Sunday, February 16, 2020






Auburn, Winfield, Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s and American Christian Repeat as State Champs at 47th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Auburn, Opelika, Northside and Winfield claimed boys’ championships and Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian captured girls’ championships as the 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Eighteen state records were broken Saturday  – including three by junior track sensation Trey Cunningham of Winfield, who won four events for 40 points as Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates won their second consecutive Class 1A-3A state boys’ indoor title.
   Winfield posted 122 points to beat runner-up American Christian by 26.50 points. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots tallied 93.50 point and his girls captured their second straight 1A-3A crown with 86.33 points. Bayside Academy finished second in the girls’ competition with 58.50 points, and Winfield was a close third with 54.50.
    Auburn and Hoover repeated as Class 7A boys’ and girls’ state champs, respectively. Coach Johnny Johnson’s Tigers totaled 110.50 points to runner-up Hoover’s 64. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs won their third state crown in a row and fourth in five years with 126 points – 43 better than runner-up James Clemens’ 83.
    Pelham’s girls captured their second Class 6A title in a row posting 98 points to beat runner-up Homewood (88). Opelika won its first boys’ 6A indoor championship with a meet-high 138.50 points. Northridge was second with 62.
   Northside won its first boys’ state indoor title winning the Class 4A-5A championship with 70.50 points. Ramsay was as close second with 65.  St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 4A-5A girls’ crown with 108 points. It was the 23rd overall for Coach Jim Tate’s Saints, an AHSAA state record.
    Cunningham continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book with wins in the 400, long jump, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles for a meet high 40 points. He ran a 1A-3A state record 50.30 seconds to edge American Christian’s Noah Karr (50.58) at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash to start his day Saturday. Maurice Holt of St. Paul’s held the old record (50.55), setting the standard 33 years ago in 1984.
      Cunningham won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record on Friday in the prelims with a 7.83 time and established the CrossPlex overall record during the regular season with a 7.76 time to rank him first nationally this season. And he closed out his incredible meet performance with 6.98 time in the 60-meter dash for his fourth record of 2016.
     The Pirates standout also recorded a winning leap of 23 feet, 4 inches to set the Class 1A-3A state indoor record – erasing the 37-year-old mark (22-3 3/4) set by Derrell Washington of Calhoun in 1980.
      In the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter dash, three runners bettered the classification record in what turned out to be one of the top races of the 2016 meet.  Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne clocked  55.25 seconds to win the event – setting a new Class 7A Indoor State record (58.63) established by Hoover’s Sydney Steely at last year’s state meet.  Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey was second with a season-best time of 56.35, and Steely bettered her own record finishing third with a 58.39 time. Ten records fell in Class 7A Saturday and 13 were broken on Friday.
    Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland won two events in the Class 6A competition including the 400-meter dash (56.31) and 60-meter dash (7.54). Even though she holds the 6A state and CrossPlex records in each, her times came up just a little short of her career bests.

   Karri Green of Piedmont set a 1A-3A 400-meter dash record (57.19) Saturday and followed with a near-record in winning the 60-meter dash 7.98) and 60-meter hurdles (9.22) to earn 30 points for the Bulldogs Saturday. She ran a 7.98 time and just missed the 7.70 record ran by Katie Brooks-Boone of Westminster-Oak Mountain in 2014.
    Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won the 400-meter dash in 48.16, just 5/100ths of a second off the state record set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. Huggins’ Bulldogs teammate Kacey Spinks was second at 49.66. He also won the 60-meter dash with the overall and 6A state record 6.85 time – breaking his own mark (6.87) set last year.
   Emmanuel Tait of Thompson set two records in Class 7A, winning the 60-meter dash in 6.91 seconds and the 60-meter hurdles in 7.81.
     Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the Class 7A indoor state record with a leap of 48 feet, one inch to win the triple jump competition. His distance beat the previous mark (45-01 ¾) set by Miles Strickland of Bob Jones last year by three feet.  Strickland also broke his previous record with a 46-10 ½ effort to finish second.
    A quick look at the records that fell Saturday are below.

Saturday’s Indoor Records
Boys Records
Triple Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (48-01); old record (45-01 ¾), Miles Strickland, Bob Jones, 2015.
Shot Put: Robert Moore, Auburn (54-02); old record (53-02), Christian Bell, Hoover, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (6.91); old record (6.93), Joshua Burks, James Clemens, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (7.81); old record (8.02), Tait in 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Drew Williams, Mountain Brook (4:17.06); old record (4:29.84), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Mountain Brook (7:57.93); old record (8:07.28), Auburn, 2015.

60-meter Dash:
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika (6.85); old record (6.87) Huggins, 2015.

60-meter Dash:
Shaquawn Vandergrift, Moody (6.95); old record (6.99), Harrison Dudley, Paul Bryant, 2014.
4x800-meter Relay: Northside (8:16.55); old record (8:19.17), Homewood, 2014.

Long Jump:
Trey Cunningham, Winfield (23-04); old record (22-3 ¾), Derrell Washington, Calhoun, 1980.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (6.98); old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude. 2014, and Cunningham, 2016 prelims.
400-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (50.30); old record (50.55), Maurice Holt, St. Paul’s, 1984.
1,600-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (4:30.59); old record (4:31.74), Wade Martin, Good Hope, 2003.

Girls Records
400-meter Dash:
Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain (55.25); old record (58.63), Sydney Steely, Hoover , 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (5:07.88); old record (5:10.61), Abbey Zane, Huntsville, 2015.
4xs400-meter Relay: Central-Phenix City (3:59.53); old record (4:01.91), Hoover, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Hoover (9:26.76); old record (9:31.97), Hoover, 2015.

