Tuesday, March 31, 2020



Quick Links 






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 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.

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.

St. Paul’s Girls and Guntersville’s Boys Win in 4A/5A Hoover, Homewood, American Christian Sweep 7A, 6A, 1A/3A Boys’ & Girls’ Indoor State Titles

BIRMINGHAM – Hoover, Homewood and American Christian swept the boys’ and girls’ championships for Classes 7A, 6A and 1A/3A, respectively, AT the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Saturday.
    In Class 4A/5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school the girls’ state crown –the school’s ninth indoor title in a row, 25th overall and the school’s 181st state championship in all sports since joining in AHSAA in the early 1970s. Guntersville won the boys’ 4A/5A championship. The Lady Saints of Coach Jim Tate had 100 points and runner-up Scottsboro scored 62.50 to finish as runner-up.  Guntersville, coached by Jennifer Charles, posted 57 points, runner-up Scottsboro had 49 and Central-Tuscaloosa was third with 46.
    Pole vaulter James Courson won the Class 7A high jump competition clearing 16 feet, 1 inch, to help the Hoover’s boys, coached by Devin Hind, win the school’s eighth boys’ title overall. Hoover scored 135 points and runner-up Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50.  Courson attempted to clear 16-05 and set the AHSAA all-time indoor record came up just short. He cleared 15-00, 15-06 and his winning height without a miss. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 113 points to win the state title for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years. Hoover has won all four 7A titles. McGill-Toolen Catholic finished with 78 points and James Clemens was third with 74.
    Homewood’s Lady Patriots, coached by Lars Porter, and totaled 167.50 points to set a new AHSAA all-time indoor team scoring record. Pelham was second with 72.50 and Paul  Bryant finished third with 65. Porter’s Homewood boys had 103.50 points to finish ahead of runner-up Opelika, which had 56. Paul Bryant was a close third with 54.
    American Christian, coached by Charles Tiller, posted 104 points to win the boys’ 1A/3A crown and had 150 to win the 1A/3A girls’ championship. Bayside Academy had 72 points and Whitesburg Christian 67 to finish 2-3 in the girls’ competition. Mobile Christian had 71 to finish second in the boys’ team rankings, and Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 67.
   A total of 10 boys’ state indoor records fell and 12 girls’ records – a total of 22 for the two-day meet. In addition to Homewood’s girls setting the new all-time points record, the Lady Patriots also set the new 6A record. American Christian’s Girls set a record for points scored in 1A/3A, and Hoover’s boys set a new 7A team scoring record.
   Talented junior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic picked up her 10th AHSAA Indoor State Championships victory with a record-setting 3:56.31 time in the Class 4A/5A 1,600-meter race. She finished 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Presley Miles of Saint James, who upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter finals Friday to set a class record in that event. Tyynismaa broke her own state record (5:01.36) set in 2015 when she was an eighth grader.
    In the boys’ 4A/5A 1,600-meter race, Matthew Estopinal of Randolph and Tanner King of Northside each broke the class record (4.22.12) held by Jon Bringham of St. Paul’s Episcopal since 2004. Estopinal finished with a winning time of 4:21.50 and King clocked 4:21.54 in the photo finish. The runners also finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters with Estopinal winning with another 4A/5A record time clocking 9:22.01. King crossed the finish line at 9:31.40.
   Jasmine Griffin led Homewood’s girls, winning the 400-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash on Saturday. She nipped Qymeshia Mayew of Paul Bryant to win the 400-meter dash. Griffin had a 57.47 time and Mayhew clocked 57.89. She won the 60-meter hurdles clocking 8.95 improving her qualifying time (9.89) by almost a full second. All six girls finishing in the scoring also ran faster Saturday than Friday’s best qualifying time. She closed out her individual events Saturday with a win in the 60-meter dash. Her winning time was 7.62 seconds.
   In other highlights Saturday:

Set a new record in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 inches. She broke her own record (39-11.75) set last season. Sutton set the CrossPlex record in January leaping 41-05.75.
GENESIS JONES, HOOVER: Set a new Class 7A state indoor record in the high jump with a winning jump of 5-06. London Wooley of Thompson and Ella Keaton of McGill-Toolen Catholic also equaled the old record 5-04 to finish second and third, respectively. Wooley took second with fewer misses. Julie Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record originally in 2015.
VADA SAMUELS, JAMES CLEMENS: Was the surprise winner in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 56.78, just ahead of Mountain Brook sprinter Holli Chapman (56.97). Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne, the AHSAA 7A state record holder and one of the top 400 runners in the nation, was disqualified for running out of her lane.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: Picked up her second championship of the 2018 state meet with a 5:03.81 time in the 1,600-meter finals. She won the 3,200 on Friday and finished fourth in the 800. Sydney Steely of Hoover was second at 5:03.97.
Won the 60-meter hurdles finals clocking 8.81. Teammate Chakiya Plummer was second at 8.91.
JORDAN McQUIRE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Posted a time of 1:17.85 to claim the Class 7A ambulatory 400-meter dash. She also ran the 60-meter dash in 10.35 seconds.
LAURYN HALL, SPARKMAN: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 7.66 time, 1/100th of a second off her 7A record-setting time in the Friday’s prelims and tying the state record she set last year. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hope Igbinoghene was second clocking 7.69.
HOOVER 4x800 & 4x400 RELAYS: Set the state and CrossPlex record in the 4x80 with a winning time of 9:19.70.  The Bucs held the record coming in thanks to its 9:26.76 finish in 2016.Coach Devin Hind’s team closed out the meet setting a new record in the 4x400 clocking 3:55.24 in a very close finnal. Hewitt-Trussville and James Clemens finished two second behind to also break the old mark (3:59.53) established by Central-Phenix City in 2016.

