Friday, February 28, 2020






Hoover, Homewood Set to Defend Titles After Tune-Up at Last Chance Meet

    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.
    Heat sheets for the AHSAA State Championships can be found at the following link:}

    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

Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen Clears 7 Feet to Win the MLK Classic High Jump

Eagles’ Track Standout Grabs AHSAA Spotlight

   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 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:

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.
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.

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.
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.

Oak Mountain High Jumper Trey Allen Sets State Indoor Record to Claim AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

    MONTGOMERY -- Oak Mountain senior Trey Allen has set his sights high when it comes to the high jump. And he has now raised the bar for anyone who wants to set the AHSAA state high jump record.
   Allen, who captured the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight this week, recently cleared 6 feet, 11 inches at the Ice Breaker Meet held at Birmingham CrossPlex for the AHSAA Indoor Track & Field season’s best leap of the year to set a new indoor state record. The old record of 6-10¼ was held by three high jumpers, Juvaughn Blake of Huntsville’s Columbia High School (2017), Tyler Boswell of Hoover (2006) and Mitch Dozier of Homewood (1981).
    Allen, who attempted to clear 7-0 at the Ice Breaker Classic, now has the best prep high jump leap in CrossPlex history since it opened in 2012. The national prep record (7-05.3) is held by Scott Sellars, who set the mark in 2004 while competing for Cinco Ranch High School in Katy (TX).
   The Oak Mountain high jumper earned All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina last June with an outdoor jump of 6-10.25. He cleared 6-10 in the AHSAA Class 7A outdoor state championships last May – tying Baker’s Dontavious Hill at that mark as both set a new Class 7A state record.
     Allen edged out Park Crossing hurdler Jasmine Riley and Pelham sprinter Nicole Payne for this week’s spotlight. Both girls have shined this entire indoor season.
   Riley clocked 7.54 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at the Magic City Invitational in December for the fastest time of the AHSAA 2019 indoor track season. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the more recent Ice Breaker Invitational held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 5 with a meet-record time of 7.65 seconds. Both are heading for a showdown at the AHSAA State Championships Feb. 1-2 since the state’s two fastest female runners will be going head-to-head in the Class 6A division.
   Payne also had the fastest time of the season in the 400 meters. Her time of 54.88 at the same Ice Breaker meet established a new meet record and was just shy of the CrossPlex mark of 54.22 she set at last year’s MLK Classic meet  --  which is also the all-time record for high school girls in the state. She will be trying to beat that record next Monday in the 2019 MLK Classic at the     CrossPlex.
   Most of the state’s top high schoolers will competing. Among them will be sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James, who had a season best 2:15.90 in the 800 meters at the Ice Breaker meet running in the 1A/5A division to shatter the overall meet record of 2:18.00 set by Homewood’s Lainey Phelps in 2016. Phelps won the 6A/7A competition with a time of 2:18.89, just shy of her mark but three seconds off the winning time of Miles, who won her race in the 1A/5A division by 10 seconds.
   Senior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic, who holds a boat load of AHSAA and CrossPlex records, clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational on Dec. 7 to run the fastest 1,600-meters time of the season in the AHSAA. Phelps ran the 3,200 in 11:05.75 in the same meet for the state’s best time in that event.
   Other impressive season highs include:
   MAKIYAH SILLS, HOMEWOOD: The senior sprinter turned in the best 60-meter hurdles time of the season at the Ice Breaker Meet with a winning time of 8.77 in the 6A/7A competition to set a new girls’ record for the meet. Baker’s Aaliyah Brown-Muhammad also beat the meet record with a time of 8:86 in the finals to take second. 
   Hoover’s Caitlyn Little set the Ice Breaker Meet record in 2016 with an 8.94 time, and former Bucs teammate  Brittley Humphrey set the overall high school record for the CrossPlex clocking  8.47 in the state meet in 2016.  Humphrey, a junior at LSU, was back at the CrossPlex last weekend competing in the UAB Blazer Invitational had the fastest prelim time with an 8.40 finish. However, she ran even faster in the finals heat (8.30) but finished second to teammate Tonea Marshall, a junior from Arlington (TX), who clocked 8.16 to nip the hometown favorite.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: She has the top distances in the long jump (18-4.25) and the triple jump (39-4.75), both coming in the Ice Breaker meet.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Set a new Icebreaker Classic indoor record for the 1,600 meters with a 4:19.04 time in the 6A/7A division, best in the state this indoor season, to nip Jace Jones of Thompson, who crossed the finish line at 4:20.65. Stone also has the best time in the 3,200 meters this season (9:22.99), which he ran in the Magic City Invitational on Dec. 1.
DEANTHONY COLEMAN, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Running in the LSU High School Classic on Jan. 5, he clocked 7.92 in the 60-meter hurdles to turn in the best time the season in the AHSAA.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Cleared 14 feet, 6 inches at the Ice Breaker meet to establish the top pole vault leap of the indoor season.
     Other highlights from wrestling and bowling include:

