Signal Mountain, Greeneville: Why They Won D-I Class AA

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The Signal Mountain Girls won three in a row in the combined Class AA/A Division from 2014 - 2016 and look to be in position to start a streak again. While Coach Carpenter in the past has relied heavily on his ability to score points in the distance races, the three years in which the Eagles came up short caused the coach to recalibrate his emphasis into a more balanced approach and the results bear that out. 

Signal MountainMLK
Event Wins46
Events w/ Multiple Scorers31
Total Events Scored139

In a nutshell, MLK scored all their points in events 400 meters and under while Signal Mountain focused on capitalizing on all the others. The Royals were able to rack up 35 points in the 100, 200, 4x100, and 4x200 and the Eagles scored in 13 of the remaining 15 events led by Senior Kara Wilson who scored 38 points sweeping the horizontal jumps, winning the high hurdles, and placing runner up in the Decathlon. We caught up with her after her victory in the triple. 

Those points will be hard to replace heading into 2023 but fortunately for Coach Carpenter, most of the open scorers outside of Wilson will be returning in next year... and in 2024, and in 2025, and even some in 2026. 



Points Scored

Marlee Burkley


Maxine Richards


Ada Boyd


Anna Neal


Genevieve Fisher


Ashlyn Rock


Marlee Burkley placed 4th in the 400m dash (lane 2) and will be a critical point scorer moving forward to offset the loss of Wilson.

Big scorers will also return for the Royals in 2023 with Lane, Boyd, and Joy this will be a great team competition again in 2023. It's just a matter of firepower vs. depth. MLK sprints will win a lot of races but Signal Mountain can score in a lot of places. Congratulations to Coach Carpenter and the Lady Eagles. 

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