Athletes race to the finish in the girls 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s Alabama Independent School Association state track meet at Memorial Stadium. -- Robert Hudson
Athletes race to the finish in the girls 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s Alabama Independent School Association state track meet at Memorial Stadium. -- Robert Hudson

Some titles earned on first day of AISA state track meet

Published 10:06pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

With day one in the books, the Alabama Independent School Association will look to crown its champions on Thursday.

The AISA held day one of its track and field championships on Wednesday at Ralph “Shug” Jordan Memorial Stadium.

Roddie Beck, Alabama Independent School Association athletic director, said day one of the state meet went very well.

“It’s been a great day. The weather’s been great. It’s been a little warm, but overall it’s been a great day,” Beck said. “That goes just for a lot of people that help out. First of all, the city of Selma for allowing us to have it here, and Morgan Academy — coach Rob [Robinson], coach Karim Oaks, and also our meet director David Walker, who is with Escambia Academy, these track coaches do so much to get this running like it should be.”

Athletes from more than 20 schools participated in Wednesday’s preliminaries, and the state meet will conclude on Thursday afternoon with events starting at noon.

Beck said Selma has done a good job of preparing for, and of hosting, the AISA state meet.

“They have done a great job. Coach Elton Reece here at the city, and his staff have done a great job. It is so much better here since the remodeling, and they’ve bent over backwards to make sure our stay here is great,” Beck said. “It’s kind of a win-win situation for the city of Selma and us. We can have our event, we have schools stay overnight here in the hotels and eat here in the city of Selma. It’s a win-win situation for both of us. We can’t thank the city of Selma enough for allowing us to come here and have this event.”

Championships were handed out for some events on Wednesday, including the girls 3200-meter run, girls and boys high jump, and boys 1600-meter run.

Lee-Scott Academy’s Claudia Tucker finished first in the girls 3200-meter run with a time of 13:40.14, while Morgan Academy’s Jaycee Sanders finished second with a time of 13:45.69, and Lee Scott’s Emily Stone finished third with a time of 13:53.54.

In the girls high jump, Morgan’s Megan Leigh Siddens finished first with a jump of 4 feet, 8 inches, while Lee Scott’s Hayden Robinson finished second, and Escambia Academy’s Peyton Snider finished third.

In the boys 1600-meter run, Lee Scott’s Brackin Stewart finished first with a time of 4:59.41, while Lee Scott’s Dalton Williams finished second with a time of 5:14.87, and East Memorial’s Patrick Easley finished third with a time of 5:18.49.

Evangel Christian’s Jay Grice finished first in the boys high jump at 5-10, while Lee Scott’s Clay Coburn finished second, and Bessemer Academy’s Jaylon Winston finished third.

Full results from Wednesday’s preliminaries can be found at www.cfpitiming.com/2013_Outdoor_Season/AISA_Championship_2013/AISA_full_meet_results_2013.htm

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