Lanier wins state shot put title By ANDY CALLAWAY

by | May 4, 2005 12:00 am

Two David Emanuel Academy track athletes captured high honors at the Georgia Independent School Association state track meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany last Friday. Senior Spencer Lanier won his second straight state championship in the shot put and finished second in the discus throw while DEA junior Casey Johnson came in second place in the girls triple jump.

Lanier’s second of his five allotted throws of the competition covered a distance 44 feet and 4 _ inches which was his personal best, and the toss that won him his second consecutive gold medal at state. Last year, Lanier’s best throw at state was just a shade over 44 feet when the Eagles were competing in class AA. His throw this year would have won AA again. The throw will go down as the new state record in A competition as the GISA expanded to three classes and added class A this year.

“Spencer deserves 100 per cent of the credit for his success, and he deserves to be the state shot put champion and new record holder,” stated DEA track Coach Andy Callaway. “I came in here as a new coach and inherited someone that had already established himself as a state champion by taking his God given talent and getting the most out of it through hard work and discipline. Then he went out and did it again this year. I couldn’t be any prouder of him and what he has accomplished.”

Lanier won the shot put event every meet in which he competed this year. He was second at region in the discus before finishing second at state in that event, again with his best throw of the year.

Johnson, who also finished second at the region meet, was leading the competition in the triple jump with a leap of 28 feet 10 inches until the eventual winner from Westwood edged her out by three inches on her final jump.

“This performance by Casey just caps off an outstanding year for her” said Callaway. “She was a member of the softball, basketball and tennis teams that qualified for state also. The fact that she went to state in four sports is a great indicator of the kind of athlete she is. Casey is also blessed with God given talent and she always gives her very best. Working with people like Spencer and Casey is what makes coaching all the more worthwhile.”

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