By Rubin E. Grant
Courtesy of Over-the-Mountain Journal
Trey Allen wasn’t sure how he would perform in a national track and field indoor meet earlier this month.
The Oak Mountain senior high jumper was dealing with tibial stress syndrome (a shin splints injury) when he entered the competition in the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet March 8-10 at The Armory in New York City. The injury occurred after he dunked a basketball in the days leading up to the meet.
“Going into the meet I wasn’t thinking I was going to win,” Allen said. “I had an injury and my mind was everywhere. I prayed, used some Icy Hot, soaked in the tub, took two Advils and went out and jumped.”
The remedies worked better than Allen could have hoped as he soared to win the 2019 National High Jump Championship with a clearance of 6 feet, 10.75 inches. He became only the second athlete ever from Alabama to earn that distinction in the history of the event.
“It was a good performance, and I’m very grateful to God,” Allen said. “I was surprised I did as well I did on a bad shin. While my goal was to break my 7-0 record — I had three close attempts — I can't complain about winning the national championship. It’s an honor to bring back to Oak Mountain High and the state of Alabama.”
Allen entered the meet as the No. 1 ranked high school high jumper in the nation for the 2019 indoor season. He had broken the U.S. high school high jump record earlier this year by clearing 7 feet.
The national competition began with 21 top high jump finalists from around the country. Opening height for the event started at 6-3.25. Then the bar was raised as follows: 6-5, 6-7, 6-9, 6-10.75, 7-00.25.
Allen jumped consistently with no scratches until height 6-10.75. The stellar performance earned him the National New Balance Indoor High Jump Champion. He also was honored as an All-American for the second consecutive year.
More than 3,700 of the country's best sprinters, hurdlers, runners, jumpers, throwers, walkers and relay crews competed in the national event.
Allen set an indoor AHSAA state record for the high jump, clearing 6-11 at the Ice Breaker Meet in early January at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Allen came back to the CrossPlex a few weeks later to break his own record by clearing 7 feet during the Martin Luther King event.
Allen jumped 6-9 at the state indoor championships on Feb. 1, setting a Class 7A meet record and claiming his first individual state title. He tried to clear 7-1 but grazed the bar on all three of his attempts.
This is just Allen’s second year as a track athlete. He had been playing football as a 6-foot-4 wide receiver and basketball as a small forward for Oak Mountain.
Oak Mountain high School track coach Riley White witnessed Allen doing some spectacular dunks in the gym and recognized his jumping potential. He encouraged Allen to come out for track.
Allen decided to jump at the opportunity. Last winter, he gave up playing basketball so he could compete during the indoor and outdoor seasons. After finishing his football career last fall, he returned to track.
“I really didn’t think about track until Coach White asked me,” Allen said. “I loved football and wanted to play in the NFL. But track changed my mind and now I love track. I want to keep working and become good enough to be an Olympian.”
Allen admitted he was awkward at first. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “I was just jumping. I didn’t know about twisting my back as I went over the bar.”
“I jumped 6-2 and I didn’t know if that was good. Coach White told me it was, so I kept going.”
Last summer, Allen earned All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina with an outdoor jump of 6-10.25. He cleared 6-10 in the AHSAA Class 7A outdoor state championships last May and set a new Class 7A state record.
Allen’s 7-foot clearance earlier this year landed him a full track and field scholarship to Louisville. He already had accepted a partial scholarship from the Cardinals, but the coaching staff dangled a full scholarship if he cleared 7 feet.
“That motivated me,” Allen said.
White said he is not surprised at Allen’s fast rise to success.
“He’s a natural, and that’s what Louisville sees in him, a kid whose ceiling is significantly higher than 7 feet,” White said.
Allen won’t be strictly a jumper in college.
“They’re going to use me in some other events, jumps and relays,” Allen said. “They’re going to get their money’s worth out of me.”
BIRMINGHAM – Hoover (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (4A/5A) and Winfield (1A/3A) high schools emerged as boys’ state champions Saturday while Saint James (1A/3A, Montgomery Catholic (4A/5A), Homewood (6A) and Mountain Brook (7A) captured girls’ state titles as the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, was the only school to capture boys’ and girls’ crowns. The Patriots boys won their second Class 6A title in a row and their fifth in the last seven years amassing 95.5 points. Northridge finished second with 83.5 and Opelika was third with 78. Homewood’s girls won their third consecutive 6A crown totaling 124.5 points. Pelham was second with 95 and St. Paul’s Episcopal took third place with 53.
