Outdoor track recap!
Posted May 23, 2019
The Lady Jackets dominated Mobile track this season finishing in the top 2 in every meet leading up to the state championships. Lead by senior thrower Hannah Daffin, the 5 time state champion in the shot put and State Champion in the discus, the lady Jackets were able to finish 3rd at the State Meet. Her teammate Emily Doyle was able to capture second in the discus with a huge 12 foot personal best to give McGill a 1-2 punch in the event. Fellow senior Frieda Kickliter managed to score in 3200 and the 4 x 800 relay with teammates Tamia Kidd, C.F. Bolton and Anna Buolman. Senior hurdler Emily Diaz said farewell to high school track by making it to the finals of the 100hurdles and scoring valuable points for the team! Rising senior Claire Frazier Bolton continued the McGill middle distance winning tradition by capturing gold in the 800 meter final with a 5th place finish in the 1600. Freshman Ella Keaton finished runner-up in the high jump on attempts with a season best of 5-6 in the high jump! Pole vaulter Bradyn Coarsey finished just outside the medals in a close 3-way tie-breaker at 11-6. Junior jumps specialist Hally Lee suffered an ankle injury midseason but was scoring in the long jump, triple jump, and pole vault every weekend leading up to the injury. The girls had the highest finish at state out of all Mobile teams. At the AHSAA Multi championships, Claire Frazier Bolton and Emily Diaz had a fantastic showing finishing 2nd and 9th respectively. Bolton went from 9th to 2nd in the last event by setting a heptathlon state record in the 800 with a time of 2:14.43.
The Yellow Jackets had another great season finishing in the top 2 in every meet during the regular season and finishing in the top 6 at the State championships , ahead of all other Mobile teams. Leading the team this year was senior David Dolan and his undefeated streak in the pole vault. David soared to an impressive season best of 16-6.25 and earned 2 state titles in the vault. His national ranking broke into the top 10 and his international ranking was as high as the top 15. He was joined weekly by fellow vaulters Liam Sasser and Bryn Bentley who continually hogged the podium with 1-2-3 finishes. Javelin Thrower Spencer Baldwin had a strong start to lead the area javelin but injury dampened his performance in the late season. Senior discus thrower Christopher Hites put together several weeks worth of personal best to earn himself a spot at the State championships. Leading the team in points on the track was sprinter/hurdler Kendall White. Kendall broke the school record in the 300 hurdles with a new time of 38.09 and was the underdog state champion in the 110 hurdles! He also ran a leg on the sectional champion 4 x 100 relay with fellow sprinters David Dolan, Clayton Andrews, and Jordan Mosley. Newcomer Jordan Mosley found his stride midseason and began dominating the 100m and 200m where he eventually found himself scoring in the finals of both at the state championships. Clayton Andrews used his all-purpose speed to run 49 seconds in the 400m at state and run a leg on the runner- up 4 x 400 relay. He was joined by middle distance sprinters Jacob Brooks, Garrett Brooks and David Dolan. Both Jacob ( 49. 400m) and Garrett ( 1:59 800m)enjoyed great success all year scoring in the 800m and 400m open races as well as the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relays. Rounding out the 4 x 800 relay were Nick Gelineau and Myles Murphy ( n/a guarded). Drew Roberts lead the yellow jacket distance crew by finishing in the top three almost every weekend and qualifying to run at the state meet in the 1600m and 3200m.