Jets Dominate “Friday Knight Invitational” Track Meet In Arab
ARAB- The Arabian Knights track program of Arab High hosted its annual Friday “Knight” Lights Invitational with 19 schools attending the track meet which featured James Clemens amongst the assortment of schools from across North Alabama.
The visiting Jets dominated the meet setting seven venue meet records, claiming 31 medals while the boys took home the first place championship trophy and the Lady Jets earning runner-up honors. Individual honors were also grabbed by James Clemens as Jets won both the boys and girls Most Valuable Player awards. In girls, senior team captain Tramani Osley scored 24.5 points by winning the long jump (16-11) and triple jump (35-5) and was seventh in the 100meter (13.82) along with being among the relay team which won the 4x100m (49.18). In boys, Benjamin Thomason totaled 32.5 points for his MVP award. He was first in the long jump (21-4), 110m hurdles (15.88) and 300m hurdles (40.49) and part of the 4x400m relay team which finished second (3:27.29).
In all, James Clemens took home an astounding amount of hardware with 31 medals including 16 gold, nine silver and six bronze medals. The victory was the boys fourth first place trophy of the young season while the girls now have two runner-up finishes and two meet championships for the 2023 outdoor track season.
The venue meet records for James Clemens included: Crishawn Willingham who won the gold in the 400m (49.07) while being listed No. 12 in the nation among sophomores; the boys 4x800m with a first place finish (8:02.96) which is the best in Alabama among all classifications and No. 25 in the U.S. The relay squad consisted of John Luke Stovall, Luke Alverson, Cole Robinson and Dylan Dryer; Jaylan Drake was tops in the shot put (52-03) with a toss that broke the previous record by over three feet; Zaria Parker with a gold performance in both the 100m (12.79) and the 200m (26.29); the girls 4x100m relay earned gold (49.79). The squad included Alexa Moore, Ayana Lee, Tramani Osley and Zaria Parker.
The list of the medal winners for James Clemens included: 1st GOLD MEDAL- Pole Vault 12-06 Austin Abney, Discus 139-07 Micah Douglas, Shot Put 52-3 Jaylen Drake, Long Jump 16-11 and Triple Jump 35-5 Tramani Osley, 3200m 9:47.38 Cole Robinson, Long Jump 21-4 Ben Thomason, High Jump 5-2 Reese Yarbrough, 4X100m GIRLS 49.79 (Alexa Moore; Ayana Lee; Tramani Osley; Zaria Parker), 4X800m Boys 8:02.96 (John Luke Stovall; Luke Alverson; Cole Robinson; Dylan Dryer).
2nd SILVER MEDAL- 1600m Luke Alverson 4:18.89 SCHOOL RECORD, High Jump 6-0 Lucas Downing, Pole Vault 11-6 Brandon Fisher, Shot Put 33-8 Jazmin Grigsby, Discus 80-6 Alayna Langston, 400m 1:00.77 Alexa Moore, Triple Jump 40-5 Jonny Ross, GIRLS 4X400m 4:13.91 (Alexa Moore; Emma Bothern; Kayla Willett; Ayana Lee), BOYS 4X400m 3:27.29 (Crishawn Willingham; Ben Thomason; Ezion Rolingson; Dylan Dryer).
3rd BRONZE MEDAL- Shot Put 31-3 Kassidy Anderson, Long Jump 19-10 Dylan Horton, 110m Hurdles 16.96 and 300m Hurdles 41.50 Ezion Rolingson, High Jump 6-0 Keenan Walker, 200m 23.22 Crishawn Willingham.