DHS’ Glenn wins 4A state crown in triple jumpPublished 10:17am Thursday, May 9, 2013
While Dadeville’s track and field team was unable to claim the overall state championship at the AHSAA 4A meets, one Tiger athlete leaped to the top of his class.
Latravious Glenn brought home the Class 4A state championship in the triple jump event.
His distance of 45-7.5 feet beat out runner-up Kartez Carr of St. Clair County by 1.5 feet.
“He was very impressive,” said DHS track and field coach Sabrina Milligan. “Overall, I think we did very well.”
The Tigers had a few more athletes land top-10 finishes throughout the two-day event.
In the girls 400-meter dash, both Zikeria Norris and Juzlyn Jones garnered top-10 finishes.
Norris places sixth, and Jones placed eighth.
According to Milligan, both athletes achieved personal bests in the event during state.
Dajour Morgan was seventh in the boys discus throw.
“He’s been improving since the start of the season,” Milligan said. “It was great to see the strides he made this year.”
The girls 4×400 relay team finished sixth overall, and the girls 4×800 relay team was fifth overall.
“I’m very proud of my girls team,” Milligan said. “I thought both relay teams had strong outings. Last year, our 4×800 team finished dead last, so to see them improve is a very positive sign.”
In the 300-meter hurdles, Devonte Pogue ran what Milligan called “the fastest time any Dadeville kid had run in that event in seven years.”
Pogue’s time of 43.13 seconds was good for 11th place.
Tomas Foster, in his first year of track competition, finished seventh in the high jump.
“He cleared six feet,” Milligan said. “We haven’t done the high jump event in seven years. If Tomas was out here last year, he likely could have been in the running for a title.”
Most of DHS’ track team will be returning next season, with Foster, Pogue and Meshae Thomas graduating.
“The girls will miss Meshae’s leadership,” Milligan said. “Outside of Juzlyn, the majority of the girls were eighth and ninth graders. But for us to do as well as we’ve done over the last two years without a legitimate track pit to practice in, I feel like we can continue in the right direction. The experience that the team got at state is going to make a huge difference. They understand how tough 4A is, and they know they can compete.”