The Board of Education honored Linden High School senior Kyle Lipscomb at its October meeting for his outstanding performance during the spring track and field season.
Lipscomb won a state championship in the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 3¼ inches to take first place at the NJSIAA Section 2 Group 4 championships, where he also placed second in the discus. He went on to place second in discus in Group 4 for the entire state, and second at the prestigious Meet of Champions in the discus, setting a school record with a throw of 184 feet, 8 inches.
Athletic Director Steven Viana pointed out that Lipscomb also excels in the classroom, having made the Honor Roll in every marking period of high school.
“Kyle is one of the most upstanding and outstanding students we have at Linden High School,” Viana said. “He is a remarkable young man. He is humble, he is unassuming, and one of the most respectful students I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. You wouldn’t know the accomplishments he’s achieved. He won’t say a word about them. All he talks about is practice and doing well in school.”
Boys track and field coach Dan McDonald credited Lipscomb’s hard work for his achievements, which also included winning the Watchung Conference in shot put and discus, and the Union County Individual Championships in the discus.
“His tremendous work ethic and attention to detail during practice really showed in not only his consistency throughout his seasons, but in the way he finished each one by saving his best performances for the very last meet,” McDonald said.
Lipscomb was accompanied by several members of his family, as well as his coaches, McDonald, Monty Brooks and Frank Green, above.
Superintendent Danny A. Robertozzi and Board of Education President Raymond J. Topoleski presented Lipscomb with a plaque to celebrate his achievements.
“Congratulation to Kyle for his state championship and for carrying the banner of Linden High School so proudly,” Dr. Robertozzi said. “His excellence on the field and in the classroom sets an example that all our student athletes can aspire to. We look forward to watching him compete in his senior season as the top returning shot put and discus athlete in the state.”