DJ Patrick won all three individual events he participated in to lead the Elmore County boys track team to its highest finish of the season at the Auburn Invitational this weekend. Reece Baker, Zefeniah Edwards and Kwan Bickley all added top-five finishes for the Panthers.
Patrick started the day with a win in the 400. His time of 49.08 was a full second ahead of the closest competition and earned 10 points for his team in the standings.
In his final two events, Patrick cut things closer than usual. He finished in a tie for first place with Cullman’s Isaiah Jones in the long jump event with a distance of 21-6.5. Patrick was back for his best event in the triple jump where he posted a distance of 46-5.5. The distance set a new personal record for Patrick and defeated the Auburn’s Caleb Kariuki by more than 3 feet.
Elmore County dominated the boys relay events, racking up one win and four top-10 finishes. The Panthers ‘A’ team won the 4×400 with a time of 3:30.13 while the ‘B’ team finished just 21 seconds off the leaders for 10th place.
Elmore County could not repeat in the 4×8 but did grab a second-place finish with a time of 8:21.63. The ‘B’ team came in ninth place and was just eight seconds outside of the top five.
Catia Gilbert earned the only point of the day for the Elmore County girls team. Her throw of 27-9 was good for eighth place in the shot put.
Panther offense thrives as season winds down
Elmore County’s baseball was on the wrong end of the three-way tiebreaker in Class 4A Area 5 but that has not stopped the Panthers from finishing out the season strong. After sweeping Booker T. Washington in its final area series, Elmore County extended its winning streak to four games with a win at Dallas County on Friday night.
During the three games against BTW and Dallas County, the Panthers scored 50 total runs while allowing just 14. It is the most amount of runs for Elmore County in a three-game span this season.
In the opener against BTW, Payne Watts had an inside-the-park grand slam during a 12-run second inning for the Panthers. Watts finished with a season-high five RBIs while Jamie Singleton added three hits and four RBIs of his own.
In the second game, Austin Downey struck out a career-high 18 batters in six innings while allowing just one earned run. He also finished with three hits and four RBIs.
The Panthers traveled to Dallas County on Friday and saw their offense get off to another hot start, scoring eight runs in the first two innings of the game. Chase Wilson, Taylor Henderson, Brody Ward and Garrett Cole each tallied two RBIs in the win.