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Wells earns bid to indoor championships

CJ Wells is opening the 2015 track and field season on a bright note.
The Unicoi County High School senior member of the Blue Devil program started 2015 off by competing in the East Tennessee State University Invitational held during the weekend at the mini-dome in Johnson City.
Wells finished the 60-meter hurdles with a seventh-place finish (9.36) and qualified for the upcoming Tennessee State High School Indoor Track and Field Championships set for Feb. 28 on the ETSU campus.
“I went into this meet like any other meet,” Wells said in an interview with The Erwin Record. “I just wanted to compete my hardest and do the best I could so that I could have a chance to go to state. I was really happy when I saw my results and I can’t wait to compete at one of the highest levels in high school track and field competitions.”
It will be a moment of stepping out of a comfort zone, Wells added, preparing for the upcoming meet.
“It obviously isn’t going to be the same as any other meet I competed in,” he said. “I have to go in with the mindset of, ‘I will do whatever it takes to prepare myself so I will have a good shot of hopefully winning and being the first indoor state champion since the 1970s’.”
Wells finished the 2014 season for the Blue Devils by earning a bid to the Class A/AA sectionals. It was a record-breaking year for the then-junior, who broke then re-broke his record for the 110-meter hurdles.
Entering as a senior this year, Wells said he wants to set an example for his teammates by his results.
“I think it is very important for me as a senior to step up,” he said. “To set the bar high for the rest of the year and show the others what hard work can do.”
While the potential of an indoor title is on the horizon, last year left an impression for the Blue Devil.
“My approach for 2015 will be to hit my events fast and hard,” he said. “I want to make it to state in the outdoor track after coming so close last year.”