All-Calhoun County girls track: Participation was key for Oxford's Delozier

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Jul. 6—OXFORD — The first key for successful high school coaches is success in recruiting the hallways.

Oxford track coach Landon Delozier's efforts that way led to a Calhoun County breakthrough for the Yellow Jackets' girls.

For coaching Oxford's girls to their first county title since 2014, Delozier is The Anniston Star's Calhoun County coach of the year for girls track.

Oxford's girls edged three-time defending champion Alexandria 148-143 on April 11 at Choccolocco Park. That helped Oxford sweep the day, as Oxford's boys dominated for their fifth consecutive county title, outscoring second-place Anniston 228-144.

Keziah Mickler, part of Oxford's state runner-up girls basketball team, led the way. She won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, anchored Oxford's victorious 4x100 relay team and took second in the 400 dash.

Oxford's girls also got a first-place finish from Chaci Whitfield in the 300 hurdles (49.75 seconds). She also took third in the high jump (4-08).

Distance ace Katie Keur delivered three second-place finishes ... 800 (2:25.15), 1,600 (5:25.37) and 3,200 (11:56.94).

The county breakthrough for Oxford's girls was all about participation, Delozier said.

"It's getting girls out to our team," he said. "We've done a lot of in-house recruiting and just getting girls out and running again."

One example is Shaniya Calloway, who also played for Oxford's basketball team. She came out for track this year and gave Oxford a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (53.26).

Sports Writer Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter: @jmedley_star.