State track and field meet up next for St. Aloysius

Published 11:39 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011

St. Aloysius track coach Richard Hodges was still fuming Monday, two days after the conclusion of the Class 1A South State meet in Tylertown.

The Lady Flashes finished second in the team standings with 98 points, ending a streak of two straight meet titles. Montgomery County won the team title with 103 points.

Hodges, however, feels that Montgomery County has some explaining to do after they showed up to the South State meet with a full team — meaning every one of its athletes advanced through the first two rounds of competition.

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Hodges lodged a protest to the Mississippi High School Activities Association on Monday.

The Class 1A state meet begins Friday at 11 a.m. at Pearl High School. The Class 3A and 5A meets will take place at the same time, while Classes 2A, 4A and 6A compete on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

“It was all pretty hokey, to me,” Hodges said. “They (Montgomery County) had two in every event. You’re telling me, in two meets, they did not lose a single competitor. They only brought one sheet that said these were the four people who qualified from their region meet. Every other region meet, 1A through 6A, had their results posted online. I’ve taken it up with the state. I started fighting this on Saturday.”

The St. Al girls still managed to have a good day in Tylertown and qualified in 13 of the 17 events for the state meet.

Eighth-grader Maggie Waites was again a star, posting a new career best in the girls’ pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 3/4 inches. She will go for her second straight state title on Friday.

Katie Martin won the 3,200-meter run for her third straight postseason victory. She will also run in the 800-meter run after coming in fourth at Tylertown. Grace Burnett was third in the 3,200, while Elizabeth Counts grabbed second in the 1,600 meters.

McCalen Gray was the other St. Al winner, taking first in the high jump with a height of 4 feet. Madison Lumbley and Alisa Engel were second and fourth in the long jump, respectively, and advanced to the state meet. Lumbley was also fourth in the triple jump.

“We had one scratch,” Hodges said. “Alexa Engel hurt her knee in the 100 hurdles but still qualified. We scratched her out of the 300 hurdles.”

The Lady Flashes were also second in the 1,600-meter relay.

The St. Al boys were led by senior Matt Wooten, who won the discus with a toss of 127 feet, six inches. He was third in the shot put. The boys finished sixth in the team standings.

Ford Biedenharn qualified in the long jump and Barrett Teller made it in the 800. Luke Eckstein qualified in the 3,200 meter run.