In Class 7A, Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover’s boys cruised to the Bucs’ third straight title and also their fifth in the last seven seasons. The Bucs accumulated 105 points with strong effort from start to finish. Oak Mountain finished second with 51 points, clinching the runner-up spot with a strong third-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay in the last race of the day. The Eagles started the race in fifth place but picked up six points and moved ahead of Vestavia Hills and Hewitt-Trussville to seal the runner-up. The Rebels and Huskies tied for third over with 49 points each. Mountain Brook’s Lady Spartans out-pointed runner-up Baker 71 to 60.5 to win the school’s first state crown since 2013.
Scottsboro’s boys totaled 76 to win the Class 4A/5A state championship. It was the Wildcats’’ second title in the last three seasons. Ramsay finished second with 65 points and Beauregard was third with 36. Montgomery Catholic won its first girls’ state title edging runner-up Ramsay 80-66. Scottsboro was third with 59.
And in Class 1A/3A, the Winfield boys managed 105 points to capture its third state since 2015. Bayside Academy was second with 84 points and Altamont third with 77. Saint James won its first Class 1A/3A state girls championship rolling up 117 points. Whitesburg Christian finished second with 103 and Providence Christian had 76.5 to take third place.
Saint James junior Presley Miles sparked the Lady Trojans’ championship capturing four Class 1A/3A individual state titles winning the 3,200 meters (11:10.48) and the 800 meters (2:18.47) on Friday and closing out the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field State Championships with first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash (59.03) and the 1,600 meters (5:18.47). She accounted for 40 of2019 Class 1A/3A state champion Saint James’ 117 points in the meet. The Trojans moved from Class 4A to Class 3A to begin the 2018-19 school year.
A quick look at past AHSAA indoor track results showed several competitors winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters events at state indoor meets. However, Miles became the first girls’ participant in AHSAA history to win all four running events at the AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships.
She was also the first to win four individual events since St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Charlotte Krausse won four at the 2016 state indoor meet. Krausse won the triple jump, long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles at that meet. Another track standout from St. Paul’s, Camille Root, won four individual events at the 1995 and 1996 state meets held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. She won the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash and the long jump both years. Bridget Rose of Leeds was the next girls’ participant to win four events with wins in 2006 in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault.
Montgomery Catholic senior phenom Amaris Tyynismaa captured her fifth straight indoor state meet individual championship in a row and her first team crown. She won the 1,600 meters Saturday with a strong 5:04.02 time in the 4A/5A finals. Miles upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter race in 2018, but she roared back to clock 4:56.31 in 2018 to set the class 4A/5A state indoor meet record.
Tyynismaa closed out her indoor career in the 2019 meet winning the 800 and 3,200 as well. That gave her five consecutive 4A/5A state indoor titles in the 3,200 and three in the 800 and total of 13 indoor state meet titles and one second-place finish since 2015. She did not compete in the 800 in 2017. and to Miles in last year’s state meet. Saint James High School dropped to Class 3A in 2018-19.
Senior Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain turned in the most impressive time of the day Saturday with a state record (all classes) 54.11 time in the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter finals. She broke her own 7A record (55.24) she set in 2017 and also beat the AHSAA all-time indoor record (54.22) set by her in regular-season meet in 2018. Payne won the 400 three of the last four years – setting Class 7A records all three times: In 2016 (55.25), 2017 and 2019. Her 2018 regular-season time stood as the all-time indoor record until Saturday. She was disqualified in the event at the 2018 state meet.
Payne also won the 60-meter dash race with a new Class 7A record time Saturday clocking 7.54 in the finals. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman set the record (7.66) in 2017.
The top boys’ performance came in the Class 4A/5A high jump where Isaiah McKissic of Beauregard broke a 37-year old indoor record when he cleared 6-09.25. The old record (6-09) was set 37 years earlier by Vincent “Bo” Jackson of McAdory in 1982. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 1985 and had a major-league baseball and NFL football career cut short by a hip injury.
McKissic made his winning height on his second try. It turned out to be the top high jump performance of the state meet. Oak Mountain senior Trey Allen cleared 6-09 Friday to set a new Class 7A indoor state-meet record but then moved the bar to 7-01 and missed on all three tries. McKissic attempted to clear 6-10 but missed on all three attempts.
Hoover’s boys’ 4x400 relay team closed out the meet with a 3:20.59 time to set the AHSAA all-time record in that event. Auburn (3:22.05) set the previous state-meet best in 2015.
