We've made it.
The final round of Tennessee MileSplit Madness is here.
In case you've missed it over the last couple of months, we've been working on crowning a virtual meet champion in the state of Tennessee.
Returners from last year's four best teams in each division at state have been scored in a dual meet tournament. And we've had some close battles.
But now we're to the championship round. Two teams remain on the guys and girls sides of the bracket respectively.
Boys Championship: Brentwood Academy vs. Brentwood High School
Two schools separated by a little over a mile will battle it out for the title of "2020 Virtual State Champion."
Brentwood Academy has won more state championships in boys track and field than any other team in any sport in the state of Tennessee. And they would've been the favorites to make it six-straight championships in DII-AA again if there'd been a state meet in 2020.
But Brentwood High has quite a proud tradition as well. Led by Oregon signee Jett Kinder, they cruised through the Division One side of the bracket to make it to the championship round.
That's going to be a fun one.
Girls Championship: Harpeth Hall vs. Houston High School
The two Cinderellas of our whole tournament!
Harpeth Hall pulled off a big upset over Ensworth, who won DII-AA last year, to make it to the final. But Houston, who came in as a seven-seed, has had a remarkable run through the Division One bracket.
Memphis was well-represented in the girls tournament in D1. Three of the final four teams on that side of the bracket were from West Tennessee.
But the Mustangs came out on top, defeating the defending state champion Tigers of Whitehaven in the second round before upsetting Southwind in the Final Four.
Final Round Rules
The rules will remain the same. An athlete can be entered in three events, not counting the multis.
The top three finishers score points. 5-3-1. The best relay team (from the 2019 season) will receive five points.
And there's a fan vote in the final round as well.
You'll have 48 hours to vote for which team you think should be our Virtual State Champion. And you can vote once an hour. 10% of the vote counts for five points in the final meet standings.
So stay tuned tomorrow as the girls championship begins! We'll post the poll, and a couple more articles about each program, Thursday morning.
The winners will be revealed on Monday morning when both the boys and girls winners have been calculated.