Cougars racking up titles
Published 3:51 pm Monday, April 26, 2010
By By Chandler Myers
Escambia Academy’s boys track team surpassed their three-peat of AISA state championships in track by winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive track championship Thursday in Selma.
The Cougars’ boys team beat out Springwood Academy by outscoring them 59-53 to earn the AISA Class 2A championship and a third overall finish at the 1A-3A meet falling to first place Tuscaloosa Academy and second place Lee-Scott Academy both 3A schools.
Heath Gibson, head coach for the EA track teams, said he can breath easy now that his team won another championship.
Escambia Academy’s Jaylen Henry was the only boy to record a first-place finish at the meet winning the 100-meter and the long jump. Henry’s other individual placing was third in the 200-meter.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Braxton Chastang took home a second place finish for the Cougars.
The Cougars’ two relay teams took home third place finishes with Jon Dean, Brandon Goddard, Jake Wasdin and Henry running the 4X200 and James Dean, Cameron McGhee, Phillip Kabbot and J.P. Sawyer running the 4X800.
Wade Matthews and Jarrett Hadley were the other Cougars to place individually with Matthews taking fourth in the 1600m and 3200m and Wasdin finishing fourth in the high jump.
On the female side of the meet, the Lady Cougars were able to distance themselves from Autauga Academy winning 31-18 to clinch their first back-to-back championships in track.
Gibson said it was great for the girls to pick their second straight championship. He added they did not know until the end whether they had won or not.
For the Lady Cougars, Amber Huskey picked up the lone first place finish taking it in the discus. She also finished third in the shotput.
Both relay teams for the Lady Cougars finished in third with the team of Lacie Flowers, Page Lancaster, Nikki Bryan and Brooke McGhee running the 4X100 and the team of Chelsey Ramer, Grayson Emmons, Peyton Snider and Kristen Matthews in the 4X800.