MURFREESBORO – George Patrick and Williams Stout, who are close friends, both repeated as state decathlon champions on Tuesday.
Patrick, a Texas signee from Brentwood Academy, won the Division II title with 7,324 points at Middle Tennessee’s track.
Stout, a Wofford signee from Chris Presbyterian Academy, took the Class A-AA championship with 6,272.
“I didn’t even know that he did the decathlon until about a year and a half ago,” Patrick said. “I saw he won state and I was like, ‘OK, Will, you’re getting good’ and then I saw his score today and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, he’s doing amazing.’ I have respect for anybody who does the decathlon.”
Patrick turned in a dominating performance, winning eight of 10 events.
|Brentwood Academy’s George Patrick won his second straight Division II decathlon championship.|
He began the second day of competition with a win in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.05 seconds.
“Great hurdle race, it really brought my spirits up,” Patrick said. “14.05 is a great time. I’ll take that any day, even in the opens.”
Then he won the long jump in 23-2-3/4 and the high jump in 6-4 as temperatures inched toward 90 degrees.
Patrick settled for second in the shot put with a 44-3-1/4, calling it “the low point of my whole decathlon … I could have done a lot better.”
He ended the day with a ninth-place showing in the 1,500 in 5:04.01.
Patrick repeated despite being hampered by a sprained left ankle and foot blisters.
“I’d say it’s at 85 percent,” Patrick said of his ankle.
Patrick also spiked himself in the high jump.
|CPA’s William Stout repeated in the Class A-AA decathlon.|
He considered making a run at Harrison Williams’ state record of 7,597 points set in 2014 when he competed for Memphis University School, but decided to save his energy for Friday’s competition.
Patrick, Cam Johnson and Thomas Ozburn earned 15 points for the Eagles.
Ozburn finished sixth with 5,936. Johnson, a sophomore who is a Southeastern Conference football prospect, took seventh with 5,824.
Patrick trains with Montgomery Bell Academy’s Will Eskew, a North Carolina signee who took second with 6,333. Injured Ravenwood decathlete Carter Sorenson, a Notre Dame signee, also trains with them.
“Both of those guys are 4:30-milers, so it’s very hard,” Patrick said. “It’s the perfect training group for me, really. Sometimes we push each other too hard.”
Stout won by 366 points over runner-up Takeem Young of Greeneville.
“Overall, I’m ecstatic,” Stout said. “It’s about a (128)-point (personal record) from sectionals.”
Stout led almost the entire way, a big difference from last year when he rallied from second place with a strong showing in the final event, the 1,500.
“That one was a little more stressful, but this one had a lot better competition,” Stout said. “The Greeneville boys really helped me along in this decathlon. I love competing with those guys.”
Young’s older brother, Raheem, took third with 5,691 and his teammate, Thomas Burkey, was fourth with 5,515.
Stout didn’t play football this season so he could focus on track and it paid off. He lost five pounds, helping him pick up speed in the running events.
Stout recorded decathlon PRs in the shot put (40-3-1/4) and the long jump (20-5) on Tuesday.
He has come a long way since suffering a stress fracture in a back vertebra as a sophomore.
“That was a hard time for me, but after that just getting back into it with my coach and just working as hard as I could with a limited amount of time, and wining last year I thought I might as well just focus on that,” said Stout, who won four events.
He will compete in the pole vault, triple jump and 110 hurdles on Friday for CPA, which finished third last season. The Lions won the sectional for the first time since 1999 this year.
Independence’s Nate Johnson took fourth in the Class AAA decathlon with 6,141.
“I had a pretty good day today, but the fall back in the triple jump, pole vault and 400 set me back to where I had to work a little harder,” Johnson said.
The Michigan football signee is seeded first in Friday’s long jump and triple jump. He will also compete in the 4 x 200 relay.
Tennessee signee Chase Sholl, of Rhea County, won the Class AAA decathlon with 6,568.
Brentwood’s Kyle Costner took sixth with 5,780 and Independence freshman Taylor Sheffield was eighth with 5,711.
“It’s very tiring, but you’ve just got to push through it and finish,” Sheffield said. “I PRed in most of my events today.”
Brentwood ‘s Garrett Lee took 10th with 5,155.