BOYS STONE SHELNUTT, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Turned in the best 400-meter dash time of the 2019 meet winning the Class 7A race with s time of 49.97 seconds. His time fell just short of the all-time state-meet record (48.09) set by Deante Tolbert of Auburn in 2015. Shelnutt also won the Class 7A 60-meter hurdles finals with an 8.27 time. ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: Took first place in the Class 6A 1,600-meter race with a strong time of 4:20.34 – less than three seconds off the 7A indoor state record (4:17.06 ) set by Drew Williams of Mountain Brook in 2012. DEANTHONY COLEMAN, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Turned in one of the top times of 2019 in the nation to win the Class 6A 60-meter hurdles in 7.89 seconds. His time was just 9/100ths of a second off the 6A indoor state record time (7.80) set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Completed a sweep of the distance events with a 4:24.55 time in the Class 6A 1,600-meter run Saturday. He won the 800 and 3,200 races Friday. JEKOVAN RHETTA, PARKER: Won the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash final race with a time of 6.88 seconds. He qualified with a 6.94 time. JAMES DIXON, ALTAMONT: Won the Class 1A/3A 400-meter dash with a strong 51.26 time to just miss equaling the 1A/3A state indoor record (50.30) set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016. He finished just ahead of Tawrence Dixon of Mobile Christian, who clocked 51.31. TAWRENCE DIXON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Edged teammate Cameron Alexander at the finish line in one of the closest boys’ raced of the 2019 state meet to win the Class 1A/3A 60-meter dash finals. He clocked 7.146 and Alexander crossed at 7.149. SCOTTSBORO 4X800 RELAY: Won the 4A/5A race with a time of 8:20.19 – just four seconds off the state indoor meet mark (8:16.55) recorded by Northridge in 2016.
GIRLS KIARA RISHER, JAMES CLEMENS: Set a new Class 7A indoor state meet record in the high jump with a winning height of 5-06 on her second attempt at that height. Jayden Gilbert of Bob Jones finished second equaling the old record (5-04). Julia Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record in 2015. JASMINR RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Won the Class 6A 60-meter dash finals with a 7.50 time -- just 1/100ths of a second off the Class 6A state indoor meet record (7.49) established by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2014. The winning time was also just 4/100ths of a second off the all-time CrossPlex record (7.46), which was set by Kirkland in 2016. ZHEVYN JONES, RAMSAY: Set a new Class 4A/5A state indoor meet record winning the 60-meter hurdles in 8.91 seconds. St. Paul’s Lacey Dent set the previous record (9:07) in 2012. Jones qualified for the finals with an 8.93 time. JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Crossed the finish line at 57:02 to win the Class 4A/5A 4000-meter dash. Her time was just one stride shy of the state record (56.92) set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn at the 2017 state meet. Jasity White of Ramsay was second to Childers in the photo finish with a 57.10 time.
BIRMINGHAM – The 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships started with a bang and ended with a boom Friday as two state records fell in each event. As expected, Oak Mountain High School senior high jumper Trey Allen won the Class 7A boys event state-record clearance of 6 feet, 9 inches Friday in the opening field event of the day at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover High School’s boys’ 4x200-meter relay team closed out the day in the final running event with a 1:28.02 time to set a new Class 7A and overall AHSAA state record. Coach Devon Hind’s four runners, in order, were Seth Shelby, Jonathan Martin, Zach Elam and anchor J’Marri McCall. The old state-meet record (1:28.40) was set in 2016 by Opelika in Class 6A. Auburn held the Class 7A mark thanks to its winning 1:29.35 time that same year. The Bucs’ time was also ranks third nationally this season. Oak Mountain’s relay team was second Friday clocking 1:30.00, and Central-Phenix City was third at 1:30.51. The 7A high jump was the first boys’ field event of the meet. He had no trouble clearing 6-09, which erased the previous Class 7A record set by Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills (6-08) by one inch. The overall AHSAA state indoor championship record (6-10.25) was established in 2006 when the meet was held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena by Homewood’s Mitch Dozier. Allen, who cleared 7 feet for the top high jump of the season in the nation to set the CrossPlex prep record at a regular-season meet on Jan. 21, moved the bar to 7-01 to try and break his overall AHSAA record, but missed all three times. Defending state champion Hoover took the first-day lead in the Class 7A boys’ and girls’ competition with 31 and 29 points, respectively. Central-Phenix