E.A. Sports Today

State track

Ohatchee’s boys, girls in first place at state track. Donoho’s girls second. Faith boys, White Plains girls in third. Includes highlights for all area teams with points

White Plains’ Maddyn Conn makes one of her two visits to the top spot on the podium at the Class 4A-7A track meet at Gulf Shores. (Submitted photo)

By East Alabama Sports Today

CULLMAN – Led by Jorda Crook and dominance in the pole vault, Ohatchee’s boys and girls stand in first place in Class 3A after the first day of the Class 1A-3A state track meet.

White Plains’ girls lead all area teams in the 4A-7A meet at Gulf Shores, standing in third place in 4A after two days of the three-day event.

Ohatchee’s Jorda Crook has state championships in javelin and high jump at the Class 1A-3A state meet at Cullman. (Submitted photo)

Both meets conclude Saturday.

Ohatchee’s boys have 30.5 points, just ahead of second-place Vinemont (30) and third-place Trinity Presbyterian (25). Ohatchee’s girls have 33 points, and Houston Academy (27) is second.

White Plains’ girls have 28 points, 20.5 off the pace set by first-place Bayside Academy.

Donoho’s girls are second in 1A with 20 points, 36 behind Marion County, and Faith Christian boys are third in 1A at 27 points, behind Marion County (42.5) and Addison (38). 

Chris Ferguson led Ohatchee’s boys with his fourth state outdoor title in pole vault. He vaulted 13 feet, 6 inches. He accounted for 10 of Ohatchee’s points.

Teammate Ethan Wiggins (9-06) finished third for five points, and Colby Hester (9-06) took fifth for four points.

The Indians also got 11 points in discus. Luke Vinson (118-01) finished third, and Tyler Waters (114-07) was fourth.

For Ohatchee’s girls, Crook repeated her state javelin title with a throw of 129-03 and added high-jump gold at 5-04. Add her second-place finish in shot put (35-07), and she finished the day with 28 points.

Mia Waters added five points with a fourth-place finish in javelin (99-02).

In 4A, distance runner Maddyn Conn was the big scorer for White Plains’ girls with first-place finishes in the 1,600-meter run (5:10.16) and 3,200 (11:23.89). She accounted for 20 points.

For Donoho’s girls, jumper Estella Connell can fly and did, taking first in the high jump (5-02) and third in the long jump (15-01.75) for 16 points. Rory Parks took fifth in the pole vault (7-0) for four points.

Faith Christian’s boys got a first-place finish from Brady Whitworth in the 400 (51.53), and he added a point with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump. Carson Limbaugh took third (5:01.53) in the 1,600. 

The 4×800 relay team got 10 points with a first-place finish (9:06.37).

Highlights from other area teams that have scored at state track:

Alexandria, Class 5A

Danashia Woods Anna Beth Stewart finished sixth (4-10) in the high jump.

Anniston, Class 4A

Anniston’s defending state champion boys are eighth with 13 points. Keddrick Jordan accounted for eight with a second–place finish (51.18) in the 400, and Javen Croft took fifth (6-00) in the high jump for four points.

The girls got four points from Liberty Lewis’ fifth-place finish in the 400 dash (1:01.34). 

Donoho, Class 1A

The boys’ 4×800 relay team took seventh (9:34.55), and Riley Goodson took seventh (5:12.61) in the 1,600 for two points apiece, and Ethan Crawford was eighth (55.12) in the 400 for a point.

Glencoe, Class 3A

Katie Giles took fourth (5:30.60) in the 1,600 for five points.

Handley, Class 3A

Devontae Higgins took fourth (6-02) in the high jump to account for the Tigers’ five points.

Lincoln, Class 5A

Elijah Carter took fourth (44-00) in the triple jump for five points. 

Munford, Class 4A

The boys stand in sixth place with 17 points. Distance runner Dakota Frank accounted for 14, taking second (9:40.23) in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 (4:22.30).

Oxford, Class 6A

Oxford’s boys stand in sixth with 16 points. Noah George, the two-time Calhoun County cross country champion who won two of three distance events at the county track meet, accounted for seven points, taking fourth (9:35.66) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:25.71). Darrell Gooden added six points with a third-place finish (167-09) in javelin. 

Distance runner Katie Keur, the Calhoun County cross country champion who swept distance events at the county track meet, took fifth in the 3,200 (11:02.03) and sixth in the 1,600 (5:05.74) to account for seven of nine points. Gabrielle Lindsey took seventh (108-06) in javelin for two points.

Piedmont, Class 3A

Ishmael Bethel took second in the triple jump (43-05.5) for eight points, and the boys’ 4×800 relay team was fifth (8:49.48) for four points. Claudia Dempsey took seventh (1:04.02) in the 400 four two points. 

Pleasant Valley, Class 2A

Ella Parris took third (1:02.45) in the 400 for six points, and Victoria Turner was fourth (31-07) in shot put for five points. The boys’ 4×800 relay team took sixth (9:21.50) four three points.

Saks, Class 3A

Marrio Curry was eighth (53.17) in the 400 for a point.

Wadley, Class 1A

Frisco Robertson took fifth (54.36) in the 400 for four points, and A’Mya Brown was the top performer for the girls, taking third (94-04) in discus for six points.

Weaver, Class 3A

Layla Carter was fifth (14-09.75) in the long jump for four points.

Wellborn, Class 3A

Grayson Johnson took seventh (132-02) in the javelin for two points.

White Plains, Class 4A

The boys got all eight points thanks to Brandon Hahm’s third-place finish (138-00) in discus and seventh-place finish (43-10.5) in shot put.

Cover photo: Ohatchee’s Chris Ferguson once again is a state pole-vault champion, and teammate Ethan Wiggins was third at the Class 1A-3A state meet in Cullman. (Submitted photo)

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