Arab track standouts sign college scholarships

From left: coach Trent Martin, Elizabeth Scrarbrough, Hallie Grace Williamson, coach Waid Harbison.

Monday was a big day for two members of the Arab indoor track team.

Two days after competing in the 6A state meet on Saturday, pole vaulter Hallie Grace Williamson and multi-event standout Elizabeth Scarbrough were featured at a signing ceremony in the lobby of the Arab High School gym.

Scarbrough, who runs in the long jump, triple jump and sprints, has signed a scholarship with the University of Mobile. Right beside her University of Mobile table was Williamson, who has signed with the University of Montevallo.

With them were friends, family, fellow athletes and coaches.

Despite high hopes three weeks ago, only Scarbrough, Williamson and male pole vaulter Drake Brown actually competed in the state meet. Injuries and stricter qualifying standards – to reduce the number of athletes at the meet – kept other team members from competing.

Williamson placed third in her event with a personal and school record vault of 10 ft., 6 in.

“She beat a lot of great pole vaulters from bigger schools, including one school that literally specializes in pole vaulting,” said Arab indoor track coach Waid Harbison at Monday’s signing.

Class 6A, for a variety of reasons in several sports, is considered stronger than 7A in multiple sports, including track.

“You had some perennial powers drop down from 7A and some really good programs to move up from 5A to 6A,” Harbison said. “We’d have had an easier time this year to compete in 7A.”

Scarbrough, because of a recent stress fracture, was able to compete in just one of her events, and she was hobbled by the injury in the triple jump. Still, she finished eighth in the state.

Among the family members who came out to support Scarbrough were her mother and dad, Frieda and Alan Scarbrough, sister Mary Katherine Henley and niece Mary Elise Scarbrough.

Susie and Jerry Williamson, among others, helped their daughter celebrate her success.

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