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CCHS athletes shine at Metro 8 Track and Field Championships

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By Dwane Wilder

State champion high jumper Kristin Chapman tuned up for this week’s sectionals by setting a meet record Friday afternoon during the Metro 8 Track and Field Championships at Oak Ridge.

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Chapman shattered the previous record by four inches with a 5-8 jump that matched her personal record. She also won the 300-meter hurdles and met the sectional qualifying standard with a time of 47.45 seconds in her first attempt this season.

Chapman placed 4th in triple jump and ran the anchor leg of the 4th place and sectional qualifying 4x400-meter relay.

Weight thrower Shayla Goins also had a standout performance with 1st place in shot put (36-1.75) and a season best in discus (118-5).

The Lady Cougars took 3rd place in the team standings behind Maryville and William Blount. The girls’ field included 13 teams.

“This is the time they need to be peaking, and they’re right on target,” Campbell County coach Billie Ann Evans said.

“Shayla is a lot more mentally and physically prepared for postseason competition. Last year at state she was a little fish in a big sea, and it was overwhelming.

“This year, she is more confident and mature, and I think she’s doing great.”

Campbell County’s boys also made their presence felt with 1st place in the 4x800-meter relay (Dayne Deavours, Cody Willoughby, Bradley Paul, Brandon Long).

Willoughby and Kevin Ruan took 3rd in the high jump and pole vault, respectively. Trevor Passafume placed 4th in the 3,200-meter run. 

The Cougars placed 7th in a field of 14 teams.

Campbell County’s mixed 4x40-meter (throwers’ relay) took 1st place with a time of 23.45 seconds. That relay team included Goins, Michaela Smith, Deavours and Willoughby.

Next up for Campbell County athletes is a chance to qualify for the state meet during the Section 1-AAA Championships tomorrow (Friday) at Science Hill High School in Johnson City.

Campbell County will have a total of 13 athletes competing in 10 girls’ and five boys’ events.

“Our boys’ 4x800 team is really excited to be competing at sectionals,” Evans said.

“So is Bradley Paul in the 3,200. He has worked hard this year. The last two weeks, his dedication has really shown.

“I also pleased that some of our younger athletes like freshmen Michaela Smith (shot put and discus) and Rachel Nelson (100-meter hurdles) will be competing at sectionals.”

Sectional events will begin at 9 a.m. with the running of the 3,200. Field events will begin at 10 a.m., and the rest of the races are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.