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Lady Cougars take 2nd place at AC meet

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s track and field teams made a strong showing Friday during the Dale Legg Invitational at Anderson County.

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The Lady Cougars took 2nd place overall behind meet champion Maryville in a field of 16 scoring teams. Seniors Kristin Chapman and Shayla Goins combined to score 46 points for Campbell County.

Chapman, an ETSU signee, won the high jump (5-6) and 100-meter hurdles (:15.95), finished 4th in long jump and took 6th place in the 800-meter run with a personal record (PR) time of 2:35. She accounted for 28 points.

Goins was named MVP of girls’ field events with 1st place, a PR and new school record in shot put (37-3) and 2nd place in discus. Goins scored 18 points.

Other top performers for the Lady Cougars included Lauren Evans with 3rd place in the 3,200-meter run; Michaela Smith with 4th place in discus; and Rachel Nelson with 3rd place in the 300-meter hurdles, 6th in high jump and 8th in the 100 hurdles.

The Lady Cougars took 3rd and 4th place, respectively in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Members of the 4x100 team included Haley Adkins, Olivia Brown, Chelsea King and Michaela Smith. The 4x200 was the same, with the exception of Tori Monday replacing Brown.

With one of their top athletes out of the line-up, Campbell County’s boys took 8th place overall in a field of 18 teams. High jumper and distance specialist Cody Willoughby took part in the wedding of a relative and missed the meet.

Kevin Ruan was the star of the show for the Cougars. He beat athletes from both Maryville and Oak Ridge to win the pole vault with a PR tying mark of 11-6. Ruan also ran a leg of the 3rd place 4x400 relay along with Dayne Deavours, Bradley Paul and Brandon Long.

Paul placed 3rd in the 1,600-meter run with a PR of 4:42. He shaved 15 seconds off his previous best time.

Tyler Greene placed 4th in the 300 hurdles for the Cougars. Long met the sectional qualifying standard in the 200-meter dash, an event in which he took 5th place. 

“I think they’re right where they should be,” Campbell County coach Billie Ann Evans said of her athletes.

“They’re peaking at the right time, and all their hard work is showing. That’s the best our girls’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams have run all year. Our boys were eighth overall, and that’s without Cody Willoughby. If we had just 10 more points, that would’ve put us into fifth place.”

Campbell County will participate in the Metro 8 Championships tomorrow (Friday) at Oak Ridge to try and qualify even more athletes for next week’s sectional meet at Johnson City.