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Whitley is State Discus Champion;
McPherson places 5th in Shot Put;
Dixon runs 'PR' in 3200 Meters

From the May 11, 2016 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Marion County High School freshman Ansley Whitley won an individual state title in the discus last weekend at the Class A State Track & Field Championship, which was held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
   While she ended the season as the best in the state, she laughs when she looks back at the first time she picked up the discus after joining the track team just a few months ago.
   "Coach Perry Smith said, 'Your Momma used to throw in high school, why don't you try it?' and I was thinking 'I'm just a skinny freshman. There's no way I'm going to go out there and out-throw sophomores, juniors, and seniors.' My first throw was about 60-feet and he said, 'Well, that's better than some people – The rest of the story.