Beaty ends decathlon with 9th-place finish
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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THE LONE SOPHOMORE in the TSSAA state decathlon finals, Isaiah Beaty, finished the competition on Tuesday in ninth place with 5,451 points. On Monday, fellow Cleveland trackster Marissa Langford finished the pentathlon in ninth place with 2,714 points. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
THE LONE SOPHOMORE in the TSSAA state decathlon finals, Isaiah Beaty, finished the competition on Tuesday in ninth place with 5,451 points. On Monday, fellow Cleveland trackster Marissa Langford finished the pentathlon in ninth place with 2,714 points. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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The first two events of the TSSAA state track and field competition in Murfreesboro have come to a close. The girls pentathlon finished on Monday with Cleveland’s Marissa Langford finishing in ninth place, while the boys decathlon finished Tuesday with Cleveland’s Isaiah Beaty finishing in ninth place as well with 5,451 points.

“Last year he was third in the sectional meet. This year he made it to state and it gives him some confidence,” head coach Casey Price explained. “He’s the ninth best decathlete in the toughest division in the state. His score in the other divisions would’ve put him in second or third place, that’s just how tough the competition is in AAA.”

By the end of the first five events in the decathlon, Beaty was in seventh place. The second day of tough competition continued on Tuesday and according to coach Price was a lot of fun to watch.

In an event filled with seniors and juniors from the highly competitive AAA division, Beaty was the lone sophomore in the decathlon.

Although he was the youngest of the group, the Cleveland trackster was able to hold his own with the more experienced competitors.

Beaty battled for the eighth place podium position with senior Ben Swartz from Oakland in neck-and-neck competition throughout the final five events of the decathlon. Swartz finished just 39 points ahead of Beaty by the end of Tuesday’s events.

“It came down to the final event. Isaiah and the kid from Oakland were battling back and forth every event. They both PR’d (recorded a personal record) in the high jump and cleared 6 feet. It was a lot of fun to watch,” Price said. “Swartz couldn’t beat Isaiah by more than four seconds, and he ended up running a great time and Isaiah did, too. It was a really good competition.”

During the pole vault event on Monday, Beaty slightly tweaked his ankle in a misstep. Despite this, Price feels that Beaty didn’t let the ankle slow him down.

“He was kind of favoring his ankle a little bit, but he is such a competitor. He wills himself to be good. I have several kids like that right now. He doesn’t care how bad he’s hurt, he just keeps going,” Price stated.

Beaty posted a time of 17.66 in the 110-meter hurdles and 4:48.37 in the 1,500 meter race. He threw the shot put a distance of 35 feet, while reaching just over 18 feet in the long jump.

Beaty was also one of six competitors who tied for first place in the high jump, clearing the 6-foot jump and setting a new personal best record in the process.

This evening the Lady Raiders will compete in the 4x200-meter relay and 200-meter dash preliminaries.

The girls track and field events begin Thursday morning at 10 a.m., and competitors from Cleveland and Walker Valley will be in action. The boys’ track preliminaries will also begin on Thursday, as well as the AAA pole vault finals.