Lady 'Cats place 2nd at opening meet

The Fort Payne High School track and field teams got off to a solid start in their season-opening meet Saturday at the Paul W. Bryant Invitational in Tuscaloosa.

The girls’ team dominated in several events and placed second overall just a point behind the host team Paul W. Bryant. The boys’ team finished seventh overall out of 14 teams who competed at the event.

The girls’ team placed first in four events at the meet.

The girls’ 4x800-meter relay team blew away the field with a time of 10:21.86. That beat second-place team Paul W. Bryant by nearly 32 seconds. The first-place team for the ‘Cats consisted of Maggie Crow, Gracie Groat, Madi Wallace and Maddie Jackson.

Wallace also won the 300-meter hurdles event in 49.04 seconds.

Abigail Johnston won the pole vault event with a jump of 8-feet, 6-inches. She also finished third in the triple jump with a jump of 32-feet and one-inch.

Makirah Hall won the shot put event with a throw of 34-feet, 2-inches to round out Fort Payne’s first-place finishes.

Maggie Crow finished the 800-meter run in 2:31.01 for a second-place finish. She also placed second and was nine seconds behind the winner of the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:40.29.

Maddie Jackson finished second in the 3,200-meter run in 12:24. She was third in the 1,600-meter run less than a second behind Crow.

Mollie Sanderson was also less than a second behind Crow and Jackson to finish fourth in the 1,600-meter run. She also finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:30.

Gracie Groat placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 21.31.31. She was fifth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:45.

Maggie Groat was fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:36. She also placed sixth in the 400-meter dash and was seventh in the high jump.

Mariella Francisco finished seventh in the 1,600-meter run and sixth in the 3,200-meter run.

Ariyana Neal was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.74 seconds. She also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles just half a second behind Wallace.

Lexi Cotrell placed second in the shot put with a throw of 32-feet.

Bailey Barnes was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 83-feet and one inch.

Kayia Jones was sixth in the long jump with a distance of 13-feet, five inches.

Bailee Bruce was sixth in the high jump with a leap of four feet, six inches.

Anabel Craig was third in the high jump at four feet, 10 inches and was sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 31-feet, two inches.

Ashley Morales was eighth in the triple jump and Emie Sanderson was fifth in the pole vault.

The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team consisting of Kaiya Jones, Madi Wallace, Ariyana Neal and Abigail Johnston place third in 52.22 seconds.

Maggie Groat replaced Jones in the 4x400-meter relay. That team also placed third in 4:21.

The boys’ team place seventh with several participants earning top-eight finishes.

Newcomer to the team, Colton Wells, placed second in the high jump with a leap of five-feet, six inches.

Michael Shaddix was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.37 seconds.

Ben Anderson placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:05 and was seventh in the 3,200-meter run in 11:22.

Isreal Valazquez was just ahead of Anderson in the 3,200-meter run and finished fifth.

Carter Pinholster was seventh in the the 300-meter hurdles in 47.89 seconds.

The boys had three relay teams finish in the top eight as well.

Anderson, Valazquez, Giles Roberts and Hector Juan finished the 4x800-meter relay in 9:16 for a fourth-place finish.

Will Crow, Wells, Shaddix and Pinholster placed fifth in the 4x100-meter relay in 46 seconds.

Keon Walker joined Crow, Shaddix and Pinholster to finish eighth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:52.

The team travels to Albertville on Friday for their next meet.

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