'Cats sprint past competition at state indoor meet

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.

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