A number of Jackson County athletes secured spots in the 2018 AHSAA State Track and Field Championships with their performances during last weekend’s sectional tournaments.

Top-five finishers at each sectional that met state qualifying standards qualified for state. The top four finishers outside the top-five at section sectional were entered in a wildcard pool.

Here are the state qualifiers for local teams (more athletes that are not listed could receive state wildcards):

Class 4A Section 4 — At Madison, North Jackson’s Riley Anderson qualified for the Class 4A girls state meet in Gulf Shores in both the shot put and the discus. She finished fourth in the shot put (30.3-25) and fifth in the discus (85-05) during the Class 4A Section 4 meet. 

For the NJHS boys, Lee Witherspoon qualified in the 100-meter dash (second, 11.13 seconds)  and the 200 (second, 23.09). Johny Gilliam qualified in the javelin after finishing second (161-08) at sectionals while Andrew Darnell qualified in the shot put by finishing third (42-06.5). The North Jackson  boys’4x100 relay team of Witherspoon, Akilian Summers, Korre Smith and Deshawn Ware qualified after finishing fifth (46.09 seconds).

North Jackson’s Brock Foshee and Grant Cheatham both received wildcard spots in the high jump.

Class 3A Section 3 — At Fort Payne, Pisgah and North Sand Mountain had athletes qualify for this coming weekend’s Class 3A state meet in Cullman.

Pisgah’s Hannah Gant qualified for state in three events with fourth-place finishes in the triple jump (27-11), the discus (80-02) and the shot put (30-03.5). 

Elizabeth Grace Wilson qualified for state after placing second in the 100-meter hurdles (18.92 seconds) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (56.07), while Kaylynn Morgan qualified by finishing fifth in the triple jump (27-10.5). The Pisgah girls’ 4x800-meter relay team of Briley Hembree, Wilson, Morgan and Emma Ellison qualified thanks to a fourth-place finish (12:02.34).

Meanwhile, NSM’s Jessi Weldon qualified for state in the 200-meter dash (30.26) with a fourth-place sectional finish.

NSM’s Juan Luna won the Class 3A Section 3 boys javelin championship with a mark of 128-04. Teammate Lane Gamble also qualified by finishing third in the 3200-meter run (11:14.31) while Zach Boston qualified after posting fifth-place finishes in the 100- (11.42 seconds) and 200-meter dash (23.61). NSM’s 4x100-meter relay team of Boston, Luna, Dakota Narron and Brody Romans also qualified with a fifth-place finish (48.14).

The Pisgah boys’ 4x800-meter relay team of Ridge Medlock, Zach Cornelison, Tanner Baine and Garrett Ellison also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish (10:01.01). Pierson Smith qualified for state in the triple jump with fourth-place finish (39-10) while Houston Bell qualified after finishing fifth in the long jump (18-08.75). 

Pisgah’s Bell received a state wildcard for the boys 200-meter dash and Smith received one for the 300 hurdles.

Class 2A Section 4 — At Dora, Section athletes turned in numerous state-qualifying performances to secure spots at this weekend’s upcoming Class 2A state meet in Cullman. 

Tirsah Morris won the 2A girls Section 3 javelin throw with a distance of 107-05, and she also qualified for state in the 400-meter dash (1:08.72). Skylar Roberts qualified for state in both the 100- (18.04) and 300-meter hurdles (56.65) and in the high jump with a fourth-place finish (4-02).

The Section girls’ 4x100-meter relay team qualified with a fifth-place finish (57.46). The Section boys 4x100 team also qualified for state thanks to a fifth-place finish (48.37).

Class 1A Section 3 — At Fort Payne, Skyline’s Tabitha Gifford won the sectional championship and qualified for state in the shot put with a mark of 30 feet, 2 inches. 

The Skyline boys had three state qualifiers in the long jump, as Dawson Wynn finished second (19 feet), Troy Saint fourth (17-07.5) and Kordell Talley fifth (17-03).

Saint also received a state wildcard in the 1600 after placing sixth with a time of 5:29.07).

Woodville’s Hunter Sisk qualified for the 1A boys state meet with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:19.80). Woodville’s 4x800-meter relay team of Sisk, Cam Talley, Tyler Franks and Jacob Lack qualified by finishing third (9:52.01) at sectionals. The same runners also qualified in the 4x100 with a fourth-place finish (51.93).

Paint Rock Valley’s Laurel McBride qualified for state in the shot put by finishing fourth (28-03.5).


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