EA boys to vie for 7th straight track, field championship this week

Published 2:12 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

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Escambia Academy’s boys track and field team will vie for its seventh straight overall AISA state championship this week in Gulf Shores.

The state track and field meet is being held this Thursday and Friday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.

The Cougars won their sixth straight title last season after the pandemic year canceled activities.

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“They’ve been on quite a run,” EA track and field coach Hugh Fountain said. “This goes to show they’ve worked hard on their preparation and in the weight room.

“It’s quite an accomplishment because we’re a 2A school,” he said.

Before EA won its first title, no AISA Class 2A school won the overall state title.

Fountain said the work off the track is what helped the team win.

“And them putting in their time, and going to the meets,” he said. “We got to the meets in the AISA, and we just came from one at Jay (Fla.). They just don’t mind putting in the time wherever we are.”

Fountain said he’s hoping the boys will win the title.

“Still, six is the record, and getting seven would put us in elite company,” he said.