Lady Panthers, Bulldogs take section titles
OPELIKA — The Lanett High School girls and LaFayette High School boys captured team titles at the Class 2A, Section 3 track and field meet, held Friday and Saturday at Beauregard High School.
The Lady Panthers nipped runner-up LaFayette, 176-171. The Bulldogs outscored Lanett, 171-150.
The Lanett girls found their edge in the distance events and relays.
Seventh-grader Trinity Guice swept the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She posted times of 2 minutes, 38 seconds, 6:15 and 13:57, respectively. Guice’s dominance netted the Lady Panthers 30 total points — 10 for each victory.
The Lanett girls also picked up wins in the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays, clocking times of 51.72 seconds and 4:24 in the two events.
Other key contributors included Jakira Burton, Octavia Wright, Jayla Higgins, Ariel Hall and R’Tianna Oneal.
Burton won the 400 meters (1:04); Wright placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (53.11), third in the 400 (1:06) and third in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches); Higgins took second in the triple jump (32-6.25) and third in the long jump (15-0.25); Hall finished third in the 300 hurdles (54.03) and fourth in the 400 (1:07), and Oneal was second in the shot put (31-9).
The Lady Panthers’ collective contributions helped them hold off a LaFayette squad led by Kendra James, Alahbra’j Todd, Keaundra Woody and Feliah Greer.
James took first in three events, while Todd, Woody and Greer each won two.
James recorded gold-medal performances in the 100 hurdles (15.66), 300 hurdles (47.67) and high jump (4-10).
Todd notched first-place showings in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, crossing the line in 12.76 seconds and 27.02 seconds, respectively.
Woody finished second to Todd in the 100, but nabbed the top spot in the long jump (16 feet) and triple jump (33-3).
Greer, who finished runner-up to James in the 100 hurdles, won the shot put (32-4.25) and discus (83-9). She also placed second in the javelin (99-0.5).
While the Lanett girls pulled away thanks to their strength in distance events and relays, the LaFayette boys relied on the field events and sprints en route to victory.
JaMarquez Boston-Gaines paved the way. The senior took first in the long jump (22-0.25), second in the triple jump (39-10) and fourth in the 200 meters (23.47).
His teammate, Fitzgerald Briskey, finished third in the 200 (23.07). He also placed second in the high jump (5-10) and fourth in the 100 (11.67).
Omar Boston, Antavious Woody, Xavier Holloway, Tamare’on Moore and Michael Heard provided the Bulldogs a boost as well.
Boston finished runner-up in the 400 (53.61) and third in the 300 hurdles (42.82), while Woody finished runner-up in the shot put (112-3).
Holloway took third in the 110 hurdles (18.5); Moore took third in the 400 (53.79), and Heard took third in the 800 (2:17).
Boston and Briskey ran legs on LaFayette’s first-place 4×100-meter relay team, which also included Jordan Walker and Joshua Combs.
Overall, the Bulldogs’ top-flight showing enabled them to beat Lanett.
But the Panthers weren’t without their share of standout performances.
JaWon Howell won the 400 (52.71) and took second in both the 100 (11.55) and 200 (22.89); Braylon Harrington finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.48) and 300 hurdles (41.83); Zameron Boozer won the high jump (6 feet); D’terrion Glaze won the shot put (41-4.5), and Eric Darden won the triple jump (40-0.25).
Lanett’s 4×400 relay, comprised of Harrington, Howell, Quae Houston and Mekalyn Dunn, crossed the line first in 3:38.
The top five finishers in each event qualified for the state meet, which will be held May 4-5 at Cullman High School.
Class 3A, Section 1
A flurry of Beulah High athletes punched their tickets to the 3A state championships with their performances this past weekend at the Section 1 meet, held in Brewton.
David Fell and Antavious Moody qualified in two individual events. Fell won the 300 hurdles in 41.66 seconds and took second in the 400 in 51.65 seconds.
Moody placed fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.85) and 300 hurdles (42.72).
Isaiah Glidewell finished fifth in the shot put with a heave of 41-9.5.
The Bobcats and Lady Bobcats also qualified their 4×400 relay teams. The boys placed second in 3:33, and the girls placed fourth in 4:30.
Although they did not finish in the top five of their events, a few Beulah athletes earned wild-card berths to the state meet. Wild cards are awarded based on merit to competitors from tough sections who meet minimum time or distance standards.
Alicia Hodge received a wild card in the 200 and 400; Angelica Calloway received one in the 1,600; Tykerious Williams received one in the 400, and the boys team received one in the 4×800 relay.
The 3A state meet also will take place May 4-5 at Cullman High.
Class 5A, Section 2
The Valley High track and field team will send a sizeable contingent of athletes to the 5A state championships, thanks to a strong showing this past weekend at the Section 2 meet, hosted by Beauregard.
The Rams’ Patrick Pigg and Dominic Whitlow both earned automatic state berths in two events.
Pigg finished second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:58 and third in the 3,200 with a time of 10:52. Whitlow took fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.24) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (18.14).
Daniel Etherton and Jacquez Trammell also advanced to state in their top events.
Etherton placed second in the javelin (151-4.5); Trammell placed third in the long jump (20-5). Notably, Trammell secured wild cards in both the high jump and triple jump as well.
The Valley boys qualified in the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×400 relays.
Arteria Florence was the only Lady Ram to earn an automatic state spot as an individual. She took fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14-2.5. Her teammate, Whitleigh Bright, notched state berths via wild card in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
The Valley girls qualified their 4×400 and 4×800 relays. The 5A state meet will be held May 3-5 in Gulf Shores.