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BNL Unified Track Team State Champions

BEDFORD - JUNE 4, 2022 - The BNL Unified Track Team has become State Champions. This will make the first school to win a state championship in both Unified Flag Football and track.

Bedford North Lawrence Unified Track became State Champions today

This called for a celebration and the team was escorted by Bedford Police Department and Bedford Fire Department around the Bedford Square to celebrate this victory.

Bedford Police Department leads an escort of champions Saturday afternoon

Below here is some of the awards and accolades bestowed on the team.

  • Jesselyn Fisher and Tanner Robbins won the Bobby Cox Spirit of Unified Sports Mental Attitude award.

All-State Honors:

  • Julie Bartley - second team - shot put

  • Koltyn Clute - first team - long jump

  • Kris Kunkle - second team - long jump and 400

  • Tori Longsdon - first team - long jump

  • Alice Bair - second team - 100

  • Rylan Sheeley - second team - 100

  • Brax Huber - second team - 400

  • Gunner Connaughton - first team - 400

  • Jesselyn Fisher - first team - 400


Koltyn Clute - long jump, Tori Longsdon - long jump, Tanner Robbins - 100, Harley Tanksley - 100, Alice Bair - 100, Gunner Connaughton - 400, and Jesselyn Fisher - 400.

"Our kids have had one goal this year, and that was to win the state championship. We have been close in the past (second place in 2019), but they decided this year, that they were going to go all the way. All 18 kids have worked hard all season long, and over the last three weekends, every one of them have achieved a personal best, and several have done it each weekend. I am so proud of these kids. They have been a fun group to coach and each and every one of them deserves this championship," said Mike Branam following the win.

"I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the mental attitude award than Jesselyn and Tanner. They have been with the program for several years and have grown into amazing leaders, examples, and all-around tremendous young adults. I am so happy that those two, along with our other three seniors (Philip Matson, Julie Bartley, and Gunner Connaughton) were able to finish off their high school careers like this," Branam concluded.

* Final results and state recap are available at for individual scores and further information on the mental attitude award.

Join the Lawrence County Zephyr in congratulating these "STARS"

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