Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor
Several local track and field athletes medaled at meets last Friday (Apr. 2).
At the Scottsboro Invitational, Westbrook Christian’s Carl Henry won the shot put event with a throw of 47-01.50. He took second place in the discus with a toss of 132-10.50. Teammate Sage Robertson finished third in the both the javelin (134-08) and the 200-meter dash (23.69).
The Ashville girls and boys finished second and third, respectively, at the Lincoln Meet No. 4.
Winning individual first-place gold for the Bulldogs were Kayla Simpson (pictured above) in the girls 300-meter hurdles (53.61); Kaylan Ladosky in the girls discus (78-01); and Nick Spears in the boys pole vault (11-00.00).
Gaston’s Kodie Bogle won the boys javelin with a toss of 129-06.
First-place relay winners were the Ashville girls 4×400-meter team of Emma Drinkard, Molly Northam, Emma Thompson and Kathleen McCarthy (5:04.81) and the Ashville girls 4×800-meter team of Callie Stewart, Meghan McCarthy, Kathleen McCarthy and Emma Drinkard (11:03.78).
Earning the second-place sliver for Ashville were Emma Drinkard in the girls 100-meter dash (13.37); Taylor Knight in the girls 1600-meter run (5:44.81); Molly Northam in the girls 300-meter hurdles (54.98); and Kayla Simpson in the girls triple jump (30-03.00).
Bulldogs taking home the third-place bronze were Taylor Knight in the girls 400-meter run
(1:10.69); Meghan McCarthy in the girls 3200-meter run (13:24.60); Clayton Knight in the boys 1600-meter run (5:19.53); Gabe Sawyer in the boys 110-meter hurdles (18.96) and the boys 300-meter hurdles (45.17); Clayton Knight in the boys pole vault (8-06.00); Jonah Carden in the boys discus (85-02); and the boys 4×100-meter relay team of Austin Kennedy, Greyson Simpson, Travis Smith and Xavier Bothwell (48.74).