Two Blaze runners have ‘stellar’ weekend at AAU event

Clinton Blaze track athletes competed in last week’s AAU Region 6 Championships at Austin-East High School and Hardin Valley Academy.

Kenzlee Hutchison and Adeline Queener both had a stellar weekend at the championships.

Hutchison placed third in the 11-and-under discus competition with a mark of 47 feet, 5 inches. She was also sixth in the shot put with an effort of 16-06.

Queener, a 7-year old, finished 25th in a field of 49 runners in the 200-meter dash. Lady Blaze athletes Charlotte Hutchison and Skyler Martin also competed in the championship meet last weekend. Next up for area athletes is the AAU National Championships at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. That meet will be held July 26-Aug. 2.

Upcoming School Year: Clinton City Schools athletic director E.T. Stamey has announced tryouts for various fall programs.

Basketball Tryouts: Tryouts for the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams will be held in mid-August. The girls tryouts will be held Aug. 12 and 14 while the boys will hold their tryouts Aug. 12 and 15.

Dance Team Tryouts: Dance team tryouts on Sept. 12 and 15.

Cross Country Schedule: The 2019 cross country schedule will open with a meet at Knoxville’s Victor Ashe Park.

The Blaze will also compete at Cove Lake on Sept. 4. Clinton will run at First Baptist Sevierville in a two-day meet on Sept. 9-10.

They’ll run at Johnson University in Knoxville on Sept. 16. The Elementary/Middle School Championships will be held on Oct. 5.

The Tennessee State Championships are scheduled for Oct. 19. The Southeastern Regionals are slated for Nov. 16. The campaign culminates with the National Championships on Dec. 7.

The Blaze will also compete in a practice meet on Aug. 29 at the Songbird Course. Stamey said that tryouts for the cross country team will be announced soon,

Blaze Academic Clubs: In addition to its athletics programs, CCS has invested in both a reading society and H2O science clubs. These programs were successful last year and Stamey announced that they will continue in 2018-19.

Track Renovations: Stamey said that improvement on the Blaze’s home track at Clinton Elementary School are planned soon.