BRHS third as Sylacauga relaysPublished 12:06pm Thursday, March 14, 2013
By Ed Bailey
While a third-place finish is acceptable for some, Benjamin Russell head track and field coach Cecil Holinquest said that the Wildcats’ finish at the Sylacauga Relays recently was not good enough.
“I’m not totally pleased, but it’s okay,” Holinquest said. “I expected us to finish no worse than second. We did have a lot of good runs and a lot of energy. On the season, we’re doing wonderfully.”
While the Wildcats, who headed into the season with high expectations, may not have gotten the results they were looking for in their most recent meet, they still came away with impressive finishes during the six-team meet.
Kevontae Fuller placed first in the 800-meter run and Quin Crayton placed third.
Fuller and Crayton, along with Miguel Williams and Trent Buckley earned a third-place finish in the 4×800-meter relay.
“Kevontae and Quin showed leadership with their performances in the 800,” Holinquest said. “I was really impressed with the boys in the 4×800 relay.”
On the girls side, the Lady Wildcats had two of their own finish one-two in the 200 meter dash. Makalya Wells took first and Shay Moten took second. Holinquest said it was a glaring statement about where the girls were at this point in the season.
“The girls have come a long way,” he said. “They’re making a lot of progress and I like seeing that.”
The girls also raced to a third-place finish in the 4×100 relay competition.
Ellis Holloway earned a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Holinquest said that Holloway has been one of the brighter spots for BRHS this season.
“He’s been one of my most improved athletes,” Holinquest said of Holloway. “He’s a go-getter. He’s going to place in the top five in any event he competes in.”
In the shotput event, Tabius Russell, LaTrevor Milner and Ladarius Smoot locked up second, third and fourth place, respectively, for the Wildcats.
Holinquest said the team has benefited from the strong performances of the younger track team members.
“The younger players are really pushing my seniors,” Holinquest said.
Next up for the Wildcats will be a return to Sylacauga for the second relays meet at the school this afternoon.