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Falkville boys bring home Class 2A state track field title

From Staff Reports

A year after placing second at the Alabama High School Athletic Association state outdoor track and field championships, Falkville High’s boys ran away with the crown this weekend.

The Blue Devils claimed the Class 2A team championship at Troy University after winning nine individual titles and two more in relays.

Falkville scored 193 points in a system in which teams are rewarded when their athletes finish in the top eight in an event. Lanett placed second with 72.5 points, while Cold Springs ran third with 52.

Shane Edge and Cody Sewell helped lead the charge with two individual state titles apiece. Edge won the 400 and 800 meters, while Sewell took crowns in the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump.

In addition, Justin Blanchard won the 1,600 meters, while Jace Wilemon won the 300-meter hurdles.

Steven Lindsey took the high jump championship, and Josh Henderson was first in the pole vault. Michael Dekich was first in the javelin.

Also in 2A, West Morgan’s Terrance Carter won the 100-meter crown.

The Falkville girls shined, too, placing second in their 2A division. American Christian took the championship with 118 points, while the Lady Blue Devils scored 113.33.

For the Lady Blue Devils, Krystal Gibbs won the 800 meters, and Paige McCarley took the triple jump crown. The Falkville 1,600-meter relay team finished first, too.

In Class 1A, three Hazlewood athletes turned in sterling performances.

The Hazlewood girls placed second behind Cedar Bluff as Amber Jones won four state titles (400 meters, 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters), while teammate Jasmine Patton won three (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and triple jump).

The Golden Bears’ boys placed third as Cedar Bluff won that division, too. Individually, Don Jones won three state championships (100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters).

Hazlewood also got state titles from Paris Williams (110-meter hurdles) and Akeem Koger (300-meter hurdles).

Athens Bible’s 3,200-meter relay team won a championship, too.

R.A. Hubbard’s Catredia King won the 1A girls high jump.

The Class 4A, 5A and 6A divisions were run in Gulf Shores, and East Limestone’s Dresden Williams won the 4A boys shot put championship.

In 5A, Decatur’s girls placed 11th as Meghan Hawkins was third in the 800 meters, and Ashley Henderson was third in the triple jump.

In 6A, Austin’s girls placed 13th. Jennifer Dunn finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

A junior, Dunn added to a prolific high school varsity career total in the state’s three major meets — cross country, indoor and outdoor. She has finished first three times, second seven times and third six times for a total of 16 top-three finishes.

Local state track and field titles

Class 4A boys

Dresden Williams, East Limestone (shot put)

Class 2A girls

Krystal Gibbs, Falkville (800 meters)

Falkville relays (1,600 meters)

Paige McCarley, Falkville (triple jump)

Class 2A boys

Falkville team

Terrance Carter, West Morgan (100 meters)

Shane Edge, Falkville (400 meters, 800 meters)

Justin Blanchard, Falkville (1,600 meters)

Cody Sewell, Falkville (110-meter hurdles, long jump)

Jace Wilemon, Falkville (300-meter hurdles)

Steven Lindsey, Falkville (high jump)

Josh Henderson, Falkville (pole vault)

Michael Dekich, Falkville (javelin)

Falkville relays (1,600 meters, 3,200 meters)

Class 1A girls

Amber Jones, Hazlewood (400 meters, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters)

Jasmine Patton, Hazlewood (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, triple jump)

Catredia King, R.A. Hubbard (high jump)

Class 1A boys

Don Jones, Hazlewood (100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters)

Paris Williams, Hazlewood (110-meter hurdles)

Akeem Koger, Hazlewood (300-meter hurdles)

Athens Bible relays (3,200 meters)

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