Bryce Dossett could be atop the LaFollette Middle School record book for a long time to come.
Earlier this season, the eighth grade sprinter broke the 100-meter dash record, posting a 13.36 second time.
In Thursday’s meet at Campbell County High School, she broke her own time, posting a 13.2.
“She has come so far from sixth grade,” LaFollette head coach Tiffany Bruce said. “The advances that she’s made, I think she’s really surprised herself with how well she’s doing with the sprints this year.”
Dossett took second in the event, falling only to Sydney McCreary, who posted a 13.19 mark in the 100.
However, Dossett’s time was good enough for a LaFollette record, one that Bruce thinks will remain there for a long time.
“The old record was from 2000,” Bruce said. “It had stood 13 years. She’s really had a big accomplishment on her hands. I’d never seen anyone in middle school that has accomplished what Bryce has, as far as her sprinting speeds. I look for it to be long standing.”
Her other times were just as impressive.
She took first in both the 400 and 200 races, posting a 1:06.88 in the full lap sprint.
During the 200-meter race, Dossett completed a 28.8 time.
Those first place finishes were enough to propel the Lady Owls into a first place finish in the stacked meet.
As Jefferson, Maryville, Robertsville, and Jacksboro each competed, it was some of the sections toughest teams.
“I’m so proud of them,” Bruce said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for us to beat Jefferson, Maryville and Jacksboro. They have such good girl teams, so we’re really proud of them, and they’re really proud of themselves. They’re doing a great job this year.”
LaFollette topped Jacksboro, as the Lady Owls posted a total of 81 points. Jacksboro’s second place finish totaled 74 points, as only seven points separated the two teams.
According to Bruce, that slim separation shows that it’s not only first place that matters in the track meets.
“It’s not just the first place winners that we’re excited about,” Bruce said. “Somebody can come in third, fourth, fifth or sixth, and we’re just as happy about that. It’s points for their team. They know it does matter, because we’ve had so many close competitions this spring.”
On the boy’s side, it was all Austin Stone.
The eighth grader took both throwing events for LaFollette, as he won the discus throw by over 6 feet.
“He’s added probably 20 feet to his discus since he started,” Bruce said. “He’s doing really well. He’s learning to spin and some other footwork that’s helping him out.”
Those extra measures have produced.
Stone hurled the discus an impressive 102-11 at Campbell County High School.
According to Bruce, there are very few middle schoolers that can reach the 100 mark.
“That’s just a handful at all of the schools,” she said. “There’s very few out there…I wish I’d had him from sixth grade on. I would like to see where he could be if he had been doing this for three years, instead of just five weeks. This is his fifth week, and he’s blowing people out of the water.”
However, another LaFollette athlete blew his personal best time out of the water.
Alex Audit paced a 2:28 mark in the 800 race.
For Bruce, it shows how the tougher competition helps her runners prove just how fast they can be.
“Alex Auditt, he took second in the 800,” she said. “He ran his best time, probably about eight seconds faster than his best time. Having these high caliber teams like Jefferson and Maryville to run against, it really pushes them to put out their best performance.”