BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star
MURFREESBORO—Thursday was the first day of the TSSAA Spring Fling Track and Field Championships for Large Schools at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
One of the day’s earliest competitions was the Girls Shot Put Championship and Jasmine Roberts of Elizabethton stepped on the big stage with 16 other competitors and when the last shot put was thrown, Roberts had earned All State by finishing eighth among much larger schools being represented.
“I felt pretty good about my performance today,” Roberts said after the competition. “It wasn’t my worst but it wasn’t my best either. I feel like I went out there and did what I came here to do.
“I am used to seeing most of them throw. It makes me want to try and push harder and try to get that extra edge. I always try to think about them and realize they have bigger programs and that really makes me want to go a little further and try harder.
“When I talk to them, they talk to me and try to help me,” Roberts continued. “Even though they are bigger schools they really share things to help me.”
For Roberts throwing coach Brock Pittman, Pittman feels that no one has really seen the true Roberts to this point in her shot put career.
“I just think that it’s an honor for anyone to make it this far in general,” said Pittman. “This is her third trip so that is impressive.
“She has a lot of technique work to do and I think that she is a lot better than what she showed today and she will get even better I believe next year.
“Just her being here for the third time is an awesome thing and we are really proud of her.”
Roberts said there are some things that she wants to work on to move further up the podium next year.
“There are a lot of lower body technical stuff and really that mindset,” said Roberts. “This is one of two years throwing against larger schools. It’s a different type of level and you have to have a different type of mindset for it.
“You can’t just go in there to throw, you have to think about this is what you want to do but you can’t stress about it either. Just a lot of little technical things.”
Roberts earned fourth place in her freshman year competing in the small school category.
TSSAA Spring Fling Large School
Girls’ Shot Put Finals
Competitor Class School Best throw
1 Vlk, Zoe 11 Wilson Central 44-09.00
2 Schroeder, Jaycee 11 Jefferson County 44-04.00
3 Hood, Andreanna 11 Brighton 40-00.00
4 Ivory, Brittney 12 Memphis Central 39-08.75
5 Brown, Michaela 12 Whitehaven 37-09.50
6 DeArman, Hallie 10 Rhea County 36-10.50
7 Wingo, Analeigh 12 Brentwood 36-07.00
8 Roberts, Jasmine 11 Elizabethton 36-06.75
9 Ferrell, Kaylan 10 Tullahoma 36-04.50
10 Armstrong, Megan 11 Bearden 34-07.00
11 Ervin, Jasmine 11 Maryville 34-06.75
12 Smith, Jessica 12 Rossview 33-03.75
13 Anderson, Hope 10 Blackman 33-01.50
14 Frederick, Sophie 11 Walker Valley 32-04.75
15 Hudson, Konesha 12 Glencliff 31-05.75
16 Carter, Melisa Houston 29-06.75