The Elmore County boys track team had a big day at the Class 4A Section 2 meet in Beauregard last week. The Panthers racked up afive first-place finishes while qualifying nine athletes across 10 different events for this week’s state meet in Gulf Shores.
DJ Patrick led the way, securing wins in each of his four events. He grabbed first place in the long jump finals with a distance of 22-00.5 before beating the competition in the triple jump by posting a 47-02.
Patrick continued his big day on the track with a time of 49.79 seconds to win first place in the 400. He then led the Panthers’ 4x400 to a victory with a time of 3:25.80.
Elmore County’s 4x8 qualified for state with a time of 8:31.62. The Panthers finished in second place in the finals, falling behind the leaders by less than three seconds.
Reece Baker finished in second place in the 200 with a time of 22.82 seconds to qualify for state. He also finished in second place, behind only Patrick, in the 400 with a time of 50.83.
Zefeniah Edwards qualified for state in two events, including finishing behind Patrick and Baker in the 400 with a time of 51.96. He finished in third place in the 800 after finishing the event in 2:03.44.
Shakwan Bickley got the only other win of the weekend for the Panthers. He posted a 6-02 in the high jump to finish in first and qualify for the state meet.
Dalton Odom finished in third place in the javelin with a throw of 138-00.5. Sam Barlet qualified for state after running the 110 hurdles in 16.64 for a fifth-place finish.
Panthers grab 3 wins
in postseason tune-up
The Elmore County softball team traveled to Pleasant Home cap off its regular season with another tournament. The Panthers grabbed three wins before falling in the semifinals against G.W. Long on Saturday.
The Panthers (18-13) started with a 5-0 win against Kinston on Friday. Madison Britt hit two homers and finished with four RBIs in just two at bats to give Elmore County the opening win.
Maci Curlee pitched five scoreless innings to get the win in the circle. She allowed just four hits and walked one while striking out five.
After losing to Excel to finish off the first day, the Panthers returned to action with a 9-4 win against T.R. Miller. Madelyn Becker and Curlee each recorded three hits while CJ Thornton reached base in all three plate appearances and led the team with three runs scored.
Curlee was back in the circle for Elmore County’s 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals. She pitched six innings and allowed eight hits but limited Andalusia to two runs and struck out three for her 11th win of the season.
Akerria Harden had two RBIs in the win, including a walk-off single to score Britt in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Panthers advanced to face G.W. Long but fell 14-0 in their final regular season game.
Elmore County will travel to Holtville on Thursday to begin postseason play. The Panthers will play BTW in the first round as they need two wins to automatically qualify for the regional tournament in Oxford.