LAINEY HELMS, HOMEWOOD: Crossed the finish line at 5:21.49 to win 1,600-meter race.
JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Won the high jump clearing 5-04.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: The Patriots finished first with a time of 9:49.08.
KIRSEN GARDNER, HELENA: Won the shot put with a 37-06.24 toss.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the long jump with a meet best 17-02.50 leap.
RAMSAY 4x400 RELAY: Clocked 4:04.91 to sweep the final race of the 6A meet.

JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Edged teammate Olivia Knox at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash. Childers clocked 57.88 and Knox had 58.40 time.
ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS:  Won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9:21 and also captured the long jump with a winning leap of 17-3.50. Emily  Burrowes and Olivia Beard, both of St. Paul’s Episcopal, finished two inches behind Ivory jumping 17-01.50.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.82 seconds.
OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Captured the high jump clearing the bar at 5-02.
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 4x800 RELAY: The Lady Saints won the relay with a 10:18.84 time. Montgomery Catholic was second (10:20.48).
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons won in 4:07.53 to set a new 4A/5A relay record.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.19 seconds in the finals. She set a new 1A/3A state record in the prelims (9.08) on Friday. She also won the triple jump with a winning leap of 36-06.25.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Tied the 1A/3A state record in the high jump clearing 5-07. The record was set in 2017 by Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley. She also finished second in the triple jump with a 35-05.50 leap.
JOSIE PARHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter dash clocking 8.15 in the finals to edge Ja’Niayah Boykin of Mobile Christian (8.18).
JA’NIYAH BOYKIN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 400-meter dash competition with a time.
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:18.59 to finish one second ahead of runner-up Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian.
4x800 RELAY: Westminster of Oak Mountain took first place clocking 10:19.20.

JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Followed up Friday’s 7A state-record performance in the 3,200 meters with a win in the 1,600 meters Saturday. His winning time was 4:23.56, just under a second better than runner-up Charlie Slaughter of Mountain Brook (4:24.33).
KYLE SMITH, HOOVER: Won the triple jump with a distance of 45-07 on his final jump.
JAKE DIGGS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Battled James Clemens’ Nolan Smith to the finish, winning the 400-meter dash with a 49.46 time. Smith crossed the finish line at 49.56.
HAKIM RUFFIN, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 6.91 time. Teammate R.J. Nelson was second at 6.98.
Won the shot put with a winning toss of 49-02.50.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 60-meter hurdles running 8.31 in the finals Saturday.
SMITHS STATION 4x800 RELAY: Captured the relay title with a 7:58.51 time over runner-up Hoover (8:02.94). The Bucs  closed by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:24.01.

OKHEME MOORE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Set a Class 6A state record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds in the finals Saturday. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika held the mark (6.85), which he ran in 2016.  Moore also clocked 48.96 to win the 400-meter dash in a photo finish over Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, who was timed at 48.98.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Established a new Class 6A indoor state record in the triple jump with his winning leap of 48-04.75. Myles Charley of Spain Park set the previous mark (47-11.25) in 2012.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Added the 1,600-meter title Saturday to the 3,200 race he won on Friday clocking 4:24.39 to finish just three seconds off the 6A state record.
Won the 60-meters hurdles finals with a time of 8.21.ELI BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 13-03 to capture the pole vault . Edwin Rainey of Northridge was second at 12-06.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: Beat Hartselle by four seconds to win the event with an 8:30.07 time.  Hartselle clocked 8:34.44.
 4x400 RELAY: The Rams won in 3:27.49 seconds.

DEMONTAE WILSON, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Ran the 400-meter dash in 50.33 seconds to win the event for the Falcons.
HUNTER APPLIN, WEST POINT: Captured the 60-meters hurdles crown with a time of 8.23.
CADE FINLEY, WILSON: Won the shot put event with a throw of 46-10.
CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GROVE: Won the 60-meter dash running 6.89 in the finals.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD:  Won the high jump clearing 6-06.
BRYAN SHIRLEY, SIPSEY VALLEY: Jumped 20-08.75 to win the long-jump competition.
GUNTERSVILLE 4x400 RELAY: The Wildcats won the final event with a time of 3:29.43 to clinch the state team championship.
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN 4X800 RELAY: Won the championship with an 8:26.28 time.

DAVID HODGSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 50.50 seconds in the 400-meter dash to win the event. He just missed the state1A/3A  record (50.03), set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016.
NATE COLLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600-meter race clocking 4:31.26.
KEEFER WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Clocked 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to win the event over runner-up James Jackson of American Christian (9.98). White also won the 60-meter dash with a 7.25 time in the finals.
WILEY BOONE, WESTMINSTER –OAK MOUNTAIN: Jumped 20-05.25 to win the long jump competition.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a 51-09.25 toss, and teammate Michael Prince finished second with a throw of 49-06. The 18 points scored in the last field event of the day propelled the Leopards to second place in the final boys’ team standings.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6 feet to win the 1A/3A long jump.
AMERICAN CHRITIAN 4x400 RELAY: The Patriots set a new record with a winning time of 3:35.33.
BAYSIDE ACADEMY 4x800 RELAY: Bayside’s time of 8:35.23 won the 4x800-meter relay. American Christian was second at 8:36.37.

