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Three locals claim multiple state track titles

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Selena Popp added to her state championship haul Thursday night, but the Baylor sophomore was far from the only local stealing the spotlight.

Signal Mountain's McKenzie Ethridge and Central's Chancis Jones joined Popp in claiming multiple state titles at the TSSAA Girls State Track Meet at Middle Tennessee State University.

Popp followed up Monday's state pentathlon championship by finishing first in both the high jump and 100-meter hurdles in Division II. Popp also finished runner-up to state champion teammate Victoria Wicks in the 300-meter hurdles.

The duo helped Baylor finish third overall in the DII team standings with 99.50 points. Brentwood Academy (118 points) claimed the team title and Harpeth Hall (108) was runner-up.

Girls Preparatory School (53 points) finished sixth, highlighted by Tiana Mills' runner-up effort in the long jump and third-place finish in the discus. The GPS 4x100 relay team also finished second in the state, while Destinee Lansden (100m and 400m) and the 4x200 relay team added third-place honors.

Ehtridge burst onto the scene in a huge way in her Spring Fling debut.

The Signal Mountain freshman won state titles in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in Class A/AA, then added a third championship by running the anchor-leg of the Eagles' first-place 4x200 relay team (Aryn Sanders, Katie Lingle, Shelby Wright and Ethridge).

Ethridge edged Tyner freshman Vivian Smith by less than three-tenths of a second in the 100 meters, finishing in 12.14. She won the 200 by even less, slipping past Austin-East's Lexus Hall by just two-hundredths of a second with a time of 25.51.

Ethridge's big night helped Signal Mountain finish fourth in the team standings with 47 points, one spot ahead of fifth-place Tyner (39). Lipscomb Academy won the team championship with 65 points.

Despite getting beat by Ethridge in the 100, Smith didn't go home empty-handed in her first state meet. She ran a leg on Tyner's state championship 4x100 relay team that crossed in 49.88 seconds.

Central's Jones kicked off the day by winning afternoon titles in the Class A/AA long jump and triple jump. She cleared the field by nearly two feet in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 38-feet and 1.75 inches on her first attempt before passing on her next three.

Runner-up Kesley DeLapp of Gibbs was the closest to Jones at 36-feet, 3 inches.

East Hamilton's Haleigh Montgomery finished runner-up in the A/AA 300-meter hurdles, while Notre Dame's Emma Higgins finished third in the 400 meters.

Cleveland's Atara Abdullah-Muhammed finished runner-up in the Class AAA long jump.

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