400-meter Dash:
Karri Green, Piedmont (57.19); old record (57.89), Shelbi White, Lincoln, 2014.

Class 6A and Class 4A-5A
No records set.

Final Team Scoring
Class  7A
Hoover                                 126
James Clemens                   83
Mountain Brook                 64
McGill-Toolen                      60
Auburn                                   36
Huntsville                              36
Oak Mountain                     25
Central-Phenix City           24
Thompson                            24
Smiths Station                     18
Hewitt-Trussville                  9
Spain Park                               9
Bob Jones                               8         
Murphy                                                    7
Vestavia Hills                          7
Sparkman                                6
Hazel Green                           4

Class 6A
Pelham                                 98
Homewood                        88
Walker                                  60
Northridge                          49.50
Opelika                                 48.50
Cullman                                28.50
Fort Payne                          28
Scottsboro                          27
Paul Bryant                         22
Hartselle                              21
Woodlawn                          20
John Carroll                        18
Arab                                        9.50
Center Point                        9
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa          5
Oxford                                    5
Albertville                             1           

Class 4A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal          108
UMS-Wright                         61
Montgomery-Catholic     45
Columbia                               45
Ramsay                                                  39
Randolph                               36
Helena                                    33
Demopolis                            28
West Limestone                 23
Beauregard                          22
Carver-Birmingham           20
Brooks                                    19        
Central-Tuscaloosa            18
Fairview                                 13        
DAR                                           8
Mortimer Jordan                  8
Trinity Presbyterian            4
Wilson                                      4
St. James                                 3
White Plains                           3
Corner                                      2
JB Pennington                       1
Oneonta                                  1
Wenonah                                1
Class 1A-3A
American Christian          86.33
Bayside Academy            58.50
Winfield                               54.50
Cottage Hill Christian      52
Piedmon t                           46
Westminster-Oak Mtn  42
Whitesburg Christian      38
Montgomery Academy 31
Madison Academy          28
Lynn                                      20
St. Bernard                         20
Mobile Christian               15.33
Addison                               13
Altamont                             11
Providence Christian        9
Ohatchee                              7
Coosa Christian                   5
Pleasant Valley                   4
Section                                   2
Cold Springs                         0.33
Class 7A
Auburn                                 110.50
Hoover                                   64
Hewitt-Trussville                59.50
Mountain Brook                 52
Spain Park                             44
Central-Phenix City           43
Vestavia Hills                        35
Thompson                            30
Oak Mountain                     20
Smiths Station                     19
Bob Jones                             18
Gadsden City                       17
Murphy                                                    9
James Clemens                     8
McGill-Toolen                        8
Sparkman                                5
Huntsville                                4

Class 6A
Opelika                                 138.50
Northridge                            62
Homewood                          58
Paul Bryant                           38.50
Scottsboro                            34
Walker                                    33
Cullman                                  25
Stanhope Elmore               24
Arab                                        23
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa          23
Southside-Gadsden          20
Oxford                                    14
Pelham                                   11
Austin                                     10
Albertville                               8
Shades Valley                        8
Hartselle                                  5
Center Point                          4
Fort Payne                              2
Minor                                        1         

Class 4A-5A
Northside                            70.50
Ramsay                                                65
St. Paul’s Episcopal          53
Dadeville                             37          
Randolph                             35
Alabama Christian            34
Beauregard                        28
Central-Tuscaloosa          27.50
St. Clair County                 20
Moody                                 19
UMS-Wright                       18
Montgomery-Catholic   17
Carver-Birmingham         15
Helena                                  15
Columbia                             13
Tallassee                              11
LAMP                                    10
Oneonta                              10
Elmore County                    9
Brooks                                    8.50
Demopolis                            6
Fairview                                 5.50
DAR                                         4
Wilson                                    4
Parker                                     3                                           
Sipsey Valley                        3
Wenonah                              2
Mortimer Jordan                2
Guntersville                         1

Class 1A-3A
Winfield                               122
American Christian            93.50
Cold Springs                         51
Madison Academy            47
Montgomery Academy   36.50
Holly Pond                            33
Westminster-Oak Mtn    26
Shades Mountain              20        
Bayside Academy              18
Section                                   16
Piedmont                              13
Cottage Hill Christian        12
Marion County                      9
St. Bernard                             9         
Pleasant Valley                     8
Addison                                   7                         
Falkville                                    6
Athens Bible                          4
Mobile Christian                   3
Providence Christian          3         
Altamont                                 2         
Victory Christian                   2
Whitesburg Christian          2                        

