MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
Hoover High School’s boys, going for their third consecutive AHSAA Indoor Class 7A State Championship this weekend, won the Last Chance Classic title with 81 points Chapel Hill (NC) was second with 64. Hewitt-Trussville was fourth with 44 points and Central-Phenix City was sixth with 37.
Defending Class 6A state girls’ indoor champion Homewood was second to Miller Grove (GA) at the CrossPlex’s final regular-season meet of the prep season. Miller Grove totaled 72 points, the Patriots had 58 and Hoover’s girls were third with 52. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs will be attempting to extend their current indoor state championship meet winning streak to six state titles in a row. Hoover has won the first four 7A indoor girls’ crowns and won the 6A championship in 2014 – one year before the AHSAA moved from six classes to seven.
The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex the Coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network is expanding its coverage this year from one day to both days and will have veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the broadcast duties each day.
Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions. Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Homewood’s boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) St. Paul’s Episcopal girls and Guntersville’s boys. (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls. Coach Jim Tate’s Saints has moved up to Class 6A and Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots will be competing in the 4A/5A division.
The field this weekend will be impressive, led by Montgomery Catholic senior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa and Oak Mountain senior high junior high jumper Trey Allen.
Tyynismaa, one of the state’s most accomplished runners, holds the fastest time of the season in the 1,600 meters. She clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational in December. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James turned in the best 3,200 time of the regular season with a 10:52.52 time at the VA Showcase two weeks ago. Katie Strozier of Pelham has the AHSAA’s top 800 meters time (2:14.33), winning the Last Chance Classic 6A/7A race just three seconds off the CrossPlex record. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the Last Chance 400-meter dash with a meet-record 55.03 time. Her 54.88 performance in the Ice Breaker Meet on Jan. 5 is the AHSAA’s fastest time of the year.
Allen’s 7-0 leap in the MLK Classic is the best high-jump effort of the season across the nation. Hoover’s Kyle Smith cleared 6-06 to win the Last Chance meet competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan cleared 15-03 for the state’s best pole vault performance of the season to win the Last Chance meet. Senior Will Stone of Homewood, who posted a 4:19.04 time in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker meet, won last weekend with a 4:19.24. He also set Last Chance meet and CrossPlex record with a 9:15.14 in the 3,200 meters race.
Mae Jemison senior Tyler Davis won the 60-meter dash last weekend with a 6.87 time. He was just 9/100ths of a second behind Trey Cunningham’s state and national record time set in the Last Chance meet in 2017.
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Xpress Timing, directed by Dan Passen, will provide live stats results throughout the state meet with the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live stream available through its subscriber program. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com
MONTGOMERY -- Trey Allen of Oak Mountain High School captured the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight last week with his record-setting 6-foot, 11-inch high jump earlier this month.
He was at it again last Monday the Martin Luther King (MLK) Classic at the Birmingham CrossPlex – making history one more time when he became the first high school athlete to clear 7 feet. Allen’s performance came in the Class 6A/7A division of the meet that annually highlights the MLK Holiday.
The AHSAA Indoor State Meet record is 6-10¼ -- held by three high jumpers: JuVaughn Blake of Columbia (2017); Tyler Boswell, Hoover (2006); and Mitch Dozier, Homewood (1981).
Allen’s 7-foot leap is currently the best jump in the nation this outdoor season, according to Alabama Runners/Milesplit website. Alabama Runners captured Allen’s milestone achievement on Monday and it can be seen at www.alabamarunners.com. Jonah Hyde of Helena also tied the MLK Classic previous high jump mark clearing 6-06 to finish second to Allen. The previous MLK Classic record was (6-06) was set by Kyle Smith of Hoover in 2018.
The MLK Classic competition was fierce with 83 elite performances among the competitors. Hoover posted 69.50 points to win the boys’ competition over Northridge (67). Ramsay was finished second with 58 points in the girls’ competition to Campbell High School of Smyrna (GA). Campbell’s Ashton Lindley, a junior, won the Class 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 seconds, and McKenzie Kelley won the 400-meter dash in 56.52 to lead Campbell’s effort.
