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Local athletes qualify for Jr. Olympics

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By Dwane Wilder

Half a dozen Campbell County track and field athletes will be competing for national honors next month at the AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans.

Tyler Greene, Abby Greene, Lindsay King, Michaela Smith, Gracie Faulkner and Riley Faulkner met national qualifying standards in their respective events during the Southeastern District Regionals on June 30-July 3 at the University of Tennessee.

Tyler Greene’s winning javelin throw of 135-04 was a state record for a high school sophomore. He also qualified with a 5th place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Tyler Greene made the finals in the 400-meter hurdles, but didn’t run for fear of risking further injury to a hamstring.

Abby Greene qualified with 5th place in the midget girls 80-meter hurdles (17.91). Ally Greene finished 6th in the same race, but was not able to qualify after tripping over the final hurdle. Ally Greene was passing the race leader from Memphis when she fell. She had worked really hard in preparing for the meet, so it was a heartbreaker. However, she is determined to get back to work and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Riley Faulkner was runner-up in the primary boys 800-meter run (3:10.57). He also competed in the 400-meter dash and long jump. King was runner-up in the youth girls 200-meter hurdles (31.66) and also competed in the open 100-meter dash and 100-hurdles (6th place).

Smith took 3rd place in youth girls’ shot put (35-08.50) and 5th in discus (77-00). She qualified in both events. Gracie Faulkner was runner-up in the midget girls 3,000-meter run (12:20.85) and 5th in the 800-meter race (2:52.55). She qualified in both events.