11 Records Fall in First Day Homewood Boys and Girls Open Strong to Lead Class 6A At the 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

    BIRMINGHAM – Homewood High School’s boys and girls turned in strong performances Friday to take the lead in Class 6A at the 49th AHSAA Indoor State Track & Field Championships being held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
     Coach Lars Porter’s defending state champion girls posted 72 points to build a 45-point lead over Pelham, which had 27, with five events finished Friday. The Patriots’ boys piled up 52.50 points to lead defending champ Opelika, posting 72 points through six events, to the Bulldogs’ 28. Paul Bryant was third with 26.
     Eleven indoor state-meet records fell Friday with five in the boys’ competition and six on the girls’ side. The state meet resumes Saturday at 8 a.m., with field events. Running events start at 9 a.m., with the 400-meter dash for all classes. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming the finals. To access the subscriber-based video stream, go to www.nfhsnet.com for instructions.
     In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover held a slim 4.5-point lead over McGill-Toolen Catholic in the girls’ competition after seven final events. The Lady Bucs had 48.50 points and the Lady Yellow Jackets had 44. Coach Devin Hind’s Hoover boys held a 44-35 lead over Vestavia Hills with five events concluded.
     American Christian, which swept the boys’ and girls’ titles last season in Class 1A/3A, held slim leads after Friday’s events with girls holding a 43-41 edge over Bayside Academy with six events completed, and a 48-26 lead over Westminster-Oak Mountain with five events concluded.  Defending 4A/5A girls’ state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal totaled 47 points through six events hand had a 14.5-point lead over Scottsboro (32.5). Winfield, the runner-up in the boys’ competition in 2017, scored 29 points Friday to hold a five-point lead over defending champion Scottsboro (23) with five events finished.
     Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic added her ninth individual state championship to her AHSAA Indoor Track trophy case clocking 10:44.09 to win the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters Friday.  She finished 12 seconds behind her own record (10:32.94) set in 2015 when she an eighth grader.
   Her attempt at No. 10 was averted, however, in the 800-meter competition. Saint James freshman Presley Miles pulled a stunning upset in the Class 4A/5A 800-meter race however. She beat her friend and Montgomery rival with a strong finish over the final lap and broke the AHSAA Class 4A/5A state record in the process with a 2:15.83 time. Tyynismaa had set the previous record (2:17.57) in 2015. She crossed the finish line at 2:19.26 to finish second.
   Winfield junior Walker Junkin turned in the top boys’ performance of  Friday’s first day’s action setting a record in the Class 4A/5A pole vault. He won the event clearing 15 feet, 4 inches – and missed three attempts at 15-07 as most of the CrossPlex crowd watched and cheered him on with each valiant try. The old class record (14-07) was set by Jeremy Protz of Scottsboro in 2003. The all-time indoor record of 16-06.50 was set Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015.
   Friday’s highlights included:

Broke the Class 7A record in the 60-meter dash with a 7.65 time in the prelims. She set the standard at last year’s state meet clocking 7.66.
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke the long-jump record she set last year with a winning leap of 18 feet, 8 inches Friday. Her previous record was 18-07.75.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 40-09.50 in the triple jump to break the previous 7A girls’ record (38-00) set by Thompson’s Sarah Green in 2016.
Won the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:59.46, less than a second off the 7A state indoor record.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Had a winning time of 2:13.93 in the 800-meter race.
JORDAN McGUIRE,  McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had a winning throw of 20-08.25 in the ambulatory division of the shot put  competition.
BRADYN COARSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 11 feet to capture the 7A pole vault.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Won the 7A race by just 4/100ths of a second over runner-up James Clemens. The Bucs clocked 1:43.12 and the Jets, 1:43.16. Auburn was third at 1:43.78.

LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD:  Crossed the finish line with a time of 11:11.20 just ahead of teammate Celie Jackson, who finished second.  
Cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault event.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:16.00.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Leaped 37-03.75 to capture the triple jump for the Lady Patriots.
HOMEWOOD 4X200 RELAY: Beat the field with a winning time of 1:43.56.

EMILY BURROWES, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the triple jump with a winning leap of 37-02.25.
KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Threw the shot 45-05.50 to win the event for the Valley Cubs.
CALLIE RATCLIFF, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL:  Won the pole vault leaping 11 feet.
4x200 Relay: Central-Tuscaloosa won with a winning time of 1:46.76 to give the Falcons boys and girls a sweep in the relay.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 9.08 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to set a new 1A/3A state record. Raven Stewart of Guntersville set the previous record (9.09) in 2013.
HANNAH TARWATER, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Captured the 3,200 meters crossing the finish at 11:37.99. Becca Billman of American Christian was second (11:55.49).
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 800 meters clocking 2:19.68.
 Tossed the shot put 30-06.50 to win the event and also had a leap of 16-05.50 to capture the long jump title as well.
WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Clocked 1:53.50 to win the only girls’ relay of Friday’s competition.

Ran the 3,200 meters in 9:26.45 to win the event and set a new 7A state record.  Tommy McDonough of Hoover ran a 9:26.88 at last year’s state meet to set the record previously.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS:  Tied his own Class 7A state record by winning the high jump competition Friday clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. He missed at 6-10, however. Nesbitt set the mark originally in 2016.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the long jump with a 22-10.25 leap.
CHARLES HUGHES,  SMITHS STATION:  captured the 800-meter race crossing the finish line at 1:56.97.

 Ran the 60-meter dash in 6.84 seconds to set a new 6A state indoor meet record. Opelika’s Nathanaiel Huggins held the record with a 6.85 time in 2016.
JONAH HYDE, HELENA: Cleared 6 feet, 9 inches to win the event. He made three attempts at 6-10.50, which would have broken the 6A state record (6-10.25), but he just missed on all three tries.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Clocked 9:37.03 to win the 3,200-meter run for the Patriots. Teammate Alvin Finch finished fourth at 9:58.20 to give the Patriots 15 points in the event.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Won the long jump with a winning leap of 21-10. Teammate Jaylen Stinson was second with a distance of 21-04.
LOGAN JUSTICE, HOMEWOOD: Edged Helena’s Blake Vaughn by a nose, winning the 800-meter race with a 2:02.62 time in the closest finish of the day. Vaughn clocked 2:02.71 and Lance Cunigan of Benjamin Russell was third at 2:02.85.
ZION BINION, NORTHRIDGE: Tossed the shot 50-01.50 to win the championship, but was 13 feet shy of the AHSAA’s oldest standing indoor record (63-06.50), set by Frank Warren of Phillips High School 42 years earlier at the 1977 state meet held at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum.
RAMSAY 4X200 RELAY: Was 1.2 seconds shy of the 6A state record (1:28.40) clocking 1:29.60 to win the event.

