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Middle school athletes qualify for state

By Curtis Carden

Unicoi County Middle School saw its track and field program make a bit of history to open this week.

Blue Devils Kody Lewis and Michael Harrington, along with Lady Devil Kaitlin Bailey, made their trip to the TMSAA Northeast Sectional on Monday, May 9, at Greeneville Middle School and became the first three athletes from UCMS to qualify for the upcoming TMSAA state meet in Clarksville on May 21.

The Blue Devil UCMS track and field team finished the meet fourth overall with 59 team points.

Lewis earned the meet MVP by taking home first place in the long jump (17-7), 100-meter dash (12.02) and 200-meter (25.22), which accounted for 30 of his team’s points.

Harrington qualified for the state meet with a fourth place finish in the shot put.

Bailey also took home first place in the high jump with a leap of 4-04.