Boys Track Team Wins 3A Track State Championships
On April 30-May 1, the Montgomery Catholic boys track & field team won the 3A state championship in Cullman, Alabama. Many PRs (personal records) and school records were set by this astounding group of athletes. Led by coaches Hollis Johnson, Coy Hunter, and Raheem Armstrong, the Catholic boys brought home the school’s first ever outdoor track & field state title.
“I didn’t really have any expectations,” says Sam Leslie, one of the senior captains and distance runners on Montgomery Catholic’s track team. “I knew going in that I had to do the best that I could. I knew that we could win, but I didn’t know that we would win.” Leslie has been running for Montgomery Catholic since the seventh grade. When asked about what his fondest memories were running for Catholic, Leslie replied “winning state in outdoor this season and winning state in cross country back in 2018.”
For the sprinting events, Jeremiah Cobb led the way for the Catholic Knights, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88 and winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.21. Cobb also placed second in the 400-meter dash, scoring big for the team. Other points were accumulated as well, with E.J. Babies placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, Matthew Galvin placed sixth in the 400-meter dash, and Kylon Griffin placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles. The 4x400-meter relay, run by Titus Franklin, Dylan Tyynismaa, Jamerion Augustus, and Matthew Glavin, placed second overall and the 4x100-meter relay, run by DJ Carter, Javen Augustus, E.J. Babies, and Jeremiah Cobb, placed seventh overall.
On the distance side, Harrison Skala, Hollis Johnson, and Sam Leslie accumulated a ton of points throughout three events. In the 800-meter run, Leslie placed third overall, Johnson fourth, and Skala seventh. “It was mind-blowing,” Leslie recalls. In the 1600-meter run, Johnson placed third overall, Leslie fifth, and Skala seventh. In the 3200-meter run, Johnson placed second overall, with Leslie finishing fourth. Catholic’s 4x800-meter relay, run by Sam Leslie, Harrison Skala, Henry Skala, and Hollis Johnson, placed second overall.
In the fielding events, Shawn Sponslor placed second in the high jump at 6-2 while also placing eighth in the javelin throw with a mark of 132-03. Galvin placed second overall in the triple jump with a jump of 40-9.25 while also placing sixth overall in the long jump at 19-2.25. DJ Carter placed third overall in the long jump, measuring in with a jump of 20-3.