Westminster girls, boys shine in state meet

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Editor

CULLMAN – The Westminster School at Oak Mountain boys’ and girls’ track teams both had impressive showings at the 1A-3A state track and field championship meet at Cullman High School, which took place from May 1-2. The Lady Knights finished third in the state with 77 points, and the boys finished second in the state, just five points off of first place, with 112.

The girls’ team came into the state meet fresh off of their dominating sectional performance at Montgomery Academy, where they scored 251 points and won the meet by 176 points. They needed the same type of performance in Cullman to have a chance at the state title, and all of their top athletes responded.

Sarah Kate Lipperd finished second in the 400-meter dash, sixth in the 800-meter dash and third in the 300-meter hurdles to lead the way for the Lady Knights. Maddie Hoaglund finished third in the 3,200-meter run, fourth in the 1,600-meter runand fifth in the 800-meter run while Payton Metcalf finished third in the 100-meter hurdles to round out the top-three finishers for the girls team. The girls 4×400-meter relay and 4×800-meter relay both finished third as well.

The boys also came into the meet after a sectional win in Montgomery, and once again proved to be one of the best 1A track teams in the state. Jacob Carrell won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.55, two second ahead of second place, while Scott Landers placed third in the same event. Landers also placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run while Carrell placed sixth in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles as well. They were the only two top-three individual performers in the meet for the Knights.

Wiley Boone scored points in all four of his individual events, finishing fourth in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump, fourth in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 200-meter run for a total of 17 points to help lead the Knights as well.

The 112 points scored by the boys team was the highest point total for any team in the county at the state meets.