One of the most successful two-person championship runs in Campbell County High School track and field history picked up more steam Friday during the Section 1-AAA Championships at Johnson City.
Seniors Kristin Chapman and Shayla Goins combined for three section titles and all 48 points for the Lady Cougars, who finished 5th in a field of 28 teams. Both girls will represent their school at the state meet next week at Murfreesboro.
Chapman, an East Tennessee State signee, successfully defended her section crown in high jump, was runner-up in triple jump, took 3rd place in the 300-meter hurdles and 5th in the 100-meter hurdles.
Goins won her first sectional titles in shot put and discus after finishing 2nd and 4th, respectively, in those events a year ago.
“Both of them have prepared well and worked hard, and their effort is showing. I’m in awe of what they’ve done this year,” Campbell County coach Billie Ann Evans said.
“I said (Monday at practice), do you girls realize we beat every triple A team in Knoxville except West and Hardin Valley? Of course, Shayla said ‘You’re welcome, coach.’
“We took six girls to sectionals and finished 5th. I think that says a lot.”
After missing an earlier attempt at 5-4, Chapman beat Hardin Valley’s Julie Davenport with a 5-6 high jump to claim a third consecutive section championship in her specialty event.
Chapman came within a quarter of an inch from winning a section title in triple jump, as well. She qualified for state in four of the five events she competed in at sectionals.
“I want to get five-eight,” said Chapman, who won her second state high jump title a year ago at that height.
Goins took 1st place in discus on the final throw at sectionals. South-Doyle senior Jesse Klapperich appeared to have won the event with a 113-09 heave. Undaunted, Goins stepped up and made a personal record throw of 119-09 to claim the section crown.
“She never flinched after scratching on her first two throws. She said, ‘I got this Mrs. Evans, I got this.’ Shayla prepared well for this, she really has,” Evans said.
Goins wasn’t the top ranked shot putter coming in, but she left with a championship. She set a new personal record (38-01.50) in that event, as well.
“I was just praying the whole time, especially when I threw that thirty eight,” Goins said.
“(Winning both events) was a weight lifted off my shoulders. So many people were expecting so much out of me. The next two weeks, I’m going to work my heart out.”
Goins won’t compete at state until later in the week. Chapman, on the other hand, will compete in pentathlon first thing Monday morning and, if all goes well, will be in Murfreesboro through Thursday.
Kevin Ruan, a junior, was the only other CCHS athlete to score points at sectionals. He matched his personal record (11-06) to take 5th place in pole vault.
Senior distance specialist Lauren Evans was the only CCHS athlete other than Chapman to compete in three events. She placed 12th with a new personal record in the 3,200-meter race and 17th in both the 1,600 and 800. Evans had a season best in the 1,600.
Haley Adkins placed 18th in long jump.
Freshmen Rachel Nelson and Michaela Smith did well for their first time at sectionals. Nelson placed 12th in the 100 hurdles, while Smith finished 19th in shot put and 22nd in discus.
Brandon Long finished 13th in the 400-meter dash. Cody Willoughby took 20th in the 1,600. Tyler Greene placed 16th in the 300 hurdles. Bradley Paul finished 22nd in the 3,200.
Paul, Long, Dayne Deavours and Trevor Passafume each ran a leg of the 9th place 4x800-meter relay for the Cougars.