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Chapman, Provins set meet records at Hardin Valley Invitational

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By Dwane Wilder

 Campbell County junior Kristin Chapman set meet and stadium records Saturday while winning the girls’ high jump title at the Hardin Valley Track and Field Invitational.

Tennessee’s reigning Class AAA girls’ high jump champion matched her previous personal record (5-7) set last May at the state meet. Her closest competitor on Saturday jumped 4-10, the height in which Chapman entered the event.

“To do it at the first meet of the year in the conditions (cold temperatures) that she had to compete in was just phenomenal,” said Chapman’s jump coach Billie Ann Evans.

Chapman also missed a school record by three-tenths of a second in her first attempt at running the 300-meter hurdles. She finished 4th out of 20 hurdlers and met the sectional qualifying standard. CCHS teammates Shayla Goins, Bethany Meredith and Lauren Evans also qualified for sectionals in their respective events. Goins was runner-up in shot put (PR 34-7.75) and discus (PR 103-7), while Meredith placed 5th in shot put. Evans qualified in the 1,600-meter run.

The Lady Cougars finished 8th in a field of 26 girls’ teams.

Campbell County’s boys placed 23rd in a field of 25 teams, but did have a couple of athletes to score points.

Keenan Evans, a University of the Cumberlands football and track signee, took 6th in shot put (42-5.50). Nathan Kennedy tied for 8th place in boys’ high jump (5-4).

Rusty Provins, a freshman from LaFollette, won the shot put while competing as the only member of the Cumberland Gap High School track and field team. His throw of 52 feet was a new meet record. Coming into the season, Provins had the nation’s best throw (52-5.50) for a freshman, according to ESPN Rise.