BIRMINGHAM — Vinemont's Tyler Boland led a group of several student-athletes from four local schools who participated at the Last Chance Invitational indoor track and field meet this past Friday and Saturday at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Eagle standout hopped, skipped and jumped to second in the triple jump (44'8.25”) and flew to fourth in the long jump (20'5”) at the final regular-season event before the state meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at the same venue.
Boland's teammate, Trey Guthery, was also on hand for the invitational, finishing tied for 17th in the high jump, 32nd in triple jump and 45th in long jump.
Chris Johnson and Mark Gomez highlighted Cullman's individual male competitors. Johnson snagged 10th in the shot put (43'6”) and 49th in the long jump, while Mark Gomez secured 19th in the 3,200-meter run.
The Bearcat boys were successful yet again in the 4x800-meter relay with a fourth-place finish. They were less than three-tenths of a second behind Hoover in third and nearly 12 second behind the winner, Vestavia Hills. The Alabama Runner's website did not provide the names of each school's relay participants.
Other notable Bearcat boy results are as follows: Stephen McNeal, 23rd in the 800-meter run; Caden Trelles, T-25th in the high jump and T-34th in the pole vault; Michael Bentley, T-29th in the pole vault and 34th in the triple jump; Devan Hall, 30th in the 3,200-meter run; Nicholas Fillinger, 32nd in the 3,200-meter run; Matthew Huddleston, 39th in the 800-meter run; and Cullman boys, 21st in the 4x400-meter relay.
Kelsey Wren headed a host of Bearcat girls at the meet by tying for 21st in the high jump. She was joined by Hillary Crider, who was 36th in the 3,200-meter run and 54th in the 1,600-meter run, as well as Marisa Franklin, who was 55th in the 1,600-meter run and 58th in the 800-meter run.
Cullman's Emma Doss barely missed out on making the finals in the 60-meter dash. She finished 18th in the preliminary round.
St. Bernard's Will Faulk had his long-distance prowess on full display with a 10th-place result in the 800-meter run to go along with his 20th-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
Fellow Saint Logan Ayers landed in 40th in the 1,600-meter run.
Cassi Still was Cold Springs' top student-athlete by taking 39th in the 3,200-meter run. Teammates Emily Campbell and Katie Huffstutler were 53rd and 60th, respectively, in the same race.
The Eagles' Kramer Crider claimed 48th from the same distance in the boys division.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.