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Greene with envy

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By Chris Cannon

ccannon@lafollettepress.com

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All the other girls wish they could be like her.

As Ally Greene crossed the final hurdle, her knee clipped the top, causing her to stumble.

However, she quickly regained her balance in order to grab the win in the 2013 East Tennessee Middle School Elite Championships on Tuesday night.

“I hit my knee a couple times, and I thought I wasn’t going to win,” Greene said. “I put out my hand at the end, and I beat her.”

Greene was the winner by a hand, literally, as she outpaced her competition from Jefferson Middle School by only five-one-hundredths of a second.

Kate Hausladen crossed the line with a time of 17.71, while Greene’s time bested her with a 17.66 recording.

“It feels really good,” Greene said.

It should feel really good.

The win, even in such close form, left Greene undefeated for the 2013 track season in the 100-meter hurdles.

During the season, she won every race of the 100-hurdles.

“That’s a really big accomplishment,” she said.

Dallas Griffith, also of LaFollette, had a big night at the championship meet, as well.

He took the jumping events by storm, taking second in both the high jump and long jump.

“Well, I didn’t do too well in high jump,” he said, criticizing himself. “It was an off night in high jump, but I did get my personal record in long jump. I’m pretty satisfied about tonight.”

Griffith’s leap of 17 feet, 8.25 inches was enough to propel him to second, besting his season-record by over 7 inches.

Only Zack Dobson of Whittle Springs could better him, as he jumped 18-03.75.

However, Griffith said he had a chance at the top honor.

“My previous best was 17-1, and today, I got 17-10,” he said. “I scratched, but it was 9 inches better. I feel pretty good about myself.”

He also took second in the high jump, matching Paxton Paschel, who took first place.

Griffith and Paschel each cleared 4-10, but a miss on 4-8 cost Griffith the top spot.

However, he says there’s nothing to be down about.

“It makes me feel great, because I know I’m one of the best in East Tennessee,” he said.