By R. Alan Richardson
Carolina Zant and Aris Hubbard continued to strut their stuff on the track as they both qualified for the state meet in Albany, this past week. Head Coach Jessica Steele said, “Aris qualified in the long jump finals on Thursday, resulting in a best jump of 17’07.00” putting her in fifth place overall. During the preliminaries she qualified in both of her other events, the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The finals for both of those events were on Saturday. She got a fifth place finish in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters with some strong competition. Carolina competed in the preliminaries for both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles on Thursday. Although she did not qualify for the finals, she ran two of her fastest times of the season. She ran a 17.4” in the 100 and a 50.55 in the 300. I am so proud of both of these girls for all their hard work and success this season.”
Dr. Dan Zant, commented on his daughter’s year saying, “The state track meet was an amazing experience for Carolina. She trained hard this year and it was an honor for her to get to compete at that level. It was impressive to watch such an elite group of athletes from across our state battling for state titles. Not the least of which was our own Aris Hubbard. She had a really great meet and has inspired Carolina to push even harder for next year. I was very proud of both of our Morgan County girls.” Zant gives freely of his time all during the year as the team doctor for all the MCHS teams at Madison Family Medicine. Doc, we thank you for all you do for our teams.
Kathy Hubbard, the mother of Aris, is a coach for the track teams and said, “I’ve been a community coach for the last two years. I felt like Aris ran better last year as a freshman. This year she had an injury that kept her out for a couple of weeks and was a little behind getting in track shape due to the fact that she played basketball. They went to the State Championship and she didn’t have enough time to really get her legs under her for track. Last year she won the high points trophy at region with first place finishes in the long jump, 100 meters, and 200 meters.”
Hubbard added, “I’m very proud of how hard she’s worked and how her times have improved. When the coaches told me that she said she wasn’t doing well because I wasn’t there to encourage her, I made sure I was there every day. I think her ticket to the next level is probably track, but she loves basketball as well.”
Note: Kathy Hubbard is the only state championship basketball player from the 1983 team to have a daughter to also win a state basketball title this past season. She was a member of Steve Cisson’s championship team and went on to play college basketball at both Emmanuel College and Alabama University at Montgomery. Kathy was also a track star like her daughter who competed in the same events of long jump, 100 meters, and 200 meters while an athlete at MCHS.