GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Rising senior Haze Farmer became the eighth All-American in Lake Hamilton track and field program history Sunday with a second-place finish in the pole vault event at the New Balance Outdoor National Track and Field Meet.
Haze Farmer represented the Arkansas Vault Club and vaulted 17 feet, 1 inch. He was only beaten by K.C. Lightfoot, of Missouri, who finished with a winning height of 18-0.5. The rest of the top seven, in order, included Nathan Stone, of Indiana, 16-5.25; Harrison Rice, Virginia, 16-5.25; Trevor Stephenson, Michigan, 16-5.25; and Spencer Evans, North Carolina, 16-1.25.
Trinity Christian sophomore Rhett Nelson also traveled with the Arkansas Vault Club and tied for seventh place with Spencer Evans at 16-1.25.
Fellow Lake Hamilton rising senior Edie Murray placed 11th in the women's pole vault at 12-6.25 on Saturday. Murray previously won the Class 6A pole vault at Russellville on May 3 and won the girls' pole vault during the Meet of Champions on May 12 at Lake Hamilton Wolf Stadium.
Farmer was named the The Sentinel-Record's 2018 Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year after he won the 6A boys' pole vault, the Meet of Champs boys' title and the 55th annual state decathlon in Cabot on May 17.
The 2018 New Balance Nationals Outdoor event was the 28th edition of the annual meet. Events were held June 15-17 at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's BB&T Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
Farmer's second-place finish is tied for the best in program history. Morry Sanders was the first Lake Hamilton track and field athlete to make All-American in 1988 in the pole vault, earning second place.
Other Lake Hamilton All-Americans were Casey Canada, sixth place in the 110-meter hurdles in 2005; Jeremy Willis, fourth place, pole vault, 2005; Stephanie Foreman, fourth place in the 2005 pole vault, fourth place in the 2008 indoor pole vault and fifth place in the 2008 outdoor pole vault; Josh Brewer, fourth place, 5000-meter run, 2007; Sam Ewing, third place in the 2009 indoor pole vault; second place in the 2009 outdoor and third place in the 2010 indoor; and Nick Johnson, fifth place, indoor pole vault, 2016.Sports on 06/19/2018