The Cedar Bluff Tigers clinched their fourth straight Class 1A, Section 3 track and field championship on Thursday and Friday at Jacksonville State University, and are now on their way to defend their three-peat state title.
To win their sectional title, the Tiger boys team held off Alabama School for Deaf (ASD), Gaylesville, Donoho, and Winterboro. The girls took claimed first place by defeating ASD, Gaylesville and Donoho.
Cherokee County High School’s track and field team also did well in their Class 4A, Section 3 events as well. The Warriors qualified for the 4A State Championship by competing against Saks, Ashville, Munford, Douglas, Childersburg, Cleburne County, Anniston, St. Clair County, Lincoln, and Jacksonville.
The Cedar Bluff boys took first place in the 800-meter run, 110-meter hurdles, pole vault, discus, and 4x800 meter relay. The boys also finished second in the 3200-meter run, triple jump, javelin, high jump, mile run, and 4x800-meter relay.
Individual results were not posted by sectional officials as of The Herald’s press time on Monday.
“We have qualified strong, and as long as the team keeps the great attitude they have, we are in a great spot to have the chance to win another state title,” said Cedar Bluff boys coach Mark Mitchell.
The Cedar Bluff girls placed high in many events as well. The girls won in the discus, long jump, 400-meter relay, 800-meter run, 3200-meter run and other events.
Izzy Armstrong, long-distance runner for Cedar Bluff, took first in the 3200 meter and said, “ ...it felt good to win 1st place, but I thought I could have done better.”
The Cherokee County Warriors earned victories in the girls 1-mile, girls 800-meter, boys 100-meter, and also placed well in several other competitions.
“Everyone who was expected to do well had done so and others that were on the borderline have really stepped up.” Cherokee County coach Tripp Curry said. “As a whole, we’ve done well.”
Warrior senior Colin Perry broke a school record at the meet with his performance in the 300-meter hurdles. The record was held by Perry’s father, Dr. Barton Perry of Centre.
It was a close race, with Perry coming in second just behind the defending 4A state champion in that event.
“It was something I had been working on for the past two years and I felt I was gonna do it at the state finals or here,” Perry said about breaking the CCHS record.
Both Cherokee County and Cedar Bluff hope to end their seasons on a strong note at the track and field state championships this weekend. The Class 1A-3A State Meet is Friday and Saturday at Birmingham Southern College. The Class 4A-6A championship will be held the same days at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores.
“Competition is gonna be real tough, and if we win that means we’ve done our job,” Carpenter said.