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ACA track team builds momentum with CCC title, sets sites on sectionals

ACA recently won the Capital City Conference track meet and look ahead to the AHSAA Sectionals this weekend. (Photo contributed)

(April 25, 2013)

The Alabama Christian Academy Boys track team recently won their eighth consecutive Capital City Conference Track Championship held at Montgomery Academy. 

 “It’s definitely been a great run,” ACA track coach Clint Mitchell stated. “With the competition in Montgomery being like it is, winning the CCC is a big deal.  To do it 8 years in a row has been awesome.  It really speaks to the hard work that our kids put in the whole season to get where they need to be, not just once, but year after year.”

The backbone of this team has been the seniors that have contributed throughout the year.

“The senior guys this year have been great,” Mitchell said. “With a track team of around 70 members it is impossible for me and the other coaches to coach each individual every day.  These seniors have done a great job of mentoring our younger athletes, in addition to keeping themselves in peak shape.  This will be the most talented senior class that ACA track has seen, probably ever up to this point.” 

ACA’s track team is led by the following seniors, many that are ranked in the Top 5 in their events in the state:  Dillon Hibbard, pole vault state champion, broke his own school record while winning first place at the CCC with a vault of 14 feet 4 inches.  He also finished first in the triple jump.  Connor Farricker, whoholds the school records in the high jump and the 110 hurdles finished first in those events in addition to the long jump.  Trey Harris won double gold by winning the 300 hurdles and the 400m dash. 

Taylor Norman, who holds the school record in the 100-meter dash, won the gold medal in that event, won the silver medal in the 110 hurdles and the 400-meter relay and bronze in the 300 hurdles.  In the field events,

Austin Simmons won double gold in the discus and shot put. 

Will Clack was a member of the 400 m relay and looks to place in the 400m race.  Other members of the team contributed to the championship by placing in the top eight in their events.

 “Winning the CCC, I know for the seniors it felt great because we went out on top,” Taylor Norman said. “We have never lost a CCC meet since we’ve been running.   As a team overall it was fun winning the CCC but we know we have a lot of work left to do to win state.  We were thankful that God blessed us.”
The next two weekends are big for this team as they prepare for sectionals and the state meet.

“There is definitely some excitement going into the playoff portion of the year,” Mitchell said. “We have a chance to do something (particularly on the guys side) that has never been done in ACA history.  We have many athletes (guys and girls) that have a legitimate shot of scoring (top eight) at state.  As well as a few that can medal and even some that are hoping to bring home a championship for themselves.  If we perform as well as I know we can we could finish second in the state this year.  That would be the highest finish in ACA track history.” 

 “Our goal for sectionals is to get as many people as we can to state and place in the top two in the team rankings,” Norman added. “For state we want to do what ACA has never done and that is place in the top two for team rankings.  My personal goal is to medal in all four of my events in sectionals and state.  I hope to win state in one of them, and also break a couple of school records on the way.”

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