The Fort Payne Lady Wildcats track and field team placed fourth at the Scottsboro Invitational on Saturday despite missing several of their best athletes during spring break.
The Lady ‘Cats won three events and finished seven points behind second-place Huntsville and three points behind third-place Bob Jones with just 10 girls participating at the meet.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Collyn Davis, Ariyana Neal, Abigail Johnston and Madi Wallace won their event and beat the field by seven seconds.
That same team came less than two seconds shy of also winning the 4x100-meter relay where they placed third.
Nykeia McElrath gave her team 10 points by winning the javelin event with a throw of 109 feet, 11 inches. That throw beat the field of 31 competitors by more than 14 feet.
Abigail Johnston earned the team’s third win at the meet with a distance of 34 feet in the triple jump.
Johnston also placed second in the pole vault with a jump of nine feet.
Collyn Davis finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:28.37 and Maddie Jackson was fifth in 2:37.78.
Jackson was also the Lady Wildcats’ lone distance runner in Scottsboro. She placed second in the 1,600-meter run in 5:45.76 and second in the 3,200-meter run in 12:49.21.
Other point-earning finishes for Fort Payne included Ariyana Neal’s time of 17.34 in the 100-meter hurdles, which earned her third place and was less than a second behind the first-place hurdler.
Madi Wallace was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.97 seconds. Neal finished less than a second behind Jackson in sixth place.
Wallace was also sixth in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.74.
Makirah Hall was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, three inches.
Ashley Morales picked up points with a pair of eighth-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump.
Mikia Williams was fifth in the discus with a throw of 86 feet, four inches and Anabel Craig rounded out the Lady Wildcats’ top-eight finishes with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump.
The boys’ team was also without several athletes, but they still posted a pair of second-place finishes.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Carter Pinholster, Hector Juan, Jayden Parris and Benny Lopez finished second with a time of 3:48.05.
Pinholster also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.04 seconds and Colton Wells placed eighth in the high jump with a leap of five feet, eight inches.
Fort Payne’s junior high track team also traveled to Scottsboro. Their best finishers were Raven Fairley, who placed third in the 1,600-meter run in 6:05.64 and Teshiya Williams, who finished third in the discus with a throw of 68 feet, seven inches.
The teams will continue to try to improve their times on Saturday when Fort Payne to The McCallie School in Chattanooga for the McCallie Mid-South Meet.