Cummins earns double gold at state
by Andy Collier
May 06, 2013 | 1069 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With rain coming down from the skies and the temperatures dropping below 50 degrees at the Class A State Track and Field Meet at Jackson Academy, Bayou Academy junior Anna Grace Cummins persevered, through the conditions Friday afternoon.

Cummins earned double gold for a second straight year as she won the discus and the shot put. Her throw in the discus was 99 feet, 10 inches, and her throw in the shot put was 34 feet, 2 inches. Cummins’ throw in the discus was 14 inches more than second place finisher Strider’s Jacquelyn Brooks (33-00), and Cummins’ throw in the discus was eight feet further than second place finisher Kally Kirk (91-10) of Winona Christian School. Cummins also won the shot put and the discus at the state meet last year.

Cummins said that competing in the weather proved to be a challenge.

“It was pretty difficult, because we’ve never had to compete in these elements,” Cummins said. “This was the first time I’ve competed in the pouring rain. I feel really blessed that God gave me these talents. I had friends and family that came to support me in the pouring rain, and it was amazing.”

What made her showing even more impressive was the fact her distances was the furthest of any classifications. In the shot put, Columbia’s Dianna Hobgood won the AA division with a throw of 32 feet, 6.5 inches, while Heritage Academy’s Mary Douglas Kerby won the AAA division with a throw of 32 feet, 3.75 inches.

In the discus, Oak Forest Academy’s Caylon Brabham won the AA meet with a distance of 95 feet, 4 inches, while Madison Ridgeland Academy’s Carlie Kellems won the AAA title with a distance of 94 feet, 5 inches.

Even with Bayou moving to AA next year, Cummins will still have a chance to dominate in the shot put and discus her senior year.