Captured the 800 with a time of 1:56.17.
MATTHEW ESTOPINAL, RANDOLPH: Won the 3,200 meters with a state 4A/5A record time of 9:22.01.  Chase Buckelew of Arab set the previous record (9:27.31) in 2017.
GRANADAS BAKER, BEAUREGARD: Captured the triple jump with as top distance of 42-02.75.
4X200 RELAY: Central-Tuscaloosa’s time of 1:32.39 won the relay by two seconds.

Won the 3,200-meter run with a 9:50.01 time. David Barrett of American Christian finished second at 9:52.85.
JAMES DIXON, ALTAMONT: Finished first in the 800-meter race with a winning time of 2:02.67.
JAMES JACKSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Cleared 13-03 in the pole vault to beat Falkville’s Devin Johnson, who closed at 13 feet.
CAMERON ALEXANDER, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Leaped 40 feet, 5 ½ inches to win the triple jump competition.
4X200 RELAY: American Christian’s relay team won with a time of 1:35.25.

Northside’s King, Homewood’s Griffin Shine at Last Chance Meet Tune-Up

    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.
    A total of 72 girls’ teams and 77 boys’ squads competed with 23 girls’ teams and 26 boys’ teams coming from neighboring states.  Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover’s girls won the 6A/7A division championship with 75 points. Homewood was second with 65. Hind’s Bucs’ boys also won with 79.50 points. Chapel Hill (GA) was second with 67 and Smiths Station finished third with 42.
    Northside’s boys accumulated the most points (39) in the 1A/5A division and American Christian’s 26 points was the top AHSAA school finish in the 1A/5A girls’ competition.
    King won the Last Chance Invitational’s 800-meter run in the 1A-5A division with a winning time of 1:58.60 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:27.56. He finished second in the 3,200 meters clocking 9:36.17. Matthew Estopinal of Randolph, who was second in the 1,600 and ninth in the 800, won the 3,200 race with a 9:23.75 time, just six seconds off the CrossPlex all-time record. King won the AHSAA Class 4A/5A 800-meters indoor state championship in 2017, finished second in the 1,600 meters and fifth in the 3,200 meters. All of his times at the Last Chance meet bettered his state meet times of a year ago.
   Griffin captured the 60-meter hurdles in the Last Chance Invitational’s Class 6A/7A division clocking 8.73 seconds last weekend to nip Michelle Nkoudou of Hoover by 1/100th of a second. Griffin also finished second in the 60-meter dash to Madison (GA) Central’s Kennedi Sanders with a time of 7:58 seconds, also just 1/100th of a second behind the winner. Griffin was also clocked at 57.73 to finish third behind Lambert (GA) sprinter Jordan Smith, who set a new Last Chance Invitational record with a time of 55.75. The Homewood standout won the Class 6A 60-meter dash at last year’s AHSAA Indoor championships and was second in the 60-meter hurdles. Both times last weekend were faster than her times in last year’s state meet as well.
    The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex with the coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions.
     Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Opelika boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) Scottsboro boys and St. Paul’s Episcopal girls; (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls.
     Montgomery Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa will be trying to build on her eight individual state indoor championships already won since 2015. She holds indoor records in her class in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She also has helped Catholic win one 4x800 relay state title. The Lady Knights will be competing once again in the 4A/5A division.
     Trey Cunningham of Winfield, now a freshman at Florida State, finished his prep career last season with 12 indoor state championships overall and state class records in the 60-meter dash and hurdles and long jump. His 60-meter hurdles time is also a high school boys’ national record.
  Other highlights from the Last Chance Invitational last weekend include:


