Half a dozen Campbell County High School track and field athletes will toss their hat in the ring tomorrow (Thurs.) during the Section 1-AAA Championships in Oak Ridge for a chance to compete at the state level week after next.
Campbell County is sending two pairs of siblings to sectionals: brothers Justin and Preston Young, and sisters Lindsay and Lauren Evans.
Justin Young, who already punched his ticket to state by winning the Section 1-AAA Decathlon, will compete in four events — high jump, triple jump, 800 and 400 — at tomorrow’s sectional meet. Preston Young will attempt to qualify in shot put and discus, while Kristin Chapman and Lindsey Evans will try in the high jump, Lauren Evans in the two-mile run and Lucas Nelson in long jump.
The top four athletes in each sectional event will qualify for the state meet, which is scheduled May 18-22 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Sectional events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the girl’s two-mile run. Field events will start at 10 a.m. Most of the running events will be held from early afternoon through the evening.
The Young brothers tuned up for sectionals with standout performances Friday afternoon during the Metro 8 Championships at William Blount.
Preston Young won the shot put and was runner-up in discus. Justin Young finished second in triple jump and third in the half mile run.
Campbell County’s Bradley Paul got third place and ran a personal record time in the boy’s two-miler. The Cougars’ 4x800 relay team — Tyler Chapman, Dayne Deavours, Nelson and Chase Lindsay — finished sixth overall. Deavours, one of the Cougars’ talented freshman, missed qualifying for sectionals in the mile run by only one second.