The Cullman Times
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:
Kayla Pruitt, first in high jump (5'1”) and fourth in discus
Emee Baldwin, second in pole vault
Summer Hinton, fourth in high jump
Abbie Chambless, seventh in high jump
Jessica Taylor, seventh in 100-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Lauren Cutcher, eighth in discus
McKensie Chambless, eighth in 100-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Elena Guevara, first in the shot put (4’3.5”) and 400-meter dash (3:15)
Logan Ayers, second in 1,600-meter run
Leahrose Mami, seventh in 1,600-meter run
Ayers, Ayleana Mami, Ivy Edge and Jaden Edge, second in the 4X800-meter relay
Dakota Lott, second in 100-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Rachel Haynes, eighth in 100-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Katie Huffstutler, Abi Burrow, Emily Campbell, Josie Stanley, eighth in the 4x800-meter relay
Mykenzie Heaton, sixth in long jump
Melissa Clingman, eighth in high jump
Megan Barksdale, Clingman, Heaton and Starsha Trimble, fifth in 4x100-meter relay prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Alexus Lindsey, fifth in 100-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Sarah Harper, eighth in 400-meter dash
Kaela Hall, fifth in 400-meter dash
Taylor Randall, first in javelin (104’)
Tori Wisner, third in javelin and seventh in shot put
Savanna Canter, eighth in 100-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Kurtis Brawner, second in discus and javelin
Tyler Boland, fourth in triple jump
Bo Wright, sixth in javelin
Nathan Handley, Trey Waldrep, Wayne Partain and Stevie Yeager, seventh in 4X800-meter relay
Kyle Norris, second in 1,600-meter run
Ben Johnson, fifth in shot put
Norris, Ben Ratliff, JD Warner and Walker Caretti, seventh in the 4X800-meter relay
Caine Robinson, second in high jump and fourth in triple jump
Austin Burwell, sixth in 110-meter hurdles prelim, qualifies for Saturday’s final
Jared Stanley, seventh in 1,600-meter run
Kenneth Barfield, Stanley, C.J Lang and Morgan Smith, fifth in the 4X800-meter relay
Ronnie Willette, third in discus
Kaleb Estil, fourth in discus
Matt Cahoon, eighth in discus
Marco Tona, fifth in 1,600-meter run
Fourth in 4x800-meter relay (Steven Mami, Will Sciaroni, Nate Giffin and Tona)
Caleb Hurst, sixth in 400-meter dash