SpringFling: East Lit junior takes advantage of jumps, wins A-AA pentathlon

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:12am
Staff reports

Kanellar Carney jumped her way to the TSSAA Class A-AA pentathlon championship Monday on the opening day of the 2011 SpringFling in Murfreesboro.

The East Literature junior tied for first place in high jump at 5-3 ¾, tied for third among the 12 competitors with a long jump of 16-10 ¾ and was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.82 seconds.

She stayed close enough to Howard’s LaQuisha Jackson in the final event — the 800 — to win by 26 points. Her final total was 3,164.

Martin Luther King junior Amia Butler (2,956) finished third, and Maplewood sophomore Tkesha Hagans (2,853), who won each of the first two events (100 hurdles, shot put), finished fifth.

Division II: Franklin Road Academy senior Abbie McKinney was first in each of the first three events and no worse than third in any of the five but still finished second to Marjorie Butler of Knoxville Webb.

Butler was no worse than second in any of the events and trailed McKinney by 14 points with only the 800 meter run remaining. Butler (3,619 points) finished more than 10 seconds ahead of McKinney (3,499) , which resulted in a difference of 120 points in the final scores.

Class AAA: Brentwood junior Holly Van Grinsven opened with 850 points in the 100-meter hurdles — the highest single event score among the 12 competitors — and finished third with 3,241 points.


Junior Jake Lazas and sophomore Eric Hoff were first and second, respectively, after the opening day of the TSSAA Class AAA decathlon.

Lazas was among the top three in each of the five events, capped the 400 meter dash, which he won in 50.22 seconds. His score through five events was 3,291, well ahead of Hoff, who had 3,026.

Hoff tied for the event’s best pole vault at 12-11 ¾.

Class A-AA: Christ Presbyterian Academy sophomore Christopher Charles cleared 12-11 ¾ in the pole vault, which was nearly four feet higher than any of the other competitors, and finished the day in fifth place. He trailed two seniors and two juniors led by senior Tony Johnson of Fayette-Ware.

Charles had 2,322 points, just 68 out of third place.

David Lipscomb sophomore Jackson Powers had the best discus throw (97-4). Powers (1,955 points) was 10th out of 11 competitors.

Division II: Brentwood Academy senior Josh Davies and Montgomery Bell Academy junior Bryan Oslin each topped 3,000 points through the first five events and were third and fourth, respectively.

Oslin opened with the fastest time in the 100 meter dash (11.72 seconds) and reached the midway point of the event with 3,007 points. Davies capped the opening day with the best 400 meter dash (49.87), which earned him at least 89 points more than all other competitors and got him to 3,019.