Tossed the shot put 61 feet, 4 ¼ inches in the 1A/5A competition to set the CrossPlex all-time prep record by more than four feet. Joseph Williams of Spain Park had held the record (58-05) since 2012. His toss came in the AHSAA State Championships. 
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Shattered the Last Chance Invitational and CrossPlex record in the pentathlon scoring 3,607 points. Stone Shelnutt of Hewitt-Trussville was second with a 3,118 score. The previous record (3,147) was set by Trayz Jureidini-Wyche of Alexander (GA) in 2017. Collins won the pentathlon high jump, long jump, shot put, 60-meter hurdles and was second in the 1,000-meter run.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Won the triple jump with an outstanding final leap of 48-01.
TREYVON JONES, SMITHS STATION: Won a photo-finish race in the 60-meter hurdles in the 6A/7A division over Hoover’s Hakim Ruffin with a time of 6.964 seconds. Ruffin was clocked at 6.968.
XAVIER ROGERS, STANHOPE ELMORE: Sped the 400-meter distance in 48.47 seconds to win the 6A/7A division, beating a field of 123 participants.
JALEN AIBOGUN, CENTER POINT: Beat the 84-participant field with a winning time of 8.38 seconds to claim the 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles title.
JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Finished first in the 1,600 meters with a 4:26.98 time.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Was clocked at 9:18.91 in the 3,200 meters to win the 6A/7A division title.
JOE LEVENTRY, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.90.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A/7A high jump clearing 6-06.
CHRISTIAN SMITH, FAIRFIELD: Cleared 6-04 to win the 1A/5A division.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Finished first in the 6A/7A pole vault with a winning clearance of 15 feet.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Leaped 14 feet to win the 1A/5A pole vault competition. He also accumulated 2,822 points in the pentathlon to win that event.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Set a new Last Chance Invitational record with a time of 1:28.89 in the 6A/7A finals, eclipsing Oxford’s 1:29.03 time ran in 2016 and almost equaled the CrossPlex overall record (1:28.40) set in 2016 by Opelika in the AHS0AA State Championships.
SMITHS STATION 4X400 RELAY: The Panthers won the 6A/7A event with a time of 3:23.88.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4X200 RELAY: The Falcons clocked 1:31.99 to win the 1A/5A division. Out-of-state teams finished in the next seven spots.
SCOTTSBORO 4X800 RELAY: The Wildcats took first in the 1A/5A division with a time of 8:36.01.
Won the 800-meter run in the 1A-5A division with a winning time of 2:16.91 and the 1,600 meters clocking 4:57.89. She finished just 1.84 seconds shy of the meet overall record and was the only runner among the 51 participants in the race to run under 5:00.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Cleared 11 feet to win the 1A/5A pole vault.
RACHEL FAUCETT, PLEASANT VALLEY: Leaped 5-02.25 to win the high jump in the 1A/5A division. She also totaled 2,831 points to win the 1A/5A pentathlon.
AMBER MASON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Had a winning distance of 16-08.75 to claim the 1A/5A long jump. She also tossed the shot 29-00.50 to win that event as well.
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke her own Last Chance Meet record in the triple jump with a winning distance of 41-02.50. She set the mark in 2017 with a 40-09.75 leap but came up just short of the CrossPlex high school record of 41-05.75 set by Sutton earlier this season.
 JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Tied the high jump meet record set by Claire Petitt of Northridge in 2012 clearing 5-04. However, she finished second to Madison Central’s Asia Poe. The Georgia high jumper cleared 5-04 as well but won with fewer misses. Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence set the CrossPlex record (5-07) in 2016.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Leaped 17-05.25 to win the 6A/7A long jump competition.
Won the 6A/7A 800 meter in 2:15.69. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic was second with a 2:16.05 finish.
ANNA BALZLI, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Clocked 5:05.88 to win the 1,600 meters in the 6A/7A division. Sydney Steely was second with a 5:07.31 and Lady Spartans teammate Lily Hulsey was third running 5:11.25.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A/7A division 3,200 meters crossing the finish line at 10:56.44.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 6A/7A shot put with a toss of 41-01.
ERIN LONG, PELHAM: Won the 6A/7A pentathlon with an overall score of 2,875. Genesis Jones of Hoover was second at 2,852.
 HOOVER 4/200-METER RELAY: Edged the relay team from Pearl (MS) in a photo finish, clocking 1:44.50 to win. Pearl clocked 1:44.53, Homewood was third at 1:44.79, and Sparkman finished fourth at 1:45.39. The Lady Bucs also won the 4x400 relay in the 6A/7A division with a 4:01.72 time. 

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Boys’ MLK Invitational 6A/7A High Jump Finish Captures this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

 MONTGOMERY – Kyle Smith of Hoover High School set a Martin L. King Invitational indoor track meet high jump record with a winning leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 15. He was pushed to the limit, however, winning in a jump off with Opelika’s C.J. Jordan. He also cleared 6-06 and now shares the MLK Meet record with Smith.
    Seth Williams
of Paul Bryant, an Auburn football signee who played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game at Hattiesburg just one month earlier, also tied the previous record by clearing 6-04. He missed his three tries at 6-06. Williams also helped lead the Stampede to the 2017 Class 6A state basketball championship with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-44 win over Parker in the finals at the BJCC last March.  Justin Cannon of Paul Bryant and Jonah Hyde of Helena also had three tries at equaling the 6-4 record set by Homewood’s Alazae Hester-Taylor in 2015 but missed.
   The exciting and extremely competitive event at the 2018 MLK Invitational captured the AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Spotlight for this week. A total of 29 participants competed in the event.
   James Clemens’ girls won the MLK 6A/7A title with 105 points. Hoover was second with 93.50. American Christian totaled 57 points to capture the 1A/5A title. St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 48. Hoover won the 6A/7A boys’ team championship totaling 109 points. Paul Bryant was second with 50.50. Hattiesburg (MS) finished first in the 1A/5A boys’ division with 44 points, nipping American Christian with 43.
  Highlights from Monday’s MLK Meet the CrossPlex include:
Won the 6A/7A triple jump with a winning distance of 46-01. He also cleared 6-06 in the high jump and finished second in a jump off.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: The Bucs narrowly missed the MLK Meet record clocking 1:29.82 to win the 6A/7A division event. Oxford (MS) holds the record (1:29.32) set in 2017 and Opelika holds the overall CrossPlex record (1:28.40), winning the 6A event at the 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Championships. Hoover’s 4/400 relay team also won that event at this year’s meet with a 3:27.48 time, and finished second to Thompson in the 4x800 relay.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A pole vault clearing 15 feet. He then moved the bar to 15-08 and missed, however.

Set a MLK Meet 6A/7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 54.22 seconds. Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set the mark last year with a 54.43 time.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Won the 800 meters with a 2:17.50 time and the 1,600 meters clocking 5:13.80.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Won two events at the MLK Meet with a 17-09.50 distance to win the long jump and 37-01.25 to claim the triple jump.
Captured the 1A/5A girls’ 800 meters and 1,600 meters with times of 2:27.41 and 5:14.68, respectively, at the MLK Invitational.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the MLK 1A/5A division high jump with a strong leap of 5-04 and finished second in the pole vault competition clearing 10-06.
MOUNTAIN BROOK 4X800 RELAY: Set an MLK Meet record with a time of 9:48.77 in the 6A/7A 4x800-meter relay. Huntsville held the previous record with a 9:49.42 time at the 2014 MLK Invitational.

