Two local track and field athletes — Tyler Greene and Rusty Provins — have qualified to compete on the national level this summer.
Greene, a former LaFollette Middle School hurdler, advanced to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics set for Aug. 3-7 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
With the top four performers in each event advancing, Greene earned his spot at nationals by finishing second in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the 200 hurdles during a Junior Olympics qualifier last weekend at the Hardin Valley Academy.
Greene went into the 200 meter hurdles as the number one seed but pulled a muscle in his rib cage partway through the race. Even so, he managed to gut out a fourth place finish.
He is now rehabbing the injury while preparing for the AAU Junior Olympics.
Greene will be a high school freshman this fall. During his eighth grade season for the LaFollette Owls, he was runner-up in hurdles at the Area 2 Championships and placed fifth in the 100 hurdles at sectionals.
Provins, whose father Paul once threw for the University of Tennessee, took second place in discus and third place in shot put during a United States Amateur Track Federation (USATF) regional qualifer last weekend at Murfreesboro.
He advanced to the USATF Championships scheduled for Aug. 1-2 at Greensboro, N.C.
Rusty Provins threw the discus 140 feet at regionals and set a new personal record in shot put (42-3).
He will be an eighth grader this fall at the Christian Academy of Campbell County and co-ops as a member of the LMS track team.