City’s boys was second with 29 points and Vestavia Hills had 21. McGill-Toolen Catholic totaled 27.50 points to trail the Lady Bucs by just 1.5 points heading into Saturday’s final day of competition. Auburn was two points back with 27. In Class 6A, Homewood’s defending state champion boys’ and girls’ teams took a big step toward the 2019 state crown with strong showings Friday. The Lady Patriots totaled 44 points after 4 final events with Pelham second with 23. Northridge is third with 16. Homewood’s boys held an 18-point lead over Northridge after six final events, 54-38. Opelika is third with 32. Scottsboro built a 35-22 lead over Trinity Presbyterian in the Class 4A/5A boys’ competition Friday with Guntersville and Arab tied for third place with 14 points. In the 4A/5A girls’ field, Montgomery Catholic totaled 31 points after five final events to lead by six points over Scottsboro (25). Ramsay is 11 points back with 20. Bayside Academy held a one-point 29-28 margin over Altamont in the Class 1A/3A boys’ field and Winfield had 25 points to head into Saturday’s final round in third place. Montgomery rivals Saint James and Montgomery Academy ranked 1-2 in the girls’ competition after day one with the Trojans totaling 52 points in six events scored. The Eagles totaled 31 points and Whitesburg Christian, 30. Hannah Daffin of McGill-Toolen Catholic broke the Class 7A, overall AHSAA state meet and CrossPlex state indoor record in the shot put by almost five feet to highlight the first-day girls’ performances at the CrossPlex. Her winning with a toss of 42 feet, 8 inches came on the first of six throws that traveled over 40 feet. The old record (38-0) was set by Sarah Owen of Thompson in 2016. The previous CrossPlex record (42-05.50) was set by Indiya Summerville of Northridge in 2015. Lea Townsend of Hewitt-Trussville also eclipsed the old record with 38-08 throw on her final attempt to finish second to Daffin. Among the other top first-day individual efforts:
GIRLSNICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: The senior broke the Class 7A indoor state record with a 7.61 effort in the 60-meter dash prelims. Hewitt-Trussville sprinter Hope Igbinoghene was second at 7.67. The previous 7A state record (7.66) was set at the 2017 state meet by Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall.AALIYAH BROWN-MUHAMMAD, BAKER: Turned in a sub 9.0 time in the Class 7A 60-meter hurdles prelims to earn the top qualifying lane for Saturday’s finals. Teammate Kelsey White earned the second-fastest qualifying time with an 8.20 finish. Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey set the AHSAA indoor record (8.47) at the 2016 state meet.JASMINE RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Captured the top prelim time in the Class 6A Friday in the 60-meter dash clocking 7.57,just 11/100ths of a second off the overall state indoor record set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2016.AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a strong 39-01.25 best leap.ZHEVYN JONES, RAMSAY: Set a new Class 4A/5A state indoor state meet record in the 60-meter hurdles with a 8.93 performance in the prelims. The old record (9.07) was established by Lacey Dent of St. Paul’s Episcopal at the 2012 state meet. She also anchored the Rams’ 4x200 relay team that won the event with a Class 4A/5A record 1:42.37 time. Central-Tuscaloosa (1:42.73) and Brewbaker Tech (1:44.30) finished 2-3 and broke the old mark (1:46.54) set by Ramsay in 2016.CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Clocked 7.77 for the best pre-lim time in the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash competition. Only 21/100ths of a second separated the top five qualifiers – setting up what could be a very competitive final Saturday.AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: The senior, one of the most celebrated distance runners in AHSAA history, added the 2019 Class 4A/5A 800 meters title to her growing list of individual state championships with a winning time of 2:20.05 in Friday’s competition. She fell three seconds shy of the 4A/5A state record (2:17.57) she set in 2015 as an eighth grader.PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore runner clocked 11:10.48 to win the Class 1A/3A 3,200 meters by more than 37 seconds. Miles was recently named the 2018 Alabama Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year. Her time was just seven seconds off the pace of the Class 1A/3A indoor state record set by Kathryn Lazarchick of UMS-Wright in 2013. Miles also won the 800-meter run with an outstanding time of 2:18.47, just short of Lazarchick’s Class 1A/3A record (2:16.37) set in 2013.
MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
Hoover High School’s boys, going for their third consecutive AHSAA Indoor Class 7A State Championship this weekend, won the Last Chance Classic title with 81 points Chapel Hill (NC) was second with 64. Hewitt-Trussville was fourth with 44 points and Central-Phenix City was sixth with 37.
