: Ole Miss signee swept DII titles with 11.71, 24.14 times, both best at state meet.

LYDIA WITTY

400 meters

Harpeth Hall, So.

Why chosen: Ran a 57.25 to place second in Division II meet, top time among area athletes.

SOPHIE PIKLINTON

800 meters

Harpeth Hall, So.

Why chosen: Won Division II with 2:19.27, second-best time in all classifications at state.

LIZZY KROEGER

1600 meters

Independence, Jr.

Why chosen: Repeated as Class AAA champion in 5:05.57, the state's best time.

BAILEE DEAN

3200 meters

Cane Ridge, So.

Why chosen: Won AAA in 10:35.32, one of three sub-11s in all classifications at state.

BRIANA KELLY

High jump

Northeast, Sr.

Why chosen: Only athlete at state meet to clear 5-6, winning Class AAA.

KIERSTEN BELL

Long jump

Hume-Fogg, Jr.

Why chosen: Jumped 18-9½ to take second place in A/AA and tie for top jump at state meet.

RACHEL JANTZI

Triple jump

Brentwood, So.

Why chosen: Went 37-9¾ to place fourth at Class AAA meet.

BAILEY CONNER

Shot put

USN, Sr.

Why chosen: One of two throwers at state to reach 38 feet, winning D-II at 38-¼.

JEALYN TODD

Discus

LaVergne, Sr.

Why chosen: Claimed Class AAA runner-up with 120-10 at state meet.

CATHERINE MCDOWELL

Pole vault

Harpeth Hall, Jr.

Why chosen: Vaulted 11-0, third-best effort among state competitors, to place second in DII.

RELAYS

4x100 -- Antioch

Grace Brown, Shaina Johnson, Rylee Thompson, De'Airis Weakley

Why chosen: Won third consecutive AAA title with best time in all classes at state (48.42).

4x200 -- Riverdale

Talia Martin, Jaa'Leah White, Dariana Parrish, Joy Frierson

Why chosen: Lady Warriors' 1:42.03 won AAA championship and led all relays at state meet.

4x400 -- Antioch

Grace Brown, Myka Dancy, Rylee Thompson, Shaina Johnson

Why chosen: Running a 3:56.86 leads to a repeat title in Class AAA.

4x800 -- Beech

Erin Hollinden, Logan Moulton, Jessica Rizor, Julia Rizor

Why chosen: Turned in a 9:45.27 to place second in Class AAA.

SECOND TEAM

100 meters: Janel Pate, Hillsboro, So.

200 meters: Deanna Tate, Brentwood Acad., Sr.

400 meters: Shaina Johnson, Antioch, Sr.

800 meters: Julia Rizor, Beech, So.

1,600 meters: Reagan Freeman, Harpeth Hall, So.

3,200 meters: Nicole Gardner, Siegel, So.

100 hurdles: Tyjah Eady, Hillsboro, Sr.

300 hurdles: T'Kesha Hagans, Maplewood, Sr.

Discus: Mikayla Thompson, McGavock, Fr.

Shot put: Kristin Abbott, McGavock, Jr.

High jump: Paige Fairrow-Davis, M.L. King, Jr.

Long jump: Brittany Kelly, Northeast, Jr.

Triple jump: Jordyn Lesh, Harpeth Hall, 8th

Pole vault: Sarah Browning, Lipscomb Acad., Sr.

Pentathlon: Jada Curbeam, East Nashville, Sr.

Relays

4x100: Brentwood Acad. -- Abbie Whitehurst, Jenna Langdon, Molly Malone, Breanna Tate

4x200: Antioch -- Grace Brown, Delia Chandler, Allana Johnson, De'Airis Weakley

4x400: Northeast -- Brittany Kelly, Sonja White, Daisia Frank, Danielle Craft

4x800: Brentwood -- Meg Howard, Hailey Hendry, Emily Stack, Rosie Lobelson

RECENT GIRLS TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

2012: Janel Pate, Hillsboro

2011: Jordan Lavender, USN

2010: Janetra Gleaves, Cane Ridge

2009: Courtney Woodard, Ravenwood

2008: Stacia Hanneman, Hunters Lane

COACH OF THE YEAR

CATHY CHEESEMAN

Why chosen: After winning its first state championship last year, Brentwood Academy repeated in Division II, scoring 118 points and finishing 10 ahead of Harpeth Hall. Brentwood Academy scored 46 points in two events, as the trio of Breanna Tate, Deanna Tate and Abbie Whitehurst finished 1-2-3 in the 200 meters and had three of the top four spots in the 100. Allison Cheeseman placed first in the 3,200, and BA won the 400- and 800-meter relays while scoring in nine other events.

Quote: "I felt like everything came together really well for us that night. Our seniors provided a tremendous amount of leadership and poise and it permeated throughout the team. We were trying not to focus on others so much as (on) what we could do and let the results take care of themselves. I was just proud of the girls and the way they came together as a team and didn't focus on themselves but on the team aspect. I was very honored to be with them."

 

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