Fourteen St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School track and field athletes qualified for the TSSAA DII-A State Track Meet held at Middle Tennessee State University in late May. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams had a good showing with all athletes giving great effort and performances even through the rain and wind.
The field athletes arrived bright and early, ready to perform. Caleb Simmons (Manchester, TN) started the day off by finishing 8th in the state in the boys’ shot put. This was followed by a Verena Pate (Sewanee, TN) fighting through a rainy girls’ triple jump appearance to finish in 7th place.
As the day went on, the sun came back out and the rest of the athletes made their appearances.
The girls’ 4x800 meter relay team (Charlie Barron (Chattanooga, TN), Caroline Neubauer (Belvidere, TN), Chloe Middlebrooks (Nashville, TN), and Melanie Val (Tracy City, TN)) had the best performance of the day, earning 2nd place with a new school record of 10:30:12. The boys’ 4x800 meter relay team (Kyler Cantrell (Sewanee, TN), Alex Brewster (Sewanee, TN), Elijah Seavey (Monteagle, TN), and AJ Clements (Fort Smith, AR)), didn’t disappoint either, finishing 7th in the stare.
As the meet came to a close, the skies opened, and more rain poured down on the athletes, but this did not stop the boys’ and girls’ 4x400 meter relays from giving it their all. The girls’ 4x400m relay (Charlie Barron, Sara Knight (Sewanee, TN), Chloe Middlebrooks, and Melanie Val) finished in 6th place. The boy’s 4x400m (Kyler Cantrell, Graeden Miller, Luke Morrison (Accra, Ghana), Elijah Seavey) finished in 7th place.
Outstanding individual performances on the girls’ side included Melanie Val finishing 7th in both the 400m and the 800m and Charlie Barron finishing 4th in the 800m.
For the boys, Elijah Seavey finished 8th in the 400m dash and Luke Morrison finished 7th in the 300m hurdles.
The state meet was a great conclusion to an excellent season. The girls set a record for the highest place earned in regionals and the team as a whole had the best state appearance in school history.