Three local athletes bring home state championships
Local athletes won three championships at their respective state track meets on Saturday.
Thorsby’s Sade’ Archie won her fifth state championship, this one coming in the 100-meter dash.
She ran the distance in 12.96 seconds.
“Sade has worked hard this year to improve her 100-meter performance, and this weekend it paid off,” THS coach Ginger Williams said. “In the prelim races, she actually finished third in the 100. So, going into finals, she was very focused and determined to win the 100.
“Her competitive drive and determination are why she is a repeating state track champion.”
Archie has won the 100 three consecutive years; she also has won two titles in the 200-meter dash.
Archie finished fourth in the 200-meter dash this year.
Marqueska Deramus, meanwhile, won what is believed to be Verbena’s first track and field state championship.
Deramus recorded a distance of 32’4” in the shot put.
VHS coach Jonathan Shedd said Deramus is proud of her accomplishment—but that she doesn’t show it.
“Seeing her walk around today, you wouldn’t know she had done anything,” Shedd said. After she won, she said, ‘I think you’re smiling bigger than I am.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry, I’ve never coached a state champion in track before.’”
Deramus was also second in the javelin and third in the discus.
The shot put wasn’t Deramus’ best effort of the year, but the javelin and discus distances were.
Maplesville’s Cameron Morrow also won a state championship, running the 100-meter dash in 11.38 seconds.
Morrow finished second in the 200-meter dash.
Isabella athletes also competed at the state meet, held at Birmingham-Southern College. IHS’s best finish was by Austin Haigler, who was third in the javelin throw with a distance of 153’10”.
Isabella’s Khadijah Craig was fourth in the shot put.
Sarah Graham was fourth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the 1,600-meter run.
There were several other close calls.
Maplesville’s Dylan Wallace was second in the shot put. Teammate Apollos Abercrombie finished third in the 800-meter run.
Chilton County’s Issac Ford finished 14th in the state in the discus throw at the 5A state meet in Gulf Shores.
Billingsley’s Lori Davis finished second in the javelin, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the shot put.
Billingsley’s Octavis Harris was second in the shot put and third in the discus.
Teammate Isacc Edwards finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.
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