Defending Class 6A state girls’ indoor champion Homewood was second to Miller Grove (GA) at the CrossPlex’s final regular-season meet of the prep season. Miller Grove totaled 72 points, the Patriots had 58 and Hoover’s girls were third with 52. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs will be attempting to extend their current indoor state championship meet winning streak to six state titles in a row. Hoover has won the first four 7A indoor girls’ crowns and won the 6A championship in 2014 – one year before the AHSAA moved from six classes to seven.
The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex the Coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network is expanding its coverage this year from one day to both days and will have veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the broadcast duties each day.
Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions. Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Homewood’s boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) St. Paul’s Episcopal girls and Guntersville’s boys. (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls. Coach Jim Tate’s Saints has moved up to Class 6A and Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots will be competing in the 4A/5A division.
The field this weekend will be impressive, led by Montgomery Catholic senior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa and Oak Mountain senior high junior high jumper Trey Allen.
Tyynismaa, one of the state’s most accomplished runners, holds the fastest time of the season in the 1,600 meters. She clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational in December. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James turned in the best 3,200 time of the regular season with a 10:52.52 time at the VA Showcase two weeks ago. Katie Strozier of Pelham has the AHSAA’s top 800 meters time (2:14.33), winning the Last Chance Classic 6A/7A race just three seconds off the CrossPlex record. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the Last Chance 400-meter dash with a meet-record 55.03 time. Her 54.88 performance in the Ice Breaker Meet on Jan. 5 is the AHSAA’s fastest time of the year.
Allen’s 7-0 leap in the MLK Classic is the best high-jump effort of the season across the nation. Hoover’s Kyle Smith cleared 6-06 to win the Last Chance meet competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan cleared 15-03 for the state’s best pole vault performance of the season to win the Last Chance meet. Senior Will Stone of Homewood, who posted a 4:19.04 time in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker meet, won last weekend with a 4:19.24. He also set Last Chance meet and CrossPlex record with a 9:15.14 in the 3,200 meters race.
Mae Jemison senior Tyler Davis won the 60-meter dash last weekend with a 6.87 time. He was just 9/100ths of a second behind Trey Cunningham’s state and national record time set in the Last Chance meet in 2017.
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MONTGOMERY -- Trey Allen of Oak Mountain High School captured the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight last week with his record-setting 6-foot, 11-inch high jump earlier this month.
He was at it again last Monday the Martin Luther King (MLK) Classic at the Birmingham CrossPlex – making history one more time when he became the first high school athlete to clear 7 feet. Allen’s performance came in the Class 6A/7A division of the meet that annually highlights the MLK Holiday.
The AHSAA Indoor State Meet record is 6-10¼ -- held by three high jumpers: JuVaughn Blake of Columbia (2017); Tyler Boswell, Hoover (2006); and Mitch Dozier, Homewood (1981).
Allen’s 7-foot leap is currently the best jump in the nation this outdoor season, according to Alabama Runners/Milesplit website. Alabama Runners captured Allen’s milestone achievement on Monday and it can be seen at www.alabamarunners.com. Jonah Hyde of Helena also tied the MLK Classic previous high jump mark clearing 6-06 to finish second to Allen. The previous MLK Classic record was (6-06) was set by Kyle Smith of Hoover in 2018.
The MLK Classic competition was fierce with 83 elite performances among the competitors. Hoover posted 69.50 points to win the boys’ competition over Northridge (67). Ramsay was finished second with 58 points in the girls’ competition to Campbell High School of Smyrna (GA). Campbell’s Ashton Lindley, a junior, won the Class 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 seconds, and McKenzie Kelley won the 400-meter dash in 56.52 to lead Campbell’s effort.
Other top performances at the MLK Classic included:
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: Finished second to Madison Central (GA) sprinter Kennedi Sanders in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70. Sanders won at 7.56.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 1A/5A 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash with excellent times of 7.77 and 57.43, respectively.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Won the 1A/5A 800 meters with the girls’ fastest time of the meet (2:16.59). She also won the 3,200 meters with clocking 11:29.14. She holds the CrossPlex record with a time of 10:32.94 in the 2015 AHSAA State Indoor Championships.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Set an MLK Classic record with a leap of 18-09.25 in the Class 6A/7A long jump, just one inch shy of the CrossPlex overall high school girls’ record.