Other top performances at the MLK Classic included:
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: Finished second to Madison Central (GA) sprinter Kennedi Sanders in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70. Sanders won at 7.56.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 1A/5A 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash with excellent times of 7.77 and 57.43, respectively.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Won the 1A/5A 800 meters with the girls’ fastest time of the meet (2:16.59). She also won the 3,200 meters with clocking 11:29.14. She holds the CrossPlex record with a time of 10:32.94 in the 2015 AHSAA State Indoor Championships.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Set an MLK Classic record with a leap of 18-09.25 in the Class 6A/7A long jump, just one inch shy of the CrossPlex overall high school girls’ record.
JAYLAN STINSON, OPELIKA: Sprinted to the 60-meter dash title in the 6A/7A division with a winning time of 6.98 seconds, just 20/100ths of a second off the record set by current Florida State runner Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Stinson also clocked 49.894 to edge Hoover’s Jonathan Martin in the 400-meter dash (40.897) for the win and grabbed his third gold in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-00.75.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD: Cleared 6-04 in the Class 1A/5A high jump to win the event.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Won the Class 6A/7A division 800 meters with a 1:58.69 time at the MLK Classic.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Set a new 6A/7A MLK Classic record in the triple jump with a winning leap of 48-11. Current Auburn University football standout Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the record in 2017 with a 48-07.50 leap. He still holds the overall CrossPlex record (50-03) set in the 2017 State Indoor Championships.
GULF SHORES -- Hoover and Homewood swept the Class 7A and 6A boys’ and girls’ outdoor state track championships Saturday and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 5A girls’ crown for the school’s 25th overall as the 94th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Coach Jim Tate’s Lady Saints won their 25th outdoor title and first since 2016 with 98 points. Arab finished second in the 5A girls’ competition with 52 and Faith Academy totaled 47. Beauregard, coached by Rob Carter, won its first boys’ title since 2008 with 88.50 points. Scottsboro was a close second with 84.50 and Guntersville finished third with 62.
In Class 7A, Hoover’s girls and boys finished strong. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs scored 125 points to claim their seventh title in a row and 10th overall. Auburn was second with 94.50. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 80. Hoover’s boys won their ninth crown since 2005 out-pointing runner-up Smiths Station 138-83. Auburn had 64 points to finish third.
Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its fifth consecutive girls’ state title with 126.75 points in the Class 6A competition. Pelham was second with 81 and Ramsay third with 52. Homewood’s boys notched their first outdoor championship since 2014 with 80.50 points. Northridge had 63 and Ramsay 58 to finish 2-3.
And in Class 4A, Winfield won its first Class 4A boys’ state title and third championship overall. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates out-pointed runner-up Montgomery Catholic 65-51. Northside was third with 48 points. UMS-Wright, coached by Pat Galle, posted 93 points to win the school’s 16th girls’ state outdoor championship. Montgomery Catholic and LAMP tied for second with 68 points each,
A total of 17 boys’ record-setting performances were registered during the three-day meet and 16 girls’ record-setting efforts.
Six records fell Saturday including three relays.
Hoover’s Marion Humphrey won the Class 7A 300-meter intermediate hurdles clocking 36.00 to break the previous mark (37.90) set by Emanuel Taite of Thompson in 2016. For Humphrey, the record took on even more significance as the overall best 300 IH time in AHSAA state-meet history -- erasing the 36.33 time clocked by his older brother Marlon Humphrey for Hoover in the 2013 Class 6A state meet.
Hoover also won the 7A boys’ finals with a record time of 3:15.49 in perhaps the fastest overall 4x400 relay race in AHSAA history. Central-Phenix City set the previous record (3:19.94) in 2017. On Saturday, Smiths Station (3:15.92) finished second, Central (3:17.10) was third and Thompson (3:19.74) was fourth -- all with times bettering the previous record.
Other record-setting performances fell Saturday included:
HUNTER APPLING, WEST POINT: Clocked 14.10 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to win the 5A boys’ race and set a new 5A state-meet record in the process. Zeke Parker of Athens ran a 14.13 time in 1997 to hold the record for the last 21 years.
HOPE IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Set the 7A state record in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.73 seconds. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman also broke the previous record (11.97) set by Hoover’s Caitlyn Little in 2015 with a second-place time of 11.88.
