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Bob Jones senior sprinter Jordan Urrutia has been chosen as the AHSAA Outdoor Track Spotlight for his recent outstanding performances at the Sparkman Senator Classic. Photo Contributed

Jordan Urrutia Earns State Track Spotlight- Bob Jones Sprinter Sets New Marks

MADISON- Bob Jones sprinter Jordan Urrutia won three events at the Sparkman Senator Classic outdoor track and field meet delivering the state’s best outdoor performance of the season in both the 100 and 400-meter dashes. His efforts put the senior Patriot in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Track Spotlight. Urrutia’s spotlight is the second of the school year for the super sprinter as he was named to the AHSAA Track Spotlight in January during the indoor track season.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Urrutia carries a highly sought after 3.9 grade point average by college coaches and his talents on the track are also courted by numerous colleges, but the talented senior recently signed with the Ole Miss Rebels and is looking toward completing his outdoor season.

Urrutia, whose younger sister, Alivia, is a member of the Bob Jones girls track team, ran a personal record time of 47.48 seconds to win the 400-meter at the meet in Harvest at Sparkman High, while also clocking a state best 10.60 in the 100meter dash. Urrutia also won the 200meter event clocking 21.51.

After moving here from Louisville, Ky., Urrutia was in the seventh grade when a coach urged him to join the track team. The young lad wasn’t completely sure what he wanted to do in athletics as he played soccer for 10 years and also tried his hand in both basketball and baseball prior to this point in his life. He followed his coach’s suggestion and was soon at the starting block in his first track competition. “I was in the 400m and finished second in the heat I was selected to run in. I had terrible form and wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue running track,” said Urrutia. “I wasn’t hooked on the sport, but it did jump-start my love of track.”

The senior student-athlete currently holds the AHSAA’s fastest times of the season in three events- the 100meter (10.60), 200meter (21.34) and 400meter (47.48). At last year’s State Meet, he won the Class 7A 200meter and was runner-up in the 400meter. He was also part of the 400meter relay team which finished second.

Additional performances that were featured in recent track events included:

Girls:

ZARIA PARKER, JAMES CLEMENS: Won the 100 meters in 12.06 seconds at the Mountain Brook Invitational and won the 200 meters in 24.49 seconds.

NICOLA PETERS, SPARKMAN: Won the 100 meters by clocking 12.13 seconds at the Sparkman Senator Classic in Harvest.

ALIVIA URRUTIA, BOB JONES: Won the 400 meters at the Sparkman Senator Classic with a time of 56.76 seconds.

CHARITY COLLIER, SPARKMAN: Won the discus at the Sparkman Senator Classic with a heave of 120 feet, 11 inches.

TRINITY MILLIGAN, JAMES CLEMENS: Tied for second in the triple jump at the Mountain Brook Invitational with a leap of 36 feet.

Boys:

ZATHIAN WEBSTER, BOB JONES: Clocked 10.70 seconds to finish second in the 100 meters at the Sparkman Senator Classic. He was third in the 400 meter in 48.71 seconds.

ALIJAH VAUGHN, SPARKMAN: Clocked at 10.74 seconds to finish third in the 100 meters at the Sparkman Senator Classic.

JOE QUEZ KEITH, SPARKMAN: Ran second in the 400 meters at the Sparkman Senator Classic with a time of 48.62 seconds.

LUKE ALVERSON, JAMES CLEMENS: Ran second in the 3,200 meters at the Mountain Brook Invitational with a time of 9:02.38 and ran second in the 1,600 meters at the Mountain Brook Invitational with a time of 4:13.87.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, BOB JONES: Won the triple jump at the Sparkman Senator Classic with a jump of 45 feet, 3 inches.

REESE BAKER, MADISON ACADEMY: Won the javelin at the Sparkman Senator Classic with a throw of 177 feet.

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