'Cats wrap up regular season with strong showing at McCallie

Fort Payne’s varsity track and field teams capped off a strong regular season with several top finishes against some of the best teams from Tennessee in the McCallie Mid-South Track Classic in Chattanooga on Saturday.

The boys and girls’ teams combined to earn five gold medals and recorded 25 top-eight finishes in Saturday’s events.

The boys’ team earned two golds in a pair of sprint relays.

The team of Will Crow, Reece Weaver, Matthew Shaddix and Carter Pinholster won the 4x100-meter relay in 44.25 seconds.

Jon David Nelson then joined Crow, Weaver and PInholster to win the 4x200-meter relay in 1:31.73.

Crow and Nelson also finished side-by-side in the 400-meter run and earned top-three finishes. Crow placed second in 50.82 and Nelson placed third in 50.87 seconds.

Pinholster earned bronze in the 110-meter hurdles where he finished in 15.63 seconds.

Shaddix trailed Pinholster by 12 hundreths of a second and placed fifth in the same event. Shaddix also earned silver in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.94 seconds.

Ben Anderson, Hernan Cruz, Nelson and Jayden Parris teamed up to place fifth in the 4x800-meter relay in 8:42.20.

Crow, Nelson, Weaver and Shaddix also earned silver in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:30.36, trailing the winning team from Guntersville by less than a second.

Shane Freeman rounded out the Wildcats’ top-eight finishers with a seventh-place finish in the shot put after a toss that went 40 feet, seven inches.

For the girls’ team, Madi Wallace and Maggie Groat dominated their hurdling events.

Wallace won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.49 seconds and Groat won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.16 seconds. Maggie also placed third in the high jump.

Wallace also earned bronze in the 300-meter hurdles trailing Maggie by 1.62 seconds.

Abigail Johnston won gold in the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, 8.5 inches. Johnston also placed fifth in the pole vault after clearing nine feet and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 1.25 inches.

The Lady ‘Cats 4x100-meter relay team of Andrea Bailey, Kaiya Jones, Ashley Morales and Libba Sheppard earned silver with a time of 53.47 seconds.

The 4x800-team of Anahi Barboza, Maggie Crow, Gracie Groat and Mollie Sanderson earned silver as well in 10:03.57.

Makirah Hall earned fourth place in the shot put with a toss of 31 feet, 9.25 inches. Mikia Willams was fifth with a throw of 31 feet.

Mikia was fifth in the discus with a throw of 78 feet, six inches and Teshyia Williams placed sixth with a throw of 78 feet, two inches. Hall placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 75 feet.

Ashley Morales placed sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 29 feet, 6.25 inches and Brooklyn Barksdale was seventh in the pole vault after clearing seven feet, six inches.

Both teams will aim to qualify for the Class 6A state meet this weekend at their sectional meet at home starting Friday morning.

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