After dropping the baton on the opening leg and having to go back to get it, the Trailblazers recovered to win gold, outdistancing Brentwood and Dobyns-Bennett.
Boone won in a time of 7:57.42. Brentwood was second (7:58.92) and D-B third (7:59.90).
“Chad Whitehead got bumped hard right after the start and had the baton knocked out of his hand,” said Trailblazers coach Len Jeffers. “By the time he went back and got it, he was at least 50 meters behind.”
Keeping his composure, Whitehead gradually recovered and handed off the baton to teammate Ashton Wilson. With 300 meters to go in his leg, Wilson put on a surge and moved from 10th to second place.
Adam Barnard ran the third leg for Boone and brought the ‘Blazers almost even with Brentwood at the final exchange.
“Jordan Roth ran the final leg for us,” Jeffers said. “With 200 meters to go, he made his move and was able to hold Brentwood and D-B off.”
Wilson, who normally runs the 400, had been a last-minute replacement for teammate Josh Routh, who had helped the Trailblazers secure a spot in the state finals.
“We had a hunch that Ashton could cut us six or seven seconds,” Jeffers said. “It was a tough decision, but it paid off.”
Cherokee’s Evan McCracken heaved the shot put 57-1¾ to claim gold. He beat the competition by almost 5 feet.
McCracken finished sixth in the discus with a toss of 150-3.
Science Hill’s Hunter Boone also captured gold, winning the triple jump at 46-7¼. The Hilltoppers’ Justin Grant placed second (163-4) in the discus competition.
Volunteer’s Sam Barton finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.51. He was also fifth (39.58) in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Maliek Carpenter came in fifth (10.89) in the 100.
D-B’s 4x400 relay squad finished fourth (3:21.96), as did Tennessee High’s 4x200 relay (1:29.40) team.
Boone got additional points from Roth, who was fifth (1:57.55) in the 800; Barnard, who finished seventh (9:27.50) in the 3,200; and Christian Stumpf, who was eighth (6-4) in the high jump.
In the Class A-AA meet, Devon Wade from University School of Johnson City won the pole vault at a height of 14-0.