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Track athletes headed to state

Denzel McAlpine and Logan McVay compete against Escambia County runners during a sectional meet. Several Demopolis athletes qualified for this week’s state meet in Gulf Shores.

Denzel McAlpine and Logan McVay compete against Escambia County runners during a sectional meet. Several Demopolis athletes qualified for this week’s state meet in Gulf Shores.

Four Marengo County Schools will have athletes participating in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 1A-3A and 4A-7A state track and field championships this week in Cullman and Gulf Shores.

After qualifying last week in sectionals at McGill-Toolen High School, Demopolis will compete in 19 different events in Gulf Shores for the 4A-7A state championships. Demopolis’ NyKeria Grayer and Shy’shawna Smith qualified in both the girls 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash.

Also headlining the Tigers’ competing are Samantha Williams and Charmaine Hawkins, who will compete in the girls shot put and discus throw.

Other qualifiers for the Tigers include the following: Gracie Boykin (800 meter run), Darnesha Harris (300 meter hurdles), Caitlin Trash (300 meter hurdles), Mary Michael Bradley (high jump), Brittany Mosley (shot put), Denzel McAlpine (100 meter dash), Johnny Carter (400 meter dash), Seth Latham (400 meter dash), Datrion Fultz (800 meter run), Logan McVay (300 meter hurdles) and James Woods (long jump).

The Tigers will also compete in the 4×800 boys relay, the 4×100 boys relay, the 4×400 boys relay, the 4×800 girls relay, the 4×400 girls relay and the 4×100 girls relay.

Linden will compete in 28 different events in Cullman during this weekend’s 1A-3A state championship meet.

Like the Tigers, multiple Patriots will participate in more than one event. Henry Lee Dequan Charleston and Devonte Knox, who each qualified in multiple events, headline an impressive list of Linden athletes that made it through sectionals last weekend in Tuscaloosa.

Dequan Charleston qualified in four events and will participate in the high jump, triple jump, long jump and discus throw in Cullman. Charleston qualified in the top nine of all four of the events he will participate in.

Lee will take part in the shot put, triple jump and 100 meter dash and Knox will compete in the 100 meter dash, long jump and 200 meter dash.

Other Patriots who qualified in multiple events include: Jakaria Miller in the 100 meter dash and the 400 meter dash, Tyressa Anthony in the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles, Javarius Goins in the long jump and triple jump, Dewayne Charleston in the javelin throw and 800 meter run, Tywan Smith in the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash, Jaleel Jones in the 200 meter dash and 100 meter dash, Imiya Agee in the shot put and javelin throw, Tameria Aldridge in the 200 meter dash, Tomysha Bokins in the discus throw and 300 meter hurdles and Jaleel Evans in the 800 meter run and 1600 meter run.

Charles Blackmon and Darius Jones also both qualified in the boys 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles.

Other qualifiers for the Patriots include: Sierra Johnson (800 meter run), Michelle Varner (100 meter hurdles), Alicia Harris (javelin throw), Javarius Goins (400 meter dash), Isiah Scott (800 meter run) and Christopher Robinson (high jump).

Linden will also compete in the girls 4×400 relay, girls 4×4800 relay, boys 4×100 relay, boys 4×400 relay and boys 4×800 relay.

Marengo will participate in 10 events after a strong showing at last weekend’s sectional in Tuscaloosa.

Iesha Bouler qualified in both the 400 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles and J’Mya Hall made the cut in the 100 meter dash and high jump. Other Marengo athletes that will compete are Davonyae Miller (discus throw), Taylor Moore-Jones (triple jump), Tobrasia Johnson (100 meter hurdles) and Lakeisha Lucy (400 meter dash). Marengo will also compete in the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 relays.

Sweet Water, which qualified in 11 events last week, will be led by Anthony Jones, who will compete in the high jump, triple jump and 110 meter hurdles.

Other Sweet Water athletes competing include: Damion Young (100 meter dash, 200 meter dash), Tyler Echols (300 meter hurdles, 110 meter hurdles), Cameron Echols (1600 meter run), Darius Kilpatrick (shot put, discus) and Flynn Mabowitz (discus).

Sweet Water will also compete in the boys 4×100 meter relay and the boys 4×400 relay.

The 1A-3A state championship starts Friday and the 4A-7A championship starts Friday.

Both are scheduled to end Saturday.