ACS honors track and field state champions

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Several weeks after earning spots atop the podium at the state outdoor track and field meet, a group of Thompson High School athletes again earned the spotlight during an early June Board of Education meeting.

During its June 11 meeting, the School Board honored six THS track and field athletes for earning Class 7A state championships in several events this past season.

“This program has certainly done well over the years, and we want to celebrate your accomplishments today,” said ACS Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers.

The BOE honored the following athletes for earning individual state championships in the following events:

-McKenzie Hogue – 1,600 meter run and 3,200 meter run

-Viktor Turek: Discus throw, setting a new 7A state record in the process

-Zakiria Holifield: 4×100 meter relay

-Alandria McCurdy: 4×100 meter relay

-Niya Oden: 4×100 meter relay

-London Wooley: 4×100 meter relay

The athletes were among several from THS who fared well in the 2018 outdoor track and field meet. In addition to the titles by Hogue, Turek and the members of the 4×100 meter relay team, Steve Villegas placed fourth in the shot put, Zoria Miller finished fifth in shot put and seventh in the javelin throw.

Ebony Butler placed sixth in the discus throw, Oden placed seventh in the triple jump, Holifield finished fifth in the 100-meter dash and finished the 200-meter dash by finishing in third place.

Hogue almost won an individual state title in the 800-meter run as well, finishing the race in 2:14.10, behind the winner at 2:13.38.