Gracie Morse

Franklin County's Gracie Morse competes in the long jump event during the state pentathlon meet Thursday at Austin Peay State University. Morse finished eighth in the event and finished 10th overall in the Division 1 Large pentathlon.


Franklin County High School sophomore Gracie Morse competed in the state pentathlon event at Austin Peay State University Thursday and finished 10th in a field of 12 athletes.

Morse went up against some of the best overall athletes in the state for the Division 1 Large classification and came away with a sixth-place finish, two eighth-place finishes, a ninth-place finish and a 12th-place finish across the five events for the meet.

Pentathlons are scored according to tables from the International Association of Athletics Federation with each time or measurement per event assigned a specific number value.

Morse finished the event with a total of 2,799 points, putting her in 10th-place overall. The top athlete for the Division 1 Large pentathlon was Avery McMullin of Centennial with 3,671 points.

The pentathlon began with the 100-meter hurdles, and Morse finished sixth in the event with a time of 15.59 seconds for 765 points.

Morse followed that up with an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 4.5 inches. This distance gave her 557 points for the event.

Morse also finished eighth in the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 8 inches to add another 534 points to her total.

The final field event on the schedule would be the shot put where Morse finished 12th with a distance of 21 feet, 9 inches for 311 points.

The pentathlon ended with the 800-meter run as Morse finished ninth in the field with a time of 2:34.97 for her final 632 points for the day.

Morse will be one of eight Franklin County athletes in competition at the Division 1 Large state championship meet on May 23 at Middle Tennessee State University. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with running events scheduled to start at 4 p.m.