20 Records Set at First Day of 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday

    BIRMINGHAM  -- Winfield High School junior Trey Cunningham set a state meet 1A-3A record in the 60-meter hurdles and tied the 1A-3A record in the 60-meter dash as 20 total records fell Friday as the 47th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
    Cunningham, currently ranked the No. 1 prep 60-meter hurdler in the nation, set a new AHSAA Class 1A-3A with a winning 7.83-second time in the prelims and has another chance Saturday to set the AHSAA overall record for classes in that event Saturday. He ran his best time 7.76 seconds, in the last regular-season meet of the year last week to set a new CrossPlex record.
    He helped the defending Class 1A-3A state champion Pirates  take a 6 ½ point team lead into the final round today with a preliminary best time of 7.03 seconds in the 1A-3A 60-meter dash. That time tied the mark set by St. Jude’s Ismail Saleem in 2014.
   Winfield totaled 38 points through five completed events Friday, and American Christian had 32.5 points. Madison Academy was third with 27.   Alabama Christian scored 28 points through five events Friday and led by one point over Northside and St. Paul’s Episcopal, each scoring 27 points.  Opelika led Northridge 50.5 to 33 after the first day in Class 6A, and defending state champion Auburn had an even slimmer first-day lead over Mountain Brook – leading by a half point, 28.50-28 after six events.
  Defending girls’ state champions Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal, going for its 22nd  state indoor title overall, and American Christian held leads after the first day’s action.  Hoover had a two-point lead over James Clemens, 40-38, with six events completed Friday in the Class 7A girls’ competition. McGill-Toolen is third with 32 points. The meet will conclude Saturday with the remaining field events and finals in all remaining races. 
    Class 6A Pelham built a 16-point lead over Homewood, 42-26, through five events, Class 4A-5A St. Paul’s had a 47-31 lead over UMS-Wright after six events, and American Christian held a slim 30-28 lead over Montgomery Academy in Class 1A-3A.
     Perhaps the most exciting race of the day came in the Class 7A boys’ 800-meter run as Daniel Nixon of Spain Par clocked a new 7A state-record 1:55.51 to win the event. Drew Williams and Griffin Riley of Mountain Brook, and Paul Barlow of Auburn finished 2-3-4 – all with times that bettered the previous record (1:57.13) set by Barlow in 2015.
     Pole vaulter Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen Catholic set a new overall girls’ pole vault record clearing 13 feet, 1 ¼ inches to break her old record (12-04.25) set last year. Erin Jewell of Brooks also set a new Class 4A-5A record in the shot with a heave of 39 feet, 9 ½ inches. That eclipsed the previous record of 38 feet, 4 ½ inches set by Sonja Ellis of Williamson 28 years ago in 1989.
   A complete recap of Friday’s team scoring and record-setting efforts is listed below. All results can be found at

Class 7A
Auburn 28.50, Mountain Brook 28, Hewitt-Trussville 25.50, Hoover 21, Spain Park 18, Central-Phenix  City 16, Gadsden City 14, Oak Mountain 12, Vestavia Hills 11, Smiths Station 6, Bob Jones 6, Murphy 4, Thompson 3, James Clemens 3.
Class 6A
Opelika 50.50, Northridge 33, Homewood 27, Paul Bryant 18.50, Scottsboro 16, Walker 13, Arab 13, Austin 10, Cullman 10, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10, Southside-Gadsden 10, Shades Valley 8, Stanhope Elmore 5, Oxford 4, Pelham 2, Fort Payne 2, Albertville 1.
Class 4A-5A
Alabama Christian 28, Northride 27, St. Paul’s 27, Randolph 16, Ramsay 13, Beauregard 12, Dadeville 10, Central-Tuscaloosa 10, UMS-Wright 9, Elmore County 8, St. Clair County 6, LAMP 6, Helena 6, DAR 4, Montgomery-Catholic 4, Moody 3, Mortimer Jordan 2, Tallassee 2, Oneonta 1, Guntersville.
Class 1A-3A
Winfield 38, American Christian 32.50, Madison Academy 27, Cold Springs 13, Montgomery Academy 12.50, Cottage Hill Christian 10, Shades Mountain Christian 10, Bayside Academy 9, Westminster-Oak Mountain 8, Piedmont 8, Marion County 7, St. Bernard 6, Holly Pond 5, Providence Christian 3, Addison 2, Pleasant Valley 1.

Class 7A
Hoover 40, James Clemens 38, McGill-Toolen Catholic 32, Mountain Brook 25, Huntsville 20, Thompson 18, Auburn 15, Oak Mountain 10, Smiths Station 8, Murphy 7, Vestavia Hills 7, Central-Phenix City 7, Hewitt-Trussville 3, Spain Park 3, Bob Jones 1.
Class 6A
Pelham 42,Homewood 26,Walker 21, Northridge 18, Scottsboro 17, Cullman 16, Hartselle 11, Fort Payne 9, Opelika 9, Paul Bryant 8, John Carroll Catholic 5, Arab 4, Oxford 2, Center Point 1.
Class 4A-5A
St. Paul’s 47, UMS-Wright 31,Montgomery-Catholic 25, Brooks 19, Ramsay 16, Beauregard 14, Wes Limestone 12, Randolph 12, Columbia 10, Helena 9, Central-Tuscaloosa 8, Fairview 8, Demopolis 7, Carver-Birmingham 6, St. James 3, White Plains 3, Oneonta 1, Wenonah 1, Wilson 1.
Class 1A-3A
American Christian 30, Northside 28, Winfield 23.50, Cottage Hill Christian 22, Westminster-Oak Mountain 19, Bayside Academy 16.50, Piedmont 16, Madison Academy 11, St. Bernard 10, Whitesburg Christian 7, Addison 4, Providence Christian 4, Altamont 2, Section 2.

