Gracie Morse

Franklin County's Gracie Morse competes in a running event in this file photo from earlier in the season. Morse finished second overall in a sectional pentathlon meet Tuesday to qualify for the state pentathlon.

Two members of the Franklin County girls track and field team competed in their sectional pentathlon at Soddy Daisy High School Tuesday with one of them qualifying for the state pentathlon.

Gracie Morse finished second overall in a field of 27 top athletes to earn an automatic berth to the state pentathlon in May.

The top two athletes from each sectional pentathlon move on to the meet.

Morse accumulated a total of 3,265 points under the International Association of Athletics Federation scoring rules used for the event.

The top spot for the meet was taken by Kelsey Henderson of Soddy Daisy with a total of 3,452 points.

Her top performance came in the long jump where Morse broke the school record with a length of 16 feet, 5 inches to finish in first.

Morse also took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.96 seconds; fourth in the 800-meter run, 2:35.57; third in the high jump, 4 feet, 10 inches; and 18th in the shot put, 21 feet, 6 inches.

Kara McDaniel was also in competition for the Rebelettes and accumulated 1,501 points for the meet.

The highlight of the day for McDaniel was the 800-meter run where she finished in first and broke the school record with a time of 2:23.85.

Her other placements for the day were 16th in the 100-meter hurdles, 19.57 seconds; 16th in the high jump, 4 feet; 20th in the long jump, 13 feet, 1 inch; and 24th in the shot put, 16 feet, 5 inches.

The state pentathlon meet will be held May 16-17 at Middle Tennessee State University.