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May 3, 2014

Alpha Omega athletes shine at TAPPS Class 2A state track and field meet

Lions earn pair of fourth place finishes in discus, 4-by-100 relay at state meet

HUNTSVILLE — Alpha Omega Academy has a young group of track and field athletes who are going to be around for the next couple of years.

The Lions made their mark over the weekend at the TAPPS Class 2A state meet with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the discus and 4-by-100-meter relay, respectively.

Freshman Logan Slaughter threw 114 feet, five inches in the discus and the 4-by-100 relay team of Slaughter, Karim Menefee, Kameron Coburn and Lyndell Venible ran a time of 46.26 seconds.

Three of the four runners on the relay team are freshmen. Venible is a sophomore.

“All in all, they did pretty well for no bigger of a team than they are,” Alpha Omega coach Jeff Norris said. “I’m proud of what they did, being so young. They’ll all be back next year and I’d be surprised if all of our relay teams aren’t at the state meet next year. Also, I would be surprised if Slaughter’s not the favorite to win the discus next year. So they should be really strong next year.”

Venible finished seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.11.

“That was a photo finish,” Norris said. “He could have gotten anywhere between fourth and seventh. They were all within four hundredths of a second but the official result was that he got seventh. It was pretty close.”

Slaughter, at about 5-11 and 165 pounds, doesn’t look like a typical discus thrower. Norris said that while the freshman didn’t always match up physically with his opponents, he’s about as technically sound as one could be.

Slaughter even takes private lessons.

“He loves throwing the discus so he works really hard,” Norris said. “I mean he really works at it and you can tell when you watch his technique and how he warms up. He really takes it seriously.

“The guys who were in front of him at state, they were clearly bigger than him, stronger than him. But in terms of his technique, he’s right where he needs to be. He just needs to get a little stronger.”

“He never looked comfortable on Friday when he was throwing. It would’ve been nice to see if he could’ve gotten his footing, how he could’ve thrown. But it’s still fourth at state and that’s not bad.”

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