Langford, Beaty win track championships
by By Saralyn Norkus Banner Sports Writer
Apr 24, 2013 | 508 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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CLEVELAND JUNIOR Marissa Langford won the girls’ pentathlon region championship in the Region 2-AAA meet at CHS. Sophomore Isaiah Beaty won the boys’ region decathlon. Both Blue Raiders qualified for the state meet in Murfreesboro.
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The combination of ideal weather and tough competition made for quite an exciting two days of track and field action for the Section 2 AAA Decathlon and Pentathlon event held at Cleveland High School on Monday and Tuesday.

“We were blessed with great weather and great competition. There was a deep field of competitors, 26 guys and 20 girls,” hosting coach Casey Price said.

Eight different teams competed over the two days, and it was Cleveland’s track team that came out on top.

“They did great. For the top eight places you pick up points for the sectional meet. They all scored points for us going into the sectional meet, which is in three weeks at Rhea County High School,” Price explained.

The girls Pentathlon events consisted of shotput, 100 meter hurdles, 800 meter run, high jump, and long jump.

Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad, who was highly favored to win, was unable to compete in all of the Pentathlon due to an ankle injury she had suffered prior to the competition.

Despite the loss of Qetuwrah, her teammates Marissa Langford and sister Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad were able to come up big for Cleveland.

Langford finished first with 2,810 points, while Atarah came in third place with 2,581 points.

Cleveland, Walker Valley, and Bradley Central were all represented by competitors in the boys Decathlon.

The Decathlon events were made up of triple jump, pole vault, long jump, high jump, discus, shotput, 100 meter, 110 meter hurdles, 400 meter, and the 1,500 meter race.

After the first day of competition, Cleveland sophomore Isaiah Beaty was on the top of the leaderboard with 2,549 points.

By the end of day two, Beaty was able to walk away as the Section 2 Decathlon champion with a score of 5,303 points.

“Isaiah Beaty qualified for state. He is my first section champion for decathlon,” Price proudly commented. “He basically willed himself to win.”

Rhea County is hosting the sectionals this year, with Sub Sectional competition taking place on May 6 for girls and May 7 for boys. Sectionals will be held on May 14.