Stone Memorial High School has a first individual state champion, which is a first for someone from Cumberland County.

Junior Cameron Fox, who won the Class AA State high jump with a jump of 6'6" Friday morning at the Spring Fling in Murfreesboro, was welcomed back with a celebration at the school, followed with a parade through town.

"We are very extremely proud of Cameron. This is a result of his hard work and commitment to keeping his body in top condition," said coaches Mark Wattenbarger and Mike Buck Friday afternoon. "We just hope this shows that kids from Crossville, with some work, can compete at the highest level."

"When he gave coach a big hug after jumping 6'6", you could feel his heart pound. (Getting) 6'7" didn't matter. Excitement got him through his other jumps," said a happy father, Jay Fox.

"I had no misses until the first try at 6'6". I got it on the second try," said Fox, who cleared 5'8", 6'0", 6'2" and 6'4" all on the first try.

"Cameron's success is also attributed to year around activity. He is on the basketball team and at SMHS and also plays AAU basketball. These activities keep him active year round," said Wattenbarger and Buck before the competition started last week. "Cameron just missed qualfying last year. We are very proud and excited for him. He has worked hard for this and also finished in the top 15 in the decathlon at the sectional level."

He also helped the Panther basketball team claim second place in the District 4AA basketball team, after missing a portion with a broken wrist suffered at Loudon in the latter stages of the 2006-'07 season.

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