University School Track
Congratulations to our competitors in the State Track Meet! Eliza Gillespie placed sixth (33-11) in the girls’ triple jump and Devon Wade wins the Pole Vault Championship for the 2nd year straight!
MURFREESBORO — Devon Wade and Kyle Greene aren’t related. They’re not even from the same school. Still, the two are like brothers when it comes to competition.
Wade, a senior from University High, cleared 14 feet on Friday to repeat as the Class A/AA pole vault winner at the TSSAA boys’ state track and field championships on Friday at Middle Tennessee State University.
Right behind him was Unicoi County’s Greene, who finished second in the competition last season, and whose mark of 13-feet-6, tied Chris Charles of CPA for the second-best height.
Wade explained he and Greene benefit from their competition with each other. The week before the state meet, Greene won the East Tennessee sectional meet with Wade in second.
“It’s almost like a sibling rivalry,” Wade said. “We love to vault with each other, but we hate to lose to each other. It’s definitely been great because we have each other to push. If one goes over 13 feet, it’s like, ‘Follow me over.’ It’s back and forth the whole way.
“I’ve really been blessed to have someone like Kyle to jump with. It’s nice to have someone to train with, to push yourself with and just to have fun with.”
It resulted in the back-to-back state championships for Wade, whose height was a foot and a half better than his 2012 mark.
“This year has been phenomenal,” Wade said. “Last year, I was sick as a dog, but this year I felt great.”
Greene said he couldn’t think of anyone who deserved the title more than Wade.
“It shows off in the end who works the hardest,” Greene said. “I work pretty hard myself, but Devon works all the time.”
Still, it’s been a senior season to remember for Greene, who hit 14-2 at one point this season, and broke Jerry Huskins’ four-decade school record at Unicoi County.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that I have the new school record,” Greene said. “It’s an honor breaking a 40-year-old record. It gave me the confidence to make it all the way to state again. This year, my senior year, I wanted to have fun, have the best time possible. I enjoyed every second of this year.”
Gabe Simerly added a fourth-place finish for the Blue Devils in the 300-meter hurdles. He ran 41.06, passing a couple of runners in the final 100 meters.
Elizabethton senior Nikolai Simpson finished among the state’s best in a couple of throwing events.
He was fifth in the discus with a heave of 134-7, and was sixth in the shot put at 45-1.
“It wasn’t my best and it wasn’t my worst,” Simpson said. “But, I sure would have liked to have thrown better. I felt good going into the preliminaries. It just seemed like when I let it go, it wasn’t going anywhere.”
Also from the Class A/AA girls’ meet on the previous day, University High’s Eliza Gillespie placed sixth (33-11) in the girls’ triple jump.
Good luck to Eliza Gillespie and Devon Wade in the State Track Meet on Thursday, May 23rd, and Friday, May 24th! Go, Bucs, Go!
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Greene edges Wade in pole vault
Unicoi County’s Kyle Greene edged University High’s Devon Wade in the pole vault, and Gabe Simerly won the 300 hurdles on Tuesday at the Class A/AA East sectional track & field meet at Christian Academy of Knoxville.
Wade — the defending state champion — finished second in the pole vault after both he and Greene cleared 13-foot-6. Greene, who finished runner-up to Wade last year at state, did so on fewer attempts to win the title.
Sullivan East also had two qualify for state. Luke Meade was second in the the 1,600, finishing in 4:31, and Jennifer Warren clocked 2:28 in the girls 800 to advance. Happy Valley pole vaulter Emily Holtsclaw cleared 7-6 to finish second and move on to the state meet. Elizabethton’s girls 4x400 relay team of Whitney Roberts, Kyra McCrary, Mandi Largent and Katie May also placed second, clocking 4:11.90, to advance.
UH’s Eliza Gillespie won the girls triple jump to move on.
Simerly also led a trio of Blue Devils that finished in the top four and have a chance to qualify for state depending on results from other sectional meets. Simerly had a top-four finish in the 100 hurdles, and was joined by Whitley True in the girls 3,200 and Alex Edwards in the girls pole vault.
For UH, Jared Smith finished third in the pole vault, Seth Hilbert was third in the 400 and Gabe Perry was fourth in the 800.
Elizabethton’s Nikolai Simpson had top four finishes in the shot put and discus, throwing 45-05 and 144-11, respectively, in the events. May was in the top four in the girls 100 hurdles, clocking 17:34 and Ethan Thomas finished fourth at 20-1 1/2 in the long jump. Happy Valley’s Kaitlyn Simerly also cleared 7-6 in the girls pole vault for a chance to advance. Holtsclaw had fewer attempts. Johnson County’s Jacob Henson leapt 40-8 1/4 in the triple jump to finish in the top four.
Congratulations to our Boys and Girl's Track Team for their outstanding effort and performance at the TSSAA A-AA East (North Sub Sectional). Eliza Gillispie took 1st place in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. Seth Hilbert placed 1st in the 400 Meter Dash, and Devon Wade placed 1st in Pole Vault! How about those Bucs!!!!! We also had several 2nd and 3rd place winners!!!!! All results can be viewed on
Another notable performance was University High’s Devon Wade flying high in the boys’ pole vault. The defending Class A-AA state champion in the event, Wade cleared 14 feet, a foot and a half better than the height to win last year’s state title.
“I had a head wind today so I was vaulting a little bit shallow,” Wade said. “I had to wait for the wind three or four minutes a couple of times, but I finally got the extension so it was fun.”
Eliza Gillespie also picked up a second-place for University High in the girls’ triple jump (34-1 3/4) after placing fourth in the long jump.