Drake Brown

Arab senior Drake Brown finished third in the pole vault at the state meet in his final athletic competition at Arab High School.

The end of the spring sports season in high school can be exciting for some and a bit sad for others. Such was the case with the Arab boys and girls track teams at the state meet in Gulf Shores this past week.

For Drake Brown, it was clearly a bit of both. The excitement came with his third-place finish in the pole vault. But as a senior, the meet meant his athletic days at Arab High School are over.

It’s always bittersweet to watch our athletes compete in their last meets,” said Arab coach Trent Martin. “Many of the seniors have been competing on the team since their seventh-grade years.

“Drake Brown is a hard-working athlete and it was nice to see him on the medal stand for pole vault.”

In Class 6A, the Mountain Brook girls won their 12th championship with 116 points, edging Northridge at 111.5. Scottsboro’s boys topped McGill-Toolen for the 6A title, 79-76.

Arab’s girls totaled six points and finished 25th as a team. The boys recorded 10 points and finished 22nd overall.

The next two years, Arab will compete in 5A.

But this year, in 6A, Arab still had some high points as 17 athletes made it to Gulf Shores.

Gabe Norton finished fifth in the triple jump. He also competed in the long jump, finishing 14th.

Bryant Beuoy also qualified in two events, finishing 23rd in the 100-meter dash and 18th in the 200m dash.

Mitchell Duquette finished 10th in the pole vault. Taylor Anderson finished 17th in the 300m hurdles. And Wyatt Glispie finished 17th in the discus.

For the girls, Libby Wright was the highest finisher with a fourth in the javelin. Ragan Barnes finished eighth in the same event.

Julie Stapler finished 21st in the 800m run and 17th in the 300m hurdles. Grace Gosline finished 19th in the 3,200m run.

Jenna Hill finished 12th in the pole vault. Teammates Libby Chance (13th) and Aubrey Elrod (17th) also finished in the top 20.

Allie Ryan finished 18th in the high jump.

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