Lady Wildcats complete 6-peat at sectionals, punch ticket to Gulf Shores

Mollie Sanderson hands the baton off to Maddie Jackson during the 4x800-meter relay Friday, which the Lady Wildcats won with a time of 10:12.53.

FORT PAYNE – The Fort Payne Lady Wildcats’ track and field team continued their run of dominance in sectional meets over the weekend as they won their sixth straight Class 6A Sectional and punched their ticket to Gulf Shores for the State Championship Meet.

The Lady ‘Cats finished with 172 points after medaling in 15 events and built a 74-point gap between themselves and second-place teams from Cullman and Columbia.

Fort Payne’s girls won two of the three relay races they participated in.

Anahi Barboza, Gracie Groat, Maddie Jackson and Mollie Sanderson teamed up to win the 4x800-meter relay in 10:12.53. Cullman’s team finished second nearly 30 seconds later.

Gracie and Jackson also teamed with Maggie Groat and Logan Neil to win the 4x400-meter relay in 4:13.19, edging out the team from Columbia by 2.6 seconds.

Fort Payne’s 4x100 team of Andrea Bailey, Kaiya Jones, Arianna Johnson and Libba Sheppard earned silver in 51.64 seconds and trailed the team from Mae Jemison by just over a second.

Barboza earned gold in a pair of distance running events as she won both 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs. She won the 3,200 in 12:30.06 and finished the 1,600 in 5:34.68.

Aylin Vega finished fourth in the 3,200 and Sanderson placed fifth. Gracie Groat finished four seconds behind Barboza in the 1,600 and placed second while Maddie Jackson placed fifth in 5:47.71.

Teshyia Williams earned a pair of medals in her throwing events. She placed second in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, six inches and placed third in the discus with a throw of 97 feet, four inches.

Mikia Williams placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 1.75 inches.

Isabelle Goggans, Bailey Barnes and Bella Weaver all earned points for the Lady ‘Cats in the javelin throw.

Goggans’ throw measured 107 feet, five inches and earned her third place. Barnes’ throw of 91 feet, six inches placed fourth and Weaver’s toss of 85 feet, 11 inches ranked sixth.

Maggie Groat earned silver in the high jump with a leap that measured five feet, two inches and Kylie Neil placed sixth in the event.

Maggie also earned silver in both the 300 and 100-meter hurdles. She finished the 100 in 15.98 seconds and the 300 in 47.05 seconds. She finished less than a second behind the first-place hurdler in both events.

Madi Wallace fought through a nagging injury to participate in the sectional meet. She earned points for the Lady 'Cats after placing fourth in 47.98 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles. She also finished ninth in the 100-meter dash preliminaries in 12.85 seconds and missed out on a spot in the finals by 0.02 seconds.

Madisyn Hill placed sixth in 50.47 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles. Hill also placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.10 seconds.

Brooklyn Barksdale earned bronze in the pole vault by clearing the bar at seven feet, six inches and Jordan Storgav finished tied for fourth after clearing seven feet.

Gracie Groat, Sanderson and Barboza all finished side-by-side in second, third and fourth in the 800-meter run.

Gracie earned silver with a time of 2:24.67 and trailed the event winner by five seconds. Sanderson finished two seconds behind Gracie in third and Barboza finished four seconds behind Sanderson in fourth.

Logan Neil placed sixth in the 400-meter dash in 1:04.41 and Kylie Neil finished 1.5 seconds later in eighth to round out the Lady Wildcats’ point scorers in the meet.

On the boys’ team, Matthew Shaddix earned one gold and one silver medal in his hurdling events.

Shaddix won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.33 seconds and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles, trailing the event’s winner by 0.17 seconds.

Ben Anderson placed fourth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the 1,600-meter run. He finished the 800 in 2:02.67 and trailed the winner by 1.52 seconds. He finished the 1,600 in 4:45.87 and trailed the winner by eight seconds.

Shaddix and Anderson teamed up with Owen Pettis and Soloman Strong to finish fourth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:36.48.

Anderson also joined Giles Roberts, Hernan Cruz and Arturo Rodriguez to place fifth in the 4x800 in 8:52.75.

Nate Crane and Shane Freeman both earned points in the shot put.

Crane’s throw of 46 feet, three inches placed fourth and Freeman’s throw that measured 43 feet, 0.25 inches earned sixth place.

Crane also placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 116 feet, seven inches.

Darwin Camp placed seventh in the javelin with a throw that measured 136 feet, five inches.

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