Doug Hall Relays gives BA chance to show its teams still the ones to beat

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:04pm

Brentwood Academy appears locked and loaded for more track and field honors this spring and its next opportunity to show its strength comes at the 27th annual Doug Hall Relays on Saturday.

The Eagles – both the boys and the girls – are the reigning Division II team champions and, with some of their top performers returning, appear to have a strong shot at repeat honors. In the boys’ case, they are going for a state three-peat.

BA’s teams both won the Hall Relays titles a year ago.

The meet at Montgomery Bell Academy features an all relays format, including the field events where the three participants’ totals are added in heights or distances to determine the winner. Included is the entertaining shuttle hurdle relay where the participants run in opposite directions from the teammate who ran the previous leg.

There are 20 boys and 20 girls entered in the high school meet, along with 10 freshman boys teams.

The meet is named for the late Hillwood and Bellevue track and cross country coach who put a strong emphasis on the relay events.

BA’s boys may get a strong push for team honors from Brentwood High and Hunters Lane. The girls should have another challenge from always-strong Harpeth Hall and M.L. King, which has won the Class A/AA state team crown three straight years.

The event begins with field events at 9:30 a.m. Competition continues through the day and concludes with the naming of an outstanding boy and girl of the meet.

• Great Eight Meet: Coming on the heels of the Hall Relays will be the Great Eight meet at Vanderbilt, beginning 3 p.m. Tuesday with the pole vault. Running event finals are at 5:30 p.m. The meet brings participants with the eight best times and distances so far in the spring from the Mid-state area and combines all classes (AAA, A/AA and D-II).

Cane Ridge Golf Fund Raiser: The first Cane Ridge High Golf Tournament, to raise funds for the school’s football program, will be April 29 at Pine Creek Course. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. To enter, call football coach Jonathan Parks at 687-4000, extension 819177.

• Moss-Oliver finalists: The six finalists for the Moss-Oliver basketball awards have been announced. They are: Boys – Gunnar Miller (Davidson Academy), Jacob Uskavitch (Hume-Fogg) and Jacob Seloff (Hume-Fogg). Girls – Lauren Thompson (CPA), Tanginique Nowlin (Ezell-Harding), Warner Tidwell (Harpeth Hall).

Winners will be announced at following a luncheon Wednesday at Swett’s Restaurant.