BY MIKE URSERY
Fayette junior Chris Dunivent became an All-State track and field athlete on May 19, placing third in the shot put at the Class 1 and Class 2 State Track and Field Championships.
Dunivent recorded a new personal best (48-10.5) and finished in third place, making him a state medalist. The state track and field championship event took place at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City on May 18-19.
“At the start of the year, I didn’t know if I would even be able to throw 48 (feet),” Dunivent said. “I had some help, and I decided that I was determined to at least get into the top four.”
Aside from the training he did with his team and Fayette head track and field coach Tom Oakley, Dunivent also received training from CMU head track and field coach Mark Nelson.
Dunivent was a part of the Fayette boys track and field team his freshman season, but was not on the team for his sophomore season. His personal best in his freshman season was 38 feet.
Dunivent’s current personal best replaced the previous one he set at the Class 2 Sectional 1 meet in Lathrop on May 12 (47-01). He won the boys shot put at that meet.
Dunivent was one of two track and field athletes who represented Fayette at the Class 1 and Class 2 State Track and Field Championships. The other was sophomore Jennifer Nelson.
Nelson qualified for the state championships in the Class 2 girls discus. She finished in 12th place (93-07). Her event was held on May 18.
BY MIKE URSERY