On The Final Event
Unlike the girls in this classification, the competition between the top two boys teams was tied for the closest point total difference of the entire state championship. A mere five points separated Page High School from Signal Mountain and that difference wasn't defined until the final event of the evening when both teams entered the 4x400m relay with 65 points. We're going to start by replaying that race first before breaking down how the points were accumulated.
|Events w/ Multiple Scorers||0||2|
|Total Events Scored||12||6|
On Tuesday, the team had very different profiles. Page had a balanced roster that scored in every event category except horizontal jumps while Signal Mountain scored all but nine of their points in events that involved distances 800m or above. Cole Combs won the only event of the day for the Patriots when he won the shot put competition after placing runner up in discus, Jordan Rutland placed 2nd and 3rd in the hurdle events, Aiden Haack scored in both the 800m and 1600m, and a host of supporting athletes like Will Scott, Ryan Mulick and Jonah Scannapieco were able to secure points in other open events. Signal Mountain on the other hand opened the morning with a near sweep of the 3200m with Joshua Pote finishing first, Jack Gibby second, and Tynan Border 4th. Pote and Borders would double back later in the day with another win for Pote in the 1600m with Borders 3rd and DiAngelo Cisto 5th. Needless to say where the Eagles scored the scored big they just didn't score in enough places to have an edge before the final event.
Class AA will be left in an interesting spot next year as the Page, East Hamilton, and Munford move out to Class AAA and teams like Pearl-Cohn, Alcoa, and Station Camp move in. Lots of teams are going to be jockeying for the void left by these programs. Nevertheless, congratulations to Coach Harrison and Coach Doty and the rest of the Page track and field team.