Eighth-grade Crosby wins state championship in shot put – Reuters

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MIKE MARSEE

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LEXINGTON — One of Kentucky’s top high school shot putters isn’t even in high school yet.

Germani Crosby, who completed eighth grade just days early, won a state championship for Lincoln County in the Class 2A girls’ shot put on June 3 at the United Kingdom State Athletics Championships -United.

The win capped a season of significant progress for Crosby, who threw shot put and discus for the first time last season.

“It means I can achieve my goals, because my goal last year, every time I started pitching, it was just to figure it out, and (this year my goal) was to hit a mark , then continue from that mark,” Crosby said.

Lincoln County eighth grader Germani Crosby and her coaches celebrate her victory in the Class 2A shot put at the state track and field championship Friday in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee

Crosby, making her second appearance in the state competition before her first day of high school, is the only middle schooler to win an individual event and one of only three to win a gold medal in the state competition. State of this year.

Her best throw of 38 feet, 7¾ inches came on the second of her six attempts at the University of Kentucky, and she won the competition by just over 3 feet.

She threw the shot about a half-foot further than she had a week earlier when she won the event at the state college meet and about 7 feet further than she had only made it in last year’s state high school meet, where she finished eighth.

“From the first meeting (this season), I established a PR at 38-1, and during the season, I was able to be consistent by keeping it above 37 (feet),” said said Crosby. “Now just being able to maintain it at 38 and knowing that I can go above that has been really good.”

Crosby was introduced to the discus by her mother, who was throwing in high school, and she said that once she started throwing the discus, it wasn’t long before she discovered shot put.

“I love the feeling of throwing a weighted ball down the court and knowing that not everyone can do it,” she said.

She said she also enjoyed the feeling of winning an event eighth graders don’t usually win.

Crosby’s best pitch on Friday broke his own school record. She first broke the school record in the shot put last season, and she also holds the school record in the discus at 113-3.

She finished 14th in discus at the state meet.

Another Lincoln eighth-grader, Abigail Bastin, won state competition medals in two events.

Bastin was third in the women’s 1,600 meters with a time of 5:17:07, and she was sixth in the 800 in 2:21.59.

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