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Jacksboro girls win Area 2 Track and Field Championships

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By Dwane Wilder

 Several local middle school athletes had standout performances Monday afternoon during the Area 2 Track and Field Championships at Campbell County High School.

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Jacksboro took 1st place in the girls’ team standings. The top three athletes in each event qualified for this week’s sectional meet at Lenoir City. 

Leading the way for the Lady Eagles was Michaela Smith, who won shot put and discus and was named Best in Field Events.

Brooke Bane and Gracie Faulkner also had a big day for Jacksboro and shared Best Distance Runner honors. Bane won the 800-meters, while Faulkner finished 3rd. Faulkner also placed 3rd in the mile.

Brown won the 800, and Byrge won the long jump.

Runners-up for the Lady Eagles were Courtney Charles in shot put, Goins in the 400-meter dash and mile, Byrge in the 200-meters and Brown in the 200. Third place ribbons went to Seiber in the 2-mile run, Williams in shot put and Bane in long jump.

Jacksboro also had three relay teams qualify for sectionals: the 4x100 and 4x200 (3rd place) and 4x800 (1st place). 

LaFollette’s girls finished 4th in the team standings. Seventh grader Lindsay King was named Area 2 Female MVP after winning the 100 hurdles and 400, finishing 2nd in long jump and running a leg of the 3rd place 4x400 relay.

Kendra King was runner-up in discus and ran a leg of the 4x400 and 4x800 (3rd place) relay.

Stormi Dishman placed 3rd in 400 and also ran on the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Ally Greene and Katie Hamblin are also going to sectionals as members of qualifying relay teams.

Kasi Phillips was runner-up in the 2-mile run for the Lady Owls.

On the boy’s side of the meet, LaFollette finished 3rd while Jacksboro placed 4th behind the Oak Ridge schools.

LaFollette weight thrower Preston Provins was selected Best in Field Events after winning the shot put and taking 5th place in discus.

Other event winners for the Owls included Dakota Dossett in high jump, Johnny Oaks in long jump, and the 4x400 (Larry Smith, Austin North, Dossett, Jake Ivey) and 4x800 (North, Dossett, Roston Letner, Isaiah Evans) relays.

Ivey was runner-up in the 400.

Third place finishers for the Owls included Austin North in the 800 and high jump, Patrick Wright in discus, and the 4x200 relay (Dossett, Evans, Letner, Oaks).

Jacksboro’s Paul Courdle was named Best Sprinter after winning the 100 and finishing 2nd in the 200. He also won the discus throw.

Morris was runner-up in the 2-mile run for the Eagles.

CAK meet

During a meet earlier last week at the Christian Academy of Knoxville, Lady Owls’ 7th grader Lindsay King set a new school record (:16.57) in the 100 hurdles to finish 3rd in that race. Rebekah Evans set the previous mark of 17.83 in 2005.

The Lady Owls placed 9th.

LaFollette’s boys finished 4th out of 14 teams at the same meet. The Owls won the 4x200 relay. Dossett and Ivey were runners-up in the high jump and 400, respectively.