Centreville Academy’s boys track team won its fifth consecutive championship title competing in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall championship track and field meet April 30 to May 1 at Jackson Preparatory School in Jackson, Mississippi.
The win was fueled by sophomore Austen Addington, who set three records and earned four gold and two silver medals.
Addington, the son of Kim and Bryan Addington, of Ethel, and the grandson of Liz Addington, of Zachary, set his first record in the pole vault event.
Addington’s vault of 14-7½ broke the Class AA record of 14-6 set in 2007, said Centreville coach Bryan Stutzman.
The vault also broke the state record by a half-inch.
The third record was set when Addington ran a 1:58.97 in the 800-meter race, breaking a 1:59.99 record set in 2003.
Addington receives additional coaching from Olympian Erica Bartolina Fraley, of Bartolina Athletics and the Louisiana Pole Vaulting Compound in Tickfaw.
The Centreville boys team includes many members who live in the Clinton and Zachary areas and a coach who lives in West Feliciana Parish, said Liz Addington.
The team took home top honors at the overall championship meet scoring a total of 105 points out of dozens of teams competing from throughout Mississippi and Louisiana such as Central Private, Silliman Institute, Wilkinson County Christian Academy and West Memphis Christian School from Arkansas.
Top CA scorers included: Cody Haygood, first place in shot put; Britt Netterville, first place in the 110-meter hurdles; and Chase Hughes, John Marcus McDowell, Matthew Parnell and Addington, who won the 4x400-meter relay.
Hughes finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 200-meter dash; Stone Reynolds earned a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter run as well as a second-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay along with teammates Chad Jenkins, Christopher Jones and Michael Spangler; and finishing second in the 4x100-meter relay were Tyler Caston, Hughes, McDowell and Addington.
David Carmichael, Nathan Sagely and Ian White also competed.
Taking home the silver medal were the Centreville Lady Tigers track team of Amanda Brown, Bailey Casto, Katlyn Chandler, Taylor Hurst, Caroline Lobrano, Sydney Lyons, Katie Lynn McDowell and Maddie Welch.
The Lady Tigers earned a second place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:20.82; Brown finished second in shot put with a distance of 32-11½; and Chandler earned a fourth place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:31.45.