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Track has strong showing at Blazer Invite

Track has strong showing at Blazer Invite

By Rochelle Black

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Shorter track and field teams wrapped up their second meet of the season at the Birmingham Crossplex Friday night.

For the Lady Hawks, it was Shea Spicher who began the meet with the mile run. Going up against over thirty teams, including some from as far as California and Ohio, The NCCAA Cross Country All-American ran a season opening, and personal best, time of 5:18.44. Her 14th place finish was followed by Ashley Logan's 31st place finish (5:41.64).

Ayana Walker, the Jenkins County product, followed suit running the women's 400 meter dash in 56.54 seconds, good enough for 4th place overall. Ashley Ballard (58.39) and Sarah Jude (1:03.32) rounded out the women's quarter mile.

Lakeisha Spikes garnered 35th place in the women's 60 meter dash. Crossing the tape in 7.91 was just shy of qualifying for the finals, but pulled along teammates Jasmine Jackson (8.16) Alexis Smith (8.19). Smith, who ran on one of the nation's fastest high school 4x100 relays last year, finished her day with a collegiate best in the 200 meter dash, turning in a time of 26.55. Chelsey Thomas (26.68) and Dominique Hoskins (28.16) closed out the ladies' sprints.

In the 60 hurdles, Tamala Daley, former school record holder in the event, debuted with a modest 9.30 seconds. Zandra Lake (9.42) beat out teammates Chelsey Thomas (9.44), Kryslynn Davidson (9.54), heptathlete Kaileigh Satterfield (9.94), and Sarah Jude (10.17).

Senior Rachel McDaniel led the way in the 800 meter run. Her 2:27.02 time was a season's best, but also pulled Daisy Helm through just behind her in 2:30.55. Helm, the former Starr's Mill star, ran her first race after an injury setback in the fall, and looked to be in good form. Breiona Badie (2:38.72) and newcomer Torriamanda Hunte (2:42.93) completed the race for the Lady Hawks.

Katie Rutledge put in the most mileage on the day. The fifteen lap 3k race was her challenge, stopping the clock at 11:53.66.

In the field events, Ane Aldana and Daley made their marks in the triple jump, jumping 36 feet, 2.75 and 39 feet, 8 inches, respectively. Madison Sears was the newest member of the school record books. The freshman thrower launched the 25 pound weight 41 feet 4.25 inches, shattering the school record by over 3 feet.

The men's success came from Daniel Alexis. Also a thrower, he bettered his own school record in the 35 pound weight throw, tossing a distance of 51 feet 4.25 inches. On the track, the success followed.

In the men's 60 meter dash, Kirk Wilson took 4th with a 6.80 finish. Bradley Moon (7.10), Allen Huntley (7.03), Wesley Clay (7.29), and Devin Helvie (7.33) showed that footballers can take to the track just the same.

Huntley came back in the 200 meter dash to win his heat in 22.47. Starting fullback Moon also took to the one lap race (23.37), as did Clay (23.64).

Sophomore Cole Rice was the top Hawk finisher in the men's 400 meter dash. His 50.74 time was followed by Gregory Roachford (51.36) and Dwight White (51.51)

Derek Douglas was the lone 800 runner, coming through in a personal best of 2:04.64. Carlos Perez, another All-American in cross country, stretched his legs in the mile, pacing the field in 4:27.83.

The team has little time to relax, as they take to the road again next weekend. This time, they travel to Bloomington, Indiana for the Gladstein Invitational.

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