Last weekend, the Guntersville Wildcats varsity track and field team competed in the Cullman Invitational along with 54 other schools from around the state.
Of those 54 teams, three were Marshall County teams. For Guntersville, the highest finisher of the event was Jadyn Bonds as she finished 3rd in the high jump competition. Jayden Watkins finished 9th in the same event.
William Barkley finished 10th in the 300-meter hurdles and Kelcie Davis finished 11th in the javelin throw.
"We knew going in that this meet would be very competitive and a long meet," Guntersville track and field coach Chris Bashaw said. "Our throwers in javelin and discus faced strong head/cross winds. Cesleigh Martin, an 8th grader, threw a new personal record in the discus of 73 ft. 6 in. while finishing 20th. Kelcie Davis, a 10th grader, threw a new personal record in the javelin of 86 ft. 8 in. facing a head wind and finishing 11th."
Bashaw continued, "Anna Waldrop, a 10th grader and Ursula Rice, an 11th grader, both broke the 26 ft. mark in shot put setting personal records while finishing 23rd & 24th overall. The girls 4x100 team of Baylee Bonds, Anna Waldrop, She’Londa Wellington and Nayeli Escobedo finished 10th and the girls 4x400 team of Nayeli Escobedo, Annelise Bradshaw, Anna Waldrop and Lauren Barrentine finished 8th. Jadyn Bonds finished 3rd in the high jump clearing 4 ft. 10 in. and Jayden Watkins finished 9th clearing the bar at 4 ft. 6in. Overall, the girls finished 21st which put them in the top 1/3 of the meet."
Bashaw said the meet was a good chance for his team to get familiar with possible competition down the road.
"Overall the meet was a good chance to see competition that we may not see again until sectionals or state," he said. "We are seeing those progressions that we look for each year 'trusting the process' and feel that we should continue that trend through the month of April. We have meets coming up at Scottsboro, Albertville and at home. All of those meets will provide good competition for our athletes. Looking at the potentials, we have quite a few athletes that will be able to have a chance to qualify for the state championship meet April 28th – May 1st. As I keep telling some of the athletes, 'Be patient and trust the process' and everything will be fine. Losing last season caused our 8th graders to miss out on seeing the progression. We have a great group of young athletes coming up and the future is bright."
The DAR Patriots also competed in the event. Top finishers for the Patriots were Emily McBee who placed 8th in the discus throw and Victoria Nickell who finished 9th in the 100-meter run.
Brindlee Mountain also had runner compete in Cullman. Chantzley Kirkland finished 7th in the 300-meter hurdles.