Alexandria track coach Chase Brisendine is a prophet in his own time. After Alexandria’s strong showing in a meet at Albertville on Mar. 30, Brisendine said he felt the Valley Cubs could win in girls’ competition at the annual Calhoun County track meet. Monday at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Brisendine’s squad members proved him right. Alexandria won six of 18 events and finished second six times as well on their way to 152 points and the girls’ title. Oxford finished second with 107 points.
Watching his girls celebrate with their first place trophy while standing on the Choccolocco Park track’s infield, Brisendine was already thinking ahead to bigger things.
“I have some great student-athletes on my team and we work really hard to achieve the goals that we do. I think we work harder than a lot of other teams do. The biggest thing with me, and that’s what I went over with them, is our end goal wasn’t the county. Our end goal is to win sectionals and place well in state,” Brisendine said.
Junior distance runner Abby Nunnelly won both the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run. She clocked 12:46.84 in the 3200 and 5:46.71 in the 1600. Nunnelly finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:40.50. She, Kameron Simpson, Michaela Moore and Katie Snow formed Alexandria’s 4x800-meter relay team that finished second in 11:06.66.
Senior Taylor Spradley was first in the discus with a season-best throw of 104 feet, 2 inches. Sophomore Kalee Johnson was first in the shot put at 34 feet, 0.5 inches. Johnson’s toss of 99 feet, inches was good for second in the discus. China Lane was fifth in the discus and fifth in the shot. Spradley finished sixth in the shot.
Alexandria’s other first-place finishes came in the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. Zarriyah Barbra, Shaylan Whaley, LaToria Brewster and Kashyia Tucker won the 4x100 in 52.09 seconds. Simpson, Tucker, Karlee Walker and TyShica Woodgett combined for a winning time of 4:24.91 in the 4x400. Both times were season-best efforts for the Valley Cubs.
Walker finished second in the 100-meter dash in 12.97 seconds. She had season-best times in the 200 dash (26.46 seconds) and the 400 dash (1:01.50) to earn second in each. Tucker was seventh in the 100 and eight in the 200. Whaley finished seventh in the 200 and eighth in the 100.
Woodgett covered the 300-meter hurdles in 53.01 seconds and was third. Her best jump of 4 feet, 6 inches was good for fifth in the high jump. Whaley was fourth in the long jump at 16 feet, 1 inch. Simpson finished fourth in the 800 meters in 2:43.90. Moore came in sixth in both the 1600 and the 3200. Snow was seventh in the 3200.
The Alexandria boys were best in the throwing events. Sam Shaw threw a season-best 125 feet, 8 inches and was second in the discus. Ethen Darnell was third in the discus at 111 feet, 9 inches. Shaw finished third in the shot put at 42 feet, 2 inches. Braden Best threw a season-best 41 feet, 10.5 inches and was fourth in the shot.
Nathan Tucker got Alexandria’s only points in the individual running events, placing eighth in the 400 meters in a season-best 55.62 seconds. The Cubs were seventh in both the boys’ 4x400 and 4x800 relay events.