Spain Park and Pelham compete in track meet

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Reporter

TRUSSVILLE –Both Spain Park and Pelham competed in the March 12 Hewitt-Trussville High School Six Team Invitational. The other schools were Homewood, Hewitt-Trussville, Mountain Brook, St. Clair County and Shades Mountain Christian. Both Pelham and Spain Park had strong showings from their boys and girls teams.

The Pelham girls roster had a number of top-three finishes on the day. Erin Hines was the only first-place finisher for Pelham on the day, as she was able to win the 100-meter dash. Hines also placed second in the 200-meter dash and the long jump. Allison Jordan placed second in the 800-meter dash, Melanie Taylor placed second in the 100-meter dash, Ayala Seaborn placed second in the shot put and third in the discuss throw while Emorie Long placed third in the shot put and second in the javelin to round out the top-three finishers for the Lady Panthers.

Zoe Shore placed third for Spain Park in the 1600-meter run and the Lady Jaguars placed third in the 4×400-meter relay and were the only two top-three finishers for the girls team. Lindsay Slemmons placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the 400-meter run while Sarah Sims McGrath and Jessica Bilek placed fifth and seventh respectively for the Lady Jaguars in the 1600-meter run. Kaleigh Carney placed seventh in the high jump and Ellie Lapinski tied for sixth in the pole vault to round out the scorers for the girls from Spain Park.

For the Spain Park boys, a number of athletes found the top-eight on the day. Chase Young placed seventh in the 200-meter dash, Daniel Nixon placed second in the 400-meter dash and won the 800-meter dash, Christian Strong finished third in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles, Jerome Kirkland placed second in the long jump, Perry Young placed eighth in the long jump and Damon Wright placed third in the shot put.

For the Panthers, fewer athletes placed in the top eight, but a number still contributed. Kelvin Fields and Jeremy Ross placed third and fifth in the 100-meter dash, respectively. The two sprinters reversed roles for the 200-meter dash, with Ross coming in second and Fields coming in third. Jonathon Traylor placed sixth in the 400-meter dash and Mason Tittle placed fifth in the javelin to round out the day.