The senior improved to 35-2 on the season winning nine of 10 matches for the Wildcats in a tough duals meet schedule as Elmore County clinched a berth in the AHSAA Class 1A/5A Duals tourney which gets underway tonight. He has wrestled in the 195 and 220-pound divisions. He now has 23 pins this season with six coming in the Barry Mask Invitational at Wetumpka as he won the 195-pound championship. Moseley had 29 pins last year.
JACK JONES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: The eighth-grader at HA earned the program’s first on-mat win with a pin with 19.6 seconds left in the first period over Enterprise’s Gavin Hunt in a math held at Northview High School’s Dr. James Smith Convocation Center last week. The Raiders, who picked up the sport in the summer, were shut out in their first five dual matches at a season-opening tournament at St. James in December and in a dual match with Northview prior to the Enterprise. The team did post some wins through forfeited matches, however. Jones broke the drought with his pin over Hunt.
JOHN HATLER, CHARLES HENDERSON: Wrestling for the Trojans’ first-year wrestling program, Hatler registered the school’s first on-mat victory and first win by pin with a victory over Opelika’s Conner Smith at 152 pounds in just 57 seconds. Opelika won the match 66-6. The Trojans then posted their first team victory at the duals meet with a 33-27 win over Reeltown and closed out the night losing to Beauregard 66-12. 
JONATHAN MEDEIROS, NORTHVIEW: Won two matches (17-0 over Houston Academy’s Kennan Beaver and 4-0 over Zach McFarland at a tri-match competition hosted by the Cougars.

Had a strike plus nine to finish with 19 pins on the last frame to held the Raiders’ boys nip Northview by one point, 1,117 – 1,116, in a in a winner-take-all battle to claim the Area 7 crown and No. 1 seed slot in the South Regional Tourney.  Area 7 area crown. Alex Nolin paced HA with a 169. Colton Ash had a 164 and Kinion Fowler a 142.  The Cougars were led in the traditional by Ben McAnulty with a 166, Addison Mims with a 144 and Eli Smith with a 137.

McGill-Toolen’s Graham Collins & Caroline Huff Sweep AHSAA Decathlon, Heptathlon Titles

HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Graham Collins turned in solid performance in Tuesday’s final day of the 55th annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships at Hoover High School to finish with 6,914 points to claim the individual title. Hewitt-Trussville junior Stone Shellnutt finished second with 6,368.
    Caroline Huff, a senior for the Yellow Jackets, closed strong to score 4,339 points and won the girls’ title in the 31st AHSAA Heptathlon. Hoover’s Genesis Jones led after day one but slipped to fourth. Pelham sophomore Erin Long, third after the first day, rose to second place with 4,294 points -- just 45 points behind Huff.
     Rounding out the boys’ top five finishers in the 47-member field were senior James Courson of Hoover (6,229), Winfield junior Walker Junkin (5,671) and Hewitt-Trussville junior Caleb Young (5,518).
    Collins won the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.99 time Tuesday. Other event leaders were Junkin in the discus (135-06), Courson in the pole vault (15-05), Miguel Cortes of James Clemens in the javelin (165-08) and Homewood’s Logan Justice clocked 4:33.07 for the best time of the 1,500-meter run.
    James Clemens’ Ashlee Osaji finished third in the heptathlon competition with 4,137 points, , followed by Hoover’s Jones (4,111) and Hewitt-Trussville’s Sydney White (4,082). The girls had three events Tuesday with Huff winning the long jump with a 17-11.75 leap, Long capturing the javelin with a 122-04 throw and James Clemens’ Sylvia Cortes clocking 2:22.42 to win the 800 meters. The girls’ competition had 40 participants.
     Complete results of the 2018 Decathlon and Heptathlon competiion can be found at:

McGill-Toolen’s Collins, Hoover’s Jones Leads Decathlon, Heptathlon after Day 1

HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Graham Collins totaled 3,736 points Monday in five events to take the first-day lead in the 55th annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School.
    Hoover’s own Genesis Jones accumulated 2,690 points in the 31st ASHSAA Girls’ Heptathlon competition lead James Clemens’ Audriana Blakely (2,646) by 44 points heading into Tuesday’s final round.
    Collins leads Stone Shellnut of Hewitt-Trussville (3,320) by 416 points with five events remaining in the Tuesday’s final round. He is well on his way to posting the best score in the Decathlon since Bo Jackson of McAdory totaled more 8,340 points in the 1981 Decathlon.
    Collins had the fastest time in the 100-meter dash (10.97 seconds) amongst the 47 competitors, had the top long jump (22-03.5), best high jump (6-01.5), and also won the 400-meter dash competition with a time of 49.59. Events remaining are the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
    Rounding out the top five Monday were: 3. Collier Robinson, James Clemens (3,153); 4. Edwin Rainey, Northridge (3,050); and Noah Williams, Hoover (3,034). Shane Denman of Oxford won the shot put competition with a toss of 38-11.75.
       Jones finished third to Hoover teammate Chakiya Plummer (14.92)  in the 110-meter hurdles and won the high jump (5-04.5).  Lanaiya Coney of Bob Jones won the shot put (30-10.5) and Plummer won the 200-meter dash (25.17).
     Filling out the Top 5 from day one’s heptathlon competition were Hoover’s Plummer (2,550), Erin Long of Pelham (2,514) and Jade Johnson of Northridge (2,506).
    The state record was set by Shelly Spires of St. Paul’s Episcopal (5,000) in 2014.
     Complete first-round results can be found at:

ACA, Falkville, Altamont, Whitesburg and Westminster Claim State Titles at 94th AHSAA Outdoor Championships

