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5 in a row

Cougars claim AISA boys state track title …again

Front Tiquale Taylor, Patrick McGhee, 2nd row, Daughtry McGhee, Orlando Medina, Shanon Wheat, Shavaris Williams, Brandon Gulsby, Chase Bell, Josh Spruill, Matthew Brittingham, 3rd row, Sam Fields, Tyrese Smith, Chris Long, Thomas Riley, Jr., Jason Helton, Randall Bonds, Zack Daniels

News Sports Writer

Despite taking first place in only two events, Escambia Academy’s varsity boys ran away with the AISA High School State Championship during the state meet, held in Gulf Shores on April 11-12. The win marked the fifth consecutive state championship for EA’s varsity boys.
Patrick McGhee took the gold in the long jump and triple jump to spearhead the awesome showing.
EA’s girls fell just short of qualifying for the finals. The Lady Cougars were eliminated during preliminaries and were therefore not allowed to compete in the finals.
The Cougars outperformed 16 other schools from around the state, scoring 85 points and finishing 7 points ahead of second-place Bessemer Academy.
“This was an exciting win for Escambia Academy,” headmaster Hugh Fountain said. “We placed first in some field events but didn’t place first in a race. This is our fifth consecutive state title and we couldn’t be any prouder of our kids. They worked extremely hard and were able to come out on top.”
Escambia Academy’s individual results were:
Final Team Scores
Escambia Academy (85); Bessemer Academy (78); Northside Methodist (66); Lee-Scott Academy (58); Springwood School (42); Edgewood Academy (38); Glenwood School (34); Tuscaloosa Academy (31); Sparta Academy (31); Morgan Academy (29); Wilcox Academy (10); Lowndes Academy (7); Evangel Christian (7); Valiant Cross Academy (5); Clarke Prep (4); Kingwood Christian
Academy (2)

4×200 Meter Relay
Escambia Academy, 7th (1:41.83)
4×800 Meter Relay
Escambia Academy, 2nd (9:53.95)
4×100 Meter Relay
Escambia Academy, 2nd (46.14)
3200 Meter Run
Brandon Gulsby, 12th (13:04.33)
Matthew Brittingham, 16th (13:42.25)
1600 Meter Run
Sam Fields, 23rd (6:15.95)
Zach Daniels, 24th (6:21.89)
800 Meter Run
Tyrese Smith, 4th (2:15.07)
100 Meter Dash
Shannon Wheat, 3rd (11.67)
200 Meter Dash
Shannon Wheat, 5th (24.73)
Randall Bonds, 8th (25.19)
400 Meter Dash
Tyrese Smith, 8th, (58.67)
110 Meter Hurdles
Shannon Wheat, 2nd (16.90)
Chase Bell, 4th (17.31)
Josh Spruill, 5th (18.87)
300 Meter Hurdles
Caleb Davis, 8th (49.78)
4×400 Meter Relay
Escambia Academy, 3rd (3:51.87)
High Jump
Tiquale Taylor, 3rd (6-00.00)
T.J. Riley, 8th (5-06.00)
Long Jump
Patrick McGhee, 1st (21-04.00)
Shannon Wheat, 10th (18-11.75)
T.J. Riley, 17th, (18-00.00)
Triple Jump
Patrick McGhee, 1st (41-07.00)
T.J. Riley, 7th (38-02.00)
Tiquale Taylor, 8th (38-01.00)
Shot Put
Patrick McGhee, 5th (38-06.00)
Jayson Helton, 13th (35-08.00)
Discus Throw
Jayson Helton, 6th (112.04)
Kameron Bowens, 15th (93.06)