AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight By Mike Perrin MONTGOMERY – Three-time indoor track defending state champion Hoover High School served notice at the 2020 Ice Breaker Invitational that the Buccaneers are again the team to beat in large-school competition. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams scored victories in the event held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 4 to grab the first AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight of the season. In the Class 6A-7A division of the meet, coach Devon Hind’s Bucs’ boys’ team outpointed Hewitt-Trussville 113.33 to 38 with Central-Phenix City finishing third with 35 points. On the girls’ side, Hoover totaled 81 points to Spain Park’s 40 and Auburn’s 39. The Class 1A-5A boys’ winner was Ramsay, tying with Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High at 62.5 points, just ahead of defending 4A/5A champion Scottsboro’s 61 points. The small-school girls’ winner was Saint James of Montgomery (48), followed by Whitesburg Christian Academy of Huntsville with 45 and Ramsay with 40. The Hoover boys won seven events with Jonathan Martin leading the way with first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash (48.57) and the 60-meter dash (6.98). Martin’s 400 time is the best in Alabama this season and second best in the nation, according to records compiled by AlabamaRunners.com . L.J. Hill won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.26 seconds, was second in the long jump (21-11.5) and third in the triple jump. His teammate, John Watkins , won the triple jump with a leap of 46-5.25. The Bucs were first in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and finished second to Central-Phenix City in the 4x200 event. Hoover’s Chakiya Plummer led the girls’ competition winning the 60- and 400-meter dash events with times of 8.88 and 57.57 seconds, respectively. The Bucs were winners in the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays as well. Other standout performances from the Ice Breaker Invitational: BOYS’ PERFORMANCES NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Won the shot put event with a heave of 59-7.5, besting second-place Kaison Barton of Mary Montgomery by more than 7 feet. Cooper, a University of Alabama signee, won the USATF Junior Olympics shot put title in the 17-18 age division with a throw of 58-10 this past July in Sacramento (CA). ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A-7A 3200-meter run with a 9:32.63 finish. HEATH VARMETTE, GRISSOM: Won the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.66, finishing almost 2 seconds quicker than Hewitt-Trussville’s Alex Jones . JOHN MURRAY, BOB JONES: Took first place in the 6A-7A high jump with a leap of 6-feet-4-inches. KAMERON THOMAS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A 400-meter dash (50.41) and was second in the 60-meters (6.91) behind Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta (6.82). HAYDEN JUDGE, SCOTTSBORO: Took first in the 1A-5A 1600-meter run with a 4:27.54 finish. PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Ran an 8.42 to win the small-school 60-meter hurdles ahead of Jack Wills of Falkville (8.84). SPENCER FAVORS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A long jump with a leap of 22-07.5, almost 2 feet better than second-place Camrun Norman from Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High School. JACK WILLIAMSON, WINFIELD: Took first in the small-school triple jump at 40-09.5. JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 1A-5A shot put finals with a toss of 57-00.25, ahead of Landon Sharpston of Wilson (48-03.00). CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Bested the field in the 1A-5A 60-meter dash with a 7.78 finish and won the 400-meters with a 56.13 run. GIRLS’ PERFORMANCES CRAWFORD WEST, VESTAVIA HILLS: The sophomore took the girls’ 3200-meter run with an 11:25.70 finish, ahead of Auburn’s Harper McGowan (11:38.51). SYDNEY TAYLOR, SPAIN PARK: Won the 60-meter dash with a 7.96 finish, just 3-hundreths of a second ahead of Hoover’s Jebreiya Chapman . OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Took first place in the girls’ large-school high jump with a 5-04 finish. CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Claimed the 6A-7A girls’ triple jump title with a 37-09.75 jump. PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: Won the 1A-5A 800-meter run with a 2:19.63 finish. HANNAH ADAMS, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Took the title in small-school 3200-meter run with a 12:14.44 finish. CATHERINE WEST, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Won the 1A-5A high jump with a 5-00 finish. SKYLAR ESSEX, BREWBAKER TECH: Her 16-09.5 long jump in the 1A-5A final was almost a foot better than second-place Brynn Holbrook of Whitesburg Christian Academy (15-10). Holbrook won the triple jump with 35-05 effort. KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Won the small-school shot put title with a throw of 35-02.0.