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April 6, 2013

PREP TRACK & Field: Cold Springs claims 4 winners in 1st meet on renovated track

COLD SPRINGS — Cassi Still, Vince Stewart, Kramer Crider and Logan Campbell are capable of winning regardless of the venue.

Doing so at Cold Springs’ first meet on its recently renovated track was obviously a bit more meaningful, though, as the quartet all claimed at least one individual victory on Friday to propel both Eagles’ squads to top-three team finishes at their annual April Fools Invitational.

Still and Cold Springs’ girls soared to second, while Stewart, Crider and Campbell helped the boys land in third. Falkville swept both top spots, and Addison’s boys edged the Eagles by 6.5 points to snag runner-up honors.

Still continued a dominant season in the 1- and 2-mile runs, besting the field in the first event and coasting to second in the latter. Courtney Dean led a trio of pole vaulters with a second-place result, while teammates Payton Strawbridge and Alexis Smith shared third place.

A soggy throwing area didn’t seem to affect Katie Self one bit, as the senior heaved her way to a pair of third-place finishes in the shot put and discus.

Katie Huffstutler, Hanna Harbison, Dakota Lott and Josie Stanley rounded out Cold Springs’ girls great day with a victory in the 4x400-meter relay.

Stewart led the charge for the boys as the Eagles’ only two-time winner, leaping to the top in the long jump and triple jump.

Like Still, Crider was a force to be reckoned with in Friday’s long-distance races, coasting to a triumph in the 2-mile run to go along with a second-place result in the 1-mile.  

Campbell reigned supreme in a battle with Vinemont’s Hayden Shutt for the pole vault crown, while Cold Springs’ teammate Austin Richards claimed third in the event.

Jesse Seales was the main man behind Addison’s high finish, besting the rest in the high jump and taking second in the 110-meter hurdles. Fellow Bulldog Kaleb Estill grabbed second in the discus.

Hanceville showcased a great deal of individual greatness, receiving two victories each from Chris Smith (100- and 200-meter dashes) and Sheldon Lewis (shot put and discus), as well as a second-place run from Torrey Green in the 100-meter dash.

With superstar Tyler Boland on his way to strut his stuff in the triple jump at the exclusive Mobile Challenge of Champions, Troy Steele still made sure Vinemont’s presence was known. The youngster took first in the 800-meter run and third in the 300-meter hurdles to aid the Eagles’ fifth-place effort.  

Trey Guthery hopped, skipped and jumped to second in the triple jump, while Nathan Handley went home with third in the 1-mile run.

Addison’s girls touted four top-three spots from three different student-athletes. Summer Hinton was second in the high jump, Katie Russell was third in the long jump, and Jessica Taylor rounded out the group with third in the 100-meter hurdles and javelin.

Megan Barksdale, Melissa Clingman and Mykenzie Heaton represented Holly Pond quite nicely. Barksdale sported second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash, while Clingman glided to second in the 300-meter hurdles. Heaton capped off the trio with third in the 200-meter dash.

Barksdale, Clingman, Heaton and Starsha Trimble teamed up for first in the 4x100-meter relay.

Jaden Edge contributed a second-place result in the 1-mile and a third-place finish in the 2-mile to help St. Bernard’s girls cause.

Edge, Logan Ayers, Ayleana Mami and Morgan Matz also combined for yet another victory in the 4x800-meter relay.  

Good Hope’s Luke Taylor, second in the high jump, and Holly Pond’s Chris Whitehead, second in the javelin, completed the list of top-three student-athletes from The Times’ coverage area.

See the local top-eight individual and top-three relay results from Friday’s April Fools Invitational below:

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