Way Too Early TN Indoor Rankings


The indoor season is upon us.

And although there haven't been many performances yet, a few state championship contenders have opened their seasons.

Over the past couple of weeks, a couple of athletes have put down impressive early season marks. So we're already taking a look at some notable rankings.

Here's our analysis of the "way too early" ranking update:

Boys 60 Meter Hurdles

Defending A-AA 110 meter hurdles state champion Brevin Sims has already been back on the track.

Sims has the fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles so far this season, running 8.49 a few weeks ago in Birmingham. Sims won the 2017 Indoor State Championship in that event last season, finishing in 8.34.

Last season, Sims ran 8.83 at the Galleria Games to open the season, so he's already seen marked improvement over the past year. 

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Cleveland High School senior Benjedi Casseus is sitting in the No. 2 spot at the moment. He finished fourth at the Galleria games in his first ever race at 60 meters. 

Casseus won the AAA 110 hurdles state title last year in 15.23. So he'll be a key contender to watch moving forward this indoor season now that he's accustomed to the 60 as well.

Girls 60 Meters

On the girls side, Whitehaven's Kirstin Jones has already had a fast start to the season.

The AAA state runner up for 100 meters leads the state so far at 60 meters, finishing 9th in Hoover back in December. 

Like Casseus at the 60 meter hurdles, that was Jones' first 60 meter sprint of her career.

White Station senior Jamaya Fleming is also a runner to watch at this distance. Fleming wasn't far behind Jones at the Hoover Alumni Invitational, finishing in 7.98. She was 7th in the 100 meters at the AAA State Title last season.


Boys Shot Put

Jett Kinder burst onto the scene as one of the best freshman in the state last season.

He's off to a solid start this year, too.

Kinder placed second in the shot put for the 15-16 year old division at the Hoover Alumni Invitational. His throw of 42-4.75 is two feet better than his debut performance last season.

Kinder was second in the State Decathlon last year in the shot put. He also finished second overall in the final standings.

So while multi-events are Kinder's strength, he still excels in the throws despite being in an open competition to start the indoor season.


Girls 800 Meter Run

David Crockett's Breanna Roy is coming off a big cross country season. She placed 7th in the AAA State Cross Country Meet this past November.

And she's off to a good start indoors as well.

Roy won the 800 meter run at the NC United Youth Indoor T&F Classic, running 2:29. Her personal best is 2:21.

Centennial senior Maddie Morstad was second at the Galleria Games. She's also second in the "way too early" rankings with a 2:30.

But you also can't talk about mid-distance in Tennessee without considering some of the top runners in Memphis. And there's a trio of Memphis Jaguars to watch for in the coming months.

Lanea Wallace (3rd), Madison Ray (5th) and Aliyah Wilson (6th) are all under 2:35 early in the season. As the season continues, they'll certainly be in play as well.

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