The Fort Payne Wildcats’ track and field teams combined to bring home a dozen gold medals from Albertville’s Aggie Invitational last Monday.
The Lady Wildcats dominated several events and won the event easily while the boys’ team placed fourth out of 13 teams who were in attendance.
Freshman Madi Wallace was the leading point scorer for the Lady Wildcats with three golds and a bronze in her four events.
She won the 100-meter dash in 13.52 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 15.36 seconds where she beat the field by nearly three seconds and also won the 300-meter hurdles in 48.97 seconds.
Wallace also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 14-feet, six inches.
The Lady ‘Cats made a clean sweep of the top three spots in both the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs.
Mollie Sanderson, Maggie Crow and Anahi Barboza were the first three to finish the 800-meter run with Sanderson leading the way with a time of 2:31.97.
Crow won the 1,600-meter run in 5:34.84, Sanderson placed second 13 seconds later and Gracie Groat placed third in 5:57.80.
Maggie Groat also won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.93 and earned silver in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.73.
Abigail Johnston earned gold in both long jump and the pole vault. She won with a leap of 14-feet, eight inches in the long jump and cleared eight feet to win the pole vault.
Johnston also placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 30-feet, 7.5 inches.
The Lady Wildcats’ last gold medal of the day came in the 4x800-meter relay team, who beat the field by 30 seconds and finished in 10:33.96.
Other point scorers for Fort Payne included Ariyana Johnson, who placed seventh in the 100-meter dash, and Andrea Bailey, who was sixth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 400-meter dash.
Ashley Morales placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 57.37 seconds and fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 30-feet, two inches.
Brooklyn Barksdale placed second in the pole vault after clearing seven feet, Bailey Barnes placed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 80-feet, one inch and Makirah Hall placed third in the shot put with a throw of 30-feet, six inches.
Teshyia Williams and Mikia Williams took two of the top four spots in the discus. Teshyia’s throw of 80-feet, nine inches earned silver while Mikia’s toss of 73-feet, six inches earned her fourth place.
Matthew Shaddix was the leading point scorer for the boys’ team. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.74 seconds, placed second in the 300-meter hurdles in 41.80 seconds and placed sixth in the 100-meter dash in 11.87 seconds.
The boys’ two relay teams both medaled in Albertville. The 4x800-meter relay team won their race in 8:50.88 and the 4x100 team finished second in 43.98 seconds just behind a team from Etowah.
Jon David Nelson earned the only other gold medal for the boys’ team when he won the 400-meter dash in 52.05 seconds. Finishing close behind Nelson were Reece Weaver and Will Crow who placed fourth and fifth in the event.
Nelson also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in 23.59 seconds and Weaver placed sixth in 23.70 seconds.
Ben Anderson and Hernan Cruz finished side by side in the 800-meter dash. Anderson placed fifth in 2:11.85 and Cruz trailed by a second in sixth place.
Anderson also placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:56.25.
Other point scorers for the boys’ team included Peyton Smith and Shane Freeman.
Freeman placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 38-feet, four inches. Smith cleared eight feet to finish seventh in the pole vault.