E.A. Sports Today

Piedmont’s Green goes 4-for-4

Piedmont junior wins four events, Jacksonville’s McClendon wins 4A 100 hurdles

By East Alabama Sports Today

CULLMAN — Karri Green won four events in the state track meet for the first time this weekend, but that’s not what really made her happy.

The Piedmont junior walked away with medals in Saturday the 3A girls 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 200 in the 1A-3A State Track & Field Championships — to go with the elusive 400 record she set Friday – but it was one event in particular that made her really excited.

“I finally reached my goal of 14 in the (100) hurdles and that made me so happy,” Green said. “Actually this year has been a very long year in the 100 hurdles. After falling and running horrible times the whole year that 14 made everything right. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

She ran the 100 hurdles in 14.87, the 300 hurdles in 47.50 and 200 in 25.39. She won the 400 she lost to a late-race fall last year in 57.44.

“It could always be better, but overall it was a great weekend,” Green said. “My goal is to meet the times I had in mind and the winning is just kind of part of it.”

Her four event wins lifted the Piedmont girls team to a fourth-place finish in the 3A team race (57.5 points). Pleasant Valley was 12th (16.5), Ohatchee 16th (14) and Weaver 22nd (8). Piedmont’s boys were third (70.5) and Pleasant Valley 19th (7).

“I thought our girls did wonderful consider the fact there are only13 of us,” Green said. “A lot of people stepped up this year in their events to get points where we’d never had points before.”

Piedmont finished third on the boys side behind champion Winfield and runner-up Montgomery Academy. Pleasant Valley finished 19th. Piedmont’s C.J. Savage was second in the 100 and 200 to go with the second in the 400 he scored earlier in the meet.

Class 4A-7A

GULF SHORES — Jacksonville’s Jazzmyn McClendon won the 4A girls 100 hurdles and Anniston’s Carsheuna Curry was called to the podium again in 5A. McClendon ran 16.43 to win her event. Curry finished third in the triple jump in 35-5 ¾.

Interestingly, Curry almost went home without collecting her medal. She had gone to the bus thinking she had finished fourth when meet officials called her over the public address system to come to the podium.

“I was actually shocked (to have finished third),” Curry said. “I was thinking three other girls had jumped 36 and that put me out, so I was pretty excited when they called me back. If I would’ve left I’d have been very upset.”

In the team competitions, Jacksonville was 11th in girls 4A, both Anniston teams finished 11th in their respective 5A standings and Saks was eighth in boys 4A.

In boys 4A, Saks’ Devin Harris finished second in the 100 (11.22), Saks’ Cole Thompson was second in the 110 hurdles (15.66) and he and Isaiah Simmons were 3-4 in the 300 (42.06).

In girls 6A, Oxford’s Brianna Calhoun finished third in the discus to go with her fifth in the shot the day before.

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