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Varsity Eagles finished fourth at AISA track meet

The Eagles of Fort Dale Academy, in their efforts at the Alabama Independent School Association Varsity Track Meet held in Selma on April 26 and April 27, finished at an impressive fourth place.

Topping the performances was Crenshaw Poole, placing first in the high jump, with an impressive six-foot two-inch jump.

Poole also came in fourth in the pole vault and 300-meter hurdle event, and fifth place in the 110-meter high hurdle event.

Ryan Landwehr, equally impressive, placed second in the long jump, fourth in the 100-meter dash and 110-meter high hurdle event and ran on the second place 400-meter relay team with Jeff Buck, Jared Lowe and Byrce Landwehr.

Lowe place third in the 100-meter dash and Bryce finished third in the 400-meter dash and 110-meter high hurdles.

Thomas Stabler placed sixth in the 800-meter run.

The 1600-meter relay team of Stabler, Daniel Wesley, Joey Hambric and Jeff Buck placed fourth.

The 3200-meter relay team of Jeremy Viers, Travis Trull. Thomas Stabler and Daniel Wesley placed sixth.

The Lady Eagles placed seventh in team competition, led by Michelle Lowe, who placed fifth in the 100-meter and ran on the sixth place 800-meter relay team with Wesley Atkins, Marcey Adams and Crystal Waters.

FDA Track Coach Al Landwehr was very pleased with the school's results at the meet.

"We broke several records at the meet in Selma," Coach Landwehr said. "Crenshaw Poole, and excellent athlete, took the first place finish in the high jump, ending Mobile Christian Academy's four-year-reign in this event.

"His six-foot-two jump was one of the best jumps in Alabama, throughout both public and private schools."

Landwehr said the 400-meter relay team lost by only an inch, in a photo finish.

"Jared Lowe, Jeff Buck, and Ryan and Bryce Landwehr gave it all they had in that event," he said. "And Jared established his own personal best time in the 100-meter run to take third place."

Although some of the team will not be back next year, due to graduating high school, the remaining athletes show much promise.

"Though only a freshman, Bryce was able to take third in the 400-meter run, and 110-meter high hurdles," Landwehr said. "But we are only losing three seniors, so our team next year will likely be one of the top competitors for overall State Championships next year."