Memphis Central, Brentwood: Why They Won D-I Class AAA

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First In School History

Last year, Memphis Central came up just short with a runner up finish to Brentwood by just nine points. The Bruins of 2022 were able to counter every point the Warriors were able to put on the board in the sprints while amassing enough in other categories to retain their title. This year, no one was able to counter the Green and Gold's ability to score points in events under 400 meters but to me, that's hardly what gave them the advantage this year. We'll look at the high level comparison then I'll explain. 

Memphis Central


Event Wins52
Events w/ Multiple Scorers42
Total Events Scored913
Total Points8782

The point total between these teams last year was 59 to 68 Brentwood's favor so it's pretty clear both teams improved against the state year over year. The difference is that Brentwood came into 2023 with the same overall team profile while Memphis Central added significantly to an event category that was a weakness for them a year prior.  

Central 2022

Central 2023

Brentwood 2022

Brentwood 2023

Sprints & Hurdles53603432
Multis & Field6271929

Last year, the Warriors scored points in just one field event. Akira Simpson and Kierstin Mumford finished 4th and 8th respectively in the triple jump. Simpson finished last season just barely over 36 feet and Mumford just under. At state, both jumpers set new PRs in the event with Simpson winning in a state leading 40-4 and Mumford placing second with 37-6. Simpson would also place 3rd in the long jump with an 18-4.25, an event she placed 9th in last season. 

With Jaitlyn Ware and Denver Winters amassing 18 and 16 points respectively in the open events while contributing to Warrior victories in the sprint relays, the team was able to clinch the victory before the final event as the Bruins had done the year prior. 

For the Bruins, Sophomore Sophie Yount amassed 36 points on her own winning the Pentathlon and Long Jump while placing runner up in the 200m and 400m events. Freshman sisters Lauren Banovac and Lia Banovac were the next highest finishers for the Brentwood with 3rd place finishes in the 3200 and 800 meter races. Coach Fedoris' squad will only graduate two who scored in open events so suspect we'll be seeing part three of this series play out again next May. Congratulations to Coach Haynes on their first state title in school history. Now onto the boys.