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Court upholds dismissal of suit against track coach

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit filed against a junior high school track coach by the mother of a student who was injured at a track meet.

The court in a unanimous ruling Friday said that a Jefferson County judge was correct in dismissing the lawsuit against Curtis Waddy, track and field coach at Birmingham’s Center Street Middle School and George Moore, athletic director for Birmingham Schools.

According to court records, Venus Feagins filed the lawsuit after her daughter, Tamesha Feagins, was injured at a citywide track meet in 2003 when she was in eighth grade at the school.

Court records show that Tamesha Feagins said Waddy asked her to participate in the high jump at the meet, even though she had not previously performed in that event.

Tamesha Feagins said Waddy did not show her the proper technique and she injured her knee while making a practice jump. Surgery was later required to fix the knee, court records show.

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