Three Tipton County athletes qualified for the state track meet last week in Murfreesboro at Spring Fling.

Andreanna Hood, a junior at Brighton, made state for the third straight year in shot put and discus and enjoyed the best result of her career with a third place finish in the shot. She also took 11th in the discus.

She suffered a knee injury last year and said that hampered her during the regular season. Hood said she didn't fully recover until earlier this month.

"This year I was definitely more nervous than I was the other years," Hood said. "Freshman year I was pretty chill about it, sophomore year I was more serious. This year I was just really nervous. This year has been a hard year for me. I've been struggling with how I throw and how far I throw."

She threw the shot put 40 feet and the discus 98.04 feet.

Hood said she gets a lot of crazy questions about her sport from people who don't understand it.

"Do you throw it like a Frisbee?" she said with a laugh. "Do you just flick it?"

Her goal next year is to win the shot put and place in the discus.

"There's a natural aptitude to it, but it comes down to hard work," Hood said. "You just have to take your time. If you take the time do something, you'll excel at it."

Munford junior Ciara Potter qualified for the state meet in the long jump and high jump, but was only able to compete in the long jump because of the timing of the events.

Potter, who won a state title over the summer indoor season in the high jump, finished sixth in Murfreesboro in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 4.75 inches.

Jevon Floyd, a Munford senior, competed in the triple jump. He leaped 39 feet, 8.5 inches, which was good enough for 12th in the state.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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