Monday, January 27, 2020






Homewood Boys and Girls Leads 6A Competition After Day 2 of 95th AHSAA State Track Championships

    GULF SHORES – Defending Class 6A state champion Homewood’s boys and girls held comfortable leads at the 95th AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
     The state meet at Gulf Shores is hosting classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A and will begin its final day of competition Saturday morning. The 2019 state championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or for more details, go to The NFHS Network is also live-streaming the Class 1A, 2A, 3A State Championships at Cullman. That meet was still underway at 6 p.m., Friday.
     The Patriots girls had 54 points through eight events scored through Friday’s competition. Pelham was second with 40 and St. Paul’s Episcopal, the 2018 Class 5A girls’ state champs, were third with 26. Homewood’s boys built a commanding 55-point lead over second-place Northridge – scoring 95 points through nine events scored. The Cougars had 40 points and Opelika had 28.
     Defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s boys posted 49.50 points and Vestavia Hills was second with 46.50. Hewitt-Trussville had 40 and Mountain Brook 36 heading into Saturday’s final day of competition.
     Auburn totaled 61.50 points over nine events to lead the Class 7A girls’ competition after Friday’s round. James Clemens had 39 points to rank second, followed by McGill-Tooley Catholic, 34, and Thompson, 30.
     In Class 5A, Scottsboro led the boys and girls with 54 and 58.70 points, respectively. Etowah is second in the boys’ rankings with 28 points, Valley us third with 26 and Guntersville is fourth with 24. Arab is in second place in the girls’ 5A standings with 5.70 points.  UMS-Wright is third with 29 followed by Jasper with 23.20.
    Two Montgomery schools lead the Class 4A competition with Montgomery Catholic’s girls leading the field with 57 points.  Brooks follows with 39, Montgomery Academy has 34 and Randolph has totaled 29.  LAMP is in first place in the 4A boys’ rankings with 61.50 points. Brooks is second with 30.50, Elmore County has 29.50 and Mobile Christian has 28.
       A total of 10 state records were surpassed Friday.
       Complete results can be found at
       Highlights from Friday’s competition include:

Class 7A Boys
DISCUS: Oak Mountain junior Harrison Dimick broke the Class 7A state record (178-00.50) with a winning throw of 181-03 on his third attempt of the competition.
3,200-METER RUN: Vestavia Hills sophomore Ethan Strand, who won the 1,600 race on Thursday, won th3 3,200 Friday with a 9:21.31 tim3. Mountain Brook senior Hunter Harwell was second at 9:22.56.
HIGH JUMP: Oak Mountain senior Trey Allen won the 7A title with a 6-08 clearance.
400-METER DASH: Stone Shellnut of Hewitt-Trussville won the 7A 400 with a strong time of 48.26 seconds. Central=Phenix City’s Shermar Taylor was a close second at 48.80.
400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte clocked 59.21 in the race for the Tigers.
4X800-METER RELAY: Huntsville won the race in 7:54.57, just seven seconds off the state record (7:47.70) set last year by  Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished second Friday to the Panthers with a 7:57.96 time.

Class 6A Boys
3,200-METER RUN: Senior Will Stone continued to pile up championships Friday with clocking 9:21.68 in the 3,200 to give the Homewood standout a sweep of the distance events. Teammate Crawford Hope, a sophomore, was second with a 9:24.77 time.

Class 5A Boys
3,200-METER RUN: Guntersville junior Sam Moultrie ran a 9:39.73 time to win the event over Myles Stoots of Faith Academy, who also finished second in the 1,600 meters on Thursday.
200-METER DASH: Etowah sophomore Martavious Davis turned in the best qualifying time to qualify for Saturday’s finals with a 21.64 time.

Class 4A Boys
SHOT PUT: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry set a new Class 4A state shot put record with a winning toss of 57 feet, 3 inches on his last try. The previous record (56-00.50) was set 25 years earlier at the 1994 state meet by Jason Box of Muscle Shoals.
400-METER DASH: Elmore County senior D.J. Patrick finished just one step shy of a state record in the Class 4A 400, clocking 48.44 seconds to place first. The 4A state record (48.42) was set by Patrick O’Mara of Montgomery Catholic in 2016.


Class 7A Girls
400-METER DASH: Pelham senior Nicole Payne broke her own state record (54.04) set last year with a winning time of 53.55 Friday in the 400-meter dash.
LONG JUMP: Senior Ashlee Osaji of James Clemens won her second event of the 2019 state championships with a near-Class 7A record setting leap f 19-07.50. The 7A record is 19-09.50, set by Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station in 2018.
3,200-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers ad Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue finished 1-2 with record-setting times in the 7A race. Rogers won with  10:37.67 time, setting a new 7A record in the process. Hogue also clocked 10:43.56 – 10 seconds better than the previous Class 7A record set (10:53.12) by Rogers in 2017.


Class 6A Girls

3,200-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps added her second championship of  the 2019 state meet winning the 3,200 meters on Friday. Her winning time was 11:00.96. The junior won the 1,600 on Thursday.

400-METER DASH: Spanish Fort senior Kaitlyn Cole won the event with a 56.70 time, just shy of the 6A state record (55.17) established by Shades Valley’s Morganne Phillips in 2009.

200-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley Park Crossing posted a 23.50 time to qualify as the top seed in the finals. Oxford junior Shania Vincent was second in the qualifying with a 24.68 finish.

Class 5A Girls

400-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer won with a time of 55.93 seconds, just missing the 5A state record time (55.16) set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006. She did set s new mark in the 100-meter dash running the prelim in 11.79 seconds Thursday.

200-METER DASH: Ramsay senior Dhakirah Baraka had the fastest qualifying time in Class 5A with a 24.34 time. The state 5A record (24.25) was set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006.

TRIPLE JUMP: Woodlawn senior Breanna Brown won her second event of the state meet with a 37-11.75 leap in the 5A triple jump.

Class 4A Girls
3,200-METER RUN:
Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa won the event for the fifth straight year clocking 11:24.78.


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