CCHS track team holds intrasquad meet

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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By Zachary Seifter/ Staff Writer

The Chilton County High School track team held an intrasquad meet on March 12.

The team was forced to do an intrasquad meet because of the cancellation of a previously scheduled meet that was to take place in Wetumpka. The team was unable to enter any other scheduled meets in time, so they settled for a bit of team competition.

“Our motto is ‘Iron sharpens iron,’” CCHS Track coach Derrick Gibson said. “So, we just said we’ll sharpen each other that day.”

The meet took place at the Clanton City Park track. The races that the team ran were a men and women’s 100-meter dash, a 200-meter dash, a 400-meter dash, an 800-meter dash, a 4-by-1 team race and a special race the team calls a “Clydesdale.”

Among some of the winners were Petra Johnson, who Gibson called “one of our top female athletes,” along with B.J. Davis and Jabaerrius Peake. Those three runners all share something in common. They all are athletes that Gibson feels have the chance to do some real damage the rest of the season and beyond.

“[Their ceiling] is as far as they want to go,” Gibson said. “I mean we’re talking about possibly one day representing our country in the Olympics … Their work ethic is phenomenal. I mean, to have kids work as hard as they do, it makes coaching easy.”

While those three showed out at the intrasquad meet, Gibson said he was extremely pleased with the level at which the entire team competed, especially considering that they were only going up against each other as opposed to other schools.

The competitive spirit is something that Gibson hopes will help the team achieve its goal of bringing home multiple state titles this year.

“I can definitely see a state title in the 4-by-1, my girls 100 meters, my boys 100 meters and even my distance runners,” Gibson said. “I mean, we’re right there on the cusp.”