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Smiths Station’s Sutton, Hillcrest’s Moore Set Records at Icebreaker Invitational Meet

   MONTGOMERY – Smiths Station’s Alonie Sutton set two meet records to win the long jump and triple jump competition in the Class 6A/7A division of the Icebreaker Invitational Indoor Track Meet at the Birmingham Crossplex last weekend. Her performance claimed the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight for last week.
    Sutton won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 10 inches and then set a CrossPlex record with her winning leap of 41-05.75 to win that event as well. Panthers head coach Cassidy Stecenko’s senior standout became the first high school girls’ participant to go over 41 feet in the CrossPlex’s eight-year history, breaking her own previous record of 40-09.75 in 2017. Senior teammate Kennedy Nelson was second in both events.
  Okheme Moore of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa also moved into the AHSAA Spotlight with a record-setting performance to beat the field of 139 sprinters in the boys’ Class 6A/7A 60-meter dash competition at the Icebreaker Invitational. The senior sprinter clocked a winning time of 6.86 seconds to erase the previous mark set by Auburn’s Deonte Tolbert (6.87) in 2016.
   Moore was also one six participants in the final heat to break the Icebreaker Meet’s 400-meter dash record, finishing second (48.10) to Clinton (MS) runner Kristopher Moore, who set the new record in that event with winning time of 47.82. Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, Hewitt-Trussville’s Jake Diggs, James Clemens’ Nolan Smith and Hoover’s Dorian Austin each surpassed the old mark (49.95) set by Rogers in 2016.
   Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover High School boys’ and girls’ teams swept the 6A/7A division championships with 95.50 and 74 points, respectively. McGill-Toolen Catholic was second in the girls’ competition with 67.50 points, and Homewood finished third with 53. Vestavia Hills was second in the boys’ division with 48 points.
    American Christian won the Icebreaker Meet’s 1A/5A girls’ title with 79 points. St. Paul’s Episcopal finished second with 76 and Montgomery Catholic was third with 44. Hattiesburg (MS) won the 1A/5A boys’ division with 53 points, edging runner-up Guntersville by one point. Winfield was third with 46 points. The next major high school meet at the CrossPlex will be Monday, Jan. 15, the Martin L. King Classic.
   Other top indoor track performances reported from the Icebreaker Invitational included:

C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA:  He and teammate Jaylen Stinson had Icebreaker Meet long jumps of 21-08.50 each to establish a new 6A/7A division record. Jordan also won the triple jump with a 47-10.50 distance.
CHARLIE SLAUGHTER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Won the Class 6A/7A 1,600 meters with a meet record 4:25.47, erasing the old record (4:25.90) set by Hoover’s Tommy McDonough in 2016.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Won the 3,200 meters with a 6A/7A meet record time of 9:32.49. Vestavia Hills’ James Sweeney, who set the Icebreaker Invitational record with a 9:41.60 time in 2016, broke his own mark and finished second clocking 9:35.66.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Cleared 6-06 in the high jump to tie the Icebreaker Meet 6A/7A record shared by Mountain Brook’s Drew Williams (2015). Nesbitt holds the overall CrossPlex all-time record with a 6-08 leap in the Class 7A state meet in 2016.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Cleared 15-06 to win the 6A/7A Icebreaker Meet pole vault competition to set a new meet record by six inches.
CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GR0VE: Won the 60-meter dash with a 6.96 time in the Icebreaker Invitational to set a new 1A/5A record. Columbia’s Alize Ford set the mark in 2016 with a time of 6.98 seconds. Winfield’s Trey Cunningham, now a freshman at Florida State, set the CrossPlex record with a time of 6.78 seconds last season.
MICHAEL PRINCE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Tossed the shot 53-04.75 to set a new 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record – edging Leopards teammate Josiah Henry, who also broke the previous mark with a 53-03 toss. Daniel Herrod of Northridge had a throw of 51 feet in 2015 to set the record originally.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Cleared 14 feet, 7 inches to beat the 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record set in 2014 by Jesse Austin of Montgomery Academy by seven inches.
Narrowly missed setting a 1A/5A Icebreaker Invitational 400-meter dash record with his winning time of 2:01.04. He also won the 1,600 meters (4:37.89) and finished second to Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope in the 3,200 meters. Hope set a new 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record with a time of 9:50.24. King’s 9:54.11 time also broke the previous mark of 10:02.38 set by Micah Sheldon Britton of Alabama Christian in 2016. Hayden Judge of Scottsboro and Nate Collins of Westminster also broke the previous record finishing 3-4 with times of 9:54.33 and 9:56.82, respectively.
SMITH STATION 4X400 RELAY: The Panthers clocked 3:27.61 to edge Thompson (3:27.84) as both teams surpassed the Icebreaker Meet’s previous event record (3:27.95) set by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in 2016.
VESTAVIA HILLS 4X800 RELAY: The Rebels, anchored by James Sweeney, ran the distance in 8:16.43 to win the event and set a new 6A/7A division boys’ record.


Won the Icebreaker Invitational Meet Class 6A/7A division 60-meter dash with a meet record time of 7.66 seconds. Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall, who set the standard in 2016 with a 7.73 time, finished second with a personal best 7.71. Also beating the previous mark were Caroline Huff of McGill-Toolen, Hoover’s Chakiya Plummer, Auburn’s Reagan McCall and James Clemens’ Vada Samuels. The CrossPlex record was set last year at the Last Chance Meet by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, now running as a freshman at Florida State.
Was one of six girls who surpassed the existing 400-meter dash record for the Icebreaker Meet’s 6A/7A division with a runner-up time of 58.33 seconds. Clinton (MS) sprinter Jayda Eckford won with a winning time of 57.60. She set the record in 2016 with a time of 59.24.
ZURI FALKNER, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a winning throw of 37-05 to set a new 6A/7A record in the Icebreaker Meet shot put competition.
GRACE JENSEN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had near record times in the 800 (2:18.26) and 1,600 (5:06.90) to win both events in the Icebreaker Meet’s 6A/7A division.
MORGAN O’NEAL, SYLACAUGA: Set the Class 1A/5A girls’ Icebreaker Meet record with a winning time of 58.82 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Won three events in the 1A/5A division of the Icebreaker Invitational. She clocked 2:20.06 in the 800-meter run, 5:03.51 in the 1,600 meters and 11:23.26 in the 3,200 meters. She finished with 30 points, helping her team finish third overall. Her own total would have placed her fifth in the team competition. Her times in all three events place her among the Elite performances, according to Milesplit.com, in the nation this season.
ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS: Set a new 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record in the 60-meter hurdles with  time of 9.19 seconds to finish just ahead of American Christian’s Kayleigh Atkins (9:21). Both times beat the previous record of 9.23 set by Karri Green of Piedmont in 2015.
EMILY BURROWS, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 4 inches to set a 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record. She also set a new meet triple jump record for her division with a 37-07.50 leap. Ashleigh Ivory of Demopolis finished second in the long jump with a 17-0.50 leap, also breaking the previous record (16-11.50) set by Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA RELAY: The Falcons’ 4x100-meter relay team captured the 1A/5A event with a time of 1:48.08 – beating the old record set by St. Paul’s Episcopal in 2015 by three seconds.

