Wildcats track gets first team win of 2014Published 10:58am Monday, April 21, 2014
The Benjamin Russell track team has been knocking at the door of a first-place finish all season long.
At Sylacauga, the Wildcats kicked the door in, comfortably claiming their first team win of the year, as the boys claimed the top spot.
“Hard work does pay off,” said BRHS track and field coach Cecil Holinquest. “We’re just so happy. I’m very proud of the effort they put out there, and seeing how much time they put into their craft is great. We found a lot of pluses to take away from this meet, and we walked in with a mindset that we needed to have a first-place finish.”
BRHS netted 195 points, easily distancing itself ahead of runner-up Sylacauga, which scored 149 points. Childersburg netted 138 points to finish third.
“The rest of the teams that were there, we blew them out of the water,” Holinquest said. “We knew it would come down to us, Sylacauga and Childersburg.”
The Wildcats claimed the top spot with several placings at or near the top of the standings.
The boys 4×400-meter relay team finished second, and the Alexander City Middle School 4×400-meter relay team was fifth.
The boys 4×100-meter relay team continued to improve, posting a season-best time of 44.6 seconds on its way to a top-5 finish.
“The relays are our bread and butter,” Holinquest said. “Our guys are continuing to shave one or two seconds off our times.”
Bookie Ford won the 400-meter dash, and tied for third with Eric Varner in the 200-meter dash.
Cameron and Kevontae Fuller claimed victories as well. Cameron won the long jump and triple jump events, and Kevontae won the 800-meter run.
“Cameron continues to make his mark,” Holinquest said. “Kevontae is holding it down in the 800-meter event, and Quin Crayton finished third. They are all pushing each other to get better.”
Jackson Hedges had himself an exceptional day, claiming first in the high jump and fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles.
“He’s impressed me in every meet,” Holinquest said. “He’s climbing to a very nice position on our team.”
Rod Hicks was third in the 100-meter dash, Lewis Ford was third in the 1,600-meter run, and Tabias Russell and Jalen Kelley each claimed top-5 finishes in both the shotput and discus events.
For the Lady ‘Cats, Tyrena Kelley finished third in the 100-meter dash.
“They timed her at 13.3 seconds, and while that’s fast, I don’t think that’s her best,” Holinquest said.
Aaliyah Goggans, Alexas Garrett and Dashanae Milner finished second, third and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Cornishe Frazier won the long jump event. McKayla Montgomery and Asia Ore each took top-5 spots in the girls’ shotput and discus.
Now, the Wildcats turn their attention to the sectional meets. Holinquest said he expects Sylacauga to be one of the top threats to BRHS’ state championship berth aspirations.
“It’s going to be another heated battled, and somebody’s putting somebody out,” he said. “Benjamin Russell is going to have to be on its A-game, and we’re not going to change anything heading into it. We’re going to continue to run hard and work on our technique. When it’s all said and done at sectionals, we expect to be heading to Gulf Shores (site of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 5A-6A State Championships).”