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Tribe’s Neglia runs off with 1,600 gold at state

Jeff Birchfield • May 25, 2018 at 1:24 AM

MURFREESBORO — Dobyns-Bennett sophomore Sasha Neglia already had a good margin on the field at the end of one lap during the girls’ 1,600-meter race on Thursday at the TSSAA Large Schools track and field championships.

By the end of the fourth lap, Neglia was in cruise mode — a full straightaway ahead — and her finishing time of 5:00.56 was nearly nine seconds faster than that of runner-up Landri Wilcox of Cookeville.

“It was like the sectional meet with hot weather, so I was prepared for that,” Neglia said. “I’ve run a faster time, but I’m not disappointed with this race. I’ve got a couple of cross country state championships, but it was my first track state championship after I got hurt last year.”

She followed up that performance by running a 10:53 to finish second in the 3,200.

Jeamy Williams also earned all-state in two events for the Indians. He placed fifth in the 400 in a time of 49.34 seconds and sixth in the 100 (10.87).

Tanner Henry also brought back an all-state performance for D-B after clearing 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump.

HITTING THE TRIFECTA

Talented Sullivan South freshman Madison Cowan was all-state in three events. She was runner-up in both the high jump (5-4) and triple jump (37-2.5) and sailed to a sixth-place finish in the long jump (18-2.25).

“I had a lot of adrenaline going for me today,” Cowan said. “I just make sure I rest between the jumps and stay hydrated. That seems to be the key for me doing all three jumps.”

A pair of other local girls earned all-state honors in the jumps. D-B’s Lily Griffith was fifth in the high jump (5-2) and Volunteer’s Ashley Salyers was seventh in the triple jump (35-2).

FALCONS SOAR, CHIEFS ROAR

Volunteer had another all-state performance in the final event of the day when its 4x400 relay team posted a time of 3:26.94 to edge D-B for the final spot.

Cherokee had a pair of all-state performers thanks to Katie Biggs’ throw of 107-5 in the girls’ discus and to Mataylin Goins’ time of 47.44 in the 300 hurdles.

OTHER LOCALS

Science Hill’s TJ Patton was all-state in three events, highlighted by a third in the 110 hurdles. Jeb Jones was third in the 1,600 and eighth in the 800.

Mary Reed, Katy Neubert and Paige Carlsen each earned two all-state medals for the Lady Hilltoppers.

Daniel Boone’s Maria Chellah was third in the 800 and third as part of the 4x800 relay team with her sisters, Judy and Patricia, and her friend Marley McCoy. The Lady Trailblazers also had a third-place showing from Caitlin Cutshall in the pole vault.

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