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Track boys win sectional, state this week

By Mark Baynes

The Tallassee High School track team competed at the Class 4A/Section 3 meet this past weekend at Beauregard. Sectionals determine which athletes will run in the state meet held in Gulf Shores. The boys team finished first and the girls were ninth.

The boys had a number of medal winners and nine state qualifiers.

Javelin: Logan Goodman - 1st, Dorion Williams - 2nd, Brady Hancock - 5th
300m Hurdles: Dorion Williams - 2nd, Kalvin Levett - 3rd
110m Hurdles: Kalvin Levett - 2nd
100m Dash: Markevious Matthews - 3rd
200m Dash: Markevious Matthews - 5th
Long Jump: Kalvin Levett - 2nd
Triple Jump: Kalvin Levett - 3rd
1600m: Jonathan Osborne - 2nd
4 x 800m Relay: Jonathan Osborne, Alex Davidson, Woodrow Dean, Theron Shipman - Wildcard

The THS girls qualified nine athletes for the state meet.

High Jump: Chloe Baynes - 1st
3200m Run: Catherine Crawford - 5th
100m Hurdles: Iyana Parker - 2nd
300m Hurdles: Caitlyn Dowdell - 4th
4 x 100m Relay: Iyana Parker, Caitlyn Dowdell, Orliyah Poole, Daja Smith - 2nd
4 x 800m Relay: Seleta Lawrence, Catherine Crawford, Lindan Oliver, Izabella Kennamore - Wildcard

Tallassee head coach Danny Worley was extremely proud of both the girls and boys teams.

"We knew going in the boys would have a shot at winning a third sectional title in the last five years if they showed up and did what they needed to do," he said.

Worley was very complimentary of Tallassee baseball and softball coaches Adam Clayton and Pat Love for
lending a couple of their players to compete at sectionals.

Kalvin Levett of the baseball squad won four sectional medals and started against Trinity in the second round of the playoffs during the weekend competitions.

Chloe Baynes and Belle Haynes of the softball team competed in track as well. Baynes won a gold in the high jump and scored points for the girls team in the javelin and hurdles. Haynes scored in the long jump event. Both girls will compete in the softball area tournament this week, not bad for two seventh graders.

The state meet starts on Thursday in Gulf Shores.

Worley knows the deck is stacked against his team for an overall title due to numbers but feels that Tallassee could bring home some individual medals.

4A Boys Team Standings

1) Tallassee 92 
2) Anniston 75 
2) Elmore County 75              
4) Handley  72
5) White Plains 69                      
5) Dadeville 69  
7) Ashville 51       
8) Hokes Bluff 47   
9) Munford 45      
10) Jacksonville 35
11) Sardis 32      
12) Saks 20   
13) Childersburg 6      
14) Bullock County 3

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