Four Warriors reach state track meet after sectional competition

Published 11:11 am Friday, May 17, 2024

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The Happy Valley Warriors went looking to continue their tradition of sending athletes to the TSSAA State Track and Field Championship in Murfreesboro in the East Class A Sectionals held at Eagleton Academy in Maryville.

At the end of the day, the Warriors sent four Warriors to the state event finding success in the field events.

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In the Boys’ Pole Vault, Happy Valley sophomore Tyler Bailey captured the top spot as the East Sectional champion with a vault of 11-06.00.

A pair of Pigeon Forge athletes finished second and third while South Greene’s Nolan Weems finished fourth with an even 11-00.00 effort.

Happy Valley’s Julian Pate qualified as an at-large state qualifier thanks to his effort of 11-00.0.

Junior Kaydence Carroll captured first place in the Girls’ Triple Jump event with a leap of 34-07.25 earning a trip to the state finals.

The final Warrior state qualifier was Josephine Zeoli who earned a second-place finish in the long jump with a 15-06.0 effort. Sale Creek High School athlete Eisa Ellerton took first with her leap of 16-09.5.