Spring Fling ’09: Lipscomb’s Sweeney captures second state A/AA pentathlon

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 10:16pm

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Kirstyn Sweeney of David Lipscomb, right, won the Girls A/AA pentathlon, while friend Courtney Woodard of Ravenwood High, left, took the AAA title on Monday./ Mike Strasinger for The City Paper

MURFREESBORO – Kirstyn Sweeney is putting a solid stamp on a truly outstanding track career.

The Lipscomb High senior won her second state A/AA pentathlon championship, racking up a personal best and school record total of 3,057 points at the Blue Cross Spring Fling event on the Middle Tennessee State University track Monday.

“This is a truly amazing way to wind up senior year,’’ said Sweeney, who holds five school track records, including her pentathlon point total Monday. “God has blessed me so much with the track talent I have, and I am so thankful.’’

Sweeney won the event as a sophomore two years ago with much the same strategy of staying close to her closest competitor – East Lit’s Kannellar Carney – in the 800, the final event. Exhausted, Sweeney collapsed on the track before coming to her feet moments later.

“It was special to come back after I had mono last year (when she still finished second) to win it again,’’ said Sweeney, who had a personal best in the shot put. “I wanted to get one more (championship) before I left. I hoped to break 3,000 points, and I was able to do that, too.’’

Sweeney got off to a good start with a 15.93 running in the 100 hurdles, second best behind only Tasha Austin of Howard, who finished third.

Sweeney hopes to keep Lipscomb in the thick of the state team championship as she’ll compete in the hurdles and the high jump, among other events. Her pentathlon win gives
Lipscomb 10 points and a head start on the field.

She has signed with UT where she will compete in the heptathlon events.


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