Fuller finishes second at state in triple jumpPublished 10:24am Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Benjamin Russell track and field coach Cecil Holinquest called it a “banner year” for the program.
And given the results the Wildcats have had this year, with numerous top-five finishes, the campaign ended on a high note as athlete Cameron Fuller took home a runner-up finish in the Class 5A long jump state championships.
Fuller’s efforts punctuated what Holinquest considered a successful season for BRHS track and field.
“We had high expectations, and we knew what our team was capable of,” Holinquest said. “We ended up doing better than we did last year. The times and distances may not reflect it, but the kids gave their all.”
Fuller’s mark of 44 feet, 9 inches was bested by LeFlore’s Kentorio White, who cleared more than 45 feet on his attempt.
“It was a matter of inches,” Holinquest said.
Tabias Russell also claimed a top-10 finish, locking up seventh place in the boys 5A discus throw.
On the Lady Wildcats’ side of things, Aaliyah Goggans finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Holinquest said the team will now turn it’s attention toward next season, as numerous seniors are set to depart.
BRHS is also set to add pole vault to its repertoire.
“We’ll have to replace the whole relay team, for starters, and we’ll lose our top-two hurdlers, but we’ve got a lot of returners,” Holinquest said. “We competed very well in 5A, definitely within our section. Next year, we move up to 6A, but we’ve seen some of the teams we’ll be up against.”
Holinquest credited the athletes for their work during the year.
“A lot of people say that I’m the one doing it, but it’s the kids that are making it happen. This is Benjamin Russell’s team and this is Alexander City’s team. We’re always trying to get to that next level, and we’re going to be good.”