Council recognizes Aggie Track and Field team

Shown are Hamilton High School Indoor Track Team members (from left, leaning forward) Maya Jones, Madelyn Hulsey, Kyra Casey and Jane Wiginton, and (next row, from left) Anne Wiginton, Meg Wiginton, Gracie Sanderson, Bristol Evans, Elijah Dollar, Dylan Segraves, Jake Webb and Josh Webb, and (last row, from left) city councilors Scott Robertson and Wade Williams, mayor Bob Page, and councilors Sherry Armstrong, W. Ross Reed and Scott Tyra.

By Kathryn “Chazz” Hirschfeld
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Hamilton City Council recognized the Hamilton High School Indoor Track and Field Team at its Tuesday, Feb. 20, meeting.
The team recently claimed two state championships, set multiple new school records and finished third overall. There were also several second and third place finishes in different events.
“Both the girls and boys teams finished third in the state,” coach Scotty Sanderson said. “They were the top 4A school in the state, both boys and girls. We were beaten only by the 5A schools.”
Sanderson noted the week of competition had been a great week for Hamilton Aggie Track and Field, “one of the most remarkable feats they’ve accomplished at HHS.”
“You always want your best during a championship,” he said. “And with 10 school records, you were getting your best. We had some on the podium multiple times.
“I’m very proud of them. This is what you get when you work hard. They’ve worked hard for a long time.”
As the team gathered for a photo with the city council, Sanderson noted Jake Webb had won his state championship in pole vault while competing with a broken bone in his foot.
He also noted Elijah Dollar had participated in four events, ending up on the winners’ podium four times, including once as the 60-meter hurdles state champion.
More coverage and photos from the meet appeared in the Feb. 28, edition of the Journal Record.
Sanderson’s individual recognition of the athletes and coaches can be viewed on the county’s new website ( and its link under Minutes and Agendas to “Meeting Archive” and MarionCountyTVnewsevents.
More statistics and photos of local track and field events can also be found on the website “AlabamaRunners MileSplit” at under school tabs.
In other business, the council:
• Heard Hamilton Mayor Bob Page report on a zoom meeting with Dr. Joel Hagood of Bevill State Community College, where the college president gave some “sparkling reports” on the Bevill campuses, including Hamilton.
The mayor noted Hagood said the college is going strong and is happy with enrollments to date. He also said Bevill is promoting dual enrollment and making huge improvements in its technical divisions.
• Heard from David Watkins of McGuire Iron of South Dakota regarding his company’s contract with the City of Hamilton for a water tank maintenance program.
Every water system in the state is now required by ADEM to have a program in place for the next five years to handle routine maintenance on water tanks.
• Declared a 2004 Ford Explorer and a Massey Ferguson Tractor as both no longer usable by the City of Hamilton, allowing these items to be sold by the city via sealed bids.
• Zoned property recently annexed by Ordinance 2024-1 at the Feb. 5  council meeting as FAR (wide-encompassing category) as some areas surrounding the property are R1 (single family residential), but other nearby areas are also being used for farming. The mayor noted, “We can zone this as FAR and still have residences in FAR.”

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