On a beautiful Saturday afternoon McCallie hosted 24 schools at the McCallie Mid-South Track Invitational. McCallie scored 169 points to outdistance Franklin High 91 pts and Murfreesboro Oakland 83 pts. Alabama teams Ft. Payne and Guntersville finished 4th and 5th.
McCallie got off to a fast start with weight men Dre Taylor, Quindarius Dunnigan and Wyatt Hughes placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the shot followed by Patrick Ramey, Dunnigan and Taylor scoring 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the discus. Strong performances continued in the field events with freshmen Jack Braman winning the pole vault followed by teammate Cooper Hayes in 3rd. Hakim McMorris and Ti Thomas placed 1st and 3rd in both the long jump and high jump.
University of California signee McMorris also won the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdle races. His 4 first place finishes earned him athlete of the meet honors.
McCallie athletes continued to compete well during the running events with Joshua Smith and Adams Robinson scoring in the hurdles, Josh Ryce in the 100 and 400.
McCallie’s distance runners took advantage of the weather and good competition. Samuel Ligon and Dawson Carmack ran personal best while scoring in the mile. Carmack doubled back to run a personal best in the 3200. 4 x 800 relay team of Walton Bedell, Chris Duncan, Boniface Bizimana and Raif Gork raced to 2nd. Sprinters Alesandro Malave and Xavier Brooks scored in the open 200 and were part of McCallie’s 4 x 100 relay squad that finished second.
The win marked McCallie’s 12th Mid-South Championship in the 35 year history of the meet.