Led by a strong senior showing in several events, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s boys took third — only seven athletes — at the Division II-A Track and Field State Championship in Murfreesboro.
Senior Ethan Fulford was 110-meter hurdles champ with a time of 15:48; second place in the pole vault (13 feet) and 300 hurdles (40:56); third in the decathlon (5611 points); and seventh in discus (95-07). “Ethan Fulford did a phenomenal job,” fifth-year Warriors head coach Bart Karaken said.
Senior Kanye Harris captured third in the long jump (20 feet-08,50), third in the 100-meter dash (11:16) and third in the 200-meter (22.50).
“We had significantly fewer than some teams but held up pretty well,” Karaken said. “Some guys ... did better than they have all year.”
The Lady Warriors’ nine athletes were hardly left out of recognition at the Fling.
Top four finishes were second in the 4 x 100 (50:52), while Antiya McAlister was third in both the 100 (12:63) and 200 (26:12) dashes, “Antiya did an incredible job,” Karaken said.
“We had a real strong (girls) senior class,” he added. “But we’ve got a group of sophomores that are pretty strong and a group of eighth-graders coming up ... really strong.”