Story and Photos by MAGGIE POPE
MURFREESBORO — Franklin Road Academy’s boys track and field team earned a runner-up finish in the Division II-A state championships at Middle Tennessee State’s Dean A. Hayes Stadium Friday.
FRA’s Alex Gales placed first in the pole vault at 13-06.00. Christ Presbyterian Academy’s Ryan Charles finished second with a jump of 13-00.00.
“I was having trouble earlier…but once there was only a few people left I started to get in the rhythm,” Gales said. “It took me three years to get to state and I’m honored to win as a junior. It’s so great.”
Harding Academy captured the title with 146 points.
Charles took first in the high jump (6-04.00) at the same time.
“I knew I had both of them going at the same time,” Charles said. “So, I was just trying not to think about it too much.”
FRA’s Eric Stoxstill-Diggs took first in the 110-meter hurdles (15.79), while Charles placed third (15.97).
“We’ve been battling it out all year,” Stoxstill-Diggs said about Charles. “I just had to keep my form. This is where it matters.”
FRA’s Brogan Wilson claimed second in the 300-meter hurdles (40.57).
CPA finished sixth with 47 points and Battle Ground Academy finished 12th with 18 points.
In Division II-A girls, BGA was fourth overall with 57 points. FRA finished 11th with 19 points and CPA placed 16th with nine. Harding Academy won the title with 153 points.
FRA freshman Campbell Carroll placed first in the high jump at 5-02.00.
“I knew if I just did what my coach told me to do I could clear those heights easily,” Carroll said. “I’m hoping to improve a lot next year.”
BGA’s Mikah Charley placed first in long jump (17-00.25), second in 100-meter hurdles (15.72) and fourth in 300-meter hurdles (48.42).
BGA’s Katlin Summarell won the 300-meter hurdles (46.53), placed third in 100-meter hurdles (16.29) and fourth in long jump (16-03.50).