E.A. Sports Today

Indoor track

Donoho’s Connell repeats as state long-jump champions, adds a second- and third-place finish. Oxford’s Figgers, 4×200 relay team take state.

Cover photo: Donoho’s Estella Connell tops the podium after repeating as state Class 1A-3A indoor long-jump champions Friday at Birmingham CrossPlex. (Submitted photo)

By East Alabama Sports Today

BIRMINGHAM — Donoho’s Estella Connell jumped her way into becoming her school’s first indoor track state champion last year, and she jumped her way to another big day in Birmingham on Friday.

She took first place in the Class 1A/3A long jump (15-02.75), second in the high jump (4-08), and third in the triple jump (33-07.50).

She led the area contingent as the Class 1A-3A and Class 6A state meets played out. The remaining classification groups will compete Saturday at Birmingham CrossPlex.

In Class 6A boys, Oxford’s Letreveon Figgers qualified fifth then won the 60-meter dash (6.91), and the 4×200 relay team took state in 1:29.81.

In 1A-3A team competition, Piedmont’s boys took fourth place with 39 points. Cold Springs won with 98. Other area teams included Faith Christian (10th, 23.5), Wellborn and Ohatchee (T21st, four) and Donoho (T24th, three).

Houston Academy won the 1A-3A girls with 117 points, with Donoho leading area teams in sixth (34). Piedmont (14th, nine) and Pleasant Valley (18th, five) rounded out the area teams.

In 6A, Northridge boys won with 82 points, and Oxford tied Mountain Brook for third with 45. Mountain Brook’s girls won with 94 points.

The state indoor championships round out Saturday with competition in the Class 4A-5A an 7A divisions.

Top performers

OXFORD: Besides Figgers’ state title in the 60 dash, Christian Gibson had a scoring finishes at fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.32), fourth in the triple jump (42-06.25) and fifth in the long jump (21-03.50). D.K. Wilson was fifth in the 400 dash (51.27).

PIEDMONT: McClane Mohon finished third in the long jump (20-06.75) and fourth in the high jump (5-10). The boys’ 4×400 relay team (3:42.89) and 4×800 relay team (8:56.07) finished third. Trevor Pike was fourth in the long jump (20-05.50), and Sam Tolbert took fourth in the shot put (41-08.25).

For the girls, Lexi Ray had Piedmont’s top finish of the day with second place in the pole vault (9-06).

FAITH CHRISTIAN: Brady Whitworth sped his way to second in the long jump (20-09.25) and fourth in the 400-meter dash (52.96). The 4×200 relay team took third (1:36.73).

WELLBORN: Jabari Williams finished fifth in the 60 dash (7.29).

OHATCHEE: Ethan Wiggins scored with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault (9-06).

DONOHO: Hunter Hartwell led Donoho’s boys with a sixth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:54.24).

PLEASANT VALLEY: Ella Parris scored with a fifth-place finish in the 400 dash (1:04.54).

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