By DAVID HUNTER
All of the Cannon County sports teams finished up the 2016 season last week in the district tournament. However, two Lionettes junior Hannah Whited and senior Autumn King advanced to the next round in tennis and track and field. King's season ended in the Region 4A/AA semifinals, while Whited qualified for the Class A/AA Sectional for Murfreesboro Central Magnet School.
The Lionette junior competes in track and field for the Lady Tigers since CCHS does not field a team in the sport. During the Class A-AA Middle East Sub-Sectional at Watertown on May 10-12, Whited advanced to the Class A-AA Sectional in three distance events, 800 Meter Run, 4x400 Meter Relay and the 4x800 Meter Relay.
Coming into the meet, the No. 1 ranked girl from the state in the event had a time this season, which was a second faster than Whited's best time in the event in 2016. However, when it counted Whited won the 800 in a time of 2:23.36.
"Sub-Sectional was tough, because there was definitely a bunch of competition for the 800," Whited said. "I just went out there and tried to pace off of her and at the end I just kicked it."
She was also on the second place, 4x400 Meter Relay team, which advanced to the Sectional on May 19 at Lipscomb along with the 4x800 Meter Relay team. Even though, she attends a fellow district school from her teammates the relay team chemistry has been the key to success this season.
"We see each other every day at practice and running has brought us closer together," Whited said of her teammates in the relays. "We all enjoy doing that sport, and it has helped us a lot during races. We are all really good friends, so we try to push other."
Now, the goal for Whited is something all of the track and field athletes around the state race for is a berth to the TSSAA Spring Fling on May 26 in Murfreesboro at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium on the MTSU campus.
However, it is a feeling that Whited is familiar with since she will be hoping to go 3-for-3 in her high school track and field career at MCMS. She has also represented the Lionettes at the cross country state meet in all three seasons at the school. She hopes to use the experience learned from previous trips to the state in preparing for the Sectional this week.
"Being in the event previously, it helps me know the top competition is going to be really tough," Whited said. "It helps me push harder."