Patrick County High School sophomore Lexy Carico wrapped up her outdoor track season by placing 30th in the discus at the New Balance National Track & Field Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Friday.
“While Lexy did not have the throw she would have liked, it was a huge step in the right direction for her,” said Coach Danel Slaydon. “There is always a big learning curve associated with competing on the national stage. Now that she has this experience under her belt, she will know exactly what to expect the next time she makes it.”
Lexy joined an elite group of Cougars by becoming the third athlete in program history to make the national meet. State champion Chris Gilles competed in the high jump in 2015, and distance standout Victoria Hutchens competed in the 5,000m race in the 2013 championships.
“Lexi had a tremendous season this year. From placing fourth in the state to making her national debut and placing 30th is very encouraging,” Slaydon said. “It is a testament to how committed she is to her event.
“Winfred Hill has been absolutely phenomenal as our throws coach. Lexy has really thrived under his guidance and expertise, and with two more years left in her high school career, she has nowhere to go but up,” Slaydon added.