Top Nashville-area athletes to watch in 2022
The 2022 high school athletics season is underway, and the Nashville area is once again teeming with state championship-worthy talent.
Here are 30 Nashville-area athletes to watch this season.
Trace Alexander, BGA, Sr.: Alexander finished second in the 2021 Division II-A state competition in the 1,600 meters (4:26.70) and third in the 3,200 (10:06.55).
Matthieu Andrea, Fairview: Andrea competed in two individual races at the low class state competition last year, finishing ninth in the 800m and second in the 1600m.
Barion Brown, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.: In addition to a gold medal in the relays, the Kentucky soccer signee placed first in both the 100 (10.49) and 200 (21.37) at the Low Class State meet in Last year.
De’Wayne Brown, Lebanon, Sr.: Brown will be one of the favorites to win this year’s high-class triple jump after placing fourth in last year’s state meet with a jump of 43 feet 2 ½.
Jon Coulter, Overton, Sr.: Coulter placed fourth in last year’s 400m at the high-class state meet with a time of 1:55.79.
Payton Culp, FRA, Sr.: Culp competed in five individual events at last year’s Division II-A State Meet placing second in the triple jump and 110 hurdles while winning the pole vault (15-03.00) and the decathlon.
Benjermin Drake, Whites Creek, Sr.: Drake competed in three individual races at last year’s small class state meet and placed first in the 400m (49.31).
Thatcher Frankfather, FRA, Sr.: Frankfather competed in three individual events at last year’s Division II-A state meet, placing second in the decathlon and winning the 400m (49.75).
Mason Green, Ravenwood, Jr.: Green placed sixth in last year’s big discus event in the state meet going 144-2.
Connor Henson, Columbia Academy, Sr.: Henson was the Division II-A state champion in three events last season, winning the 800 (1:55.39), 1,600 (4:24.15) and 3,200 (9:53.96) ).
London Humphreys. CPA, Jr.: Humphrey’s competed in four events at last year’s Division II-A state tournament, placing in the top five in each and taking first place in the long jump (23-3).
Jaelyn Marsh, Nashville Christian, Sr.: Marsh placed third in a tight 200 at last year’s Division II-A State Meet with a time of 22.54.
Roland McGhee, Ensworth, Sr.: McGhee placed first in three of the four individual events he entered at last year’s Division II-AA State Meet winning the 200 (21.99), long jump (22 -1 ½) and the 300 hurdles (38.53).
Jakobe Tharp, Rockvale, Jr.: Tharpe placed third in the 110 hurdles for high class last season with a time of 14.38.
Luke Thompson, Brentwood Academy, Sr.: Thompson placed eighth in the Division II-AA 800 last year but placed first in the 1,600 with a time of 4:28.08.
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Alyssa Andrea, Fairview, Jr.: Andrea earned two third-place finishes at last year’s small-class state meet in the 800 and 1600m.
Gabby Beaty, York Institute, Jr.: Beaty was the 2021 small class shot put champion (37-06.00). She also placed second on disc.
Abby Faith Cheeseman, Webb-Bell Buckle, French: Cheeseman rebounded from a second-place finish in the 1,600m at cruising speed to first place in the 3,200m with a time of 10:51.57 at the year’s Division II-A state meet. last.
Elise Dobson, Nolensville, Sr.: Dobson competed in four individual events at the big class state meet last year and finished first in the high jump (5-6).
Reghan Grimes, Ravenwood, Sr.: Grimes, a Tennessee Tech women’s basketball signee, earned two first-place finishes at last year’s high-class state meet winning the shot put (41-0) and discus (135-0) .
Bella Guillamondegui, Harpeth Hall, Jr.: Guillamondegui won two of the three Division II-AA state competitive races she entered last season winning the 1,600 (5:18.85) and 3,200 (11:15.63).
Jayne Halterman, Independence, So. : Halterman won the 1600 (4:56.62) at the 2021 High Class State Meet.
Morayo Kassim, USN, Sr.: Kassim won two state titles in last year’s Division II-A state competition winning 100 (12.25) and 200 (24.57).
Aubrey Lane, GCA, Jr.: Lane placed first in two of the three individual events she entered at last year’s Division II-A state competition winning the pentathlon and the 800-meter race (2:18.61 ).
Jordan Rayl, Ravenwood, Jr.: Rayl was the 2021 big class state champion in the 800 winning the race in a time of 2:17.88.
Eriyana Reed, Hillsboro, Sr.: Reed won the 400 in the high-class state competition race with a time of 55.76.
Holly Schreiber, USN, Jr.: Schreiber was the 2021 Division II-A state pole vault champion with a score of 11-6.
Amani Sharif, Rockvale, Jr.: Sharif became Rockvale’s first-ever state track champion by winning the high-class long jump title by a distance of 18-7 ½.
Mensi Stiff, Brentwood Academy, Jr.: Ole Miss’s pledge shattered a 37-year-old state record in the shot put at last year’s Division II-AA state meet with a 48-11 ½ distance. She also placed first on disc (134-01).
Whisper Thomas, Station Camp, Sr.: Thomas finished second in state competition in last year’s high-class 200 meters and won the 100 meters (12.02).
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