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Won the Class 4A 800 meters with a record time of 1:55.12, breaking his own Class 4A mark (1:57.00) set last year.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the Class 6A 800 meters in2:11.77 to break a 14-year old record (2:11.91) set by Daphne’s Kirby Patterson in 2004.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Broke the Class 7A shot put record with a 40-06.25 throw. The previous record (39-07.75) was set by Huntsville’s Alana White in 2016. Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend finished second to Daffin with a 39-10.25 measure. Her throw also broke the previous mark.
JAMES CLEMENS 4x400 RELAY: The James Clemens girls clocked 3:48.65 in Saturday’s finals to eclipse the 3:52.68 record set by Central-Phenix City in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons clocked 4:00.70 to set a new Class 5A girls’ record in that event.
NICK WALLS, CROSSVILLE: Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
GULF SHORES – Class 7A defending champs Hoover held a four-point lead over Vestavia Hills 54-50 after the second day of the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A/5A/6A/7A Outdoor State Track Championships Friday here at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex. Homewood had 58.50 points to lead in Class 6A over defending champs Opelika, which had 37. Defending champ Scottsboro totaled 53 points and Brooks had 39 in Class 5A boys’ competition. And in Class 4A, Winfield led with 47 points over Montgomery Catholic, in second place with 36. In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright held a comfortable 67-44 lead over last year’s 4A champs Montgomery Catholic. In Class 5A, Arab had a slim 44-43 lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal and Brooks was third with 42. Defending 6A champion Homewood totaled 64.75 points to take the lead and Pelham was second with 58.50. Auburn’s girls held a 1.5-point lead over defending champs Hoover in the 7A girls’ competition. The meet concludes Saturday. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the finals over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform at Gulf Shores and Cullman (1A/2A/3A). Records continued to fall Friday – especially in the 7A competition. Five athletes equaled or surpassed the Class 7A state-meet record for the high jump in Friday’s competition. The record coming into the 2018 championships was 6-06, set by Melvin Hill of Baker in 2015. Baker’s Dontavious Hill and Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen each cleared 6 feet, 10 inches and now share the new record. Hill won the event on fewest misses, and Allen was second. Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills also cleared 6-08 while Malik Crandle of Davidson and Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones jumped 6-06. Other record-setting performances included: Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Broke her second record of the meet with a 10:45.05 time in the Class 4A 3,200-meter run. She set the previous mark (10:53.15) as an eighth grader in 2015. Tyynismaa broke the Class 4A 1,600-meter outdoor record on Thursday. Marion Humphrey, Hoover: The younger brother of former Hoover track sensation and current Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey set a new 7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 47.43 seconds – best of all classes Friday. The previous 7A record (47.94) was set in 2016 by Sparkman’s Charles Lewis. Marlon set the current Class 6A indoor 400-meters record (48.11) in 2013. Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain: Broke the existing Class 7A outdoor 400-meter dash record (55.54) held by Myra Mack of Smiths Station with a 54.04 time. Vennessa Frank of Central-Phenix City was second at 55:13, which also surpassed Mack’s record. Alonie Sutton, Smiths Station: Set her second Class 7A state record in as many days with a winning leap of 19-09.5- in the long jump. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had held the mark (18-10) since 2015. Sutton broke her own 7A triple jump mark Thursday. Viktor Turek, Thompson: Established a new Class 7A state record in the discus with a winning throw of 178-00.50. The old record (167-06) was set in 2016 by Michael Robinson of Auburn. Mountain Brook 4x800 Relay Team: The Spartans won the 7A boys’ relay with a new class time of 7:47.70, beating the old mark (7:58.18) set by Auburn in 2016 by 10 seconds. Smiths Station finished second Friday clocking 7:52.64, which also broke the previous record. Other top efforts included: 7A BOYS POLE VAULT: James Courson of Hoover won the pole vault late Thursday clearing 16 feet, 9 inches – just three inches shy of the state record (17-0) set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015. 3,200 METER RUN: In perhaps the most competitive race of the day Friday at Gulf Shores, four runners finished with :01.27 between them as Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won with a 9:30.26 time. Teammates Bryce Hutchinson (9:30.35) and James Sweeney (9:31.13) finished 2-3 and Mountain Brook’s Charlie Slaughter (9:31.53) was fourth. CLASS 6A BOYS JAVELIN: Kyle Smith hurled the javelin 195-08 to take first place. 3,200 METER RUN: Will Stone of Homewood completed the sweep of the distance events with a 9:27.82 time. 400-METER DASH: Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore (47.77) clocked the second fastest time of the day (all classes) to win the 6A race.