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Defending 7A Champion Hoover Boys & Girls Capture First 2 Indoor Meets of the Season

MONTGOMERY – Hoover High School opened the 2017-18 indoor track season in stride with victories in the first two meets of the season at the Birmingham CrossPlex to grab the first AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight of the season.
    Hoover’s boys and girls, the defending Class 7A state indoor champions, won the team competition at the Magic City Classic indoor track meet held Dec. 6 at the Birmingham CrossPlex over a field of 50 boys’ teams and 44 girls’ teams. Coach Devon Hind’s boys’ team had 144.50 points and runner-up Winfield had 86. Hind’s girls won with 96 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal was a close second with 89.
   The Bucs also swept the boys’ and girls’ championships at the Holiday Invitational Dec. 9 at the CrossPlex with 107 and 93 points, respectively. Homewood was second with 63.50 points in the boys’ competition and 76 points in the girls’ division. Twenty-four schools participated overall.
   The next high school meet at the CrossPlex is Saturday, Dec. 16, with the USTF Invitational. The Hoover Alumni Invitational is scheduled for Dec. 30, the Icebreaker Invitational, Jan. 5-6, the MLK Classic, Dec. 15 and the Last Chance Invitational, Jan. 25-26. The AHSAA Indoor State Championships will be at the CrossPlex Feb. 2-3.
   Highlights from the first two indoor meets of the season at the CrossPlex include:
Broke the Magic City Classic meet record in the Class 6A/7A division 400-meter dash finals with a time of 48.72 seconds – bettering the 49.55 record set by Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore in 2016. However, Clinton (MS) sprinter Kristopher Moore won the race with an even better record-setting time of 48.14 seconds in the photo finish. Okheme Moore also won the Holiday Invitational 60-meter dash in 6.95 seconds and bettered his 400-meter time to 48.02 seconds. Clinton’s Kristopher Moore, however, won the event with a 47.89 time – setting a new record for the Holiday Invitational. Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore, who set the previous record (49.95) last year, finished third with a time of 48.45, which also beat his 2016 time. A total of 86 runners competed in the 400-meter event.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Won the Class 6A/7A pole vault at the Magic City Classic clearing 15 feet, 7 inches – and winning the event by 2½ feet over the closest competitor.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Cleared 6-06 to win the Holiday Invitational high jump, tying the meet record set in 2015 by Drew Willilams of Mountain Brook, in the process.
J’MARRI McCALL, HOOVER: Set the Holiday Invitational meet record in the long jump with a winning distance of 21-06. The old mark of 21-05.75 was established by Daryl Bowden of Sparkman in 2016.


Clocked 7.63 seconds in the 60-meter dash to win the Magic City Invitational Class 6A/7A division event at the Birmingham CrossPlex. She also narrowly missed the meet record in the 400-meter dash, finishing second with a time of 58.16 behind Clinton (MS) runner Jayda Eckford, who clocked 57.75 for a new meet record. The old record of 58.07 was set by Olivia Knox of Central-Tuscaloosa in 2016. Griffin also clocked to set a new meet record at the Holiday Invitational at the CrossPlex. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman set the old record (7.73) last year. Griffin also won the Holiday Invitational 60-meter hurdles with a meet-record tying time of 8.94 seconds.
HOLLI CHAPMAN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Clocked 58.08 seconds in the Holiday Invitational 400-meter dash to finish second to Jayda Eckford of Clinton (MS). Eckford set the record last year with a time of 59.24 and bettered that mark with a 56.64 time. Chapman’s time broke last year’s record as well.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Won the Holiday Invitational long jump with a meet-record leap of 17-07.7. The old record (17-03.75) was set by Homewood’s Elysa Griffin in 2015.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Recorded a Holiday Invitational meet record leap of 37-09.50 to win the event. The old record (36-08) was held by Angel Horton of Northridge in 2015.

AHSAA State Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships McGill-Toolen’s Spotswood, Homewood’s Lawrence Capture AHSAA State Titles

    TRUSSVILLE – McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotswood cleared the pole vault with winning leap of 16 feet, 4 ¾ inches Tuesday to capture 910 events in his best event and the decathlete went on to win the AHSAA State Decathlon title with a winning score of 6,853 points.
    Spotswood also clocked 4:44.97 in the 1,500 meters and ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.01 seconds to win the overall title by 743 points. His nearest challenger, teammate Graham Collins, finished second with 6,110 points, followed by James Clemens’ Eric Bradshaw (5,971), Scottsboro’s John Dalton (5,864) and Auburn’s Christian Brandt (5,769).
    Caroline Lawrence of Homewood won the heptathlon with 4,631 points. Her best event Tuesday was a her 2:24.83 time in the 8900-meter run. She also had a 17-06.25 leap in the long jump to win both events in the 36-girl field.
    Maddie Harrell of Walker finished second with 4,011 points. Jasmine Griffin of Homewood (4,002) was third, Darcy Sanford of Alabama Christian (3,964) was fourth and Isabell Cochran of Montgomery-Catholic (3,850) was fifth.
    A total of 40 particpants competed in the boys’ field.

