Alabama football signee Henry Ruggs, center, won the Class 7A 100-meter dash in record time on Saturday in Gulf Shores. Central-Phenix City’s Karon Delince, left, was second with Auburn’s Deonte Tolbert third. (Ben Thomas | email@example.com)
Alabama football signee Henry Ruggs got a stern test in his final high school athletic competition, but he still finished on a high note.
In fact, he finished on a record note.
The Robert E. Lee standout won the Class 7A 100-meter dash with a meet record time of 10.58. He easily beat his time of 10.77 in Thursday’s windy preliminary heats.
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“I’m happy because it was a record, but I’m still not completely satisfied with the run,” Ruggs said. “I got off to another bad start for some reason. Karon (Delince) of Central really pushed me to the limit, but I’m glad to get the win.”
Delince finished second with a time of 10.69. Deonte Tolbert of Auburn was third with a time of 10.73. Auburn football signee Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville finished seventh with a time of 11.06.
Ruggs had mixed emotions after the victory.
“It’s a sad feeling to know that I’m not going to wear Lee across my chest anymore, but I’m glad to go out like this and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”
That next chapter will begin May 31 when Ruggs reports to Alabama.
A 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver for the Generals, Ruggs caught 38 passes for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He also played some quarterback and earned Class 7A Back of the Year honors. He will have little time to rest following his high school graduation.
“I’m excited to start,” he told AL.com on Thursday. “I’m ready to get in school, get used to everything and get to know everyone on campus. I can’t wait to get there.”