Chilton County athletes headed to state track and field finals
Published 11:58 am Wednesday, May 3, 2023
By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer
After Chilton County area high schools sent nearly 100 track and field athletes to the sectionals meets on April 28-29, over 20 athletes advanced from the sectionals to the state championship meets.
Billingsley High School is sending 10 athletes to the Class 1A-3A AHSAA State Championship Meet at Cullman High School on May 5-6. The Bears’ boy’s team picked up five sectional event wins including Colton Lawrence who won the 800-meter run to qualify for the state meet. The Billingsley boy’s team were crowned the Class 1A Section 2 champions with their performances at the meet.
Lawrence will also compete in the boy’s 400-meter dash at the state meet as well. Other sectional event winners were Caleb Cook in the boy’s javelin throw, Z’Londre Tyus in the boy’s shot put, the 4×400 meter relay team (E.J Dennis, Andrew Johnson, Cook and Lawrence) and the 4×800 relay team (Caleb Hornady, Cook, Johnson and Lawrence).
Isabella High School will send five athletes to join Billingsley at the Class 1A-3A State Championship Meet. This includes Jimmie Sosa who won the boy’s javelin throw at the Mustangs’ sectional meet with a 148-foot, 2-inch throw. Isabella will also take DeAsia Wilson to the state meet to compete in the girl’s high jump after a second-place finish in the sectional meet. Wilson has experience at the state meet from past years and hopes that experience can help lead the other Isabella athletes.
Maplesville High School is the final Chilton County area school that will be represented at the Class 1A-3A state meet with nine athletes competing. Will Harrison, a veteran at the state meet, will compete in both the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs. The Red Devils have three hurdlers competing at the meet as well in Dalton Carter, Luke Dutton and Brennan Harrison. All three will be in the 110-meter hurdles, and Carter will compete in the 300-meter hurdles as well.
Chilton County High School will be represented at the Class 4A-7A AHSAA State Championship Meet by Demarcus Riddick and Destiny Martin. Riddick qualified in the boy’s javelin throw and long jump, and Martin will compete in the girl’s discus throw. The Tigers competitors will have their state meet at the Gulf Shores Municipal Track on May 4-6.
Chilton County area state championship meet competitors:
Chilton County High School
Demarcus Riddick: javelin throw, Destiny Martin: discus throw
Isabella High School
Jimmie Sosa: javelin throw, DeAsia Wilson: high jump, Kaedon Abbott: discus throw, Bryce Masone: triple jump, Bucky Smith: discus throw
Maplesville High School
Amerricca Wilson, Madison Mitchell, Kamylia Talley, Kenndy Cleckley: girl’s 4×100-meter relay team, Will Harrison: 1600-meter and 800-meter runs, Dalton Carter: 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Luke Dutton: 110-meter hurdles, Brennan Harrison: 110-meter hurdles, Amerricca Wilson: 200-meter dash, Ethan Rencher: 200-meter dash
Billingsley High School
Caydin Hornady, Zara Estric, Megan Chandler, Alana Jones: girl’s 4×100-meter relay team, Z’Londre Tyus, Javaris Livingston, Randriquis McCary, Shamarion Massey: boy’s 4×100-meter relay team, Colton Lawrence: 1600-meter run, 800-meter run and 400-meter dash, Alana Jones: 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles, Zara Estric: 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, Edward Dennis: 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, Javaris Livingston: 100-meter dash, Caydin Hornady: girl’s javelin throw