track and field

Tallassee walked away with a combined six first-place finishes between its boys and girls track and field teams at the sectional meet last week. The Tigers placed in the top five of both team standings and qualified 14 athletes for this week’s state meet in Gulf Shores.

Woodrow Dean led the boys side to a third-place finish, grabbing three individual victories in distance running events. Dean got his first win in the 800 with a time of 2:04.01 before following it up with a nine-second victory in the 1,600 after running the event in 4:39.17. He also added a first-place finish in the 3200 by clocking in at 10:11.01.

Kalvin Levett got the only other win on the boys side. Levett finished in first place with a time of 15.34 in the 110 hurdles.

Levett qualified for state in three other events, including a second-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 20-03.5. He also finished third in the triple jump (42-04.25) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.90).

Jamicah Humphrey finished third in the long jump event, posting a 20-02.5. Jake Justiss qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in shot put with a distance of 39-05.

The boys had two top-four finishers in the javelin finals to qualify for state. Trent Cochran-Gill recorded a throw of 153-00 to finish in second while Will Smith finished in fourth place with a distance of 135-02.

The girls team finished in fourth place in the team standings behind a big day from Chloe Baynes. She qualified for state in four different events, including a victory by setting a personal record in the javelin throw with a distance of 97-06.

Baynes had a second-place finish in the high jump (4-08) and a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (32-03.75). She also finished third in the 100 with a time of 17.25.

Caitlyn Dowdell came close to Baynes in the 100 but fell within less than a tenth of a second to fourth place, still qualifying for state. Iyana Parker took first place in the even with a time of 16.29.

Parker finished in fourth place of the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.32 to qualify for state. Armani Wilkerson was just ahead of Parker and grabbed third place with a time of 52.68.