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AHS Athletes Record Personal Bests at Track & Field Regional

                It was a tale of two springs on Saturday, May 12, at the Region 5 A Track and Field Championship.  After much of the spring had been cooler than normal, temperatures soared to near 90 on Saturday, creating conditions athletes hadn’t experienced this season.

                The highest place finisher for Augusta was Stephen Cordle.  He medaled by placing 6th in the shot put, throwing a personal best 39 feet 1 inch, more than two feet over his prior best throw.  Also throwing and setting a personal best was John Paul Cordle, recording a distance of 24 feet 10 inches. 

                “It was a solid day for our throwers,” Coach Tim Litteral stated.  “Having a personal best is always a good thing, but Stephen improving his distance by more than two feet was particularly impressive to me.”

                In the boys’ long jump, Jushod Commodore jumped 15 feet 9.5 inches.  Meanwhile, Seth Fouts jumped a personal best 14 feet 8.5 inches.

                In the boys’ 100M dash, Commodore ran 12.26 seconds.  He ran the 200M dash in 24.95, placing 8th.  Fouts set a new personal record in the 800M run, finishing in 2:25.52.  Conner Snapp competed in the 1600M and 3200M runs, finishing the events in 5:39 and 13:16 respectively.

                “While Jushod didn’t PR, he ran solid races,” Litteral said.  “I think it’s impressive that he’s finishing middle of the pack when he’s a 7th grader competing predominantly against upperclassmen.”

                Snapp, also just a 7th grader, saw improvement this season.  “While Conner didn’t run his best races Saturday, he’s another we’re excited about his future,” Litteral said.  “This was his first year running track, so he’s still learning.  After his races, he was already talking about what he needed to work on and how to improve.”

                Fouts, the lone upper-class runner for the Panthers, improved in the 800M run in each of his last three races.  “Seth worked harder this track season than he has previously, and it showed,” Litteral said.  “Between track and cross country, we hope to continue seeing the trend of improvement and dedication.”

                On the girls’ side, Violet Hiles set a personal best in the 100M dash, running 15.24 seconds.  She ran the 200M in 32.05.  Maddie Whiteman ran the 100M in 15.79.  She ran a personal best of 32.64 in the 200M dash.  “I was glad to see each of the girls have strong performances in their final race,” Litteral said.  “Both are seniors who helped found the program.”