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Lindsey Earns 3A 3200-Meter State Title

Blue Devil freshman Lillian Lindsey (center) stands at the podium with her first place medal after winning the 3,200 meters in last Friday’s MHSAA Class 3A championship meet.

By Sim Ramirez

Herald Contributor


The road to being a state champion is an arduous one.  It is a path rife with sacrifice, sorrow, and often, heartbreak.  If one has the fortitude to pursue a sport of the individual where there is no team, where there are no time-outs, where there are no substitutions, then one assumes all the responsibility.  

To participate in a sport where the only liability is oneself is to be at home with the darker aspects of the self.  In the sport of running, whether it is cross country or track, the ability to rise above the discomfort and doubt is where one begins to see the transformation of the physical form to a higher plane, to bring light upon the darkness.

In the home of freshman Lillian Lindsey, the byproducts of her dedication decorate her home.  The many top-finisher t-shirts from her Saturday mornings in cross country races, along with an assortment of medals and ribbons from her days at the track and the various accoutrements from her archery endeavors, are all hallmarks of a athlete with an assiduousness that defies understanding from most of her peers, and many adults, who cannot fathom what it requires to be a state champion.  Yet that is what she is.  Lillian Lindsey, a student at Water Valley High School, journeyed to south Mississippi and returned a state champion.

On May 5, a Friday,  Lindsey participated in the 3A State Championships at Pearl High School, southeast of Jackson, Mississippi.  Her day began well with a second place result in the 1600m run with a time of 5:54.  

Later that day, she would run the 3200m and secure the top spot on the podium with a time of 12:34.  These are the simple facts of a day of running in Pearl, Mississippi.  However, these simple facts belie the years of dedication and commitment required to get to this point.    

The following information is proffered to the community to contemplate.   Consider the following: Lillian is a member of the high school volleyball team (district champions); she is a perennial top-finisher and all-state runner on the cross country team; she is a member of the state-placing archery team (they took second); and track, where her results bring us today.  A brief summation of her time on the track field – in the seventh grade, in the 3200m placed third, in the 1600m placed fifth. (Again, in the seventh grade!)  

In the eighth grade, 3200m placed fifth, in the 1600m placed sixth.  In this her ninth grade year, she comes in second in the 1600m and wins the 3200m.  The above are a wealth of activities that showcase her athleticism and her competitive fire.  

Lillian will garner admiration and respect for her results and her new title as a state champion, rightly so.  It is submitted, however, that what the community should value in one such as Lillian Lindsey is her work ethic.  One can find Ms. Lindsey at the Crawford Complex putting the kilometers in, find her running through town, or find her running around campus – in different parts of the day and in all kinds of weather. Lillian brings those abstract concepts like commitment or dedication and makes them tangible.  Her willingness and initiative to work, to train in the off season or doubling up training for the sport currently in season and working towards the next sport, those are the characteristics that put that state champion medal around her neck.  

But, if you know Lillian Lindsey, if you’ve trained with Lillian, if you’ve seen what she can do on an ordinary day, then you know that Lillian has been a champion all along.

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