Parkway’s Cory Hamilton and Alison Ringle made the trip to Mobile, Ala., for Saturday’s Mobile Challenge of Champions.
Both came away with new personal and school records.
Hamilton won the 400-meter run in 47.77, a personal best by almost a second and the 10th fastest high-school time in the nation this year according to milesplit.com.
“He ran a little faster than I though he would,” Parkway coach Kent Falting said. “I told him to go out and win, and he was really focused. The school record had been 48.2, and he shattered that. We’ve really put a focus on 400-specific training for him. Last year, he would run with the sprinters every day and ran off of talent. This year, we put a program in for him to become a great quarter miler.”
Ringle set a new personal best in the two-mile run with a time of 11:31, which converts to an 11:27 for 3,200 meters, also a new school record.
“I really enjoy traveling out of state, especially with my mom,” said Ringle, who finished in eighth place in the two-mile run. “The best part is racing people who are faster and as fast as I am. It helps me get better and push to get new PRs and everything. Running a PR is pretty much always my goal. The season is progressing well. It’s been a successful season so far, and I’m excited to see what comes next.”
Ringle has broken her own school record in the 1,600-meter run twice in the past month, with a 5:16 in Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans three weeks ago and 5:13 at the Texas Relays to end March.
“It’s been really exciting to watch her,” Falting said. “Getting her into top-level competition has been a big part of it. Her training has been off the wall with what she’s been able to do.”
Hamilton’s fastest 400-meter dash this year had been 49 seconds flat. But that run came in colder weather, a hindrance at that distance.
“I don’t normally get to run against other guys who run in the 48s like I did Saturday,” Hamilton said. “That atmosphere helped a lot. You have to have a winning attitude, so that didn’t surprise me. I was surprised I ran in the 47s though. I’m just focused on getting better and winning state.”
The Evangel boys and girls track teams pulled off an historic sweep with each placing first at Friday’s Indian Relays at Lee Hedges Stadium.
“This is the first time in school history we’ve won first with our boys and girls teams,” Evangel coach Byron Dawson said. “We finally got though our conditioning phase, and they did more events. It really came down to our conditioning.”
The Eagles and Lady Eagles picked up a lot of points in the field events.
“Austin Gilcrease won the discus and the javelin, which gave us 20 points with one person,” Dawson said. “Leah Johnson won the shot put, the discus and was second in the javelin. I was especially proud of those two.”
Airline’s boys team took first place with 151.5 points at the Chief Relays at Natchitoches Central on Friday. Pineville (80) was second, and Benton placed third with 79.5 points.
Benton’s girls were first with 150 points, ahead of second-place Natchitoches Central (119) and third-place Pineville (94). Captain Shreve’s boys and girls teams both placed fourth.