CLASS 5A BOYS 3,200 METER RUN: Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope (9:31.89) and Hayden Judge (9:41.23) finished one-two for the Wildcats to dominate the event. HIGH JUMP: Fairfield’s Christian Smith beat Demarco Campbell of Sylacauga in a jump off to take first place with a 6-07 leap. Both tied at 6-06 and missed all three tries at 6-08 before Smith cleared on his first try at 6-07 and Campbell missed.
400-METER DASH: Demontrae Wilson of Central-Tuscaloosa (49.87) edged Myles Williamson of Guntersville (49.88) by 1/100th of a second in a photo finish to win the event. JAVELIN (WHEELCHAIR): Nick Walls of Crossville had a 63-04.50 throw in his final attempt – improving from his first throw by almost seven feet, to win the event.
CLASS 4A BOYS 3,200 Meter RUN: Matthew Estopinal of Randolph edged past Tanner King of Northside with a winning time of 9:34.26. King clocked 9:48.12. CLASS 7A GIRLS 3,200 METER RUN: Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue followed her win in the 1,600 meters on Thursday by winning the 3,200 on Friday. She crossed the finish line at 11:00.72. 400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen won the event with a 1:15.74 time.
CULLMAN – Defending state champion American Christian Academy’s boys and girls led the Class 3A competition after the first day at the 2018 AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium Friday.
Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots totaled 63 points in the 3A to lead the 3A boys’ team standings. Mobile Christian had 32 and Bayside Academy 31. The ACA girls held a five-point lead over T.R Miller, 53-48 heading into Saturday’s competition. Montgomery Academy was third with 42.
In Class 2A, Falkville’s boys had 64 points, Altamont 40 and St. Bernard 23 after the first day. Defending state champion Altamont’s girls led with 50 points and Falkville had 36. St. Bernard was third with 34 and Lanett 25. In Class 1A, Whitesburg Christian’s defending state champion girls had 68 points with Westminster-Oak Mountain in second place with 40. Addison had 22. Westminster’s boys, the 2017 state champs, led Wadley 38-31 after Friday’s completed events. Marion County was third with 24.
Due to potential weather concerns, coaches, administrators, teams and spectators, please take note of the following adjustments to Saturday’s schedule of events. Saturday’s running events will begin at 8 a.m., with a rolling schedule for the other running events. The order of events will remain the same. Saturday’s field events will start at 8 and also operate on a rolling schedule.
Coach David Carrell’s team set two records in the 4x800-meter relay competition. The girls clocked 9:59.62 to become the first 1A girls’ relay team to come under the 10-minute mark at state competition. The record performance for Coach Dave Carrell’s team broke the previous 1A state record (10:06.74) set by St. Bernard in 2015. The Westminster boys’ 4x800 relay team was not to be outdone, however, setting a new 1A boys’ state meet mark with a winning tome of 8L28.66. Falkville had held the record (8:31.99) since 2014.
At least six records fell Friday including:
Josiah Harry, Mobile Christian: Set a new Class 3A state discus record with a winning throw of 179 feet, 3 inches. The old record (165-08), set in 2017, was set by Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond. He also finished second in the javelin competition.
Emma Cape, Whitesburg Christian: Won the Class 1A high jump title with a 5-03.25 leap, breaking the Class 1A state record established 32 years earlier in the process. The old mark (5-03) was set by Julie Prueitt of Addison in 1996.
Emee Baldwin, Addison: Set a new Class 1A girls’ javelin record clearing 10 feet, 8 inches. The old mark (10-00) was set in 2015 by Summer Stewart of Meek.
Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka: Set a 1A state record in the long jump with her winning leap of 18:01.00. Her effort best the old mark (17:03.50), which was set in 2014 by another Loachapoka athlete Kerimee Vinson.
Other top performances noted were:
CLASS 1A GIRLS
1,600 METER RUN: Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian won with a time of 5:14.63.
400-METER DASH: Whitesburg Christian’s Mattie Weeks edged Rashni Walker of Ellwood Christian and Sarah Kate Lipperd of Westminster-Oak Mountain with a winning time of 59.30 seconds. Walker (59.56) and Lipperd (59.57) were less than a second behind the winning time.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
1,600 METER RUN: Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard clocked 5:34.32 to capture the event.