  CULLMAN -- American Christian Academy won the boys’ and girls’ Class 3A Outdoor State Track Championship Saturday, Whitesburg Christian captured its fourth consecutive  Class 1A girls’ state crown, and Altamont added its 11 state championship trophy to its rich track and field history.
    The 94th AHSAA State Track Championships concluded Saturday with the Class 1A, 2A and 3A state completion at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium and Classes 4A, 5A,6A and 7A competing at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex in Baldwin County.
   Coach Charles Tiller’s ACA Patriots totaled 140 points in the girls’ competition to claim their sixth girls’ state title overall. T.R. Miller was second with 110 points and Montgomery Academy finished third with 78.  American Christian’s boys outscored runner-up Mobile Christian 146-82 to notch its second boys’ title in a row and second overall. Piedmont finished third with 65.
    Falkville’s boys, coached by Jace Wilemon, won the school’s seventh outdoor state crown with 108 points. Altamont was second with 84 and Lanett was third with 59.  Altamont’s girls, coached by Jamie Reddiker, posted 109.33 points to win the girls’ 2A title or the second year in a row. The Lady Knights also won in 2015 and had a string eight straight state championships from 2002-2009.
    Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by Dave McConnell, had 136 points to beat runner-up Westminster-Oak Mountain (116) by 20 points. The Huntsville school also won in 2017, 2016 and 2015. Westminster’s boys won the 1A title with 100 points. Coach Dale Carrell’s squad also won in 2017. Notasulga had a strong finish Saturday to take second with 55 points. Whitesburg was third with 47.
    Five individual state records fell Saturday with Hannah Tarwater keying Whitesburg’s state title run with a new mark in the 3,200-meter run. The senior won the race Saturday with a 1A state girls’ record time of 10:56.46. The old record (10:59.37), which was set by Heather Tanner of Randolph in 1995, has stood for 23 years. Tarwater also won the Class 1A 800-meter race with a time of 2:21.59.
Harper Roberts sparked American Christian to the 3A crown by establishing a new Class 3A girls’ record in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:17.54. Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller set the old record (2:18.27) in 2014. ACA teammate Helen Claire Edmonds won the pole vault with at 11-07 height to break the previous Class 3A girls’ state record (11-02) she set last year. Edmonds also finished second to teammate Kayleigh Atkins in the 100-meter hurdles and was third in the 300-meter hurdles.
 Other records that fell included:
JOHN MARK ABERCROMBIE, MEEK: Set a new 2A state meet javelin  record with a winning throw of 186 feet, 7 inches, eclipsing the old mark (173-02) set by Judson Davis of Brilliant in 2009. Braden Pyron of Marion County also surpassed the old mark with a runner-up throw of 181-09.
TARA RANDOLPH, CLEVELAND: Captured the Class 2A girls’ 100-meter hurdles with a class state record time of 15.63 seconds. The old record (15.64) was set by Altamont’s Taylor Young in 2015.
   Among the other top performances included:
Won the Class 3A 800 meters with an excellent 1:59.90 performance to edge Bayside Academy’s Bradley Schmidt by 66/100ths of a second.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6-06 to win the high jump by four inches.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a strong 55-00 toss. He also had a 54-00.50 throw as well.

Just missed the 2A state record winning the 800 meters in 1:58.80.
TAE MACGREGOR, VINCENT: Won the 100-meter dash with a 10.94 time in the finals. He ran 10.93 seconds in the prelims on Friday.

Finished first in the 3,200 meters with a winning time of 19=0:05.42, less than a second ahead of teammate Nate Collins (10:06.04). Another teammate Daniel Collins was third at 10:33.78.

Won the Class 1A 100 and 200-meter dash races with times of 12.39 and 25.36 seconds, respectively.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The junior basketball standout won the shot put competition with a winning throw of32-08.50.

Hoover, Homewood Sweep Boys’ and Girls’ Crowns at 94th AHSAA Track 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.
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.
Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
     Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at

Defending 7A Boys’ Champs Hoover Lead after Day 2 of AHSAA State Track Championships

     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:

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.

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.

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.
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. 
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.

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.

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.

Defending Champs Shine in First Day at AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A Track Championships Friday

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:

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.


Luke Skinner and David Hodgson of American Christian finished 1-2 in the event with Skinner clocking 49.64 to just miss setting a new 3A state record. Tavias Anderson of Sheffield, who won the 2A race Friday, set the 3A mark (49.46) in 2016 when the Bulldogs were in the 3A competition.
1,600 METER RUN: Matisse Miller of Pleasant Valley won the event with a photo finish over David Barrett of American Christian and Chase Prater of Elkmont. Miller’s time was 4:34.06, Barrett clocked 4:34.74 and Prater, 4:35.63.
JAVELIN: Mobile Christian’s Andres Fox threw the javelin 180 feet to win the event.

Several Records Fall in First Day of AHSAA State Track Championships at Gulf Shores

     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 Live-stats results are also available at 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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.