RCS honors its inaugural TMSAA track and field state champs

Jeff Bobo • Aug 12, 2016 at 1:06 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The future of Cherokee High School’s track and field team appears to be bright, based on the three middle school state champions the team will inherit from Rogersville City School.

On Tuesday, the RCS Board of Education recognized its three 2016 state champions, two of whom graduated in May, and started at Cherokee this week.

RCS director Rebecca Isaacs noted that this past May, the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association hosted its first ever state track meet.

She said several RCS athletes placed in several of events during the TMSAA state meet, but three students earned state championships.

“Rogersville Middle School is proud and boasts three statewide winners,” Isaacs told the board. “And certainly we’d like to thank Mr. (Michael) Bowman as their coach for supporting them all through this process — parents, grandparents, family members, thank you so much. They certainly represented us with great integrity, skill and pride, and we are proud of each and every one of them.”

The first state champion recognized Tuesday was returning RCS eighth-grader Katie Biggs, who won the state championship for girls disc throw with a distance of 104’3’’.

Also recognized by the BOE Tuesday was former RCS student Austin Kirkpatrick, who won the boys state championship for the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:16. Kirkpatrick is currently a freshman at Cherokee.

The third champion honored Tuesday was Connor Smith, who won the boys state championship disc throw with a distance of 135’11’’. Smith is currently a freshman at Cherokee.

All three athletes received a certificate from Isaacs acknowledging their accomplishment, as well as an ovation from the board and audience.    


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