Sectionals begin today for high school track athletes

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By Dwane Wilder

Fifteen track and field athletes from Campbell County High School have qualified to participate in the 1-AAA Sectional Championships this week.

For the first time, events will be held at two different sites. Morristown West will host the girl’s and boy’s 3,200-meter races this afternoon (Thurs.). The remainder of the meet will be held on Friday at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, with field events scheduled to begin at noon. The top four athletes in each event will qualify for state.

Metro 8 champion Lauren Evans is the only CCHS athlete who will compete in the 3,200 event today. Tomorrow, the talented sophomore will run in three more races, including the 1,600-meter run; the 800-meter run; and the 4x800-meter relay.

Athletes who are scheduled to compete on Friday include:

•Kristin Chapman in high jump, hurdles, 400 and 4x400 relay. Last year, she advanced to state and finished third in high jump as a freshman. Chapman won the Metro 8 high jump title last weekend.

•Lindsay Evans in high jump and 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

•Shayla Goins in shot put and discus.

•Chelsea King in the 400 and 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

•Samantha Leach in 300 hurdles and 4x400 relay.

•Camille Reynolds in 4x800 relay.

•Candice Seiber in high jump.

•Travis Chapman in high hurdles.

•Dayne Deavours in the 1,600 and 4x800 relay.

•Chase Lindsay in 4x800 relay.

•Brandon Long in 4x800 relay,

•Nick Litton in high jump. He won the Metro 8 title with a PR of 6-2.

•Lucas Nelson in high jump, long jump and 4x800 relay.

Keenan Evans also qualified in shot put, but is expected to miss the meet in order to attend the graduation of his older brother Josh at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.