Senior West Lincoln track athlete Lily Tallent accomplished a rare feat winning 2A State Titles in both the shot-put and discus.
Tallentâ€™s discus throw was a 122-08, while her shot put was 37-01.75.
Tallent led her team to a victory over East Lincoln and Lincolnton, as well as a 14th place in the state. Head coach David Avery speaks proudly of Tallentâ€™s accomplishments.
â€œSheâ€™s undefeated in both events all year. She had a little competition in the shot, but not enough to where she felt like she needed to be worried,â€ he said.
Avery points to the fact that in 43 years West Lincoln has only had two state champions in track.
â€œOur school was built in 1961, and up until this time weâ€™ve had only two state champions. Being a state champ in two different events in the same season it speaks even louder,â€ he said.
Tallentâ€™s stellar season was one that saw her set all-time school records and Midwest 2A Conference records in both events. She even set the Regional record in the discus throw.
Lily believes it was a matter of goal-setting and hard work that helped her reach such a pinnacle in her sport.
â€œI was ecstatic. I set some goals when I was in ninth grade that by the time I was a senior I wanted to win the state and Iâ€™ve finally fulfilled them,â€ she said.
Avery echoes that belief.
â€œShe did it through hard work and dedication. She works very hard, practices day-in-and-day-out at practice and at home. She practices at home every evening (the shot),â€ he said.
Avery and Tallent both believe that not becoming a state champion drove her to new heights or in this case new distances.
â€œShe came up a little short as a junior last year and I believe she felt like it was a lack of preparation. She worked harder, prepared more and was just driven to win,â€ Avery said.
â€œLast year I had been undefeated in 10th grade and 11th grade, I got beat one time in the shot put in one meet. I knew I didnâ€™t want to get beat my senior year,â€ Tallent said.
So has the easy-going senior, who dons a sparkling smile, grasped what she has done and the magnitude of her achievements?
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s really sunk in yet. My family has been real supportive, made big banners, the community has made signs, but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s really sunk in yet,â€ Tallent said.
Who does she feel has pushed her along the way and who does she wish to thank?
â€œI would say God and most definitely my family and coach Avery. The track team at West Lincoln because theyâ€™ve pushed me and encouraged me to do my best.â€by John Mark Brooks