GULF SHORES -- Anaya Thomas won one event and was second in two others to help Montgomery Academy to a third-place finish in the 4A state outdoor track meet at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex this weekend.
The MA senior won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.78 seconds, placed second in the triple jump and high jump and third in long jump to accumulate 32 points, the most of any athlete in the 4A meet.
She finished her high school career with the school record in the 100-meter hurdles and tied for the record in the school jump.
Brooks won the 4A championship with 75 points, followed by Randolph (65.5), Montgomery Academy (65), St. James (53) and White Plains (45.5). Alabama Christian placed 23rd with six points, earned with a third-place finish by Kate Finch in the 3200-meter run..
Freshman Isabella Johnson also had an impressive state meet performance for Montgomery Academy, placing third in both the shot put and the discus to grab the school record in both events.
Other Eagles who accumulated points at the state meet include Avery Arden Pemberton, who placed third in pole vault, followed by Holden Habermacher’s fifth-place finish; Anna Perry, who placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles; and Brie McClendon, who placed seventh in shot put.
In the relay events, the 4x800-meter team anchored by Perry and including Mattie Freeman, Marguerite Dillon and Elizabeth Ray finished fifth and the 4x100-meter team of Cydney Pepple, MJ Brown, Allie Fitzpatrick and Jai Ivy Raines placed seventh.
Bibb County won the boys’ state championship in 4A with 80 points, followed by Anniston (68), Randolph (51), Oneonta (48) and Etowah (42). Montgomery Academy was 16th with 14 points, St. James was 17th with 13 points, Alabama Christian was 26th with seven points and LAMP finished 36th.
For Montgomery Academy, its most impressive performance was a third-place finish by the nearly all-freshman 4x100-meter relay team of Rick McBride III, Chance Wilson, Tristan Dumas and Eli Jernigan. Also contributing to this team before his injury was Jack Garrett.
The Eagles also garnered points from a pair of fifth-place finishes by seniors Jackson Kelly (shot put) and Cooper Horn (pole vault).
St. James earned its points with a third-place finish by Connor Owens in shot put, a fourth-place effort by Lucas Huckabee in discus and a seventh-place finish by Carey Tripp Owens in the 400-meter dash.
ACA’s Demari Moore was fourth in the high jump and seventh in the 100-meter dash, while LAMP’s Agustin Lemuz was eighth in the 1600-meter run.