Lady 'Cats win, boys place 9th at Albertville

The Fort Payne Lady Wildcats track and field team had several first-place finishes and beat the field by 30 points to win the Albertville Invitational Meet on Friday.

The Lady ‘Cats placed first in six events at the meet.

The girls’ 4x800-meter relay team finished in 10:29 and blew away the field of nine other teams by 22 seconds. Friday’s team consisted of Maggie Crow, Gracie Groat, Collyn Davis and Maggie Groat.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Ariyana Neal, Madi Wallace, Kaiya Jones and Abigail Johnston won in 53.50 seconds, beating second-place Cullman by 1.5 seconds.

Davis also won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.63, beating teammate Maggie Groat by three-tenths of a second. Wallace finished less than two seconds behind both of them and place fourth in the event.

Maggie Crow won the 1,600-meter dash in 5:39.58. Gracie Groat was seven seconds behind and placed third. Mollie Sanderson was nine seconds behind Gracie and finished fourth.

Ariyana Neal won the 100-meter hurdles event in 16.56 seconds, beating the second-place runner from Sardis by more than two seconds.

Nykeia McElrath won the javelin throw with a distance of 101 feet and eight inches. The second-place throw was eight feet shorter than McElrath’s.

Lexi Cotrell placed second in the shot put with a throw of 28 feet and four inches. 

Kaiya Jones was second in the 100-meter dash in a photo-finish. Albertville’s first-place runner beat Jones by eight-hundredths of a second.

Ashley Morales was 2.3 behind Ariyana Neal in the 100-meter hurdles event and placed fourth.

Abigail Johnston was third in the pole vault with a jump of eight feet.

Mikia Williams wrapped up Fort Payne’s top-eight finishes by placing fourth in the discus with a throw of 82 feet and three inches.

Junior Will Crow led the boys’ team who placed ninth at the meet.

Crow won the 200-meter dash in 23.77 seconds, beating the second-place runner from Reeltown by two-tenths of a second.

Crow missed out on another win in the 100-meter dash by one-third of a second. He earned second place with a time of 11.77 seconds.

Others that contributed to the boys’ ninth-place finish included Jayden Parris, Ben Anderson, Matthew Shaddix and the 4x800-relay team.

Shaddix finished second in the 110-meter hurdles less than half a second behind the winning runner from Cullman.

Parris was sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:03 in Anderson was two seconds behind to finish eighth.

The 4x800-meter relay team consisting of Parris, Hector Juan, Benny Lopez and Isreal Valazquez finished third in 9:04.

The teams travel to Cullman for their next meet on Friday at the Class 5A-7A Cullman Classic.

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