Sunday, February 23, 2020






Hoover Claims Class 7A Boys Track Crown for Third Year in a Row

Amaris Tynnismaa Closes Career with 31 Gold Medals

GULF SHORES -- Hoover High School closed out the 95th AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships by winning the 4x400-meter relay race and the Bucs’ third straight Class 7A state championship.
    Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs nipped McGill-Toolen and Central-Phenix City’s relay squads clocking 3:20.25 to win.  McGill and Central crossed just a second behind. The Bucs beat Sparkman in the 4x100 relay earlier in the day clocking 41.77 seconds to the Senators’ 42.93.
   The significance – Hoover’s strong team effort prevailed once again as the Bucs captured the Class 7A boys’ state championship with 105.50 points. Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50. It was Hoover’s ninth state title since 2005.
  Homewood won the 6 title for the second straight year posting 136 points. Northridge was runner-up with 86. Scottsboro had 83 points to win over Ramsay (78) by five points, and Greensboro won the Class 4 state championship for the second time in three years totaling 66.50 points  to edge runner-up Elmore County, which had 60.50.
     James Clemens scored 82 points to claim its first-ever AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state track championship. Auburn was a close second with 80.50 points. Homewood’s girls won their fifth consecutive Class 6A championship with 123 points. Runner-up Pelham had 65.50. Class 5A Scottsboro  won its first state girls’ title since 2003 posting 83.70 points to beat runner-up Ramsay, which had 83. And Montgomery Catholic won the 4A girls’ state crown for the second time in three years out-pointing runner-up Montgomery Academy 102-63. Brooks was one point back in third place with 62.
    The 2019 championships closed out the incredible prep career of Montgomery Catholic distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa. She actually closed out her prep career Saturday the same way she started it – by winning the state championship in the 800, 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs. She claimed the 800 on Saturday at Gulf Shores with a winning time of 2:17.49. She won the 3,200 earlier in the meet with an 11:24.78 time and clinched the 1,600 clocking 5:01.25.
   The three state championships gave her a total 13 AHSAA outdoor state championships in her three events. She has been beaten in only in the 400 and 800 in a career that spanned from her eighth grade year in 2014 through her senior year (2019).
    Overall, Tyynismaa captured 26 state indoor and outdoor titles and five state cross country championships for a total of 31. Complete results of the 2019 AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at or at The NFHS Network live-streamed the meets at Gulf Shores and Cullman and have the highlights archived t
   In other highlights at Gulf Shores Saturday:

Senior Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain closed out her senior season with a sweep of the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. Set a 7A state record Friday in the 400, then followed by winning the 100-meter dash finals Saturday with a time of 11.82 and the 200-meter finals in 23.74.

Homewood senior Makiyah Sills won the 100-meter hurdles (14.02 seconds) and 300 intermediate hurdles (45.08) to help the Lady Patriots claim the 6A girls’ state title.
JASMINE RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes with winning times off 11.42 and 23.79 seconds.

200-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer broke the state record (24.25) set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006 with a 24.24 time the finals. Spicer also won the 100 finals with an 11.76 time and the Class 5A 400 with a 55.93 time.

100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson won the 100 and 200 dashes with times of 12:07 and 25.16 seconds in Saturday’s finals.
100-METER HURDLES: Trinity Presbyterian junior Chandler Ford won the final with clocking 15.56.
300-meter INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran, a senior, won with a time of 46.10. She also won the long jump with a 16-11 leap.

3,200-MTER RUN:
Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs climaxing with a 1:54.52 in the 800 and a 9:21.31 to win the 3,200.
200-METER DASH: Sparkman senior Charles Lewis set a new 7A state record in the 200 prelims, and while he didn’t equal that 20.96 time in the finals, he did clock a strong 21.10 to win the championship. He won the 100-meter dash finals in 10.50.
DISCUS: Oak Mountain junior Harrison Dimick set a new 7A state record with a winning toss of 181-03 – erasing the previous record (178-00.50) set in 2018 by Viktor Turek of Thompson.

3,200-METER RUN:
Homewood senior Will Stone closed out his senior season winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. H4xe turned in a 9:21.68 time to win the 3,200.

Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta captured a close win over Martavious Davis of Etowah in a battle of sophomores to win he 100-meter finals. Rhetta had a 10.65 time and Davis, 10.69. The pair also battled it out in the 200-meter finals with
Davis winning with a 21.33 time. Rhetta was second at 21.82.
4x100-METER RELAY: Etowah, led by speedy Martavious Davis, won the relay with a 5A state record time of 41.35, breaking a record (41.47) set by Smiths Station in 1994.
110-METER HURDLES: Center Point hurdler Jalen Aibogun won the 110 hurdles finals clocking 14.26 seconds. The senior also won the 300 intermediate hurdles with a 38.67 time.

Madison Academy senior Evan Brock won the finals with s 120.61 time.
4x400-meter RELAY: Elmore County won the final race of Saturday’s Class 4A meet with a 3:25.52 time.
LONG JUMP: American Christian’s Luke Skinner  won with an impressive 23-08.50 leap.


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