Pelham, Oak Mtn. win county track meet

Published 7:14 am Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Distance duo Lauren D’Alessio and Dena O’Brien are always at the front of the pack for Pelham High School girls’ track. Monday was no different, as the pair finished one-two in all of the distance events to pace Pelham to the Shelby County Championship at Pelham High.

But while distance was the pace horse, it was the field events that put Pelham over the top, as Andrea Row swept the throwing events and Pelham finished one-two in the pole vault despite strong winds.

“They did a real good job handling the winds. Even in the throws with the long throws, it’s tough on you sometimes, with whatever wind you get, to control what you’re doing. In the pole vault, you’re lucky if you get off the ground and the wind we had today,” Pelham head coach Randy Bunn said.

Rowe tossed a personal record 95 feet, 11 inches in the javelin and went on to win the shotput and discuss.

Toni Hawkins matched her personal best of nine feet, six inches to win the pole vault.

Oak Mountain’s boys also used distance running and pole vaulting to continue its dynasty in the county track meet.

The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team, now ranked No. 13 in the nation after a 7:58.02 time in Mobile last week, took the day off.

Thompson finished second in both the boys and girls team scores.

Pelham was third in the boys’ competition, while Oak Mountain was third for the girls.