High school runners from all across north Alabama competed in a varsity track meet Friday afternoon in Albertville.

The meet was hosted by Albertville High School with 15 different high schools represented. The Guntersville Wildcats varsity team was one of the groups to take part in the meet. The Wildcats had several runners finish near the top of their respective categories.

Kenlie Nelson and Lauren Barrentine finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the girls’ 1600-meter. Barrentine also finished No. 1 in the girls’ 800-meter and Nelson finished No. 2 in the girls’ 3200-meter.

Jadyn Bonds finished No. 1 in the girls’ high jump. The boys’ 4x400-meter team of William Barkley, Ashton Payne, Dewayne Hundley and Luke Ausley finished No. 1.

Other top finishers for the Lady Wildcats were Nayeli Escobedo, 3rd in the 400-meter; Jayden Watkins, 4th in the 100-meter and high jump; Hannah Lane, 4th in 300-meter hurdles; Kelcie Davis, 3rd in javelin the girls’ 400-meter team of Anneliese Bradshaw, Escobedo, Amiyah Hampton and Chelsea Saucedo finished No. 2

Other top finishers for the Wildcats were Hundley, 2nd in the 400-meter and 2nd in the long jump and Barkley, 4th in the 300-meter hurdles.

"We started off the week hosting a home JV meet on Tuesday night.  Our JV girls came away with a victory over good programs like Albertville, Ft. Payne and Scottsboro," Guntersville track coach Chris Bashaw. "We have a large number of girls running in both JV and varsity meets.  Our boys team is young as well so we are trying to work those guys in some varsity meets for experience. We have seen steady improvements from our athletes who ran indoor.  Our athletes tho came out when outdoor started have been improving with each race they are entered in."

Bashaw spoke highly of the performance from the girls' in Albertville.

"Some highlights from Friday night were Kenlie Nelson and Lauren Barrentine going 1 & 2 in the girls 1600-meter," he said. "These two train together day in and day out. They work really hard to push each other and race well against each other. We had a good showing in the girls high jump as Jadyn Bonds cleared the bar at 5ft with new comer Jaydn Watkins clearing 4ft 8in.  We have depth this season in high jump which will help in April. Abby Chastain had a big evening in the discus setting a new personal record at 75ft 7in and Kelcie Davis throwing 85ft 11in in javelin which was a personal record. The girls finished 2nd as a team to Arab."

Bashaw went on to talk about the performance from the boys' side. 

"Dewayne Hundley finished 2nd in the boys 400m dash running a 53.86 in his first meet of the season," he said.  "Dewayne also jumped 19ft 4.5in in his long jump. Both of those events were personal records and Dewayne hasn’t ran since his freshman year."

DAR’s Lauren Buchanan finished No. 1 in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles and 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles. Emily McBee, also from DAR, finished No. 1 in the girls’ shot put and Ben Martin finished No. 1 in the boys’ high jump for the Patriots.

A full list of results can be found at www.al.milesplit.com. The Guntersville track team will compete in the Cullman Invitational this coming Saturday.

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