400-METER DASH: Falkville’s Kari Watts had the winning time of 1:00.71.
JAVELIN: Tirsah Morris of Section won with a throw of 102-09.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
400-METER DASH: Ja’Niyah Boykin of Mobile Christian clocked 59.36 to win the 3A race.
1,600 METER RUN: American Christian’s Harper Roberts ran the distance in 5:23.34 to take first place.
LONG JUMP: Amber Mason of Bayside Academy won with a leap of 17-05.75.
TRIPLE JUMP: Altamont’s Kalia Todd had the winning jump of 35-03.50 to win the event by almost two feet.
HIGH JUMP: Pleasant Valley’s Rachel Faucett cleared 5-04 to win the high jump competition.
CLASS 1A BOYS
1,600 METER RUN: Westminster-Oak Mountain captured the first three spots in the boys’ race with Nate Collins winning with a time of 4:29.99. Hunter Wright (4:40.63) was second and Daniel Collins (4:45.71) finished third.
400-METER DASH: Rikishi Buchanan of Wadley clocked 50.19 to take the championship.
POLE VAULT: Braden Pyron of Marion County cleared 9-00 to win the 1A title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Taquavian Drake of Wadley won the event with a 43-09.50 best leap.
CLASS 2A BOYS
400-METER DASH: Tavias Anderson of Sheffield won the race with a winning time of 48.57 seconds, just shy of the Class 2A state record (48.40) set in 1999 by Adrian Green of West Morgan.
1,600 METER RUN: Andrew Sweeney gave St. Bernard a sweep of the 1,600 with a winning time of 4:35.18. The school also won the girls’ title too with Leahrose Mami taking first.
SHOT PUT: Tykeem Doss of Aliceville won with a throw of 47-05.
LONG JUMP: Craig Kinsey’s leap of 21-06.25 took first place for the Abbeville long jumper.
The AHSAA Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A State Outdoor Track Championships closed out day one at Gulf Shores Sports Complex Thursday with several records falling – especially in the javelin competition. The state meet will continue Friday with a full day’s competition and will conclude Saturday. The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships begin Friday at Cullman High School Stadium and will also conclude Saturday. The NFHS Network will live-stream the competition over its NFHS Network platform. The link can be found at www.ahsaa.com. Live-stats results are also available at www.ahsaa.com thanks to Xpress Timing. Leading the boys’ competition after Thursday’s first day at Gulf Shores was Hewitt-Trussville (19 points) was Class 7A. One event, however, the pole vault, was still underway at 8:30 p.m. Vestavia Hills was second with 16 points and Hoover was third with 15. In Class 6A, Helena had 22 points with Homewood second with 19.5. Brooks held a three-point lead 27-24 over Scottsboro (24) with Briarwood Christian and Beauregard on their heels with 21 points each. Winfield, with 36 points, held a commanding lead after day on in the Class 4A competition. UMS-Wright was second with 12 points. In the girls’ first-day scoring, UMS-Wright had 41 points and Montgomery Catholic was second with 20 in the Class 4A competition. St. Paul’s Episcopal led Class 5A with 21 points with Arab two points behind with 19. In Class 6A, Pelham accumulated 38 points with Homewood ranking second with 28.50. And in Class 7A, James Clemens was first after day one with 21 points, followed by Auburn (19) and Smiths Station (18). Fabian Garrett’s Class 4A state record in the javelin which had stood since 2010 was broken by Winfield’s Josh Estes, who had a winning throw of 196-04 Thursday. Childersburg’s Garrett set the mark with a throw of 188-01. In Class 5A, Ladarius Decatur of Brooks won the event with a Class 5A state-record throw of 199-02. The previous record (194-04) was set by Tyler Hamlet of Scottsboro in 2009. Ashton Dominque, who finished second, also bested the previous state record with a 197-01 toss. Cade Finley of Wilson broke the Class 4A boys’ state record he set last year with a 185-03 throw, beating his closest competition by 39 feet. He held the record with his 172-09 throw in 2017. Three of his throws Thursday broke his previous 4A state record. In the girls’ completion, Montgomery-Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa added another record to her growing list with a winning time of 4:57.42 in the 1,600-meter run to set a new Class 4A mark. She set the record previously in 2015 (5:01.38) when she was just an eighth grader. Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station also broke her own Class 7A state triple-jump record (40-01) set last year with a 42-05 leap Thursday. Teammate Kennedy Brown finished second with a 41-07.75 best, which also eclipsed Sutton’s 2017 record.
