Hornets finish strong at Montgomery Invitational

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013

MONTGOMERY — The Dallas County High School Hornets were among more than 500 athletes from 26 teams that competed in the Montgomery Academy Invitational this past Saturday.

Participating teams included Alabama Christian, Altamont, Billingsley, Montgomery Catholic, Fairhope, Holtville, Isabella, Jeff Davis, LAMP, Loachapoka, Notasulga, Prattville Christian Academy, Prattville High, Providence Christian, Robert  E. Lee, Russell County, St. James, Stanhope Elmore, Thorsby, Trinity Presbyterian, Verbena, and Wetumpka.

The Hornets finished sixth overall in the Montgomery Academy Invitational.

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Dallas County head track and field coach Robert Dolbare said the Montgomery Academy Invitational was a great way to start off the season, and the Hornets put up a strong performance.

“I felt it was a very good test to see exactly where our team is at,” Dolbare said. “I thought we competed very hard against great competition, but the track season is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”

Dallas County’s Xavier Knight placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.15 seconds, and finished third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.14 seconds.

Knight also finished second in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 41 feet 2 inches.

Dallas County’s Jay Barnett finished first in the men’s long jump with a jump of 20 feet 4 inches.

Dolbare said he’s hoping the Hornets continue to grow as the season continues.

“We are a young team that is continuing to learn how to appreciate one another and work as a unit,” Dolbare said.