Murfeesboro, TN – East Nashville Magnet’s Jada Curbeam knew what she had to do, and she did it. Curbeam trailed Maplewood’s T’Kesha Hagans by 34 points going into the TSSAA Class A-AA pentathlon’s final event, the 800 meter run.
Curbeam knew she had to better Hagans by about 5 seconds in the 800 to retake the lead for good in what had been a back and forth battle between the two Metro Nashville Public School athletes. Curbeam didn’t necessarily have to win the race, but she had to beat Hagans by a pretty good margin to get enough points. The two runners went out fairly slowly, most likely worn out from the day’s other events (100 meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, and long jump) and were even after the first of two laps. Curbeam began to open up a lead on the second lap and went on to better Hagens by just over 12 seconds , and she had wrapped up the state title finishing with 3055 points. Hagans finished in third place with 2953 points.
Clarksville Northeast’s Brittany Kelly won the Class AAA pentathlon with 3475 points and Baylor School’s Selena Popp (3100 Points) won the DII pentathlon by just one point over Evangelical Christian School’s Kate Jamison (3099).
The boys decathlon got started today as well with 5 events taking place (100 meter dash, triple jump, pole vault, discus and 400 meter run).
CPA’s Chris Charles (3000) leads Lipscomb Academy’s Jackson Powers(2902) in Class A-AA. Hume Fogg’s Ben Brunson is currently 4th with 2462 points just two points out of 3rd place.
Centennial’s Chaz Hawkins(3394) leads Ravenwood’s Zach Gilroy (2964) in Class AAA. Independence High’s Austin Billings is currently in 4th, only 30 points out of 3rd place.
BGA’s Anthony Dunavant (3153) is in 2nd place in the DII division, trailing MUS’s William Harrison (3529) after day one’s competition.
The decathlon concludes tomorrow with athletes taking part in the 110 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and finishing with the grueling 1500 meter run.