Montevallo, Vincent have several headed to championship meet

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor

With the pressure of qualifying for state fully on the shoulders of all track and field athletes competing in sectional meets, Montevallo and Vincent handled it well as each team had several qualify for the state meet in Cullman Thursday through Saturday, May 4-5. Below is a recap of how each team fared at their respective sectional meet. 

Vincent                        

It was a strong sectional meet for the Vincent Yellow Jackets in both boys and girls events as each team hovered around the No. 2 spot for the duration of the meet.

Competing in the Class 2A, Section 2 meet, Vincent had 13 different athletes qualify to compete in at least one event at the state meet.

Several of those 13 qualified in multiple events starting with Kaerria Lykes, who finished fifth in the 400-meter dash, third in the 800-meter run and fifth in the long jump to qualify for all three events.

In the 400-meter run, she finished one spot behind teammate Aniya Norwood who qualified in the same event, and in the long jump, she finished one spot behind teammate Tion Wright, who qualified for that event. Wright also qualified for the state meet in the triple jump and the long jump finishing fourth in both.

Alayna Reynolds also qualified for multiple events after finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles, fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the discus throw. She will be joined by Toni Wright, who finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles.

Treston Smith and Elijah Threat both qualified to run in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles and were joined by Jamal Jackson in the 300-meter hurdles.

Tae McGregor had one of the strongest showings for the Yellow Jackets as he finished first in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash to qualify.

Both Chris Hardie and J.T. Youngblood both qualified in the boys shot put, while Youngblood also qualified in the discus throw.

Makayla Cohill and Symia Jews also qualified for the girls as Cohill made it in the javelin throw and Jews made it in the 200-meter dash.

The final individual male athlete to qualify for the state meet was Kaleb Wilson in the triple jump. He finished right on the qualifying number in fifth.

Team wise, the boys 4X800-meter, 4X400-meter and 4X100-meter relay all qualified, while the girls qualified in the 4X400-meter relay.

Montevallo 

The biggest highlight for the Montevallo Bulldogs was TaVarius Holman, who finished first in the 100-meter dash to lock up his spot at the state meet. He was joined by Tyler Olds, who finished fifth in the same event to advance.

As a team, the 4X100-meter relay squad qualified, while Joseph Cardoza qualified in the long jump by finishing third.