Track team readying to test its mettlePublished 11:49am Thursday, April 3, 2014
Dadeville’s track and field team is about to see where it stands in the next couple of days.
Today, the Tiger speedsters will test their mettle in the Beauregard Speed Meet, and the distance runners will go up against some of the state’s top distance runners during a meet in Spain Park on Saturday.
“We’re getting a little better,” DHS track coach Sabrina Milligan said of the athletes. “I’m proud of what the kids have been doing. They’re really coming along.”
The Beauregard Speed Meet will consist of 13 teams, and as the relay teams are considered strengths of the DHS track program, Milligan said she expects to have a better idea of their chances at state at the end of the competition.
“We’re going to see where we are, and that’s kind of hard to do when you don’t have a track to practice on,” Milligan said. “But we’re going to see what we can do.”
The weekend meet in Spain Park could be more important for Dadeville, however.
With the Tigers’ top distance runners hitting their stride as of late, Spain Park is going to be a proving ground, according to Milligan.
On the Lady Tigers’ side, freshman Shamiya Black has added a new event to her slate, the 300-meter hurdles. In her first attempt during the Tigers’ most recent meet at Sylacagua, she finished second behind whom many feel will win the state championship at the 1A-4A level.
Senior Zack Johnson, who is set to sign with Alabama A&M, recently set a personal record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08 minutes. Conor Reed has run a 2:06 minute time in the same event.
Additionally, Chase Farr has placed himself among the top eighth-graders in the mile run.
“This weekend is going to show a lot,” Milligan said. “We’ll be up against a lot of distance runners and a lot of 6A schools. We’re going to see what we’re made of in our 4×800 relays as well.”