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Lance Cunigan’s pair of bronzes leads locals at state meet
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Lance Cunigan
Lance Cunigan

By Liz Arbogast

Only one local athlete placed higher than third at this weekend’s AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, but it was Benjamin Russell’s Lance Cunigan who took home two third-place medals in Class 6A to pace the area.

Getting ready to enter into his final track season, Wildcat senior Cunigan was third in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. In the 800, Cunigan clocked in at 1:59.85, which was just one one-hundredths of a second behind the second-place finisher, Homewood’s Logan Justice.

Cunigan was also extremely close to the taking second in the 1,600. His time of 4:28.84 was less than a half second behind Wetumpka’s Cory Anthony. Homewood’s Will Stone, whom Cunigan has been chasing for years, won both events.

There was one placewinner higher than Cunigan though, and that was Dadeville’s Jamauri Chislom. Despite spending most of his time on the basketball court this winter, Chislom still took home a second-place medal in the Class 1A-3A shot put. He hurled the shot 45-3, which was only 1-2.5 behind winner Luke McKinney, of Winfield City.

The Tigers also had a strong showing in the boys relays. In the 4×200, Dadeville took fourth overall with a time of 1:39.66, and in the 4×400, the Tigers clocked in at 3:50.76 to earn sixth place.

Josh Taylor also collected a pair of medals for Dadeville. His best performance came in the 60, where he went from sixth in the preliminaries to fifth in the finals with a time of 7.36 seconds. Taylor also was seventh in the 60 hurdles, finishing in 9.98.

The only other placewinner for the Tigers was Christian Newlson, who took seventh in the 60 with a time of 7.52 seconds.

Reeltown also competed in the state championships, but its best finisher was just kept off the podium. Rhasheed Wilson had the best performance for the Rebels, taking 10th in the 60 dash after clocking in at 7.68 seconds. The Rebels’ girls relay team also placed 10th in the 4×200 with a time of 2:14.82.

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