State track meets wrap up for area athletes
Published 10:19 pm Saturday, May 7, 2016
Alabama High School Athletic Association state track meets concluded Saturday, and multiple athletes from the Selma-Dallas County area scored points for their team.
Southside’s Chris Davis followed up his second-place finish on the triple jump Friday with a fourth place finish in the high jump, reaching six feet to earn his team four points in the class 4A-7A state meet in Gulf Shores.
“He competed relentlessly,” said Southside head coach Jeremy Sturdivant. “He was in good spirits because he gave it his all today, and he was happy with the outcome.”
Southside’s Azrenda Pettway joined Davis in competing in the high jump, and he finished with a 5-foot-4.
Antonyah Dudley also competed again Saturday for Southside, throwing the discus 84 feet, seven inches for a 14th overall finish. The Panthers’ 4×400 team ran a time of 3:56.20.
Dallas County’s Tynesha Jones competed in her first state meet, and she left Gulf Shores scoring a point for Dallas County. Jones jumped 4-foot-8 in the high jump, finishing in eighth place overall.
Dallas County head coach Cliff Nix is optimistic about how she can perform next season.
“Hopefully she can get back next year. She was happy about it and she got to experience to see how things really work and how much harder we need to work,” Nix said.
In Cullman for the class 1A-3A meet, Jeremiah Campbell earned three points for Keith with a 100 meter dash time of 11.62, finishing sixth in the finals.
The Keith 4×100 meter relay team also finished sixth in its finals, running the race in 46.77 and gaining another three points for Keith.
Ellwood’s Rayshawn Simmons competed in the boys’ shot put, and he threw it a distance of 31 feet, 10 inches.
Jasmine Morgan from Ellwood came in seventh place in her flight in the girls’ shot put, tossing it 26 feet, one inch.
Keith’s boys’ team finished 22nd overall in class 1A with a total score of six. The Southside boys finished in 15th place with 12 points.