The Alabama high school indoor track championships were held recently in Birmingham. It was a Guntersville Wildcat standing atop the podium at the end of a girls’ event.
Jadyn Bonds brought home gold in the high jump with a crowd of family and friends on hand to watch.
The CrossPlex in Birmingham played host to the indoor championships with COVID-19 protocols in place. Guntersville’s indoor track team was able to navigate all of those issues and distractions and have one athlete win gold and four other teams place.
Guntersville track and field coach Chris Bashaw said Jadyn worked hard all week leading up to the event.
“Jadyn was the top jumper in the state all year long right with Olivia Moore from UMS-Wright who placed second,” he said. “We knew going into the meet that all she had to focus on was the high jump. So, we really dialed in a plan for her and she was very focused the day of the meet.”
Bashaw said Jadyn didn’t touch the bar on her 4’6, 4’8 and 4’10 jumps, which gave her an edge going into the 5’0 jump.
“By 5 feet, there were only three girls left including Jadyn,” Bashaw said. “All three girls hit the bar at 5’0 the first two jumps but Jadyn cleared it on her third jump, which won her the gold. She had about 12 family members there watching and they were definitely the loudest folks there. You could tell how happy Jadyn was and we were all thrilled for her, too.”
Other finishers were the Guntersville boys 4x800 relay team, which placed 8th, and the 4x400 relay team, which finished 10th.
The 4x800 girls team finished 8th and the 4x400 team finished 10th.
The Wildcats are gearing up to begin the outdoor track season. They began practicing this past Wednesday.