Cleveland teams 2nd at Sectional
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CLEVELAND HIGH teammates Katsman Barrett, right, and Vic Harrison make a clean exchange during the 4x100 relay Tuesday at the TSSAA Section 2 Meet in Evensville. The pair joined with teammates Stephen Cannon and Tyler Davis to win the event and qualify for the state meet.  Contributed photo, ERNIE HARRIS
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EVENSVILLE — Of the 23 Bradley County athletes and relay teams that qualified for the TSSAA State Track & Field Meet next week, 17 will be wearing Raider blue.

Both of Coach Casey Price’s Cleveland High teams brought home second place finishes at the Class AAA Section 2 Meet Tuesday at Rhea County High School.

Four relay teams and 13 individual slots will be filled by Blue Raiders, who captured five first place finishes to go with a pair already earned in the state pentathlon and decathlon last week.

Bradley Central will have a trio of runners in four races on the Middle Tennessee State University track, while Walker Valley will send a pair.

After claiming the top spot in the area pentathlon last week, Cleveland’s Marrisa Langford won the girls high jump Tuesday, clearing the bar at 4-feet, 10-inches. The junior standout also earned a third-place finish in the triple jump at 34-05.75, putting her just behind MTSU signee Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad, who was second in the event at 36-04.50.

Abdullah-Muhammad also took third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26:06 and finished second to her younger sister Qetuwrah in the long jump. “Q” had a winning leap of 17-02.25, while “A” came in at 16-11.00.

The Lady Raiders also claimed a second place finish in the 4x200 relay event. Sophomore Hallea McClendon will be making the trip to Murfreesboro as well after a fourth place showing in the girls’ shot put with a toss of 35-feet flat.

Cleveland edged out Siegel for second place team honors Tuesday by a 97-95 margin, but both squads were well behind Middle Tennessee powerhouse Riverdale which posted 149 points.

Coach Price’s boys were one of just three teams to garner triple digits in points Tuesday as the Blue Raiders had 100, compared to Oakland’s 130. Ooltewah came in a distance third in the boys’ competition with 78 points.

A pair of speedy relay teams, plus a top leap by Mars Hill signee Reeves Morgan led the way for Cleveland with first place finishes.

Morgan cleared the bar at 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump competition, while Katzman Barrett, Vic Harrison, Stephen Cannon and Tyler Davis won the 4-100 relay and David Piersaul, Isaiah Beaty, Hector Gutierrez and Justin Jones combined for the fastest 4x800 time.

Beaty, a sophomore, also took the top spot in the decathlon competition last week and finished fourth in the pole vault at 9-feet, 6-inches yesterday.

Cleveland’s 4x400 boys’ relay team also qualified for the state with a third place finish as did sophomore Will Hilliker in the 110-meter hurdles (15.93) and junior Dalton McDonald in the discus (133-10).

Tusculum football signee Justin Ware won the fastest man competition Tuesday as the Walker Valley senior ran the 100-meter dash in 11.07 seconds. Junior Rachel Lawhorn will also represent the north end of the county after a second place finish in the discus throw with a distance of 93-09.

The Bradley long distances duo of Harold Smith and Paul Patterson, plus triple jumper Deshawn McCleary make up the Bear trio heading to the state.

Smith will run in two events in Murfreesboro after a third place finish in the 800-meter run (1:57.92) and a fourth in the 1,600-meter (4:31.83).

Patterson, who has signed to run for Dalton State (Ga.), took third in the 3,200-meter run at 10:13.86. McCleary was third in the triple jump with a distance of 42-10.00.