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Pennington, Burks leads Hartselle to 4th

Hartselle only had two girls qualify for state, but they nearly scored the maximum number of points possible for the team to take fourth place in Class 5A during the state meet in Gulf Shores.

Ashton Pennington won the girls state championship in the javelin throw while Quanesha Burks won state championships in long jump, 100 meters and 200 meters. Burks also had a second place finish in triple jump.

That gave Hartselle 48 points out of a possible 50 points. St. Paul’s ran away with Class 5A by scoring 149 points followed by Scottsboro with 116 and John Carroll with 72.

Pennington’s javelin throw of 120-9 was five inches better than runner-up Savannah L. Smith of Cullman.

Burks started Saturday with a state championship jump of 18-9.25 in the long jump. She then ran a lightning quick 12.19 in the 100 meters to win state after qualifying second. She easily won the 200 meters with a time of 25.74.

On Friday, Burks took second place in the triple jump with a jump of 37-6.75. Katherine White of St. Paul’s beat Burks with a jump of 38-4.5.

On the boys side, Jordan Frazier was the only one to score as he took sixth in the 110-meter hurdles with 15.82.

Brewer competitors

Clay Oden gave Brewer its only point of the meet with an eighth place finish in the 3,200 meters with 10:37.58.

Other competitors include:

  • Austin Dorriety had 18-1.5 in the long jump to finish 19th.
  • Lindsey Collier was 11th in the 3,200 meters 15th in the 1,600-meter run.
  • Brewer’s girls 4×800-meter relay was 11th with 11:32.6.
  • Katie Brakke was 15th in the girls 800 meters.
  • Hunter Bramlett was 24th in the boys 800 meters.

Priceville competitors

Amberley Norris failed to qualify in the 200-meter dash on Saturday. She was 20th with a time of 28.75. The last qualifying time was 26.58. Jenessa Terry wound up 13th in the 300-meter hurdles with 55.17.