Michael Fuqua

Franklin County's Michael Fuqua, second from left, stands on the awards podium after finishing fourth in the 100-meter dash at the TSSAA State Championship meet Thursday. Fuqua completed the 100 in 11.23 seconds.


Members of the Franklin County High School boys and girls track and field teams competed in the TSSAA State Championship meet Thursday at Middle Tennessee State University.

The Rebels and Rebelettes sent a total of eight athletes to compete across seven events in the Division 1 Large classification with three of them coming away with top-10 finishes.

The top result of the day for Franklin County was senior Michael Fuqua placing fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Fuqua completed the event in 11.23 seconds to finish 0.47 seconds behind Whitehaven High School’s Emmanuel Bynum for the best time.

Sophomore Gracie Morse also made her way into the top five of an event with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.63 seconds.

The best time in the girls 100-meter hurdles event belonged to Tyra Nabors of Southwind High School with a mark of 14.72 seconds.

Rounding out the top-10 placements for Franklin County was freshman Kara McDaniel with an eighth-place finish in the girls 800-meter dash.

She completed the event in 2:23.81, which was 9.58 seconds behind the top time belonging to Jenna Hutchins of Science Hill High School.

Fuqua was the lone Franklin County athlete to compete in a field event at the state meet as he finished 13th in the long jump to start the day. His longest distance of the day was recorded at 20 feet, 5.5 inches.

Sophomore Jeb Martin ran in the 400-meter dash and also placed 13th with a time of 51.14 seconds.

Morse competed in the 300-meter hurdles for her second event of the evening, but a mid-race injury slowed her down and led to a 15th-place finish with a time of 51.16 seconds.

The relay team of Marissa Douglass, Jori-Lee Scott-Winton, Angela Tarrant and Paris Reed competed in the 4x100-meter relay event. However, they were disqualified after a failed hand-off during the race.

The state championship marked the conclusion of the track and field season for the Rebels and Rebelettes.