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Going the Distance: Brighton’s Hood improves on personal records, adds another medal

By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MURFREESBORO – She was back to the big stage looking to for redemption.
Brighton’s Andreanna Hood exploded on the scene as a freshman pushing the competition in the Shot Put and Discus in Class 3A. This year a new-look Hood took on a new-look field.
Tennessee track was divided into Small Class and Large Class. Hood and her fellow competitors arrived last Thursday morning for the day dedicated to the ‘large’ schools. Hood showed up sporting something extra with her uniform.
“I would like to see her PR for sure today,” Brighton Head Track Coach Courtney McGinnis said prior to her first throw. “We’ve got to get over 40 for sure in Shot to be in contention.
“The big thing today is she got hurt last week,” she continued. “She had a little knee issue. So she really hasn’t competition thrown yet for about a week and half. We’ll see, I think she’ll be fine once the adrenaline gets going.”
Hood’s right knee was wrapped with a brace over it. The injury limited her motion and explosiveness.
“I think if she can get a bit number out of the gate, that will give her the confidence she needs,” McGinnis said. “I don’t want her to be timid. I told her I’ll be nervous. All she has to do is go out and compete.”
Despite the pain and unfamiliar movement, Hood was able to repeat her feat from 2017. Last year she metaled in Shot Put and just missed the podium in Discus.
This year Hood was able to take eighth in Shot Put with a distance of 37-10.75 , earning a medal. Katherine Coffey, senior from Brentwood, won with a 44-01.75. In Discus, Hood’s throw of 105-02 was good enough for ninth and her new personal record. But it was Coffey again winning taking the Discus title with a throw of 137-08.
Hood left Murfreesboro with another lesson in top level track and field competition and a blueprint for the next two years.
“Her big springboard for today is there are two sophomores seeded ahead of her,” McGinnis concluded. “For her it’s no longer ‘She’s a good freshman.’ She has to go and be a really good junior next year.”

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