Sunday, February 23, 2020






Loachapoka’s Kaitlyn Hills Captures her 16th Gold to Close her Prep Career

CULLMAN – Falkville High School’s boys and girls captured Class 1A state championships Saturday and Loachapoka track phenom Kaitlyn Hill captured the 16th championship of her storied prep track career as the 2019 AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium.
   Coach Jace Wilemon’s Blue Devils out-pointed St. Bernard of Cullman 91.60 to 74 in the Class 1A girls’ final standings and  the boys also beat runner-up St. Bernard for the Class 1A boys’ title, 126-74. Falkville’s boys won the 2A state crown in 2018.
    Westminster of Oak Mountain won its first girls’ state championship since 2014 posting 134 points to win the Class 2A girls’ title over Whitesburg Christian by three points. Whitesburg, the 2018 Class 1A girls’ champ, finished with 131 points.
     Coach Dale Carrell’s Eagles went into the final race of the meet Saturday clinging to a one-point lead but won the 4x400-meter relay outright to clinch the state crown. The Warriors finished second in that race. Both schools competed in 1A last season.  
    Altamont won the 2019 2A boys’ state championship with 89 points and LaFayette finished a close second with 80. In the Class 3A competition, Coach Steve Reaves’ Winfield Pirates, the 2018 Class 4A  state champs, won the boys’ title with 124.50 points. Bayside Academy was runner-up with 87 points. Saint James captured the 3A girls’ crown in dominating fashion with 151.50 points. The battle for runner-up came down to the 4x400 relay final race with Providence Christian edging out T.R. Miller for second place 79.50 points to 79. PCA trailed the Tigers 76 to 69.5 heading into the finale and won the relay while T.R. Miller finished sixth.
    Loachapoka’s Hill, closed out her track career for Loachapoka by winning four events at the 2019 championships. She won the Class 1A long jump and triple jump on Friday and captured the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash championships on Saturday.
     The University of West Alabama track signee began competing in the AHSAA State Track Championships as a seventh grader – finishing fourth in the 100, third in the 200, eighth in the long jump and running a leg on the Indians’ winning 4x100-meter relay team.
   She finished her six-year career winning 16 state outdoor Class 1A state championships with four golds in the 100 meters, five golds in the 200, four golds in the long jump and two golds in the triple jump. Her 16th gold medal came in the 4x100 relay won in her first year in 2014.
    Hill also had on second-place finish in the 4x100 relay, one in the long jump and a third in the 100 (as a seventh grader) – to finish with 19 total medals to make her one of the most celebrated track athletes in Class 1A state history.
    She won the 100-meter dash in 12.12 seconds Saturday, just 5/100ths of a second off the state 1A record (12.07) set by Belgreen’s Katelin Barber at the 2009 state meet. Hill won the 200 in 25.51 seconds.

    In other top performances Saturday:

4x400-METER RELAY: The Dadeville Tigers won the final race of the meet in 3:29.92 and also won the 4x100 relay earlier Saturday with a 44.59-second time.

300-METER INTERMEDIATE HURDLES:   Westminster Christian basketball phenom Auston Leslie won the hurdles in 39.62 seconds.


200-METER DASH: Vincent junior Tae McGregor set a 2A state record (21.74) in the 200-meter dash prelims Friday and followed by winning the sprint in 21.81 seconds Saturday. He also clocked 10:67 to claim the 100-meter dash. 
800-METER RUN: Altamont’s James Dixon helped the Knights win the state title by capturing the 800 race with a state-record time of 1:57.98. He was pushed, however, by Westbrook Christian’s Mitchell Cook, who clocked 1:58.15 to also beat the old record (1:58.31) established by Falkville’s Shane Edge in 2007. Dixon also won the 1,600 on Friday.

110-METER HURDLES: Reeltown junior Eric Shaw won both the 110 and 300 hurdles finals with solid times of 15.68 and 40.70, respectively.

100-METER DASH: Senior Parker Driggers of Brantley won the 100-meter dash Saturday with a winning time of 11.06 seconds. He also finished second in the 200-meter dash finals clocking 23.30. Winner Tyrell Pierce of Loachapoka won with a 23.08 time.

800-METER RUN: St. Bernard junior Caleb Guthery won the 800 and 3,200 races Saturday with times of 2:02.78 and 10:44.58, respectively.
110-METER HURDLES: Junior Joel Phillips of Red Level won the final  Saturday with a 15.07 time, improving almost a full second over his prelim qualifying time. 


3,200-METER RUN: Saint James sophomore running sensation Presley Miles accounted for 40 her team’s 151.50 points by closing out the competition by winning the 3,200-meter race in 11:07.85 seconds. She also won the 800 Saturday in 2:18.75 and captured the 1,600 and 400-meter races Friday to score the most points of any participant at Cullman.

100-METER DASH: Greene County sophomore Journee Coleman won the 100 and 200 sprints Saturday clocking 25.97 seconds in the 200 and 12.76 seconds in the 100.


100-METER HURDLES: Cleveland senior Tara Randolph, who was named the Bryant-Jordan Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Achievement Award state co-recipient in April, broke her own Class 2A state record with a 15.23 time in the finals. Brynn Holbrook of Whitesburg Christian clocked 15.38 and surpassed the old mark (15:63) set by Randolph in 2018.

100-METER DASH: Senior Rayne Duhart-Abrams of Luverne won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.29 over runner-up Jaida Hatch, a senior from Fyffe. Hatch returned the favor in the 200-meter dash with  winning time of 25.61 as Duhart-Abrams finished second.

3,200-METER RUN: Sophomore Hallie Porterfield captured the 3,200 with a winning time of 2:26.34 to help Westminster of Oak Mountain win the 2A state crown.


800-METER RUN: Falkville senior Kari Watts was a big reason the Lady Blue Devils won the 1A title. She won the 800 Saturday with a 2:25.58 time and won the 400-meter dash on Friday.

3,200-METER RUN: Holy Spirit Catholic’s Anaelyse Perez-Ruiz won with a time of 12:26.81 to become a double winner. She captured the 1,600 Friday.

100-METER HURDLES: Ellwood Christian freshman Rashni Walker won both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles Saturday with times of 15.05 and 44.86 seconds.



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