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Blair earns unexpected regional berth

By:  Tim Chambers

Tomahawk Sports Editor

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It must have felt like “Pleasantville” in Johnson County for Caleigh Blair over the weekend. The talented sophomore learned that she would be the second Longhorn to make the state’s sectional track meet in the 300 meter hurdle.

She and Dustin Jenkins will participate on Thursday at CAK High School in Knoxville with a chance to reach the state tournament.

The top four finishers earned automatic berths and Jenkins gathered one of those slots. But the road for Blair was more difficult.

She ran a time of 53.19 which earned her a fifth place finish in the 300 meter hurdles, less than half a second from being in third or fourth place. It was disappointing for Blair who thought she had missed out on going by the slimmest margin. “It’s been hard for me because I’ve had to juggle my time between school work, tennis, track and cheerleading,” said Blair. “I’ve tried to work hard, hoping that I had a chance to make the sectional. It hurt at the time knowing I was so close to achieving my goal. I can’t tell you how excited that I am now. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance.” The three-sport standout had just competed in the District Tennis Tournament earlier in the week and collected a win in doubles. But her sad face would be a happy one when the final times were tallied.

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