With only one senior, the girls dominated the 4A Section 4 meet with a score of 145, nearly double the 2nd place team’s score of 73. The boys tied for third at Sectionals with a score of 99, a remarkable feat considering their numbers. The teams set five new school records: Kyle Hoyt in shot put, Zerahiah Joseph in long jump, Madi Smith in the 300H, Colin Quirk in the 800m, and Elizabeth Johnson/Madi Smith/Brianna Lu/Faith Davis in the 4x100m relay. 26 members of the team qualified for the State meet by placing 5th or above and meeting the state minimum or by earning one of the four state wild card spots. The team will leave early Wednesday morning for the state meet in Gulf Shores.
At State, the team hopes to utilize its growing diversity of talent, from relays, throws, and jumps to hurdles, sprints, and distance. In the throws, Kyle Hoyt will be competing in shot, and Garrett Barrilleaux and Thomas Beckman will compete in discus. In the jumps, Zerahiah Joseph will be competing in long jump, and Katey Ann Klingel and Faith Davis will compete in high jump. The girls’ 4×1, both 4x4s, and both 4x8s qualified as well. In the sprints, Faith Davis, Elizabeth Johnson, and Harrison Pearson qualified in the 200. Harrison also qualified in the 100. In the 400, Leah Gilbert and Elizabeth Johnson will seek to run a 59, as Colin Quirk seeks to reach 49 seconds. In the 800, Zoe Evans and Katherine Hunter will compete on the girls’ side, and Colin Quirk will look to break 2:00 on the boys’ side. Zoe, Katherine, and Matthew Estopinal will compete in the 1600 and 3200, adding Lee Thomas for the 3200. In the hurdles, Madi Smith and Brianna Lu will compete in both 100H and 300H, with Faith Davis also competing in the 100H and Kylie Meyer in the 300H.
The team hopes to see several podium finishes and points scored across the board. Storms are expected on Thursday, which could cause meet delays or less-than-optimal conditions, but Friday and Saturday look to be ideal weather. 4A is a strong division, with competition coming from Greensboro, Winfield, and Oneonta on the boys’ side and Catholic-Montgomery, UMS-Wright, and Greensboro on the girls’ side. The boys will seek a top 10 finish and the girls will seek to be top 5.
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