Guntersville track and field athletes made their way to Gulf Shores over the weekend to compete in the AHSAA State Track Meet.

More than 20 athletes from Guntersville made the trip down south to represent the Wildcats among dozens of teams from all over the state.

Track and field coach Chris Bashaw said the weekend went well and he feels this year’s team laid a good foundation to build on towards next season.

“Overall, I’m really proud of all the kids and their efforts not only at state but through this whole season,” he said. “We’re going to lose some big seniors but I think these underclassmen have learned a lot throughout this season, which will help them going into next year.”

Jayden Watkins and Kelcie Davis had the highest finishes out of all the Guntersville athletes at the state meet. Watkins finished 3rd in the high jump and Davis finished 3rd in the javelin. Watkins also finished 4th in the triple jump. Jadyn Bonds finished 4th in the high jump and 9th in the long jump.

For the boys, Dewayne Hundley finished 10th in the 400-meter run and the boys 4x400 team of Hundley, Taylor King, Lane Pilotte and Ashton Payne Finished 13th.

“We as coaches and the kids had a really good time down in Gulf Shores,” Bashaw said. “It was the first time competing at state for a lot of our athletes. Getting that kind of experience is always a good thing.”

Bashaw added, “Since the track and field kids who qualified for state had to miss prom, we did a mini prom for them at the place we stayed. That was a fun time, too. These kids work hard so it was great to see them rewarded by competing in state and having some fun in Gulf Shores.”

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