Locals compete at Oxford meet


Photo: Gadsden City’s Emani Morgan (pictured at center) competes against Alexandria’s Karlee Walker (left) and Center Point’s Nickia McCary in the 100-meter dash event at the Oxford Meet No. 1 last Saturday (Mar. 13) at Choccolocco Park. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor

The Ashville High girls track and field team finished third and the Gadsden City girls came in sixth among 21 teams at the Oxford Meet No. 1 last Saturday (Mar. 13) at Choccolocco Park.
The Lady Bulldogs compiled 62 points, just four and one-half points behind runner-up Heard County of Georgia. The Lady Titans racked up 51.50 points.
The Southside boys finished sixth out of 18 teams, while the Ashville boys came in ninth.
Winning the first-place gold individually were Gadsden City’s Emani Morgan, who clocked in at 12.69 in the girls 100-meter dash, and Ashville’s Taylor Knight, who ran the girls 3200-meter run at 12:58.78.
Two local teams won the 4×800-meter relay event. Ashville’s Emma Drinkard, Kathleen McCarthy, Meghan McCarthy and Callie Stewart took the girls’ event with a time of
10:44.16. The Southside boys posted a winning time of 8:35.34 courtesy of Ryan Maudsley, Jackson Griggs, Luke Holcombe and Will Anglea.
Earning the second-place sliver were Ashville’s Emma Drinkard in the girls’ 400-meter dash 1:02.11) and Southside’s Will Shirley in the boys’ javelin (123-10). Three local relay teams finished runner-up: the Gadsden City girls’ 4×100 of Kyla Price, Trinity Price, Amelia Ryan and
Emani Morgan (50.58); the Southside boys 4×100 of Christopher Butler, Nathan Whitt, Cody Roberts and Grayson Russell (44.18); and the Gadsden City boys 4×400 of Da’Quandalon Daniel, DeMarcus Macon, Tanner Rice and Ja’Quan Woods (3:39.99).
Taking the third-place bronze were Gadsden City’s Emani Morgan in the girls 200-meter dash (26.70); Ashville’s Kathleen McCarthy in the girls 1600 run (6:16.70); Gadsden City’s Kyla Price in the girls 400-meter dash (1:02.23); Ashville’s Meghan McCarthy in the girls 3200-meter run (13:33.47); Gadsden City’s Tanner Rice in the boys 3200-meter run (10:42.05); Ashville’s Nick Spears in the boys pole vault (10-00.00); and the Gadsden City girls 4×400 team of Emani
Morgan, Kyla Price, Trinity Price and Jadien Price (4:25.54).

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