KNOXVILLE — A number of track and field athletes from Scott High are headed to the sectional finals after advancing in the East Sub-Sectionals at Christian Academy of Knoxville on Thursday.
With the top four finishers in each event qualifying for the sectional finals, Scott High earned qualifying spots in hurdles, relay races, the 800 meter and 1,600 meter runs, and discus.
Highlighting the day was Grace Sexton’s first place finish in the 300 meter hurdles, which saw her break her own school record with a time of 50.02 seconds. It marked the third time this season that Sexton has broken a record that had been unchanged for two decades.
Qualifying for the sectional finals with Sexton in the 300 meter hurdles were Shelby Yancey and Abbey Overton, who finished third and fourth with times of 56.41 seconds and 58.88 seconds.
Overton won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.92 seconds, earning herself a spot in the sectional finals. Qualifying along with her was Yancey, who finished third with a time of 18.93 seconds. Sexton finished fifth in the 100 meter event, with a time of 19.3, which was good enough to earn an at-large spot in the sectional finals.
On the boys’ side, Nathan Cook earned a qualifying spot in the finals in the discus, finishing fourth with a distance of 111 ft., 6 in., which was a personal record.
Also earning at-large qualifying spots in the finals for the Highlanders were Tyler Little in the 800-meter run and Gabby Boles in the 1,600-meter run. Little finished with eighth with a time of 2:11.14, while Boles finished fifth in her event, with a time of 6:06.
Several of Scott High’s relay teams also advanced to the sectionals.
The 4x800-meter girls team, consisting of Emily Mays, Jacey Goodman, Autum Goodman and Boles, advanced after finishing fourth with a time of 5:02.42.
Also advancing was the 4x200 girls team, consisting of Becca Jeffers, Flora May Ayers, Audie Boles and Zoe Parker, after finishing third with a time of 2:14.41.
The 4x400 girls team, consisting of Boles, Yancey, Sexton and Overton, advanced by finishing second with a time of 1:05.38.
Also advancing was the 4x100 girls team.
The 4x100 boys team, consisting of Cade Botts, Noah Fladie, Josh Boshears and Gage Emmons, advanced with a fourth place finish, and a time of 54.34.
Finally, the 4x400 boys team earned an at-large qualifying spot after finishing fifth with a time of 4:01.81.