LaJarvia Brown of Alton High and Redbirds' girls' track coach Terry Mitchell were honored recently by the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches. They were selected as the Region 7 track and field athlete and coach of the year, respectively.
Brown is the two-time defending Class 3A IHSA champion in the triple jump and the senior will be attending Texas A&M on a track scholarship. She has soared 41 feet, 9 inches in the triple jump and 19-7 in the long jump. Brown's jump of 41-6.25 last spring at the Tigers Relays is the all-time state best in the triple jump.
Mitchell, a long-time AHS coach, directed the Redbirds to an eight-place finish in the 2015 IHSA finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. It was Alton's top finish in school history at the girls' state finals.