Florala boys come in fifth, Howell places first in shot put
Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Florala High School’s track and field team finished in fifth place, racking up three medals and one State Champion in the shot put event.
FHS junior Austin Howell brought home the State Championship for the Wildcats.
“We were just thrilled,” FHS track and field coach Joea McNeil said. “It’s just like anything else with track and field, you have to show up the day of and he did just that.”
This is the first time that Florala High School has had a State Champion in track and field since McNeil started coaching in 2008.
“It has been since before I got here I know that,” McNeil said. “The community has really been supportive. We’ve had lots of congratulations. Prior to the meet, we had several people make donations and SIB donated goodie bags for the kids. Everybody has been so supportive. We are very thankful that Superintendent Driver is so supportive of us and Mr. Whittaker is wonderful. He doesn’t want a kid to have to choose between sports and we feel like kids should have as many doors open as possible.”
McNeil said the State Meet was the cherry on top for the season.
“The kids worked so hard,” McNeil said. “For them to have finished in this manner is just amazing.”
With only five boys competing in the State Meet, McNeil said it is amazing that they finished fifth overall.
“There were more than 30 teams competing in Class 1A,” McNeil said. “We received three medals. Of course, Austin Howell in shot put and Jeremiah Chatman came in third in shot put. Zane Weeks got the silver medal for the 400 Meter Dash.”
Below are the results for Florala High School for each event:
5th 100m hurdles
7th long jump
13th high jump
11th long jump
State Champion Shot Put
4th high jump
11th (tie) long jump
7th high jump
3rd shot put
Boys finished 5th in the state overall as a team
Girls finished 18th overall as a team