Story’s final TSSAA chapter is about winning and having fun

Story’s final TSSAA chapter is about winning and having fun

 

By Steve Williams

Rebecca Story ended her TSSAA track career in typical fashion … on top!

The Christian Academy of Knoxville senior swept the three distance races at the Division II-A track and field meet Friday at MTSU in Murfreesboro.

Story won the 1600-meter run in 5:03.93, the 800 in 2:19.64 and the 3200 in 11:00.07. She officially ended her TSSAA career by running the anchor leg on CAK’s winning 4×400 relay, which was clocked in 4:07.6.

On a day that included threatening skies, raindrops and eventually a lightning delay, Coach Tony Cosey said Story’s main objective was about winning and not times.

The Stanford signee led the CAK girls to a third place finish in the team scoring behind runner-up Webb School.

Story won her first TSSAA state championship in the 3200 as an eighth grader in 2014.

Counting her part on three state champion relay teams, Story has a total of 15 TSSAA championships in her prep career. That also includes two state crowns in cross-country.

“It was a special last meet, and I was relaxed,” said Story. “There wasn’t a planned strategy other than to win and have fun.

“Obviously, I was not attempting a PR (personal record) with four races in a few hours, but I am used to that!

“I was happy with my final State because it ended in a relay with my team. I loved finishing with a relay.”

Webb’s Lady Spartans were paced by Jasmine Jefferson’s victory in the 400 (59.36) and wins by their 4×100 relay (49.75) and 4×800 relay (9:59.11).

In the girls’ Large division on Thursday, sophomore Ellie Bachman took first place in the 800 with a time of 2:16.28 to lead Hardin Valley Academy to third place in the final team scoring.

Catholic’s girls raced to a winning time of 9:19.64 in the 4×800.

West junior Caroline Lewis finished third in the Large Schools’ pentathlon earlier in the week.

Blake Blakemore, only a sophomore, sparkled in Wednesday’s Small Schools action as she won the 200 dash in 24.74.

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