Friday’s State Indoor Track Records Set

Class 7A Boys
Long Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (23-06); old record (22-03.75), Igninoghene, 2015.
High Jump: Carl Nesbitt, Vestavia Hills (6-08); old record (6-04), Sam Brown, Oak Mountain, 2015.
800-meter Run: Daniel Nixon, Spain Park (1:55.16); old record (1:57.93), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
3,200-meter Run: Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville (9:27.12);  old record (9:41.04, Cole Stidfole, Oak Mountain, 2015.
4x200-meter Relay: Auburn (1:29.35); old record (1:30.09), Hoover, 2015.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Collin LaFon, Hewitt-Trussville (12-04), new event.
Class 6A Boys
4x200-meter Relay:
Opelika (1:28.40); old record (1:28.71), Auburn, 2013.
Class 4A-5A Boys
4x200-meter Relay:
Ramsay (1:30.13); old record (1:31.35), McAdory, 2014.
Class 1A-3A Boys
60-meter hurdles:
Trey Cunningham, Winfield (7.83, prelims); old record (8.22), Cunningham, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (7.03); tied old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude, 2014.
800-meter Run: Noah Karr, American Christian (1:57.62); old record 1:58.12), Andy Hardy, UMS-Wright, 2000.
3,200-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (9:38.82); old record (9:39.84), Brandon Smith, Clay County, 2002.

Class 7A
Pole Vault:
Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen (13-01.25); old record (12-04.25), Ollinger, 2015.
Shot Put: Sarah Owen, Thompson (38-00); old record (34-11.50), Monet Traylor, Auburn, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Kayla Williams, James Clemens (7.73); old record (7.78), Williams, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Brittley Humphrey, Hoover (8.47); old record (8.74), Humphrey, 2015.
800-meter Run: Presley Weems, Hoover (2:13.19); old record (2:15.95), Weems, 2015.
3,200-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (11:06.51); old record (11:14.03), Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville, 2015.
4x200-meter Relay: Hoover (1:40.91); old record (1:42.87), Hoover, 2015.
Class 4A-5A Girls
Shot Put:
Erin Jewell, Brooks (39-09.5); old record (38-04.5), Sonja Ellis of Williamson, 1989.
4x200-meter Relay: Ramsay (1:46.54); old record (1:47.33), Homewood, 2014.
Class 6A Girls
Class 1A-3A Girls

Teams Primed for 2016 Championships at CrossPlex Records Expected to Fall as 47th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships Gets Underway Friday

   BIRMINGHAM – The 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships get underway Friday morning at the Birmingham CrossPlex and will conclude Saturday.
     Action starts at 9 a.m. for field and running events Friday. Saturday’s schedule has field events getting underway at 8 a.m., and running events at 9 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream Saturday’s final day of competition at the CrossPlex with Jerry Young and Jon Lunceford handling play-by-play commentary and Taylor Narewski serving as color commentator. The live timing results are being provided by Xpress Timing will be available online at
       Defending girls’ state champions are Hoover in 7A, Pelham in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal in 4A-5A and American Christian in 1A-3A. Coach Tim Tate’s St. Paul’s girls won their 21st team state title overall and fourth in a row since indoor track moved to the CrossPlex in 2012.
     Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), UMS-Wright (4A-5A) and Winfield (1A-3A).
    Among the standouts in this year’s championships is junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield.  He helped the Pirates claim the Class 1A-3A state title in 2015 with a record-setting performance. Cunningham scored the maximum 40 points in the Class 1A-3A boys division with individual wins in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, long jump and triple jump to help the Pirates win the state title.
   Cunningham turned in a 7.76-second time in the 60-meter hurdles at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend at the CrossPlex – a time that betters the state-record 7.80 mark set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover at the 2013 state meet.
    Junior Deante Tolbert led Auburn the first Class 7A title in AHSAA history last year with the fastest indoor 400-meter time (48.09 seconds) in the 46-year indoor state meet history.  Opelika senior Nathanaiel Huggins also returns after setting the 60-meter dash indoor record last year running a 6.87 time in the Class 6A prelims. He has beat that time this season running 6.84 at the Ice Breaker Invitational in early January at the CrossPlex. He also has the fastest time of the season in the 400-meter dash (48.12), just 3/100ths off the state mark, in the same meet.
    Junior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville leaped 24 feet, 7½ inches in the long jump at the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex in January. That leap is just ¼ inch off the state mark set by Murphy’s Anthony Carter in the 1971 state meet at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum. That 45-year-old mark is the current standing state record in the AHSAA. Senior Michael Wiggins of Huntsville also jumped a state-best 49 feet, 3½ inches at the USATF Galleria Games in December, more than 15 inches better than the current state meet record (47-11¼) set by Spain Park’s Myles Charley in 2012.
      In the girls’ competition, Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic, an eighth grader in 2015, set the 4A-5A state record in the 1,600 meters (5:01.36) and the state’s overall record in the indoor 3,200 (10:32.94). She returns this year as a freshman to lead the Lady Knights.
     Junior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn has run 7.46 seconds in the 60-meter dash this season to better her own state-meet record 7.49 time set in 2014 and equaled in 2015.  Hoover senior Brittley Humphrey has also bettered her 60-meter hurdles state-meet record (8.54) set in 2014 with a winning time of 8.44 seconds in the Martin Luther King Classic last month.
     McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Margaret Ollinger appears on pace to beat her own AHSAA state indoor pole vault record as well. She set the mark in 2015 clearing 12 feet, 4½ inches. Her season best so far in 2016 is 13-2¼ at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend. 
    Current AHSAA Indoor state-meet records can be found at at the Indoor Track link.

Rules Changes Approved for High School Track and Field, Cross Country

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.

The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”

Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.

Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.

In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.

Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.

Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.

The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.

Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.

