Capello, Joseph break school records at Griffin Relays

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
ACHS’s Zack Capello leads the pack in the 1600-meter run at the Griffin Relays Friday.

The ACHS winning tradition in running is contagious as the Bulldogs are spreading the wealth by bringing home eight individual top-3 finishes at the Griffin Relays at Dutchtown High School Friday.

In the field events, sophomore Jordynn Brown started the day off by tying the ACHS record in the high jump with an official jump of 4’10”, which was good enough for a third place finish at the meet. Also in the field, Thomas Gros took second place in the javelin throw with a distance of 143’.

“The kids are training hard and we have a lot farther to go, but I like where we are right now,” ACHS coach Rocky Capello. “We’re looking forward to the next few meets and doing really well at district and regionals.”

The team has a while left before regionals competition begins, and at the Griffin Relays it took care of the now.

On the boy’s side, Zack Capello won the 1600-meter run with a school record of 4:31, which broke his own record. Also Dylan Landry finished third in the 300-hurdles with a time of 46.5.

For the girl’s team, Maerys Joseph won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:30, which broke the school’s record. Seventh grader Stephanie Breaux won the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:59 and eighth grader Breanna Bernard finished second with a time of 13:02. Also, Whitney Eure finished third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:38.

“Most of the kids who are running have been running with me for years and some since the fifth or sixth grade,” Capello said. “So they develop a good base in those prior years and now they are running high schools time even though some of them are in middle school.”

Capello said the team is dedicated to the sport and he believes it is going to do some special things for years to come.

“It’s exciting for me to see how well the kids are doing,” Capello said.

“We’ve got some new kids who are coming out and as they get more dedicated to it they are going to get better and better. Hopefully we have a team that’s good in every event. We’re getting there.”

Capello added, “We have a really good shot to do