Piper Carter took his Bear pride to Clarksville and came back as a state champion.
The senior Tellico Plains athlete finished in first place of the Division I Boys Small Class Decathlon, claiming a spot within the top five of four separate events.
“If someone told me senior year that I would win (the) state decathlon, I would have told them they were crazy,” Carter said. “But sure enough, with amazing support from my family, coaches and friends, I did it.”
Carter also added that “the Lord gave me this ability and I’m just using it to glorify Him.”
The events he performed best in were the 110-meter hurdle, as he finished in the No. 1 spot with a mark of 15.95, the discus throw, in which Carter recorded a best mark of 31.50m to place second, the pole vault, which saw him tie for second place with a mark of 3.20m, and the high jump, in which he recorded 1.73m.
He also competed in the 100-meter dash, triple jump, 400-meter dash, shot put, long jump and 1500-meter run.
“The past two days have been the hardest and most fun I have ever had,” Carter said. “And with a whole county on my side, I knew I could do my best for everyone.”
Tellico Plains finished tied with Gatlinburg-Pittman for No. 2 in the Small Class rankings, behind Grace Christian Academy at No. 1.
Carter made his way to the state tournament by taking home first place in the East Sectional Decathlon earlier this season, punching his ticket to a showdown with the best track and field athletes Tennessee has to offer.
And he returned on top.
“It wasn’t much of a win for me,” Carter said, “but more of a win for the people of Tellico and everyone who supported me and wanted me to win. Tellico Bears and Tellico Plains brought home the state championship, but I am very proud I was the one to hold the weight.”