Homewood’s Kiara Williams Wins Heptathlon McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor, Sean Collins Finish 1-2 in Decathlon Championships

   HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School seniors Chris Taylor and Sean Collins finished 1-2 Tuesday in the AHSAA state decathlon championships at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   The duo came in with the reputation as the AHSAA’s best pole-vaulting tandem in state history with Collins clearing a state-record 17 feet in the 2015 AHSAA outdoor track championships and Taylor clearing 15-7. Both finished 1-2 in the indoor state meet as well.
    At the decathlon completion, both showed their versatility and athletic prowess as Taylor won the championship with 6,160 points and Collins finished a close second with 6,103.
    Rounding out the Top 5 were first-day leader Jon Waarvik of Stanhope Elmore (5,990), Falkville’s Ryan Sullivan (5,242) and Drew Williams of Mountain Brook (5,236). Auburn athletes took the next four places with Mohamed Eljack (5,225), Hayden Williams (5,201), Timothy McCloud (5,166) and Christian Brandt (5,108) ranked in that order. Wilson Chandler of Wilson was 10th at 5,041.
     Taylor won the 110-meter hurdles (15.21), was second in the pole vault (14-5 1/4 ), second in the 400-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash.  Collins broke Taylor’s pole vault record set in last year’s decathlon competition with a winning clearance of 16 feet, 8 ¾ inches. He also won the javelin with a winning throw of 167-4 and finished second in the 100-meter dash.
    A total of 40 athletes competed in 10 events each over the two-day meet.

Heptathlon Championships
  Kiara Williams of Homewood High School totaled 4,745 points to edge Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey to win the AHSAA state heptathlon championship Tuesday at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track. The girls competition included seven events.
    Humphrey, who set a heptathlon record in the 100-meter hurdles competition (14.35 seconds), totaled 4,470 points.
    Pelham’s Erin Hines was third with 4,428, Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian finished fourth at 4,402 and Anna Gierow of Bob Jones was fifth at 4,153.
    Williams won the long jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 11 ¾ inches. She was also second to Humphrey in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Stanhope Elmore’s Waarvik, Hoover’s Humphrey Lead Decathlon, Heptathlon After First Day

   HOOVER – Stanhope Elmore High School’s Jon Waarvik compiled 3,338 points through five events Monday to take the first-day lead in the 62nd annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   Waarvik clocked 11.77 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which tied for third fastest behind Auburn’s Timothy McCloud (10.63) and McGill-Toolen Catholic pole vaulting champion Sean Collins (11.67). Waarvik won the long jump (21-04), was third in the shot put behind winner Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond,
and cleared 6 feet 4 ¼ inches in the high jump to finish second behind Drew Williams of Mountain Brook, who cleared 6-5 ½.
   McCloud also won the 400-meter dash Monday in 52.12 seconds and ranked second after day one with 3,105 points. McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor is third heading into Tuesday’s final five events with  3,069 points and Collins, who set the AHSAA indoor state pole vault record last February and then shattered the outdoor record with a 17-00 leap earlier this month, is fourth (3,050). Auburn’s Mohamed Eljack is fifth at 2,954.
    More than 40 participants are in the field. Day two resumes Tuesday at Hoover High  School at 9 a.m., with the boys competing in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500 meters.
   Complete first-day results can be found at
    Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey leads Homewood’s Kiara Williams by 25 points in the heptathlon competition after the first day’s four events. The ladies are competing in seven events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash Monday. Tuesday’s competition gets underway at 10 a.m., with long jump, javelin and 800 meters closing out the girls’ events.
    Humphrey turned in the fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35) and 200-meter dash (25.18) to amass 2,841 points. Williams, who had 2,816 points, was second in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-dash.
    Erin Hines of Pelham is third with 2,621 points heading into Tuesday’s final day and Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s, who cleared 5-5 ¼ in the high jump, is fourth with 2,580. Rounding out the top five is Bob Jones’ Anna Gierow with 2,538.  Thirty-seven girls competed Monday.
  The complete girls’ first-day results can also be found at


Falkville Claims Third Straight Boys’ Outdoor Title; Whitesburg Christian Wins First Girls’ Crown

