ATHLETES TO WATCH
Brock Baker, Oakland, Sr.: The Oklahoma signee won AAA 1600 (4:15.10) and 3200 (9:18.20), posting the best times in any class.
Barbara Lee Ball, Lipscomb, Sr.: Swept Class A/AA titles in 800 (2:16.82), 1600 (5:03.84) and 3200 (11:00.01).
Marcus Franklin, La Vergne, Sr.: Discus throw of 181 feet, 4 inches at AAA meet was 20 feet ahead of next-best effort.
Emanuel Hall, Centennial, So.: Had the best high jump in any classification, 6-8, to win Class AAA championship.
Janel Pate, Hillsboro, So.: Clocked the top times at the state meet with a 12.03-second 100 and a 24.36 200, sweeping AAA.
Sibling rivalry: Steele Palombo's biggest challenge this spring may be keeping up with his sister. The Page sophomore, who vaulted 10 feet as an eighth-grader, has joined the varsity team after playing soccer as a freshman. His sister, Brierra, is a three-time state qualifier in the pole vault.
Family tradition: Brentwood Academy's depth in the girls sprints may be unmatched. The Lady Eagles will be paced by twin Ole Miss signees Breanna and Deanna Tate, and junior Abby Whitehurst. The trio swept the Division II 200 meters last spring, with Breanna and Whitehurst placing second and third in the 100 and 400. The Tates are the younger sisters of Seahawks receiver Golden Tate and Vanderbilt running back Wesley Tate. Whitehurst's father, Clay, played receiver at Alabama.
Back on track: Shelbyville will field a track team this spring after a two-year hiatus. "We had five or six wanting to come out and it just wasn't feasible," athletics director Whit Taylor said. "But our numbers are good right now. We've got close to 40 out. Hopefully we can keep them out and hopefully we can maintain it for years to come." Andrew Bartsch, an assistant football coach, will coach the track team.