Mville track teams setting records


HUNTSVILLE – The Madisonville track teams broke school records over the weekend and will advance to state later this month.

The only senior on both the girls’ and boys’ teams is R’Kelian Wiley, who placed first with a 10.77 in the 100 meters. Johnny Simpson placed fifth in the 200 meters with 22.6, and Michael Alvarado got seventh place in pole vault, soaring 13 feet.

The girls placed a new school record (48.65) in the 4x100 relay and are state qualifiers. The team of Tyana Brown, Zanavia Manning, Tra’Dayja Smith and Garlanesha Gilbert placed third. The same group placed third and set a new school record in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1.42.75.Heaven Gilbert is the alternate for both teams.

“This is a great accomplishment for these young ladies as they broke a 28-year-old record set in 1988,” said Assistant Coach Shana Taylor.

Tyana Brown placed fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.28 and fifth in the long jump at 17 feet.

Girls’ Head Coach Lance Byrd said he was not surprised by the record-breaking performances, a sentiment echoed by boys’ coach Russell Smith.

“All of them performed well,” Smith said. “There were no surprises. The big one was R’Kelian Wiley, who came back from an injury to his hamstring.”

The state meet is set for May 13-14 in Austin.