BRHS sends 15 athletes to state meetPublished 10:52am Friday, May 2, 2014
With a highly successful regular season under its belt, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats track team now heads to Gulf Shores with statewide supremacy on its mind.
The Wildcats qualified 15 athletes for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 5A state championship meet during a third-place finish in their respective sectional meet.
“I’m so proud of these student-athletes,” said BRHS track coach Cecil Holinquest. “We have had a banner year.”
Cameron Fuller finished second in the long jump and claimed the top spot on the podium in the triple jump during sectionals, earning a qualifying spot in both events at the state meet.
His brother, Kevontae Fuller, finished fifth in the 800-meter run, which was good for a spot at Gulf Shores.
Aaliyah Goggans took second place in the 100-meter hurdles to earn a trip to the state championship meet, and she along with Nikita Adamson, Makayla Wells and Tyrena Kelly also earned a shot at a state title thanks to a fourth-place finish int he 4×100-meter relays.
The Wildcats 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of Bookie Ford, Eric Varner, Quin Crayton and Kee Kendricks are also heading to state following a fourth-place finish at sectionals.
Ford also qualified for the 400-meter dash with a fifth-place finish.
BRHS doubled up on qualifiers in the 110-meter hurdles, as Ellis Holloway won the event, and teammate Andrew Caldwell finished fourth to earn a spot.
Caldwell also clinched a spot in the long jump state championships, as he finished fifth in the event.
Speedster Jamar Davis will vie for the state crown in the 100-meter dash following a runner-up finish in said event at sectionals.
Shannon Woody earned fourth place in the 3200-meter run to claim a spot in Gulf Shores, and longtime gridiron standout Tabias Russell will go for the state title in the discus event.
“Hopefully, the type of success we had at sectionals can push us through the state meet,” Holinquest said.
The Wildcats began competition in Gulf Shores on May 1, with the state champion to be crowned on May 3.
The Outlook will have results from the event as soon as they are made available.