Tennesseans Spread Across Country As Postseason Kicks Off

*Jarryn Lowe racing the 800m at Music City Track Carnival

HOKA Festival Of Miles

The same two Tennesseans who set TN #1s in the 3200m at Arcadia earlier this season traveled to St. Louis to partake in the HOKA Festival of Miles. In the Girls Championship Mile, Abby Faith Cheeseman ran a TN #4 All-Time mark in the with a 4:42.79 en route 1600m placing seventh overall. She sits behind only Claire Stegall, Jenna Hutchins, and Rebecca Story for the distance. On the boys side, Brentwood Academy's Luke Thompson took over TN #1 in the Elite Section of the Boys Mile with an en route 4:09.10. Until Saturday, he would temporarily hold the top spot in both the 1600m and 3200m distances. 

Music City Track Carnival

I say temporarily because on Saturday, Miles Ramer of Ravenwood would follow up his state title won the week before with a victory at the Music City Track Carnival. The pacer brought the field through one lap at 65 seconds (slower than anticipated) but Ramer would split 1:59 over his final 800 to run 4:08.21 for the full mile. His time would convert down to 4:06.77 for 1600m moving him to TN #10 All-Time. This listed regular season state record for 1600 meters is 4:05.34. The only way I foresee this going to down is if Thompson and Ramer give it a go at Great Eight next year where they've raced head to head for the past two seasons. Outside of that, there aren't many in-season events where distance runners target a fast mile. 

Another repeat winner from state the week before was Jarryn Lowe who not only won, but retook TN #1 in the 800m after temporarily losing it to Keegan Smith a few days prior. His 1:52.09 was the third time this season the junior ran under 1:53. He'll be racing at Adidas later this month which you'll be able to stream live on MileSplit. Outside of the high school races, one Tennessean took on the Pros as Morgan Lewis of Nolensville, also on the heels of a state championship last week, ran in the 400m hurdles and held his own. 

As far as we can tell, this is the 3rd fastest All-Time mark in the event for Tennesseans. 

On the girls side, a pair of Harpeth Hall Honeybears moved up in the rankings. On Friday, Annamaria Bacchetta moved to TN #4 in the 3200m with a 10:51.76. She placed third overall to two out of state competitors and was her second time this season under eleven minutes. Lily Bowen was the top Tennessee finisher in the mile running 5:01.65 which just barely converts down to 4:59.90 for 1600m making her the 5th Tennessee girls to break that barrier this season. The top finisher for the girls in the 800m was Brentwood's Lia Banovac who just barely missed her PR by .14 seconds running 2:15.57. The freshman currently ranks 5th overall in the event. 

Other Top TN Finishers From MCTC

Great Southwest Classic

A few Kindersport athletes traveled the farthest out of state as Abby Miller, Canon Kinder, and Evie Culbreath competed in the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in New Mexico. Miller would come away with the highest finish with her runner up finish in the 400m Hurdles (above). Her 61.98 is a little over a three second improvement from her last attempt at this event last summer. She also placed 6th in the 400m with a 56.58 which moves her to TN #4. Kinder would place 3rd in the pole vault almost matching his best with a height of 15-7.75. He has essentially be at fifteen and a half or over for the last four vaults of the season and currently ranks US #6 for the Class of 2025. Culbreath placed 7th in the 100m Hurdles with a 14.30, her fifth time under 14.5 this season and would run the 200m as well in 25.11, an event she mostly avoided this season after focusing on it in previous years.