AISA teams flock to Bloch Park for first meet of track season

Published 8:54 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Morgan Academy track and field program hosted a massive AISA meet this past Monday with more than 15 schools showing up to compete in the various events.

“You’ve got just about all the schools in the state coming to one place at one time,” Morgan track coach Rob Robinson said. “It’s fun.”

In the Senators first meet of the season, 17 events were scheduled for both boys and girls competition. Teams from The Springwood School, Escambia Academy, Hooper Academy, Clarke Prep, Bessemer Academy and several other schools traveled to Memorial Stadium for the meet.

Robinson was surprised at how many teams showed up to the first meet of the year.

“I think we had 20 teams here,” he said. “The first three meets are for positioning. You find out what other teams have and who are the top teams in the state at what events.”

The ultimate goal is to get ready for the AISA state track meet, which is the only one that counts, according to Robinson. He will use the meets leading up to it to find his teams strengths, and determine what will give his team the best chance to compete at state.

“Track is unlike any other sport,” he said. “However many meets you want to be in, they’re just trying to get you to find out what your team is made of and who you want to be in that last [race]. That last one is the only one that counts for the state track meet.”

Here are the Morgan Academy results from the first AISA meet of the season:

Dione Allen came in second place in both the high jump (5 feet, 11inches) and the long jump (19 feet, 5 ½ inches).

Hardin Utsey was the first-place finisher in the long jump (20 feet,6 inches), second place in the triple jump (39 feet, 4inches) and fifth place in the 100-meter (11.58 seconds).

Peyton Egbert came in sixth place in the 100 (11.59 seconds).

Britton Adams finished the mile in sixth place.

The boys relay teams took first place in the 4-by-200 meter (1:38.04) and second place in the 4-by-100 meter (45.71 seconds). Peyton Egbert, Allen, Ed Williams and Utsey ran in the 4-by-200, while Egbert, Brayton Brown, Williams and Utsey ran in the 4-by-100.

Peyton Ellen Granthum took sixth place in the long jump (13 feet, 4 ½ inches) and first place in the 100 (13.18 seconds).

Laney Holladay came in second in the 400-meter dash (1:08.78).

Averee Adams finished the 100 in sixth place (13.68) , and Caroline Thomas finished the two-mile race in fifth.

The girls relay teams came in first place in both the 4-by-200 (1:56.5) and 4-by-100 relays (54.22). Emily Strickland, Sarah Thomas, Averee Adams and Peyton Ellen Granthum ran in both relays for the Senators. The next track and field meet for the Senators will be on Monday, March 12.