Watkins entered the final round of competition in the triple jump in third place. With a leap of 38-4¾, Watkins jumped all the way to first and earned a state championship.
She scored points in four events as well as last Monday’s pentathlon and helped the Lady Indians to a runner-up finish in the team competition.
Northeast was first overall with 61 points with D-B second at 51.
Watkins’ winning jump was a personal best. Her previous best was 38-1½.
As is her usual custom, Watkins again had her best jump on the last attempt in the competition.
“I started off pretty bad,” Watkins said. “My back was hurting, but I just tried to push through it.”
When she started her phases on that last attempt, Watkins wasn’t sure it would be a good jump.
“It felt weird at first,” she said. "But by the time I hit the sand I knew it was a good jump.
“This is what I worked hard for all year. To win gold feels really good.”
Going into the meet, D-B coach Bob Bingham felt his girls had a chance to do something special.
“We knew that Northeast would be strong,” Bingham said. “But we had a lot of girls qualified and they came through for us tonight.
“Obviously, Adriana’s points made a big difference,” he added. “I feel good for the girls, they deserve this.”
Watkins also finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (46.62).
The Lady Indians finished second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.93.
Science Hill’s Molly Foster finished third in Wednesday’s 3,200 in a time of 10:52.90. She came back on Thursday to finish fifth (5:12.00) in the 1,600.
D-B’s Molly Smith was fourth (2:20.95) in the 800 and the Lady Hilltoppers’ Martha McCoy fifth (2:24.19).
Mercedes Bright from D-B was fifth (59.53) in the 400.
Tennessee High’s Ashlee Mitchell, the defending state champion in the shot put, finished second this year at 37-9¼. D-B’s Krystall Derr was fourth in the shot put (36-3¾) and fifth in the 100 (12.37).
The Lady Vikings’ Samantha Gudger was fourth (5-2) in the high jump with D-B’s Sabrina Pickwell eighth (5-0).
Cherokee’s Courtney Brooks finished sixth (105-4) in the discus, and Volunteer’s Emily Armstrong was eighth (16-11¾) in the long jump.
The Science Hill girls came in sixth (9:51.56) in the 4x800 relay.
D-B’s 4x400 relay team crossed the line in eighth place (4:09.59).
Sullivan East’s Haley Roe was third in the A-AA discus at 104-2 with Autumn Roe fourth (97-4).
In the Class AAA tennis tournament, Tennessee High’s Matt Henson won both his singles matches Thursday and will play for the championship today at 10 a.m.
D-B’s Josie Rogers, a finalist last year, was beaten in the girls singles semifinals this time around. Kenya Jones of White Station beat Rogers 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
The Indians’ Kaleb Pittman and Kevin Peterson lost in the doubles quarterfinals 7-5, 7-5 to Will Jayne and Michael Arguello of Brentwood.
Science Hill’s Katie Deal and Hope Forbush, who were doubles finalists a year ago, were upended in the semifinals 6-2, 7-5 by Iris Ho and Katie Fit of Ravenwood.