The Fort Payne Wildcats had another strong showing this past weekend at the AHSAA State Indoor Track Championship Meet where they had top 10 finishes in a dozen events.
The team’s best individual performance came from sophomore Matthew Shaddix, who earned silver in the 6A boys 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.73 seconds.
Shaddix edged Homewood’s Joshua Thomas by six hundredths of a second and half a second behind the winner of the event.
Shaddix was also a part of two relay teams who placed seventh or better.
The team of Shaddix, Jon David Nelson, Will Crow and Carter Pinholster finished the 4x200-meter relay in 1:35.05 to finish seventh in Class 6A. The team trailed Ramsay’s first-place time by just six seconds.
Crow, Nelson, Shaddix and Reece Weaver also teamed up to place fifth in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:32.66, just five seconds behind the first-place team from Ramsay.
The boys other relay team of Ben Anderson, Jayden Parris, Nelson and Giles Roberts placed ninth in the 4x800-meter relay in 9:06.20.
Anderson also placed 13th in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:49.79 and 23rd in the 800-meter run in 2:12.87.
Nelson and Will Crow nearly finished next to each other in the 400-meter dash finals. Crow placed seventh in the event in 52.21 seconds and Nelson placed 10th despite trailing Will Crow by just 0.22 seconds. The duo trailed the event’s first-place time by just four seconds.
Parris placed 36th in the 800-meter run and 29th in the 1,600-meter run to round out Fort Payne’s boys.
The girls best individual performance came from Maggie Crow and Gracie Groat as they both recorded fourth-place finishes.
Maggie Crow placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:13.32. Groat finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:26.25, with Mollie Sanderson finishing right behind her in fifth place.
Maggie Crow also placed fifth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:35.68. Groat finished five seconds behind her in sixth place. Sanderson also placed 11th in the 1,600-meter run.
Anahi Barboza placed 23rd in the 800-meter run, 16th in the 1,600-meter run and 17th in the 3,200-meter run.
Maddie Jackson placed 21st in the 400-meter dash, 18th in the 1,600-meter run and 36th in the 800-meter run.
Maggie Groat was 16th in the 800-meter run and 14th in the 400-meter run.
Madi Wallace placed eighth in the 60-meter hurdles and was 27th in the 60-meter dash.
Ashley Morales placed 18th in both the 60-meter hurdles and in the triple jump. Abigail Johnston was 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet and 7.75 inches. Makirah Hall placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of over 31 feet.
The girls’ best relay team was the 4x800 team of Gracie Groat, Maggie Groat, Mollie Sanderson and Maggie Crow, who placed third with a time of 10:03.38. That marks the sixth consecutive year that the girls 4x800-meter relay team has earned a podium finish, with Fort Payne winning the event on four of those occasions.
The 4x400 team of Wallace, Johnston, Jackson and Gracie Groat placed sixth in 4:23.95 and the 4x200 team of Wallace, Johnston, Morales and Sanderson finished ninth in 1:54.26.