Gracie Morse

Franklin County's Gracie Morse pulls away from the competition during a hurdles event at a sectional meet Friday. Morse finished first in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles for the day to qualify for the state meet in both events.


Members of the Franklin County High School boys and girls track and field teams competed in their sectional meet at Rhea County High School Friday with spots in the state championship meet on the line.

The Rebels and Rebelettes had a total of eight athletes qualify for the state meet with four qualifying in at least one event each as individuals and another four qualifying as a relay team.

The top four finishers in each event at the sectional meet advanced to the Division 1 Large state championship meet to be held on May 23.

Gracie Morse led the way with a pair of first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles to qualify for the state meet in both events.

Morse finished first in the 100 with a time of 15.36 seconds to edge out Soddy Daisy’s Kelsey Henderson by 0.01 seconds. She followed that with a time of 45.41 seconds in the 300 to take first place again.

Michael Fuqua also qualified for the state meet in two events with high-ranking performances in the 100-meter dash and the long jump.

Fuqua finished second in the 100 with a time of 11.08 seconds, placing him just 0.08 behind Micaleous Elder of Blackman. He finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 2 inches which put him 2.5 inches ahead of Giles County’s KJ Zeigler for the final spot in that event.

Kara McDaniel found a spot in the state meet with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.68.

Jeb Martin also punched his ticket to the state meet with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Martin completed the event with a time of 51.5 seconds.

The final spot in the state meet for Franklin County went to the girls 4x100-meter team of Marissa Douglass, Angela Tarrant, Paris Reed and Jori-Lee Scott-Winton. The quartet finished fourth in the event with a time of 50.94 seconds to advance to the next stage.

Other performances and placements for Franklin County athletes at the sectional meet included:

  • Michael Fuqua, 200-meter dash, 22.46 seconds, fifth
  • Kara McDaniel, 1,600-meter run, 5:42.07, sixth
  • Jori-Lee Scott-Winton, Gracie Morse, Kara McDaniel and Alyssa Hayworth, 4x400-meter relay, 4:24.56, sixth
  • Gracie Morse, long jump, 15 feet, 10 inches, sixth
  • Cameron Reed, Chris Schultz, Michael Fuqua and Devin Johnson, 4x100-meter relay, 44.66 seconds, seventh
  • Lee Steakley, discus throw, 118 feet, 3 inches, seventh
  • Nasir Scaife, high jump, 5 feet, 8 inches, seventh
  • Marissa Douglass, 100-meter dash, 13.18 seconds, ninth
  • Paris Reed, 200-meter dash, 26.51 seconds, ninth
  • Marissa Douglass, long jump, 15 feet, 6.5 inches, ninth
  • Lee Steakley, shot put, 41 feet, 3 inches, 10th
  • Beizh Holloway, discus throw, 79 feet, 8 inches, 13th
  • Conner Morgan, 110-meter hurdles, 19.48 seconds, 13th
  • Conner Morgan, long jump, 18 feet, 9 inches, 13th
  • Ashtin Holman, 100-meter dash, 14.56 seconds, 14th
  • Chloe Bradford, triple jump, 29 feet, 5.5 inches, 14th
  • Chris Schultz, triple jump, 33 feet, 8.5 inches, 14th
  • Jayden Taylor, 400-meter dash, 1:06.19, 15th
  • Jayden Taylor, Dwayne Pierce, Hunter Cronrath, Corey Knight, 4x800-meter relay, 10:05.11, 16th
  • Safari Palmer, shot put, 31 feet, 11.75 inches, 16th

The state championship meet for the Division 1 Large classification will be held May 23 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. The field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with track events scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Morse will also be competing in the state pentathlon meet on Thursday at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.