    Falkville High School won its third straight AHSAA state outdoor track and field championship Saturday and five new champions were crowned as the 2015 Class 1A, 2A and 3A state championships closed its final day at new host site Cullman.
    The Blue Devils won Class 1A championships in 2013 and 2014 at Selma under the direction of Coach Keith Wilemon. Falkville moved to 2A this year and had to fend off arch-rival Cold Springs to claim the Class 2A crown.  Wilemon turned the head-coaching duties over to his son Jace, and son proved to be a fast learner.
    Falkville totaled 114.20 points and Cold Springs finished second with 104.70.
    Marion County won the Class 1A boys’ championship with 117 points. Westminster of Oak Mountain was second with 112 and Linden, third with 87.  Winfield won the Class 3A boys’ title over runner-up Montgomery Academy. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates had 108 points and the Eagles, last year’s Class 2A champs, had 77. Piedmont, the 2014 3A champions, totaled 70.50 to finished third.
     Whitesburg Christian posted 91 points in the Class 1A girls’ competition to win its first-ever state championship in any sport. Decatur Heritage was second with 83.50 and defending champion Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 77.
    Altamont, directed by first-year head coach Jamie Rediker, won the Class 2A girls championship with 101 points to edge runner-up LaFayette, which scored 97.  American Christian Academy fended off Cottage Hill Christian to win the Class 3A girls’ crown. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots had 96 points and Cottage Hill had 94. Defending champion T.R. Miller was third with 79.
     Mathew Likely of Hillcrest Evergreen and Trey Cunningham of Winfield were among the outstanding student-athletes turning in record-setting performances Thursday.
Mathew Likely, Hillcrest-Evergreen:
Broke the Class 3A 100-meter dash record he had set Friday in the preliminaries with a 10.61-second winning time in the finals Saturday. The previous record (10.78),set by Jason Smoots of Litchfield in 1998, fell on Friday when Likely, a senior, clocked 10.65 to win his heat. Likely also won the 200-meter dash in 21.26 seconds to erase Smoots’ 200-meter record (21.82) also established the same year.
Trey Cunningham, Winfield:
For the second straight day Cunningham beat the Class 3A state record in the 110-meter hurdles with a winning time of 14.42 seconds. His 14.18-second time shattered the mark held by former Winfield hurdler Dominic Walls (14.49) since 2011.
Jack Barganier, Montgomery Academy and Nick Klein, Winfield:
Raced to a photo finish in the 3,200-meter race with Barganier winning with a time of 9:53.08. Klein was clocked at 9:53.38.
Bram Miller, Falkville:
Won the Class 2A high jump title with a 6-foot, 6-inch leap a year after winning the 1A state championship at the same height.
Brendan Tucker LaFayette and Josh Lucas, Tanner:
The two runners had a photo finish in the 110-meter hurdles with Tucker taking the win with a 15.332 time -- 3/thousandths of a second faster than Lucas who almost caught him at the finish line. While the times were a well short of the 13.73 state record set by Pierre Goode of Hazlewood in 1986, it turned out to be perhaps the best boys’ race of the day as both ran their personal bests.
Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette: Set a new 2A state record in the long jump (23-04.75).
Lanett Relay Team: Clocked a 43.86 to win the 4x100 relay -- just missing the 2A state record .49/hundredths of  second.
Emelio Madero, Marion County
: Heaved the javelin 164 feet, 7 inches to win the competition by more than 15 feet.
Ben Abel, Victory Christian: Clocked 20.67 in the Class 1A para-ambulatory 100-meter dash -- earning  the respect of fellow runners after taking a hard spill at 50 meters but jumping back up quickly and finishing strong. His best time of the year was 18.04 seconds.
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 16.36 and 41.57 seconds, respectively.
Kaitlin York, American Christian:
Won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs for the state champion Patriots. Her winning time in the 3,200 Saturday morning was 11:04.77. She also ran a leg in American Christian’s winning 4x800-meter relay team.
Karri Green, Piedmont: Set a new 3A record in the 400-meter dash (57.44), won the 200-meter dash (25.39) and had two hurdles wins Saturday beating the competition in the 100-meter hurdles finals (14.87) and 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.50).
Caitlyn Dressler, Cottage Hill Christian: Set a record in the 3A pole vault with a winning leap of 11 feet, 1 inch.
Callie Jones, Cottage Hill Christian: Won the triple jump with a 3A state record 38-05 leap and won the javelin gold with another 3A state record effort (136-05).
Taylor Young, Altamont:
Won the long jump with a 16-09.50 leap and then set a Class 2A state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.64-second winning time. Natasha Stuckie of White Plains held the record (15.80), setting it in 2007. She closed a strong individual meet effort by winning the 300-meter hurdles in 46.32 -- falling just short of the 2A state record she set in 2013 and setting a record in the triple jump (38 feet).
Ivy Edge, St. Bernard:
Set a Class 1A state record in the 800-meter run with a 2:19.68 time. Her effort broke one of the oldest girls’ records still standing. Joy Griffin of American Christian set the mark (2:22.15) 20 years ago in 1995.  She also helped the St. Bernard 4x800 relay team set a new 1A mark with a time of 10:06.74.
Kayla Pruitt, Lynn: The junior won the state shot put title with a winning toss of 37 feet, 7 ½ inches -- only three-quarters of an inch shy of setting the Class 1A state record. Shay Smith Loachapoka set the current record (37-08) in 2004. Pruitt followed with a record-setting performance to win the 1A girls’ javelin.  Her 129-foot, 7-inch throw beat the previous record (121-08) set by Falkville’s Tiana Drinkard in 2013. Pruitt also won the high jump and discus events.

