Valley track looks to improve this season

Published 9:53 pm Monday, February 18, 2019

VALLEY — After qualifying a number of athletes in last year’s state meet, the Valley track and field team is looking forward to return to action this spring.

“It’s promising,” Valley head track and field coach Ronnie Hall said. “We have a lot of interests that’s been generating over the past few months. Everyone seems to be excited about the upcoming season. Personally, seeing some of the students working out prior to now, I think we may be a little better than we were last year.” 

The Rams are returning many standout athletes after qualifying for state finals last year.

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Senior Patrick Pigg finished in the top 15 in the boys 1600-meter run, and in the top 16 for the 3200-meter final. Senior Dominic Whitlow qualified in the 110-meters hurdle, and finished top 15 for 300-meter hurdles. Senior Daniel Etherton placed in the top 5 in the javelin throw. Sophomore Jacquez Trammell finished in the top 16 in the boys high jump, as well as qualifying for the triple jump.

The boys and girls 4×400-meter relay teams qualified for the state final last season. The boys 4×100-meter and the girls 4×800-meter relay also qualified for the state final.

Eighth-grader Whitleeigh Bright finished in the top 20 for 100-meter hurdles. Junior Arteria Florence qualified for the girls long jump.

Seniors Donreco Glaze and Nyja Butler were also listed as key returners this season by Hall.

“We’re moving in the direction that we want to go,” he said.

The Rams’ first meet is on March 2 at Opelika High School.