4A GIRLS High Jump: Isabelle Cochran of Montgomery Catholic won with a winning leap of 5-01. Pole Vault: Savannah Yates of White Plains took first place clearing 11 feet. Triple Jump: UMS-Wright took first place with Aryn McDowell’s winning 36-06.50 leap.
5A GIRLS 1,600-Meter Run: Olivia Andrews’ time of 5:24.96 won the event for the Faith Academy runner. Long Jump: Ashley Ivory of Demopolis took first with a 17-06.75 jump. Shot Put: Kalee Johnson Alexandria took first with a 36-07.75 throw. 4x100-Meter Relay: Beauregard had the fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s finals with a 49.91 time.
6A GIRLS 1,600-Meter Run: Makenna Mills of Northview won the event in 5:05.60, edging Katie Strozier of Pelham (5:06.73) my just over a second. Triple Jump: Christian Hill of Homewood won the event with a best leap of 39-03.75. High Jump: Caroline Hollingsworth of Cullman took first with a 5-04 clearance. Discus: Erin Long of Pelham’s 133-05 throw took first place. 4x100-meter RELAY: Ramsay ran the relay in 48.26 seconds in the prelims to qualify for the finals with the fastest time.
CLASS 7A GIRLS 1,600-Meter Run: Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue finished first (4:58.34) with only sub 5:00 time of the 7A competition. 100-Meter Dash (Amubulatory): McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jordan McGuire clocked 15.89 seconds to win the event. Shot Put (Ambulatory): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen had a winning throw of 21-07.25. Discus: James Clemens’ Zuri Falkner won with a7A state record throw of 140-08, shattering the previous record of 117-09 set in 2015. 4x100-Meter Relay: Thompson’s relay team had the fastest qualifying time of the prelims (47.67), just a second off the 7A state record pace (46.52) set by Sparkman in 2017. CLASS 4A Boys Pole Vault: Walker Junkin of Winfield won with a winning clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches. 4x100-Meter Relay: Madison Academy won its heat with a time of 43.33, qualifying for the finals with the best time of the 4A field.
CLASS 5A BOYS 1,600-Meter Run: Crawford Hope of Scottsboro led a trio of Wildcats’ runners who finished 1-2-3 in the event. Hope’s winning time of 4:25.73. Hayden Judge was second (4:28.15) and Cooper Atkins was third (4:31.91). Shot Put: D.J. Maiden of Beauregard won with a throw of 44-04.25. Shot Put (Wheelchair): Nick Walls of Crossville had a winning throw of 23 feet, 5 inches. Long Jump: Roderick Johnson of Beauregard won the event with a leap of 22-09.75. 4x100-Meter Relay: Pleasant Grove had the top qualifying time (42.44) and Beauregard (42.99) and Etowah (43.00) close behind at second and third to set up what could be a record race in the finals.
CLASS 6A BOYS 1,600-Meter Run: Will Stone of Homewood continued his domination of the 6A competition with a winning time of 4:22.38. High Jump: Justin Stuckey’s 6-10 leap won the competition for Helena. Teammate Jonah Hyde was second at 6-08. Discus: Nathan Cooper of Dothan won the event with a winning throw of 159-06. 4x100-Meter Relay: Ramsay’s boys clocked 41.84 in Thursday’s prelims, just 74/100ths of a second off the state record (41.10) set by Davidson 32 years earlier in 1986. CLASS 7A BOYS 1,600-Meter Run: Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills had the fastest boys’ time of any class winning the 7A race in 4:21.28. Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook was second at 4:22.20. 100-Meter Dash (Ambulatory): Auburn’s Avan Merchant ran the dash in :15.00 to win the event. Shot Put: Chad Strickland of Smiths Station won the event with a winning throw of 59-00.50. 4x100-Meter Relay: Hoover posted the fastest qualifying time with a 42.07-second effort in its heat. Six of the eight teams qualifying for the finals produced times of 42.77 or better. Long Jump: Graham Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic won with a 22-07.50 leap.
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