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Provins leads Owls to pair of second place finishes

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By The Staff

Field events phenom Rusty Provins recently shattered LaFollette Middle School records in shot put and discus.

The 8th-grader, who is the son of former Campbell County High School and University of Tennessee standout Paul Provins, set a new mark in shot put (46-0) during an 8-team meet at Lenoir City on March 23.

As much of an attention-getter as that was, Rusty Provins then literally threw his discus out of the park.

With Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association guidelines requiring only a 150-foot barrier for the discus throwing area, he threw the implement a whopping 171 feet, 3 inches to beat the previous LMS mark by almost 30 feet.

Rusty Provins attends the Christian Academy of Campbell County, but, because that school does not field a track team, he is allowed to co-op with LaFollette.

The Owls finished second in the team standings at Lenoir City.

Other notable accomplishments for LaFollette included Chris Stone winning the 200 (:27.15) and 400 (1:00) meter dashes and finishing second in the 100-meter dash and long jump; Jordan Morris, third in the 3,200-meter run and sixth in the 1,600-meter run; Durrand Jackson, third in the 1,600; Dakota Birchfield, third in the 400, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in long jump; Roston Letner, fifth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 400; Kaleb Jarrett, sixth in the100 hurdles; Adam Johnson, sixth in the 3,200; and Rodney Etters, sixth in shot put and discus.

LaFollette also had a second place 4x400-meter relay team and a third place 4x800-meter relay team.

During an earlier meet at Clinton, Provins won both shot put (43-2) and discus (145-7) to lead the Owls to a second place team finish.

Morris won the 3,200 (13:09) and placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run.

Letner won the 400 and took third in the 1,600. Birchfield was runner-up in the 400, third in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the 200 dash and long jump.

Also scoring points for the Owls was Jake Arnold, fourth in the 3,200; Jarrett, fourth in the 100 hurdles; Johnson, fifth in the 3,200; Etters, fifth in shot put; Cameron Nelson, sixth in the 1,600; and Jordan Caldwell, seventh in the 1,600.

LaFollette’s girls placed sixth overall at both meets with only eight athletes on the roster.

At Lenoir City, Lindsay and Kendra King scored most of the Lady Owls’ points. Lindsay was runner-up in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 100 dash. Kendra took third place in discus, fourth in shot put and fifth in the 1,600.

Beth Smith turned in a fifth place finish in the 3,200.

At Clinton, Kendra King took fourth in shot put, sixth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 800.

Summer Daniels placed sixth in the 100 hurdles and 200, while Beth Smith was sixth in high jump, and Lindsay King placed seventh in the 100 and high jump.