Beaty 7th after first day of decathlon
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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State Track 5-21
A MILLISECOND difference gave Cleveland’s Isaiah Beaty a second place finish in the 400-meter race Monday in the final event of the day for the boys’ decathlon at the Spring Fling in Murfreesboro. Beaty finished the day in seventh place and will compete in the remaining five events Tuesday. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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MURFREESBORO — With athletes competing in both the girls’ pentathlon and boys’ decathlon, Cleveland head coach Casey Price was hoping junior Marissa Langford and sophomore Isaiah Beaty would be able to earn some valuable team points in the state competition.

Five events into the decathlon, Beaty finished Monday with 2,592 points, which puts him in seventh place going into the final five events today.

Unfortunately, Langford finished in ninth place with 2,714 points, only 49 points behind a podium and point-earning position.

While Langford performed well in the majority of the pentathlon, she was unable to stand out from the competition.

“On days like today some people have really good events, and that’s the difference in being in the upper echelon or being toward the bottom. When you have five events you have to have one to two better than normal scores,” Price said following the competition.

Langford ran the 100-meter hurdles in 16.60 and the 800 meter race in 2:44.36. In the long jump she jumped 16 feet, 7 inches, while in the high jump event she jumped 4 feet, 9 inches. Langford threw the shot put almost 25 feet. She had a better throw, but wound up scratching due to a foot fault.

“I thought she would finish fifth,” Price commented. “Had she gotten that really good throw on her last throw, which was a good throw that she scratched, I think it would’ve changed things mentally a bit.”

Coach Price expects next year to be a podium year for Langford in the pentathlon.

The state competition is just getting underway for Langford, who still has three more events to compete in before the Spring Fling is over.

With the first day of the decathlon under his belt, Beaty finds himself in seventh place following the first five events.

Beaty ran the 100-meter dash in 12.27 and the 400 meter in 52:54. In the field events Beaty held his own in the discus throw, finishing third in the event with a new personal best throw of 115 feet.

In the triple jump Beaty had a distance of 37 feet, 5 inches and pole vaulted 9 feet, 4 inches.

According to Coach Price, Beaty stepped wrong on his first run through in the pole vault. His ankle was checked out and wrapped by the trainers, but did not seem to pose a problem for the young decathlon athlete.

The decathlon will finish up today with the final five events, which are the 110 meter hurdles, the long jump, high jump, shot put, and 1,500 meter race.

Beaty is currently eight points behind sixth place, and Price believes that a sixth place finish isn’t too far out of reach.