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St. Al track rolls to North State championship

St. Aloysius’ boys’ track team already had two victories in the bag when it returned to Clarksdale for the final day of the MAIS Class AAA North State meet on Saturday.

It added a lot more to the total.

Donald Woodson won three individual events — the 100 meters, 200 meters and 300 hurdles — and three relays, and Jamar Williams took gold in the 400 meters and three relays as the Flashes ran away with the team title.

St. Al totaled 84 points to blow away runner-up Hartfield Academy, which scored only 31.

More importantly, the Flashes got athletes through to the Class AAA state meet in 17 events. It’s a total that should give them enough to contend for a team championship when the state meet begins Friday at Jackson Academy.

“I think we’ve got a better chance than we had last year,” St. Al coach Michael Fields said. “We just need a little help down south. The teams down there aren’t as strong overall, so there’s a couple that send a lot of people to state. We chew each other up pretty good up here in the north.”

Woodson led St. Al by winning the 300-meter hurdles in 41.80 seconds, the 200 meter dash in 21.64, and the 100 meters with a wind-aided time of 10.60 seconds.

Woodson also teamed with Williams, Antonio Thompson and Preston McGowan to win the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. Woodson, Williams, Tyler Lewis and Chandler Roesch were on the winning 4×400 meter relay.
Roesch, Lewis, Evan Fedell and Gregory Thomas won the 4×800 meter relay.

The field events were held Wednesday, and the Flashes won two events there. McGowan won the long jump, and Jaylen Whitaker won the shot put.

In the girls’ meet, St. Al didn’t win any events and finished fourth as a team, but did have seven second-place finishes — Madelyn Polk was second in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, Dede Apenyo in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and Natalie Burke in the triple jump.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Burke, Mary Ranager, Ann Elizabeth Farthing and Katherine Mathis finished fourth and also qualified for the state meet.