By R. Alan Richardson
The Morgan County track team had two athletes competing at the 8-AAA Region Meet in Jefferson to attain their goal of making it to the State Sectionals next week. Carolina Zant finished second in her preliminary heat with a time of 18.05 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. She went on to finish second overall with a time of 18.45 in the finals. Zant also went on to place second in the preliminaries of the 300 meter hurdles posting a time of 51.35. She followed that up with a third place finish in the finals at 50.65 seconds.
Aris Hubbard had another outstanding showing in her sophomore year at the meet. Hubbard entered three events and took place honors in two of them. The speedster took first in the 100 meter dash preliminary heat round with a time of 12.72 seconds and then topped that time in the finals to finish second in the region at 12.52 seconds in a photo finish. The top place finisher only beat her by .02 seconds at 12.50.
In the 200 meters Aris got another first place in her heat at 25.90. She won the region and took top medalist in the 200 with a time of 25.55. Her third event showed her versatility in the long jump. Her winning jump of 17’05.75” topped her nearest competitor by almost a foot. Hubbard grabbed 28 points for Morgan’s depleted roster going into the meet.
Coach Jessica Steele talked about the outcome saying, “Even though we didn’t have many athletes competing in our region meets last week, we had some outstanding performances. Several athletes set new personal records and we had two (Carolina Zant and Aris Hubbard) who will continue to sectionals next weekend. Participating in the region meet requires students to give up part of their spring break, and I am so proud of those students who chose to do that.”