By Gene Sieders
Special to BSW
As April winds down track is heating up in Middle Tennessee. Nashville track has been going strong from the little ones in elementary school to dominant performances by our middle and high school athletes.
Nashville high school athletes have dominated the 1600/3200 meter statewide rankings in recent years and 2017 has been no different. At the top of the rolls for the boys is Carter Cheeseman a sophomore from Brentwood Academy.
Carter is #2 statewide in the 1600 at 4:21.86 and #1 in the 3200 at 9:15.85. Mr. Cheeseman does not stand alone in the Tennessee top 10 boys 1600.
Centennial High School sophomore Davis Bove holds the #6 spot in the 1600 and Montgomery Bell senior Will Peters is hanging on to the #10 spot.
Equally as dominant in the high school girls distance races is Ravenwood junior Annika Sleenhof holding the #2 spot in both the 1600 and 3200 meters. She has cracked out a 5:07.99 and 10:32.81 respectively.
Other high school girl notables in the 1600 meters are Claire Cheeseman a Brentwood Academy senior currently holding down the #6 spot and high school junior Meredith Helton also from Brentwood Academy holding down the #7 spot.
The up and coming group of Nashville middle school boys is dominating the rankings both state and nationwide.
Eighth grader Miles Ally of Head Magnet won the 2016 Tennessee Middle School Cross Country Championship. He has continued his dominance with a late March 1600 run of 4:49.66 for a top 10 performance in the nation!
Miles is in good company with 8th grader Nick Sieders from St Matthew’s school running a 4:49.88. Close on their heels is 7th grader Connor Henson running out of Columbia Academy and 8th Grader Cayden Durrough running 4:52 and 4:54.
The “Nashville 4” rank as the top 4 middle school runners in the state! The 8th graders are heading off to MLK, University School of Nashville and Brentwood Academy in the fall.
The middle school girls kept up their end with 7th grader Sofia Rutherford of Brentwood Middle School holding down the #1 spot in the girls statewide 1600 meter rankings. She had a very quick 5:22.09 set during the weekend of the Eastern Relay’s in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sofia was joined in that race by Page Middle School 6th grade runner Gabby Boulay right on her heels at 5:22.50 for the #2 spot statewide. That’s right, a 7th and 6th grader dominated the race!
It is still early in the track season and I am sure we will see these rankings upset in May. May is the start of the track championships series. The season starts with the NYA Elementary and Middle School Championships followed by the Middle and High School HVAC Championships and then with Williamson and Davidson Country Public School Championships. Big races always bring out big times! Check out your local race schedule at www.tn.milesplit.com.
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