Hoover, UMS-Wright Sweep Boys and Girls Titles in 7A and 4A

    Hoover and UMS-Wright high schools swept boys’ and girls’ state championships in Class 7A and 4A, respectively, as the 91st annual AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at Gulf Shores.
   Hoover claimed both Class 7A crowns with the boys edging Auburn 131.33 to 121.50. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 54 points. Coach Devin Hind’s girls totaled 166.75 points with Mountain Brook second with 69.75. McGill-Toolen Catholic was a close third with 67.75.  The Bucs have now won boys’  titles in six of the seven seasons and the girls have won four championships in a row.  All previous titles were in Class 6A.
    UMS-Wright won its fifth straight Class 4A boys state championship and the Bulldogs’ girls also won the first xxth time in the lasy six years. Coach Pat Galle’s girls’ team ran away from the pack with 150.50 points. Brooks was second with 75.50 and Wilson finished third with 54.  UMS-Wright’s boys totaled 95 points, Wilson was second with 66 and Dadeville was right behind with 64.
    Homewood, the Class 5A girls’ champs in 2014, totaled 122.50 points to capture the 2015 Class 6A state title. Coach Thomas Esslinger’s team out-pointed Pelham by 43 points. The Lady Panthers were  second with 79.50 points, and Opelika was third with 57.  Opelika’s boys, coached by Jimmy Johnson,   won the 6A state championship Saturday amassing 121 points to edge Homewood’s boys. The Patriots had 106 points and Northridge was third with 65.
     In Class  5A, Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal boys totaled 90 points to win the state championship. St. Clair County was second with 66 points and Columbia was third with 53.50.   Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state champs, has little trouble moving to 5A as Coach Glenn Copeland’s Lady Hornets scored 139 points to win the state title. St. Paul’s was a close second with 133.50, and Columbia came in third with 71 points.
     Among the top boys’ performances Saturday:
Karon Delince, Central-Phenix City:
Won the first-ever Class 7A 200-meter final with a 21.55-second time. He also won the 200-meter dash title clocking 21.55 seconds in the finals.
Auburn 4x100-meter relay: The Tigers came close to the overall AHSAA state mark clocking 41.66 second to win Saturday’s relay finals.
Emmanuel Tait, Thompson: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 14.12 and 38.83 seconds, respectively.
Will Macoy, Vestavia Hills: Threw the javelin 196 feet, 6 inches to set the 7A record in that event.
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:
Clocked 10.49 seconds, the fastest 100-meter dash outdoor time in any division of the AHSAA state championships, to win the 6A finals. He followed with a 21.34-second winning time to capture the 6A 200-meter dash finals and closed out with a 47.02 time in the 400-meter dash to win the event just 4/100ths off the state record time of 46.98.
Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian:
Had three golds winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
Alize Ford, Columbia: Improved his time from the prelims to the finals by a second to win the 200-meter finals Saturday. His 21.76-second winning time was less than 5/tenths of a second off the 5A state mark.
Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran 10.79 in the 100-meter prelims, then followed with a 10:79 again in the finals to win the event.
Alize Ford, St. Clair County: Won the 200-meter dash in 21.76 seconds and finished second in the 400.
Robert Hope, UMS-Wright:
Won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and finished fifth in the 800 to leads the Bulldogs’ state-championship effort.
Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Won the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.79 seconds to take home two golds.
Brittley Humphrey, Hoover: Shattered the overall AHSAA girls’ state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.74-second winning time in the Class 7A finals Saturday. He set the 6A record and overall mark last year with a 14.00 time to win the Class 6A 100-meter hurdles event. Teammate Caitlyn Little  also broke Humphrey’s 2014 record with a 13.97 time to finish second in Saturday’s 7A finals. Little also ran the 100-meter dash finals in 11.97 to win that event and clocked 24.85 to win the Class 7A 200-meter dash.
Jayla Kirkland, Woodlawn:
The state record holder in the Class 6A 100, 200 and 400-yard dashes won all three events again Saturday. Her times were excellent but did not not surpass the records she set last year.
Kiara Williams, Homewood: Won the 100--meter hurdles with a near-6A record 14.29 time and followed up with a win in the 300-meter hurdles. The set a record to win the long jump Friday and also won the triple jump for four golds for the state champion Patriots.
Morgan O’Neal, Sylacauga:
Clocked 44.11 seconds in the Class 5A 300-meter hurdles to set a class state record. Courtney Golston of B.C. Rain set the previous record (44.24) in 2001.
Na'Asha Robinson, Butler:  Clocked 12.30 to win the 100-meter dash finals, then won the 200 and 400 dashes as well for three individual titles.
Amaris Tyynismaa, Catholic
- Montgomery: Set a Class 4A state record in the 800-meter run (2:16.86) to give the eighth grader  a sweep of the three distance events. She set records in 3,200 and 1,600 as well.
Wilson 4x800 relay team:  Clocked 9:55.80 to set a new Class 4A record in the distance relay.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Helped the Lady Bulldogs capture the state title winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump competition.


Defending Champions Take Leads After Day 2 of 4A-7A Track at Gulf Shores

       UMS-Wright High School built a 46-point lead over No. 2 Wilson heading into Saturday’s final day of Class 4A boys’ competition at the 91st annual AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores.
       Coach Pat Galle’s squad has won the previous four Class 4A outdoor state championships dating back 2011. UMS has 78 points and Wilson 32.  Galle’s girls also have a comfortable lead in the 4A girls competition with 66.50 points. DAR is second with 37.50 and Wilson is third with 36.
     Hoover, the Class 6A boys’ champ five of the last six years, leads Class 7A with 61.33 points in what could be shaping up to be an exciting finish Saturday. Auburn has 57.50 points and Oak Mountain is thirds with 29.33. In Class 6A, Homewood, the 2014 Class 5A state champion, had 62 points and holds a slim lead over Opelika (57.50) and Northridge (40).  St. Paul’s has 43 points to lead Class 5A with Madison County next with 34. Alabama Christian and St. Clair County close behind with 29 and 28 points respectively.
      Hoover’s girls lead Class 7A competition with 55.75 points with McGill-Toolen and Mountain Brook on their heels with 51.75 and 50.75 points, respectively. Huntsville is fourth with 38.  Homewood, the 5A champion in 2014, leads Class 6A’s girls with 68 points. Pelham has 42 and John Carroll Catholic 28. Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state girls’ champs, lead Class 5A with 61 points. St. Paul’s is second heading into Saturday with 51 and Helena is third with 30.
       Few records fell Friday. Some top performances included:
      Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Set a 4A state record in the 3,200-meter run Friday with a time of 10:53.15. She set a record Thursday in the 1,600.
     Wilson 4x400-Relay: The Wilson High School girls won the Class 4A relay with a record time of 9:55.80 seconds, beating the previous mark of 10:04.40 established by UMS-Wright in 2013.
      Isabel Valenzuela,  St Paul's: Won the Class 5A girls’ 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:36.31 – her  second win of the 2015 competition. She won the 1,600 Thursday.
      Jayla Kirkland,  Woodlawn: Kirkland, the Class 6A record holder in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, had the fastest qualifying times in each race Friday clocking 11.69 seconds in the 100 and 24.58 in the 200.  She won the 400 Friday with a strong time of 57.21 seconds.
     Kiara Williams, Homewood: Set a new 6A record in the long jump with a winning leap of 20 feet, 5 ¼ inches to topple the previous mark (19-09.50) by Whitney Marsh of Mountain Brook in 2002. She also won the triple jump with a 39-09.50 distance.
     Caitlyn Miller, Hoover: Turned in the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes in Class 7A with times of 12.02 and 25.31 seconds, respectively. She also had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35).
      Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Had the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the Class 4A boys’ prelims with times of 11.02 and 22.80 seconds.
     Robert Hope, UMS-Wright: Followed Thursday’s Class 4A 1,600 meter win with a first-place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:45.40.
    Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran the 200-meter dash prelim in 22.38 seconds and the 100 prelim in 10.79 seconds for the best times in Class 5A.
    Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:  Won the Class 6A 400-meter dash in 47.02 seconds and had the fastest qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes. His 10.57-second time in the 100 was the fastest in any class Friday.
      Melvin Hill, Baker:  Cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to become the AHSAA’s first Class 7A boys’ champion in that event.

