By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
If some is good, then more is better.
At least, when it comes to St. Bernard’s runners and winning state titles, it is.
That was the case once again this past May as the Saints picked up four individual titles at the Class 1A state track and field championship, three from Will Faulk and one from Ayleana Mami, to go along with other solid team performances.
Faulk shined for the Saints as the then-junior hit the runners’ trifecta, placing first in his three distance races, the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200- meter runs.
“A triple win at a state meet is pretty rare,” Saints’ coach William Calvert told The Times. “For a distance runner to do it, that’s just unbelievable.
Joining Faulk was teammate Mami, who completed the Saints’ sweep in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:05.74.
She was also fourth indiviually in the 800-meter run.
Logan Ayers took home a second- and third- place finish, respectively, in the 800- and 1600- meter runs.
Both Saints’ teams placed third in the 4x800-meter.
St. Bernard’s also made it rain during its tear through the cross country season.
Ayers, seven wins, and Faulk, two wins and eight top-three finishes, were the Saints top-two runners all year long.
Both were recently named The Times’ runners of the year for their solid performances throughout the 2012 campaign.
They weren’t the only ones, either.
Mami was also a top-tier runner for the Saints and, with the emergence of Jaden Edge this season, St. Bernard looks to continue its roll in the coming years.
Seamus Russell had been the Saints’ number two before eventually taking the top spot away from Faulk during sectionals and the state meet.
Hanceville joined in on the fun as well, at least during its track and field season.
The Bulldogs won the 3A 4x100-meter relay thanks to solid performances across the board from speedsters Diamond Simmons, Broc Malcom, J.J. Washington and Torrey Green.
The same team, minus Green and plus Caleb Hurst, claimed their second title of the state meet with a win in the 4x400-meter relay.
Simmons was the highlight for the Bulldogs, setting a school record in the 200-meter with a time of 22.38.
Simmons’ teammate, Malcom, also took care of his business by securing the state record on his way to victory in the 400-meter dash.
The Bulldogs didn’t stop there.
Sheldon Lewis blew away the competition in the discus throw (135’2”) and shot put (48’4.75) to win the state championships in each division.
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at email@example.com.