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Record Setting Racing Knights Leave Mark at State Indoor Meet

Record Setting Racing Knights Leave Mark at State Indoor Meet 1
4×800 relay team received the silver at the AHSAA Indoor Track State Meet, February 6-7,
 Coach Wright, Annabel Starrett, Sarah Beth Littrell, Amaris Tyynismaa, Katelyn Stark, and Coach Lisenby .

At the two day track and field extravaganza known as the Alabama State High School Athletic Association State Indoor Championships, the Racing Knights of Montgomery Catholic left their mark as numerous school, classification, state, and CrossPlex records fell over the course of the meet.

For the Girls team, eighth grader Amaris Tyynismaa paced the team with her national level performances. The meet opened with her specialty event, the 3200 meter run.  Amaris lapped the entire field en route to a blistering 10:32.94 time.  Her performance established a new school, 4A-5A classification, absolute Alabama State, and Birmingham CrossPlex facility record.  It also ranked her #2 in the nation for the distance. Freshman Katelyn Stark finished 19th in the race with a 13:21.45 effort.  In the 60 meter dash, sophomore Tamrah Tucker set a new school record with her 8.53 performance that placed 9th.  She later placed 23rd in the 400 meters with a 1:12.33 mark. In the 800 meters, Amaris also established a new state record for 4A-5A with a dominating 2:17.57 mark.  Katelyn placed 15th with her 2:45.61.  In the 1600 meter run, Amaris secured her third state title of the meet, by clocking 5:01.36, also a new state record, with Katelyn finishing 14th in a new season best and indoor personal record time of 6:05.87.  In the meet’s penultimate event, the 4×800 meter relay, the quartet of Annabel Starrett, Katelyn Stark, Sarah Beth Littrell, and Amaris Tyynismaa went from 7th place to 2nd by running 10:48.41.  The silver medal finish was the 6th best 4×800 performance in Racing Knight history and the third best indoor time. In the team competition, the Lady Knights recorded the highest finish at the State Meet by an MCPS Indoor team by tying for 4th place with 38 points.

On the Boys side, senior Thomas Stokes paced the team by recording a personal best time of 7.51 in placing 16th in the 60 meter dash, and by placing 7th overall in shot put with a 41-10 heave.  He also joined senior Jarrett Chesnutt, sophomore Winston Wright, and freshman Greg Ellis on the school’s 4×200 meter relay which placed 17th in 1:47.13. Winston also ran 55.47 in the 400 meter dash to finish 19th, 2:14.37 in the 800 meter run (17th), and 5:19.03 in the 1600m (27th).  Greg also recorded a personal best 17-11 mark in the Long Jump to finish 14th and a 7.80 in the 60 meters to place 33rd. Senior Andrew Ellis ran a personal best 2:25.95 to place 37th. Senior Tray McCurdy also recorded a personal best effort in the shot put with his 40-05 mark, good for 9th place.  Finally, sophomore Angel Padilla recorded a personal best 11:52 in the 3200 meter run while placing 16th. The Racing Knights finished 21st overall in the team standings.

Montgomery Catholic’s Indoor Track team is coached by Coach Ed Wright and Coach Brianna Lisenby.

Submitted by John Terino

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