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Campbell County athletes qualify for sectionals

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By Dwane Wilder

Half a dozen Campbell County High School athletes met sectional qualifying standards last week while opening the season in a track and field meet at the Hardin Valley Academy.

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Leading the way was two-time Class AAA state champion Kristin Chapman, who took 1st place in high jump (5-6) and had the winning triple jump (35-.05) in the very first attempt of her career in that event.

In fact, Chapman broke Amanda Forrester’s 13-year old school triple jump record while qualifying for sectionals.

Chapman also placed 5th in both the 800-meter run (5th place, 2:38) and 200-meter dash (:27.8, PR). She ran the 200 immediately after the 800.

Both CCHS teams placed 4th at the meet, which included six girls’ teams and seven boys’ teams.

“The teams performed very well,” Campbell County coach Billie Ann Evans said.  

“Several qualified for sectionals at their first meet, while others had PRs (personal records). I was so impressed with the veterans on the team and my freshies (freshmen). 

The coaching staff — Ann Browning, Joye Smith and myself — are very excited and looking forward to what the athletes are going to accomplish this season.”

Shayla Goins qualified for sectionals in shot put (35-8.75) and discus (100-4) while winning both throwing events for the Lady Cougars.

Rachel Nelson placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles (:56.77).

On the boys’ side of the meet, Campbell County got 1st place finishes from Tyler Greene in 300-meter hurdles (:44.53, PR), Kevin Ruan in pole vault (11-0, PR) and Cody Willoughby in high jump (6-0).

Ruan and Willoughby both qualified for sectionals in their respective events. It was Willoughby’s very first attempt at high jump.

Runner-up finishes for the Cougars came from the 4x400-meter relay team (Sam Arnold, Dakota Dossett, Bradley Paul, Ruan), which ran a 3:56; Cody Willoughby, who met the sectional qualifying standard in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:57; and Dakota Dossett with a 5-6 high jump.

Bradley Paul also qualified for sectionals with a 3rd place performance (4:59) in the 1,600-meter run. Greene had a PR in the 100-meter dash (:12.06).

Campbell County will compete tomorrow (Friday) at the William Blount Invitational.