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Lamar School athletes compete in state meet


Lamar Track and Field earned more than just a job well done at the state championship meet last week.

Five Lamar students qualified for the state championship held at Austin Peay University on May 22. Only the top 16 qualifying athletes in each event were allowed to participate.

Kadence Ball (eighth grade), Macy Cox (eighth grade), Brandon Ward (eighth grade), Kiley Moore (seventh grade) and Autumn Wynn (seventh grade) competed in a variety of events. Kadence and Autumn competed in discus, Autumn competed in shot put, Brandon and Kiley competed in the 1600 race, and Macy ran in the 200 race. Lamar competed in the Single-A Small Schools Division. This was the first state meet for these students and their coach, Ashley Ward.

Autumn Wynn earned the top spot for shot put. (Photos contributed)

“It was an amazing moment,” Ward said, “to see these kids from our small area of East Tennessee shine on a big stage.”

Brandon placed fifth in the 1600, Kiley placed eighth in the 1600, Macy placed 10th in the 200, Autumn placed third in shot put, Kadence and Autumn both placed in discus, Kadence placed eighth and Autumn Wynn placed first, becoming the over-all state champion in discus.

“Autumn becoming state champion was icing on the cake,” Ward said. “All of these kids trained hard all season to get to state. For four out of five to bring home medals was incredible.

“The first time ever coaching these kids went on to exceed my expectations week after week. Watching them receive their medal was the best moment of the season.”