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May 2, 2014

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Good Hope’s Guevara nabs pair of state titles; several other locals enjoy success at state meet

SELMA — Elena Guevara had every intention of winning a state title on Friday afternoon.

And that’s exactly what she did.

The Good Hope wheelchair athlete earned individual titles in both the Class 3A shot put and 400-meter events at the 1A-3A state track and field meet in Selma.

She became to the first wheelchair participant to compete in the event in several years, collecting 20 points for the Raiders on the day.

The 17-year-old was born with spina bifida and is handcuffed by scoliosis. However, neither of those unfortunate limitations could’ve stood in the way of her dream on Friday.

Just ask Good Hope coach Matt Heaton, who’s been amazed by what Guevara has accomplished throughout her career.

“I was happy to see her excited,” the coach said. “You could tell she enjoyed it. She’s ready to get back out there Saturday for her next two events.”

Guevara wasn’t the only athlete to show out on Day 1, either, as Addison’s Kayla Pruitt (high jump, 5’1”) and Vinemont’s Taylor Randall (javelin, 104’) finished first in their respective events as well.

Pruitt and Co. delivered a strong performance to vault the Bulldogs up to third in the 1A girls standings with one more day to go.

Logan Ayers (1,600-meter run) and Dakota Lott (100-meter hurdles) each came away with a second-place finish on the day, while the former helped her team shatter a state record in the 4X800-meter relay — only to broken again by first-place power Westminster later on in the meet.

On the boys’ side, Vinemont sits just nine points back in third place behind American Christian Academy and just three behind Piedmont for second. The Eagles’ Kurtis Brawner was second in the discus and javelin to pace the Red and White. Tyler Boland grabbed fourth in the triple jump, too.

“We had a lot of kids progress as the season went on and they worked hard and got better,” Vinemont coach Robin Netherton said. “You could see that today. We had a lot of PRs. We feel really good about tomorrow. The kids performed.”

Cullman, meanwhile, is fourth in 5A, as Kyle Norris placed runner-up in the 1,600-meter run. Fairview’s Caine Robinson was second in the 4A high jump to round out the top finishers.

Addison, Cold Springs, Good Hope, Hanceville, Holly Pond, St. Bernard and Vinemont were all represented in Selma, while Fairview and Cullman were in the mix at the Class 4A-6A State Championship in Gulf Shores.

See below for local top-eight individual and relay results from Day 1 of each respective state meet:

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