It’s unlikely Blount County has ever seen anything like this.
Julia Petree’s performance at the Blount County Track and Field Championships on Tuesday at William Blount likely has few, if any, equals on any state or national level as well.
The Maryville High School sophomore delivered one for the ages with wins in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters. All high school tracks in Blount County had been converted from yards to meters by the mid 1990s. No one’s swept the sprints and added the 800 in a single meet since. Records are still being checked, but it’s unlikely it’s ever happened in county track and field.
Petree’s times - 12.45 seconds in the 100, 25.66 in the 200, 59.22 in the 400 and 2 minutes, 45.25 seconds in the 800 - rank with some of the best in the state this season. The record blasts from Petree highlighted a big day for the both Rebels and Lady Rebels, with both securing their respective county team championships. William Blount’s Governors and Lady Governors were runners-up in both fields.