Track gets 12 top-5 finishes at BeauregardPublished 3:19pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014
After yet another top-6 finish this season, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats track team appears to be peaking at the right time.
During the Beauregard Speed Meet, BRHS had two winners and 12 top-5 placings from their athletes.
“We’re doing wonderfully,” BRHS track coach Cecil Holinquest said. “I’m proud of the improvement that the team is making, and I’m proud of the progress that our track program has made. Everyone is pushing each other to strive toward that top spot.”
Andrew Caldwell won the 110-meter hurdles, and Cameron Fuller claimed the top spot in the triple jump.
The boys 4×100-meter relay team finished second, and the girls 4×400-meter relay team finished fifth.
The boys 4×400-meter team was sixth.
“The 4×100 event is our bread and butter, and we’re continuing to knock off seconds from our time,” Holinquest said. “We’re producing our best time right now. We’re still working hard on our technique to keep trimming those seconds off.”
Kevonta Fuller claimed third in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run, and newcomer Jackson Hedges was third in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the high jump.
“Kevonta always gives us 110 percent, and Jackson has done a superb job,” Holinquest said. “Whatever we have asked, Jackson goes hard at it. He’s a great up-and-comer for us.”
Alexis Sankey (fifth), Corneishe Frazier (sixth) and Dee Milner (eighth) each claimed top-10 finishes in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles.
Other notable Lady Wildcat results include McKayla Montgomery finishing eighth in the javelin, Frazier finishing eighth in the long jump, Sankey finishing ninth in the long jump and eighth-grader Haylay Marbury finishing 10th in the long jump.
“The girls are really progressing,” Holinquest said. “We have to get them just a bit more motivated to place. They are working very hard, but they aren’t quite there yet. They are on their way.”
Tabias Russell finished third in the discus throw and claimed fourth place in the shotput.
In addition to posting strong results, the Wildcats had a chance to size up future competition – namely Russell County, who Holinquest said he expects to offer the biggest challenge to the Wildcats at the sectional meets.
“The 5A teams we were up against at this meet are the same ones we’ll see during sectionals,” Holinquest said. “(Russell County and Benjamin Russell) both realize that it’s going to be very competitive.”
Before sectionals, however, the Wildcats will have one last regular-season tune up in Sylacauga on April 15 before heading to sectional meets on April 25.
Holinquest said the Wildcats want to use this meet as a springboard into the sectional meet and beyond.
“We’ve got one more regular season meet,” he said. “We’re hoping to do well and use it as a prompt into sectionals.”