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Close Races Emerge in First Day of 1A, 2A, 3A State Track at Cullman

    Close races have emerged at Cullman as Friday’s first round of the  91st AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Oliver Woodard Stadium.  Only one point separate three teams in the Class 1A boys’ competition heading into Saturday’s final round which gets underway at 8 a.m.
    Marion County totaled 49 points to hold slim lead over Westminster of Oak Mountain and Linden, each with 48 points.  In Class 2A, Falkville, the 2014 and 2013 state champs in Class 1A, holds a 32-31 lead over Cold Springs. Lanett is third with 20.  In the 3A boys’ team standings, Winfield posted 48 points and has  a one-point lead over Montgomery Academy (47).T.R. Miller has 42.50 points, defending 3A champ Piedmont and American Christian are tied for fourth with 31. Montgomery Academy moved up to 3A this season after winning the Class 2A championship the last two years.
     The team races are also close in the girls’ competition. Falkville and Altamont are tied with 30 points each to share the Class 2A lead. Providence Christian, Holy Spirit Catholic and Mobile Christian are right behind with 27 – setting up an exciting finish Saturday with all five having a clear chance to claim the state title.  Cottage Hill Christian leads Class 3A with 43 points. American Christian is second with 29 and defending champion T.R. Miller is third with 25. Decatur Heritage amassed 38.50 points to take the Class 1A lead. St. Bernard of Cullman is second with 33.50 and defending champion Westminster of Oak Mountain is third with 30.
     Several outstanding efforts highlighted the individual performances.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka:
Had near state-record times in qualifying first in the 100 and 200-meter dash prelims. Her 12.31 time in the 100 was just 24/100ths of a second off the 1A state record (12.07). She also clocked 25.70 in the 200.
Ivy Edge and Leahrose Mami, St. Bernard: Finished 1-2 in the 1,600 meters with season best times of 5:15.14 and 5:18.83.  Both ran a leg in St. Bernard’s record-setting 4x800-meter relay win (10:06.47) that beat the previous record set by Westminster last season by four seconds.
Summer Stewart, Meek: Set a new 1A pole vault record clearing 10 feet. The old record, set in 2007 by Anna Lindsey of Cedar Bluff, was 9-03.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Taylor Young, Altamont:
Had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles prelims (15.93 seconds) and broke her own 2A state record in the triple jump with a 38-foot leap.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Karri Green, Piedmont:
Narrowly missed a new record in the 3A 200-meter dash clocking 25.61 to advance to Saturday’s finals. Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill set the current mark (25.10) in 2009. She also won the 400-meter dash with a 57.44-second time.
Callie Jones, Cottage Hill Christian: Threw the javelin 136 feet, 2 inches to set a 3A state record and narrowly missed a record in the long jump winning  with at 18-05.25.
CLASS 1A BOYS
Tomalaski Johnson, R.A. Hubbard:
Won the 400-meter dash with a 50.94 time and had the fastest 200-meter qualifying time clocking 22.36 seconds – coming close to Montavius Pitts’ state record time of  21.86 ran for Loachapoka in 2001.
Jacob Sanders, Marion County: Set a 1A state record clearing 12 feet to win the pole vault competition
CLASS 2A BOYS
Cameron Trammell, Lanett:
won the 400-meter dash with a 51.78 time, had the fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter prelims (22.69) and the second-fastest time in the 100-meter prelims.
Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette:  Broke one of the oldest 2A records still standing with a 23-foot, 4 ¼-inch leap in the long jump to erase Hazlewood track star Pierre Goode’s   record (22-11) set in 1986.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Mathew Likely, Hillcrest-Evergreen: 
Ran  a 10.65-second time in the 100-meter dash prelims, setting up what should be a fast final Saturday since C.J. Savage of Piedmont clocked 10.79 in his prelim race. Likely also set a 2A state record in the 200-meter dash prelims – bettering Jason Smoot’s state record time of 21.98 set in 1998 as a Litchfield sprinter. Savage also qualified second with at 21.96.
Trey Cunningham, Winfield: Set a 3A state record in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.18-second time in the prelims and finished third in the triple jump.
Cedrick Tabb, Greensboro:  Broke former Greensboro teammate Quante Brown’s 3A state record with a 183-05 throw in the javelin competition.



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