CHHS tracksters qualify
eight for state at sectional
By STEVEN G. WATSON
The Charles Henderson Track team qualified for state in seven different events in Thursday’s meet at Memorial Stadium on the Troy State campus.
The Trojan tracksters took two first place finishes in the meet. Carmen Alexander paced the pack with a 66.4 in the 400 meters and Robert Maldon (2:14), Patrick Maldon (2:19), Michael Thomas (2:18) and Deandra Carlisle (2:13) combined on the 4 X 800 relay for a 9:05.9 as the winning team.
Other key qualifying performances by Charles Henderson tracksters was Clarissa Parker who broke her own school record of 31-feet, 6-inches with a jump of 32′ that was good enough for second at the meet.
Alexander placed third in the 200 meters with a 28.7. Alphonso Williams took third as well in the high jump clearing 5’10".
Carlisle took second in the 800 meters with a 2:12.7 showing and Jason Coskrey finished third in the 3200 meters after posting a 13:47.9 time.
Other top performances that missed qualifying were two fourth place finishes by both Quentin White and Michael Thomas. White pulled in at 53.2 in the 400 meters while Thomas finished the 800 meters in 2:15.6.
The same team that one the 4 X 800 scored a fourth place finish in the 4 X 400 with a 3:46.3 time.
Terrill Smith, White, Thomas and Kendrick Toney all had fifth place finishes. Smith jumped 19’8" in the long jump while White leaped 31’4" in the triple jump. Thomas (5:14.2) and Toney (49.4) competed in the 1600 meters and 300 Hurdles respectively.
Von Ewing scored a sixth place showing in the shot put with a 39’10" throw. Trevon Hemphill came in sixth in the high jump with a 5’6" jump.
Overall the CHHS boy’s team placed fourth with a total of 75.5 points. Wetumpka more than doubled the score of their closest competitor to win the met with a 193 on the boys side. Sylacauga (98) and Carroll (90) placed second and third respectively.
On the girl’s side of things, CHHS (28) placed sixth with a limited number of female participants.
Booker T. Washington won the meet with 116 points while there was a tie for second with Carroll and Sylacauga both scoring 106.
Those qualifying for State will travel to Tuscaloosa on May 5 and 6 for the state competition.