Close Races Emerge in First Day of 1A, 2A, 3A State Track at Cullman

    Close races have emerged at Cullman as Friday’s first round of the  91st AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Oliver Woodard Stadium.  Only one point separate three teams in the Class 1A boys’ competition heading into Saturday’s final round which gets underway at 8 a.m.
    Marion County totaled 49 points to hold slim lead over Westminster of Oak Mountain and Linden, each with 48 points.  In Class 2A, Falkville, the 2014 and 2013 state champs in Class 1A, holds a 32-31 lead over Cold Springs. Lanett is third with 20.  In the 3A boys’ team standings, Winfield posted 48 points and has  a one-point lead over Montgomery Academy (47).T.R. Miller has 42.50 points, defending 3A champ Piedmont and American Christian are tied for fourth with 31. Montgomery Academy moved up to 3A this season after winning the Class 2A championship the last two years.
     The team races are also close in the girls’ competition. Falkville and Altamont are tied with 30 points each to share the Class 2A lead. Providence Christian, Holy Spirit Catholic and Mobile Christian are right behind with 27 – setting up an exciting finish Saturday with all five having a clear chance to claim the state title.  Cottage Hill Christian leads Class 3A with 43 points. American Christian is second with 29 and defending champion T.R. Miller is third with 25. Decatur Heritage amassed 38.50 points to take the Class 1A lead. St. Bernard of Cullman is second with 33.50 and defending champion Westminster of Oak Mountain is third with 30.
     Several outstanding efforts highlighted the individual performances.
Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka:
Had near state-record times in qualifying first in the 100 and 200-meter dash prelims. Her 12.31 time in the 100 was just 24/100ths of a second off the 1A state record (12.07). She also clocked 25.70 in the 200.
Ivy Edge and Leahrose Mami, St. Bernard: Finished 1-2 in the 1,600 meters with season best times of 5:15.14 and 5:18.83.  Both ran a leg in St. Bernard’s record-setting 4x800-meter relay win (10:06.47) that beat the previous record set by Westminster last season by four seconds.
Summer Stewart, Meek: Set a new 1A pole vault record clearing 10 feet. The old record, set in 2007 by Anna Lindsey of Cedar Bluff, was 9-03.
Taylor Young, Altamont:
Had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles prelims (15.93 seconds) and broke her own 2A state record in the triple jump with a 38-foot leap.
Karri Green, Piedmont:
Narrowly missed a new record in the 3A 200-meter dash clocking 25.61 to advance to Saturday’s finals. Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill set the current mark (25.10) in 2009. She also won the 400-meter dash with a 57.44-second time.
Callie Jones, Cottage Hill Christian: Threw the javelin 136 feet, 2 inches to set a 3A state record and narrowly missed a record in the long jump winning  with at 18-05.25.
Tomalaski Johnson, R.A. Hubbard:
Won the 400-meter dash with a 50.94 time and had the fastest 200-meter qualifying time clocking 22.36 seconds – coming close to Montavius Pitts’ state record time of  21.86 ran for Loachapoka in 2001.
Jacob Sanders, Marion County: Set a 1A state record clearing 12 feet to win the pole vault competition
Cameron Trammell, Lanett:
won the 400-meter dash with a 51.78 time, had the fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter prelims (22.69) and the second-fastest time in the 100-meter prelims.
Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette:  Broke one of the oldest 2A records still standing with a 23-foot, 4 ¼-inch leap in the long jump to erase Hazlewood track star Pierre Goode’s   record (22-11) set in 1986.
Mathew Likely, Hillcrest-Evergreen: 
Ran  a 10.65-second time in the 100-meter dash prelims, setting up what should be a fast final Saturday since C.J. Savage of Piedmont clocked 10.79 in his prelim race. Likely also set a 2A state record in the 200-meter dash prelims – bettering Jason Smoot’s state record time of 21.98 set in 1998 as a Litchfield sprinter. Savage also qualified second with at 21.96.
Trey Cunningham, Winfield: Set a 3A state record in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.18-second time in the prelims and finished third in the triple jump.
Cedrick Tabb, Greensboro:  Broke former Greensboro teammate Quante Brown’s 3A state record with a 183-05 throw in the javelin competition.