Piedmont ran away from the field in the Class 3A, Section 3 track meet at Mountain Brook Friday and Saturday and captured both the girls and boys championships. The girls scored 264.5 points, almost 200 points more than second place Brindlee Mountain (76.5). With 224 points, the Bulldogs easily outdistanced second place Vinemont (138).
“Utter excitement from Friday all the way to Saturday afternoon. Tired that afternoon but very excited,” was Mitchell’s description of his athletes’ reactions. “They were happy, running hard, things going good and that’s what you like to see. As a coach, you like to see that because you know if that happens something’s going good for you. I was excited, the parents were. It was just an exciting time for our track and field at Piedmont.”
Despite Piedmont’s outstanding efforts in both the girls and boys sectionals, Mitchell cautioned against overconfidence and complacency, noting that the state meet is “really, really competitive.”
“Just because you do that in sectional, doesn’t mean you’re going to turn around and do that the next week when you get to state because sectional is just getting there,” Mitchell said. “Your performance at sectional doesn’t necessarily give you a good indication of what you’re going to do at state. All sectionals do is get you qualified to go to compete at state.”
The top five finishers in each event at each of four sectionals plus the next four best times or distances qualified for state.
For Piedmont, Karri Green won both the girls’ glamour events, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, and Carlie Flowers gave Piedmont a 1-2 finish in the 200. Tivis Green and Bre Green were 1-2 in the 400-meter dash and Jakieya Mitchell was fifth. Mitchell won the 800-meter run and Bre Green was third. Macy Hanson was fifth in the 3200-meter run.
Riesha Thompson was second in the 100-meter hurdles while Karri Green, Tivis Green and Bre Green were second, third and fifth respectively in the 300-meter hurdles.
Piedmont finished first in each of the three relay races. The 4x100 team included Riesha Thompson, Flowers, Tivis Green and Karri Green. Running legs in the 4x400 were Tivis Green, Mitchell, Sarah Garner and Flowers. In the 4x800 were Mitchell, Megan Mohan, Breanna Odell and Bre Green.
In girls’ field events, BreAnna Thompson was first, Garner second and Brittany Holloway tied for third in the high jump. Mallory Roberts won the pole vault while Hanson and Hayden Tyree tied for second. BreAnna Thompson was first, Garner second and Riesha Thompson third in the long jump.
In the triple jump, BreAnna Thompson was first, Riesha Thompson second and Garner third. BreAnna Thompson won her fourth individual event when she finished first in the shot put and Lulu Jackson was fifth. Tamia Jackson was fourth and Jaylon Major fifth in the discus.
For the boys, Piedmont’s Denard Spears was first in both the 100 and 200. C.J. Savage was fourth in the 100 and Cody Daughtry was third in the 200. Jamaal Young was first and Daughtry third in the 400.
In the distances, Young finished second in the 800. Justin Escamilla was fifth in the 3200. Escamilla was sixth at Mountain Brook in the 1600, the metric mile, but qualified with one of the best four wildcard times. Sarandon Dunbar was third in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.
All three relays went to Piedmont. Jamie Major, Daughtry, Darnell Jackson and Spears teamed to win the 4x100. Justin Young, Daughtry, Laphonso Burroughs and Jamaal Young won at 4x400. The winning 4x800 team included Justin Young, Escamilla, Jabari Calloway and Jamaal Young.
Jamie Major was first and Michael DeVoe second in the javelin. Exavyer Jackson and Logan Moore earned Piedmont a 1-2 finish in the shot and Marquez Gamble was fifth. Moore was first and Jaylon Johnson third in the discus.
In the jumps, Darnell Jackson was first in the high jump and Burroughs fourth. Jackson and Burroughs were second and third respectively in the triple jump. Chase Keener finished second in the pole vault and Skylar Fontaine was fifth. Spears was third in the long jump and Burroughs fourth.