For the second consecutive season the LaFayette High girls track and field team has finished as runner-up in Class 2A. The Lady Bulldogs competed in the AHSAA State Meet this past weekend in Selma and equaled a school-best second place overall finish.
LaFayette fought hard throughout the two-day meet but couldn’t overcome a strong Montgomery Academy team to earn the state title. MA finished with a total of 148 points, while LaFayette totaled 90 points. Altamont High School finished in third place with 59 points.
“They definitely wanted it,” LHS Coach Don Turner. “It’s something they’ve talked about all year, but they came up just a little short. But to finish in second place for the second straight season is a big compliment to these girls.”
At the meet, the Lady Bulldogs totaled 14 top-five finishes and had seven podium finishes. They captured five silver medals and two bronze.
LaFayette had a number of outstanding individual performances over the weekend. Perhaps the most impressive came from Tyanna Askew, who picked up four medals, all silver. In the 100m dash, she just missed the gold, finishing two-tenths of a second behind the eventual winner. Askew also came up just short in the high jump. She cleared the 4’10” mark as did eventual winner Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley, but Askew was awarded second because she missed an earlier attempt. Her final individual silver medal came in the long jump where she had a mark of 16’5.75”.
Askew also got a silver medal as part of the 4x100m relay team along with Shantaua Foster, Bianca Walker and Bertice Williams.
Tanyka Huguley had a breakout performance for LHS, earning two medals in field events. She earned silver in the discus throw, missing the gold by just one inch. Huguley also earned the bronze medal in the shot put with a mark of 31’3.25”.
In addition to her silver medal with the relay team, Walker earned the bronze in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.62 seconds.
Foster had two top-five finishes over the weekend; she was fifth in the 100m dash and long jump. Skylar Hardnett also had a pair of strong showings, placing fourth in both the long jump and in the 300m hurdles.
D’Essence Boyd earned points in three events for LHS. She was fourth in the javelin and discus throw and was sixth in the shot put. Sectional winner Nakia Blunt earned a fifth place finish in the shot put. LaFayette also got points from Kayla Watts, who placed sixth in the triple jump.
Despite coming up a little short this year, the future is bright for the LHS girls. They will lose just four seniors to graduation and have a wealth of upcoming talent. Turner and his athletes have good reason to believe that 2015 could be the Lady Bulldogs’ year to reach the top of the mountain.