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March 13, 2013

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Still leads Cold Springs girls to team title at Fairview Invitational

FAIRVIEW — Cold Springs’ girls track and field squad is off to a torrid start after besting a six-school field to win the Fairview Invitational team title on Tuesday.

Cassi Still swept the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, and Kaleigh Merring, Katie Self and Christian Wilson all pitched in individual-event victories to propel the Lady Eagles to a 143.25-point total, nearly 25 more than second-place Falkville.

Merring’s top spot came in the 100-meter dash, while Self’s came in the shot put. Wilson tied for first in the high jump with West Point’s Erica Laidley.

The host Aggies put together a strong performance for the second time in as many meets, finishing third behind wins from Kelsi Davis (800-meter run), Ashley Sena (long jump) and Ashlee Caldwell (discus). They also received wins from their 4x400-meter relay foursome of August Stancil, Alexus Lindsey, Emilie Sena and an unnamed runner, as well as their 4x800-meter relay squad of Davis, Porcha Hunter, Ashley Sena and Stancil.

Holly Pond’s girls cleaned house in the short-distance races en route to a fifth-place result. Mykenzie Heaton stole the show in the 200-meter dash, as did Megan Barksdale in the 400-meter dash. The two combined with Melissa Clingman and Starsha Trimble for first in the 4x100-meter relay.

With Falkville owning the boys’ portion of the competition, the battle for second place came down to Fairview and Cold Springs. In the end, the runner-up spot went to the home-town team, which edged the Eagles by a single point.

Brady Johnson led the Aggies with a win in the 110-meter hurdles and teamed up with Ben Carroll, Tyler Echols and Austin Harris for a victory in the 4x100-meter relay.

Like his female counterpart in Still, Kramer Crider went back to Cold Springs with wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, while Logan Campbell and Vince Stewart joined in the fun by claiming respective victories in the pole vault and long jump.

West Point’s Kobe Smith couldn’t be beat in the 200-meter dash, and neither could his teammate, Austin Young, in the 100-meter dash.

Holly Pond’s Matt Cahoon rounded out the lengthy list of local winners.

With much-needed renovations not quite complete, Cold Springs will host its annual March Invite at Corner High on Friday. In addition to the Eagles’ boys and girls, Addison, Good Hope, Holly Pond and St. Bernard are teams from The Times’ coverage area scheduled to compete.

See a list of local top-five individuals and top-three relay results below: 

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