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‘Cats show promise at 5A meets

Published 10:25am Tuesday, May 7, 2013

With the Class 5A State Track and Field Championships in the books, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats are excited for the direction they’re heading. Cameron Fuller, Ellis Holloway, Aaliyah Goggans and the boys and girls 4×100 relay teams all secured a top-15 placing during the two-day event.
“I feel like the meet went well,” BRHS track and field coach Cecil Holinquest said. “While we didn’t win any state medals, I was very proud of the effort the kids gave. There’s a lot of promise and buzz on this team.”
Fuller finished seventh in the triple jump event. The boys 4×100 relay team finished 12th in its event, completing the event in a time of 44.15 seconds.
Ellis Holloway, who was regional champion in the 300-meter hurdles event, earned a 13th place finish at the state meets. Aaliyah Goggans was 12th in the girls Class 5A 300-meter hurdles.
“This was our first year in 5A, so we got a really good look at what we’ll be up against next year,” Holinquest said. “There’s some great competition here, but we’ll be back.”
While some of the team’s top performers are graduation, Holinquest said much of the team’s core would return and added BRHS would be highly competitive in the coming years.
“We’re going to be fine,” he said. “We’ve got a young team here, and it’s been garnering a lot of interest with the way the season has gone. The boys’ 4X100 relay team is leaving, but we have guys ready to slot in. The girls’ 4X100 team will be better. The team consisted of all freshman sprinters this season. We’ll take it through one day at a time, and we’ll be OK.”
Holinquest said the team already has its goal in sight for next season.
“They might as well reserve our space at Gulf Shores next year,” he said. “We’ll be back, no question. We’re going to be very competitive.”