It appears that Mother Nature is the only thing able to slow down Campbell County High School’s track and field teams this season.
“Our greatest challenge right now is the weather,” said CCHS coach Billie Ann Evans, who had to cancel Monday’s practice session because of severe thunderstorms.
“We’ve not been able to get a good practice in.”
When they’ve been able to get on the track, the Cougars have, more often than not, stolen the spotlight. Even though it’s still early in the season, nearly as many Campbell County athletes are already qualified for sectionals as there were last year (14).
During last week’s meet at Anderson County, the Cougars took 1st place and the girls 2nd place in a field that included at least half a dozen teams. Campbell County was declared overall meet champion when the results were combined.
The Cougars had eight 1st place winners: Chase Lindsay in the 400-meter dash, Dayne Deavours in the 800-meter run, Daniel Peach in the mile, Tyler Green in the 300-meter hurdles, Lucas Nelson in high jump, Ethan Simpson in long jump; and the 4x200 (Eli Caudill, Austin McMahan, Colby Partin, Simpson), 4x400 (Deavours, Brandon Long, Lindsay, Simpson) and 4x800 (Deavours, Peach, Lindsay, Long) relays.
Simpson set a personal record in long jump (20-1.25) and also met the sectional qualifying standard in that event.
Second place finishers for the Cougars included McMahan in the 100 and 200 dashes, Long in the 800, Kevin Ruan in pole vault, Lindsay in triple jump, Nick Litton in high jump and Keenan Evans in shot put.
Cumberland Gap freshman Rusty Provins was a double-winner in shot put and discus.
On the girls’ side of the meet, the Lady Cougars got three 1st place finishes: Tori Monday in the 100 dash, Kristin Chapman in the high jump and 4x400 relay (also Lauren Evans, Chelsea King, Samantha Leach).
Event runners-up for the Lady Cougars included Evans in the 800, Chapman in the 300 hurdles and Shayla Goins in shot put and discus.
Chapman broke Beth Mefford’s 2006 school record (48.44) in only her second attempt at running the 300 hurdles against meet competition. Chapman crossed the finish line in 48.2 seconds.
Discus thrower Kersten Allen qualified for sectionals, one of several CCHS athletes to have done so thus far. The 4x400 relay team also met its sectional qualifying standard.
Last Friday, Campbell County athletes participated in the William Blount Invitational, where the girls placed 5th and the boys 8th out of 14 teams.
Chapman won the girls’ high jump (5-4) and took 2nd place in the 100 hurdles. Goins was a 1st place winner in girls’ shot put.
In boys’ competition, the Cougars’ 4x800 relay team (Deavours, Lindsay, Nelson, Long) missed qualifying for sectionals by only 2 seconds.
Provins was runner-up in shot put and discus for Cumberland Gap.