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March 29, 2013

PREP TRACK & FIELD: Spring break doesn’t keep Cold Springs from success

CORNER — Long-distance running events have rarely been a concern for Cold Springs’ track and field teams.

Emily Campbell and Cassi Still made sure to keep that trend intact at Thursday’s Corner Invitational, while Courtney Dean, Alexis Smith and Payton Strawbridge swept the top-three spots in the pole vault to boost the Lady Eagles to a third-place team result.

Cold Springs finished with 101 points, only two behind second-place Mortimer Jordan and 47 behind first-place Center Point. The girls’ field was made up of 14 total teams.

Campbell kept up her furious start to the season with a win in the 3,200-meter run. She completed the 2-mile race in 13:23.98, more than 40 seconds ahead of the next-best runner.

Campbell, a sophomore, also snagged fourth in the 1,600-meter run (6:24.83), one spot behind junior teammate Cassi Still (6:05.33), who wrapped up another third-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:43.73).

Dean, Smith and Strawbridge contributed major points to the team total by being the only pole vaulters to clear the initial height. Dean was victorious  at 7’6”, followed by Smith (7’) and Strawbridge (6’6”).

Katie Self showed why throwing is considered her specialty by hurling her way to second in discus (76’), fifth in shot put (29’9”) and sixth in javelin (71’2”).

Strawbridge added a fifth-place result in javelin (73’9”) to her top-three finish in the pole vault.

Katie Huffstutler rounded out Cold Springs’ girls with top-three spots by racing to third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 14:15.89.

Campbell, Kaleigh Merring, Huffstutler and Still combined to take second in the 4x800-meter relay.

The Eagles’ boys were seventh out of 12 teams with 41.5 points.

Logan Campbell was the squad’s sole winner, clearing the bar at 10’6” in the pole vault. No other athlete was able to clear higher than 9’.

Brian Williamson grabbed a pair of third-place finishes in the pole vault (8’6”) and javelin (128’2”), while Terry Campbell was third in discus (104’5”). Campbell also finished ninth in javelin (102’9”).

Cold Springs coach Clay Campbell said both teams were without several of their usual competitors because of spring break.

The Eagles will hit the road for the rescheduled Cullman Classic on Monday and host their annual April Fools Invitational on Friday.

The April Fools meet will be Cold Springs’ first since massive renovations to the school’s track were recently completed. Good Hope, Hanceville, Holly Pond, St. Bernard, Vinemont, West Point and Addison are all teams from The Times’ coverage area scheduled to attend.

See below for local top-10 individual and top-three relay results from Thursday’s Corner Invitational:

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