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The Suburbanite
  • LCCS’s Linville doubles the fun, qualifies for state meet in shot put, discus

  • There are no foregone conclusions when it comes to sports success.

    Past success is no guarantee of future success and for Lake Center Christian School field event specialist Jenae Linville, a return trip to the state meet was anything but assured as she headed into the 2012 postseason.

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  • There are no foregone conclusions when it comes to sports success.
    Past success is no guarantee of future success and for Lake Center Christian School field event specialist Jenae Linville, a return trip to the state meet was anything but assured as she headed into the 2012 postseason.
    Yet there was Linville, all 5-foot-5 of her, competing for a second straight week at Navarre, this time in the Navarre Div. III regional meet in the discus, the event in which she qualified for the state meet last year as a sophomore, and also in the shot put.
    She needed to go out and register the sort of dominant effort she had turned in all season long, but against much tougher competition.
    The field in both events was deep and many of her competitors had several teammates in tow to cheer them on, some even having a teammate in the throwing events to push them. For Linville, as the only LCCS athlete to advance from the Navarre Div. III district meet, there was no edge from a competing teammate to calm her nerves.
    In the end, none of those factors mattered and Linville earned her way back to Columbus with two efforts that may not have been her best of the year, but were more than enough to place in the top four and secure a shot at a state championship.
    In the discus, her best event, Linville faced one of the competitors she finished at the regional meet last year, sophomore Jai'Lyn Mosley of McDonald.
    Mosley, who finished second at the regional meet last year, won with a throw of 149'5. Teammate Tory Ross was second with a throw of 132'4 and Linville ranked third for a second straight year with a throw of 129'1, just five inches away from her 2011 regional-best throw of 128'8. Mosley’s throw was just four feet shy of the regional record, but just 13 inches better than Linville's best toss of the season, at the Lake Center Christian Invitational on May 12.
    The distance was significantly shorter than her district-winning throw of 142'3, but an off day was not enough to keep her from a return trip to the state meet.
    Seeking to double up her success, Linville competed in the shot put after winning the district meet at the same venue the week before. She once again found herself doing battle with Mosley and this time, got the best of her rival.
    However, both Linville and Mosley were eclipsed by Karissa Stewart of Sugarcreek Garaway, whose toss of 37'4 was just enough to edge out Linville's best throw of 36'11.
    Had Linville matched her district-winning toss of 38'1/2, she would have won easily. Still, her second-place finish earned her a berth in the state meet and made she and Mosley the only two female field event competitors at the Div. III, Region 9 meet to qualify for the state meet in two events.
    Page 2 of 2 - With her place in Columbus secure, Linville can lean on the experience she gained competing at the state meet in the discus last year.
    She struggled to get comfortable in the cage at the Jesse Owens Stadium track and field complex, throwing well short of her best in her first two attempts, topping out at 105'11 before fouling on her final attempt to miss out on the podium.
    She returns this year as a junior, having improved her technique and hopefully gotten her state meet jitters out of her system. Although she once again makes the trip to the state capital without any of her teammates to compete alongside her, Linville is better suited for the challenge and hopes to flip the script from 2011.
    A medal of any kind would make her the first LCCS athlete to reach the podium at a state championship and that would be history worth making. As always, that success will have to be earned and Linville will make the two-hour trek south seeking to do just that.

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