Linden shines at state meet

Published 11:03 am Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Linden’s track team won third place in Class 1A at the state meet.

Linden’s boys track team won third place in Class 1A at the state meet.

Several athletes and teams from Marengo County showed off their skills at the Alabama High School Athletic Association track and field championships last week in Cullman and Gulf Shores.

The Linden boys team finished third overall in the AHSAA’s 1A-3A championship in Cullman and Demopolis’ girls finished fourth overall in the 4A-7A championships in Gulf Shores.

Linden’s Javarius Goins finished first in the 1A boys’ long jump and triple jump to earn the Patriots 20 of their overall 87 points. Goins also finished third in the 400-meter dash, followed by teammate Tywan Smith in fourth.

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Other Patriots that earned points for a top eight finish included: Devonte Knox and Jaleel Jones by finishing third and sixth overall in the boys 100-meter dash, Charles Blackmon after a second place finish in the 100 meter hurdles, Christopher Robinson and Dequan Charleston after second and fourth place finishes in the boys high jump and Charleston with a third place finish in the long jump and seventh place showing in the discus.

The Patriots’ boys also finished second in the boys’ 4×400 relay and sixth in the 4×800 relay.

The Demopolis girls were led by a third place finishes by Darnesha Harris in the 5A girls ‘100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. Samantha Williams finished third in the girls’ shot put and sixth in the discus throw.

Those performances, coupled with a first place finish in the 4×100 meter relay, earned Demopolis fourth place overall in the 5A girls’ rankings.

The Demopolis boys finished 21st overall with 12 points. Datrion Fultz earned a good chunk of those points with his fourth place finish in the 800-meter run.

Tomysha Boykins led the way for the Linden girls’, who finished 12th overall with 17 points. Boykins earned 10 of her team’s 17 points after her first place finish in the girls 300 meter hurdles.

Marengo County’s girls finished 10th overall in the 1A girls standings with 20 points. Iesha Bouler finished second in the girls 300 meter hurdles to earn eight of those points. The Panthers finished fourth in the 4×100 relay and 4×400 relays.

Sweet Water placed eighth in the 2A 4×100 relay to earn a point. Overall the Sweet Water boys finished 17th with 3.2 points.