JAYLAN STINSON, OPELIKA: Sprinted to the 60-meter dash title in the 6A/7A division with a winning time of 6.98 seconds, just 20/100ths of a second off the record set by current Florida State runner Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Stinson also clocked 49.894 to edge Hoover’s Jonathan Martin in the 400-meter dash (40.897) for the win and grabbed his third gold in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-00.75.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD: Cleared 6-04 in the Class 1A/5A high jump to win the event.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Won the Class 6A/7A division 800 meters with a 1:58.69 time at the MLK Classic.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Set a new 6A/7A MLK Classic record in the triple jump with a winning leap of 48-11. Current Auburn University football standout Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the record in 2017 with a 48-07.50 leap. He still holds the overall CrossPlex record (50-03) set in the 2017 State Indoor Championships.
GULF SHORES -- Hoover and Homewood swept the Class 7A and 6A boys’ and girls’ outdoor state track championships Saturday and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 5A girls’ crown for the school’s 25th overall as the 94th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Coach Jim Tate’s Lady Saints won their 25th outdoor title and first since 2016 with 98 points. Arab finished second in the 5A girls’ competition with 52 and Faith Academy totaled 47. Beauregard, coached by Rob Carter, won its first boys’ title since 2008 with 88.50 points. Scottsboro was a close second with 84.50 and Guntersville finished third with 62.
In Class 7A, Hoover’s girls and boys finished strong. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs scored 125 points to claim their seventh title in a row and 10th overall. Auburn was second with 94.50. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 80. Hoover’s boys won their ninth crown since 2005 out-pointing runner-up Smiths Station 138-83. Auburn had 64 points to finish third.
Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its fifth consecutive girls’ state title with 126.75 points in the Class 6A competition. Pelham was second with 81 and Ramsay third with 52. Homewood’s boys notched their first outdoor championship since 2014 with 80.50 points. Northridge had 63 and Ramsay 58 to finish 2-3.
And in Class 4A, Winfield won its first Class 4A boys’ state title and third championship overall. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates out-pointed runner-up Montgomery Catholic 65-51. Northside was third with 48 points. UMS-Wright, coached by Pat Galle, posted 93 points to win the school’s 16th girls’ state outdoor championship. Montgomery Catholic and LAMP tied for second with 68 points each,
A total of 17 boys’ record-setting performances were registered during the three-day meet and 16 girls’ record-setting efforts.
Six records fell Saturday including three relays.
Hoover’s Marion Humphrey won the Class 7A 300-meter intermediate hurdles clocking 36.00 to break the previous mark (37.90) set by Emanuel Taite of Thompson in 2016. For Humphrey, the record took on even more significance as the overall best 300 IH time in AHSAA state-meet history -- erasing the 36.33 time clocked by his older brother Marlon Humphrey for Hoover in the 2013 Class 6A state meet.
Hoover also won the 7A boys’ finals with a record time of 3:15.49 in perhaps the fastest overall 4x400 relay race in AHSAA history. Central-Phenix City set the previous record (3:19.94) in 2017. On Saturday, Smiths Station (3:15.92) finished second, Central (3:17.10) was third and Thompson (3:19.74) was fourth -- all with times bettering the previous record.
Other record-setting performances fell Saturday included:
HUNTER APPLING, WEST POINT: Clocked 14.10 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to win the 5A boys’ race and set a new 5A state-meet record in the process. Zeke Parker of Athens ran a 14.13 time in 1997 to hold the record for the last 21 years.
HOPE IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Set the 7A state record in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.73 seconds. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman also broke the previous record (11.97) set by Hoover’s Caitlyn Little in 2015 with a second-place time of 11.88.
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Won the Class 4A 800 meters with a record time of 1:55.12, breaking his own Class 4A mark (1:57.00) set last year.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the Class 6A 800 meters in2:11.77 to break a 14-year old record (2:11.91) set by Daphne’s Kirby Patterson in 2004.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Broke the Class 7A shot put record with a 40-06.25 throw. The previous record (39-07.75) was set by Huntsville’s Alana White in 2016. Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend finished second to Daffin with a 39-10.25 measure. Her throw also broke the previous mark.
JAMES CLEMENS 4x400 RELAY: The James Clemens girls clocked 3:48.65 in Saturday’s finals to eclipse the 3:52.68 record set by Central-Phenix City in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons clocked 4:00.70 to set a new Class 5A girls’ record in that event.
NICK WALLS, CROSSVILLE: Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
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