Dallas Co., Selma, Keith take part in track meet at stadium

Published 10:23 pm Friday, March 17, 2017

Memorial Stadium was packed Friday afternoon for the River Region Invitational track meet, a first-time event hosted by Selma High School and Elmore County.

Twenty teams took part, including Selma High, Dallas County High and Keith High.

“I think it went very smoothly. As large as the track meet was, both boys and girls, I think it went very smoothly,” Selma High coach Katasha Turner.

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Results were still coming in Friday night after the track meet wrapped up shortly before the Times-Journal’s deadline. Unofficially, Dallas County’s boys and girls both finished tenth to finish the highest out of all local schools.

The Hornets swept two of the top three spots in the shot put, with Quincy Parker finishing first after a throw of 6-02.00 feet and teammate Mario Simmons coming in third. Parker finished third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.33 seconds and Calvin Starks was seventh at 19.55 seconds.

Patrick Haskell finished sixth in the shot put, Tynesha Jones was eighth in the girls 100-meter and Jamerah Smith was eighth in the 200-meter run.

Dallas County also finished sixth in the girls 4×100 relay, right behind Selma in fifth.

Selma also finished eighth in the boys 4×100 relay. The Saints unofficially finished 17th in the boys’ team scoring and 15th in girls scoring.

“I know we have a lot of work to do, but I know we have a great group of kids that will put in the work and do the work,” Turner said.

“We are going to have to make some adjustments but within any team you have to make some adjustments.”

Once we make some critical adjustments, we are going to be OK.”

Keith finished 16th in boys scoring, although it was unclear which event or events the Bears had placed in on Friday evening.

Stanhope Elmore edged Jeff Davis for first overall in the boys’ standings, while Demopolis dominated the girls side of the meet.

Selma High plans to host another track meet on April 14 at Memorial Stadium.