- Cullman, Alabama

March 29, 2013

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

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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:

Cold Springs girls

Emily Campbell, first in 3,200-meter run, 13:23.98; and fourth in 1,600-meter run, 6:24.83

Courtney Dean, first in pole vault, 7'6”; and seventh in high jump, 4'4”

Katie Self, second in discus, 76'; fifth in shot put, 29'9”; and sixth in javelin, 71'2”

Alexis Smith, second in pole vault, 7'

Cassi Still, third in 800-meter run, 2:43.73; and third in 1,600-meter run, 6:05.33

Payton Strawbridge, third in pole vault, 6'6”; and fifth in javelin, 73'9”

Katie Huffstutler, third in 3,200-meter run, 14:15.89

Christian Wilson, fourth in high jump, 4'8”

Rachel Haynes, fifth in 100-meter hurdles, 20.25, and seventh in 300-meter hurdles, 1:00.98

Haley Gay, 10th in triple jump, 25'1”

Destiny Campbell, 10th in discus, 60'8”

Second in 4x800-meter relay, Campbell, Kaleigh Merring, Huffstutler and Still

Fifth in 4x400-meter relay, Huffstutler, Hanna Harbison, Dakota Lott and Josie Stanley, 4:55.62

Cold Springs boys

Logan Campbell, first in pole vault, 10'6”

Brian Willamson, third in pole vault, 8'6”; and third in javelin, 128'2”

Terry Campbell, third in discus, 104'5”; and ninth in javelin, 102'9”

Lucas Gay, fourth in pole vault, 8'6”

Jared Stanley, fifth in 1,600-meter run, 5:26.11; and seventh in 3,200-meter run, 12:25.99

C.J. Lang, eighth in 1,600-meter run, 5:30.65; and eighth in 3,200-meter run, 12:31.15

Austin Burwell, eighth in 300-meter hurdles, 51.94

Heath Hollis, ninth in 300-meter hurdles, 55.06

% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.