|Published: 11:43 AM, 06/05/2013
||Last updated: 11:44 AM, 06/05/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MURFREESBORO вЂ” Bryce Choate can start believing.
Tellico Plains sophomore's goal was more of a time than a place, but his time of 1:57.79 Friday
evening in the TSSAA Class A-AA finals of the 800-meter run was good for third place in the entire
"I donвЂ™t know. I didnвЂ™t think I had it in me," Choate told The Daily Times, a
sister paper of The Advocate & Democrat. "I just kind of had the energy left over and used
"I wasnвЂ™t really expecting it. I was just going to see how good I could hit. It was
Choate was only the third runner in the history of Tellico track to make it to
the state meet in any event, and the first qualifier in the boys' 800m.
Tellico's other two
past results were a second-place finish in the girls' 800m and one first-place finisher in
Choate had entered the race as the fifth seed and this time finished ahead of
Greeneville's Simeon Roberts, who had bested him at the sectional meet on May 14.
"I came to
expect it to come up fast at sectionals, and thatвЂ™s how it went," Choate said. "I was just
following however fast it was, and I just tried to stay with them."
As it turns out, Choate
took slightly less than two seconds off his sectional finals time of 1:59.41.
Six out of the
field of eight in the 800m run were seniors, including the two who finished ahead of Choate.
Greenbrier's Brennan Huber placed first in 1:55.70, and Lipscomb Academy's David Austin Lowery edged
Choate out by 0.02 seconds for the silver.
Between a senior-laden field graduating and
Choate's race-to-race improvement, the Bronze Bear becoming the Golden Bear could be a realistic
goal for next spring.
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