Caroline Lawrence, Jake Spotswood Lead AHSAA Heptathlon, Decathlon Competition after Day One

    TRUSSVILLE -- Homewood High School’s Caroline Lawrence and McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotwood led after day one of the 2017 AHSAA State Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium.
     Lawrence posted 2,719 points and held a 132-point lead over teammate Jasmine Griffin (2,587) as the 47th Heptathlon Championships head into Tuesday’s final day.   Alabama Christian’s Darcy Sanford (2,551) was third and Maddie Harrell of Walker was fourth at 2,534. Jade Johnson of Northridge was also over 2,500 points at 2,515.
     Boys’ first-day leader Spotwood, the Class 7A outdoor high jump and pole vault champion in 2017, posted 3,648 points to lead the 50th Decathlon heading into Tuesday. He cleared 6-06 in the high jump and ran the 100 meters in 11.68 seconds. He still has the pole vault competition Tuesday.
    John Dalton of Scottsboro was second with 3,412 points. Graham Collins of McGill-Toolen (3.386) was third, Christian Brandt of Auburn (3,291) was fourth and Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (3,256) was third after five events Monday.
    The championships will conclude Tuesday at Trussville.

Hoover Sweeps 7A State Track Titles at 93rd AHSAA State Outdoor Meet at Gulf Shores

    GULF SHORES – Hoover High School captured its seventh straight state girls’ outdoor track championship Saturday and Coach Devin Hind’s Hoover boys won its ninth state title overall and sixth in the last eight years.
    The Bucs scored 104 points to win the Class 7A boys’ crowns 93rd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track Championships for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex. Auburn was second with 89 points. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 128.50 points to capture Hoover’s third straight 7A title. The Lady Bucks won the 6A title from 2009-2014.  Mountain Brook was second Saturday with 83.50 points.
    Homewood repeated as girls’ champs in Class 6A, and Opelika won its third straight boys’ title. The Patriots out-scored runner-up Opelika 128 to 80 to win their fourth straight girls’ crown. Opelika’s boys had 84 points with Homewood finishing second with 65.
   Beauregard totaled 98 points to win the 5A girls’ championship over runner-up St. Paul’s Episcopal (83).  Scottsboro’s boys won the 5A crown with 88 points. St. Paul’s was second with 54, Arab and Guntersville tied for third with 51 each.
    In Class 4A, Montgomery Catholic’s girls won with 80 points. Randolph finished second with 63. In the boys’ competition, Greensboro won with 64.50 points. Winfield had 58 and Oneonta 46.
   A total of 16 records – nine new girls’ and seven new boys’ marks – to highlight the competition.
   Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com. A breakdown of the records set are listed below.
Class 7A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Henry Ruggs of Lee-Montgomery won the finals with a new 7A state-record time of 10.58. James Clemens’ Joshua Burks set the mark (10.65) in 2015.
200-Meter Dash: Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City and Charles Lewis of Sparkman bettered the 7A state record (21.34) set by Lewis in 2016 in Saturday’s finals. Lewis ran the 200 in 21.16 seconds but finished second to Delince, who won the race and new record with a winning time of 21.09.
Triple Jump: Senior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set a new 7A triple jump mark with a winning leap of 49-10.50. He broke the previous record (48-07.75) in three of his five attempts this year.
High Jump: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotswood, who won the pole vault Thursday with a winning jump of 16-06, tied the Class 7A high jump record with a winning leap of 6-06. Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills also tied the mark but finished second in the event based on misses. Melvin Hill of Baker established the record in 2015.
Class 4A Boys
110-Meter Hurdles: Senior Trey Cunningham added the 4A record to his list of achievements with a winning time of 13.97 Saturday. Jeremy Nicholson of W.S. Neal held the previous record (14.23) since 2010.
800-Meter Run: Tanner King of Northside and Colin Quick of Randolph each surpassed the previous Class 4A state record (1:57.32) set by UMS-Wright’s Richie Huettemann. Quick’s second-place time was 1:57.16 an King won the event and the new record with his 1:57.00 time.
Discus: Cade Finley of Wilson broke his own record with a winning  toss of 172-09. He set the previous mark (165-05) in 2016 but surpassed that mark on three of his five throws.
Class 7A Girls
200-Meter Dash: Sparkman sprinter Lauryn Hall turned in a 23.98 time to eclipse the old mark (24.08) set by Baker’s Destiny Davis in 2016.
4x100-Meter Relay: Sparkman clocked 46.77 in the prelims and then bettered that mark with a 46.52 time in the finals to eclipse the previous record (47.23) set in 2016 by Hoover.
Javelin: Ashley Carter’s winning throw of 132-01 set a 7A state meet record in javelin. Bria Terry of Vestavia Hills held the record (128-08), setting the standard in 2015.
Triple Jump: Smiths Station’s Alonie Sutton cleared 40-01 to surpass the record set in 2015 by Kayla Williams of James Clemens (39-03.50).
3,200-Meter Run: Samantha Rogers of Auburn clocked 10:53.12 to win the 3,200. Her time replaced the previous record (10:56.28) set by Mountain Brook’s Frances Patrick in 2015. 
Class 5A Girls
300-Meter Hurdles: Morgan O’Neal of Sylacauga broke the record she set last year clocking 43.67 in the finals Saturday. 
4x100-Meter Hurdles:  Sparkman sprinted to a 46.77 time and a new 7A record. Hoover set the mark previously (47.23) last year. The Lady Bucs finished second to the Senators in ’17 running 47.64.
3,200-Meter Run: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers ran the long-distance race in 10:53.12 to set the new record. Mountain Brook’s Frances Patrick had held the record (10:56.12) since 2015.
Class 4A Girls
4x400-Meter Relay: LAMP of Montgomery won with a record time of 4:06.35. The old record (4:08.73) was set in 2006 by Guntersville.