Area athletes shine at state track meet
by Johnathan Bentley
May 06, 2013 | 1847 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova’s Noah Ard competes in the high jump during the Track and Field State Meet held at Selma’s Memorial Park over the weekend. Ard placed third in the high jump.
Cordova’s Noah Ard competes in the high jump during the Track and Field State Meet held at Selma’s Memorial Park over the weekend. Ard placed third in the high jump.
Parrish’s MeKya Hill came two inches short of a state record and picked up a total of 24 points in the Track and Field State Meet held at Selma over the weekend.

Hill won the long jump, finished second in the 100-meter dash and placed third in the 200-meter dash in the two-day event.

As a team, Parrish finished in ninth place in Class 1A with a total of 27 points.

Hill shined in the girls long jump competition with a first-place finish. Her state-winning jump of 16-feet, 7 inches was just two inches off the state record set by Courtland’s Skyland Lightfoot, who had a long jump of 16-9 in 1998.

R.A. Hubbard’s Alex Gholston took second at 16-2 while Winterboro’s Jasmine Richardson placed third at 15-10.

Hill and Gholston battled in two other events on the day.

In the 100-meter dash, Gholston, who set the state record with a time of 12.07 seconds last year, was upset by Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Katie Brooks Boone and Hill.

Boone won the event in 12.58 seconds while Hill edged out Gholston (12.78 to 12.79).

The same trio finished 1-2-3 in the 200-meter dash with a slight change in the order. Boone won with a time of 25.97 seconds followed by Gholston at 26.04 and Hill at 27.92.

Gholston had the fastest time in the preliminaries for both events, but didn’t win either.

Parrish’s Savannah Jones earned three points for the Tornadoes with a sixth-place finish in the javelin.

Two Cordova athletes earned points in Class 3A. Noah Ard finished in a third-place tie in the high jump for the boys while Tori Robinson took eighth place in the 400-meter run.

Two Winston County teams finished in the top 10 in 1A.

Meek placed fifth with 36.5 points while Addison was sixth with 36 points.

Meek had a pair of first-place finishers at the meet — Summer Stewart won the pole vault while Bailey Weber took first in the 800-meter run. Stewart won the pole vault by a foot with a vault of 8 feet, six inches. Cedar Bluff’s Maggie Brown was a distant second with a vault of 7-6.

Weber dominated the competition in the 800-meter run. She finished with a time of 2:26.40, nearly three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Marigrace Wilson of Cedar Bluff, who had a time of 2:29.19. Weber finished sixth in the 400-meter run.

Also for Meek, Rebekah Wolfe placed fourth in the long jump, the 4x800 relay team took fifth and Mallary Guthrie took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the high jump,

Addison had a strong showing in the javelin with three girls earning points.

Falkville’s Tiana Drinkard won the event with a state record total of 121 feet, 8 inches. Addison’s Jessica Taylor was second (114-01) while teammates Kayla Robinson and Taylor Erb finished third and eighth respectively.

Taylor also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, Summer Hinton was third in the high jump and Kayren Ballard was fifth in the shot put.

Winston County’s Kayla Pruitt had a great meet, earning points in four different events.

She won the javelin by more than 7 feet with a total of 108-07. Bayside’s Emory Builta was second at 101. Pruitt also took third in the shot put, third in the discus and sixth in the high jump. Pruitt tallied 24.5 points, good enough for ninth place for Winston County.

Corner’s boys finished 10th in Class 4A with 28 points.

Tyler Smith led the Yellow Jackets with a second-place finish in the high jump.

The Corner 4x800 team placed third, the 4x400 team took fifth, Austin Reeves finished fifth in the shot put, Doppler Hunter was sixth in the pole vault, Hayden Anabtawi was seventh in the 3200-meter run and Dylan Hand was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Walker’s Austin Elliott was the lone Viking to earn points at the meet, taking sixth in the long jump.