Alexus Alston is right where she wants to be.
At the top.
Alston finished first in four events Wednesday at Georgetown High School to lead the St. James girls track and field team to a first-place finish in a four-team event, and with her time of 15.7 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles event, Alston set a new school record.
“Very excitied for Alexus setting a new record at (100m) hurdles,” Sharks coach Ken McSorely said. “It’s just a nice win to pick up some momentum. Some spaces still have a lot of work needed to be done, but I’m pleased with their efforts.”
Alston puts in a lot of work, strving to be the best at what she does. On Wednesday, along with her win in the 100m hurdles, Alston took first in the 100-meter dash (0:12.7), 400m hurdles (1:12.4) and triple jump (34 feet, 4 inches).
While she has impressed thus far, Alston is far from finished.
“She leads this group,” McSorely said. “She’s a positive fuse and her (times) speak for themselves. She’s always trying to better herself and her teammates. She speaks up at practice and gets people to work hard; she has great leadership qualities.”
By the end of the year, McSorely said Alston would like to be called Class AAA state champion at 100m hurdles – her bread and butter.
“She loves them,” McSorely said of the 100m hurdles event. “And she sets the bar high.”
Meanwhile, Ka’Mauri Humes finished first in the 200-meter dash (0:26.8) and long jump (13 feet, 4 inches), Chelsea Glover took first in the 800m (2:48) and 1,600m (6:35), Karleigh Jones won the 3,200-meter dash (15:04), Abby Rumpf was first in the high jump (4 feet, 4 inches) and Sarah Bryson won the discus throw (71 feet, 7 inches) and shot put (25 feet, 10 inches) for the Sharks.
On the boys’ side, the St. James 3,200-meter relay team (Deep Patel, Ryan Hutes, Jason Brady, Kyle Bailey) took first place with a time of 9:33, Trey Myers took first in 110m hurdles (0:15.22) and 400m hurdles (0:58.34) and Hutes won the 3,200-meter dash (12:13) for the Sharks, who finished third (58 points) behind Georgetown (first, 94) and Andrews (second, 71).
▪ Team scores: 1. St. James 122, 2. Georgetown 65, 3. Andrews 21, 4. Lincoln 11.
▪ 400m relay: Georgetown 0:54.1; 1,600m relay: Georgetown 4:35; 3,200m relay: St. James 13:04; 100m: Alexus Alston (SJ) 0:12.7; 100m hurdles: Alexus Alston (SJ) 15.7; 200m: Ka’Mauri Humes (SJ) 0:26.8; 400m: Kennedy Beach (GT) 1:02.5; 400m hurdles: Alexus Alston (SJ) 1:12.4; 800m: Chelsea Glover (SJ) 2:48; 1,600m: Chelsea Glover (SJ) 6:25; 3,200m: Karleigh Jones (SJ) 15:04; Long jump: Ka’Mauri Humes (SJ) 13-4; Triple jump: Alexus Alston (SJ) 34-4; High jump: Abby Rumpf (SJ) 4-4; Discus: Sarah Bryson (SJ) 71-7; Shot put: Sarah Bryson (SJ) 25-10.
▪ Team scores: 1. Georgetown 94, 2. Andrews 71, 3. St. James 58, 4. Lincoln 15.
▪ 400m relay: Georgetown 0:44.93; 1,600m relay: Georgetown 3:47.37; 3,200m relay: St. James (Deep Patel, Ryan Hutes, Jason Brady, Kyle Bailey) 9:33; 100m: Josh Brown (AND) 0:11.17; 110m hurdles: Trey Myers (SJ) 0:15.22; 200m: Jahbriel Walker (GT) 0:23.77; 400m: Shaleek Brown (LIN) 0:55.65; 400m hurdles: Trey Myers (SJ) 0:58.34; 800m: Jakee Green (GT) 2:16; 1,600m: Shaleek Brown (LIN) 5:21.4; 3,200m: Ryan Hutes (SJ) 12:13; Long jump: C. Johnson (GT) 19-7.5; Triple jump: C. Johnson (GT) 40-10.5; High jump: Pant (GT) 6-2; Discus: Tyreke Steele (AND) 113-0; Shot put: Wright (AND) 45-7.