Oak Mountain relay teams win at Meet of Champions

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Oak Mountain&8217;s boys and girls 4×800-meter relay teams took top three finishes at Saturday&8217;s Meet of Champions Invitational in Mobile. It was the first time this year that this particular order of runners

for each team ran the relay, according to head coach Marty Springfield.

James Adair, Smith Wilbanks, Ross Laporte and Casey Hayes teamed up to take first place and set a new school record for the boys with a time of 7:56.53, edging Walton High (Ga.) by four-tenths of a second.

&8220;Right now we&8217;re fifth in the country in the 4×800. We do look like there&8217;s some improvement and have high hopes as we get closer to state,&8221; Springfield said.

Marissa Brokaw, Lindy Gfeller, Haley Gossett and Meagan Silas combined for a third place finish with a time of 9:46.89.

&8220;We&8217;re slowly getting faster and faster. It was defiantly the fastest we&8217;ve run this year by at least 15 seconds,&8221; Springfield said.

Brokaw also finished ninth in the one mile run and was a member of the fifth-placed 4×400 meter relay team that won Friday&8217;s open division. Nicole Kelly was fourth in the javelin throw, while Pelham&8217;s Sarah Sharman was fourth in the high jump.

Adair and Zach Epperson took fourth in the boys two mile run and pole vault respectively