TMS, THS track teams earn the spotlight

Published 11:42 am Friday, May 26, 2017


By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The present and future of the Thompson track program is looking strong, after the Thompson High School and Thompson Middle School track teams recently wrapped up stellar seasons.

During a special-called May 22 Alabaster Board of Education meeting, members of the two track teams received individual recognitions from School Board members and Alabaster School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers.

During the meeting, each honoree received a certificate of recognition from the School Board members.

The THS track and field team was responsible for several school milestones. Between the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, the team was responsible for 29 new school records, 21 of which came during the outdoor season.

Two of the THS track and field team members will have a chance to compete at the next level, as Lauryn Dancy will compete at Mercer University, and Craig Clark will compete at Auburn University.

The following THS athletes were named All-State in the following events in either indoor, outdoor or cross-country track.

-Lauryn Dancy: 100-meter, 4×100-meter relay and 4×200-meter relay

-Zakiria Holifield: 4×100-meter relay and 4×200-meter relay

-Madison Wright: 4×200-meter relay

-Niya Oden: 4×100-meter relay

-Craig Clark: 100-meter hurdles

-Brandon Lee: Cross country

-Coaches: Chris Schmidt, Mason Dye, Tim Castille, Durell Fuqua and Katie Vanover


The TMS track team also saw plenty of success this season, as it was the 2017 Metro South runner-up, the 2017 Shelby County champions for the fourth year in a row and the 2017 Mountain Brook invitational runner-up.

The TMS team broke eight school records and 13 meet records this year, set six new Shelby County records and one Metro South championship record.

Two of the team’s athletes were ranked at the state and national level.

The following TMS athletes were named to the 2017 Metro Conference All-Metro team:

-Sam Reynolds

-Keontae McKitchen

-Steven Walker

-Conner Harrell

-Andrew Trader

-J.B. Mitchell

-Alexander Segura

-Donnie Griffeth

-Brandon Mondragon

-Connor Gregory

-Keegan Eason

-Jared Hurst

-Coach: Ron Munday