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Defending Champions Take Leads After Day 2 of 4A-7A Track at Gulf Shores

       UMS-Wright High School built a 46-point lead over No. 2 Wilson heading into Saturday’s final day of Class 4A boys’ competition at the 91st annual AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores.
       Coach Pat Galle’s squad has won the previous four Class 4A outdoor state championships dating back 2011. UMS has 78 points and Wilson 32.  Galle’s girls also have a comfortable lead in the 4A girls competition with 66.50 points. DAR is second with 37.50 and Wilson is third with 36.
     Hoover, the Class 6A boys’ champ five of the last six years, leads Class 7A with 61.33 points in what could be shaping up to be an exciting finish Saturday. Auburn has 57.50 points and Oak Mountain is thirds with 29.33. In Class 6A, Homewood, the 2014 Class 5A state champion, had 62 points and holds a slim lead over Opelika (57.50) and Northridge (40).  St. Paul’s has 43 points to lead Class 5A with Madison County next with 34. Alabama Christian and St. Clair County close behind with 29 and 28 points respectively.
      Hoover’s girls lead Class 7A competition with 55.75 points with McGill-Toolen and Mountain Brook on their heels with 51.75 and 50.75 points, respectively. Huntsville is fourth with 38.  Homewood, the 5A champion in 2014, leads Class 6A’s girls with 68 points. Pelham has 42 and John Carroll Catholic 28. Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state girls’ champs, lead Class 5A with 61 points. St. Paul’s is second heading into Saturday with 51 and Helena is third with 30.
       Few records fell Friday. Some top performances included:
      Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Set a 4A state record in the 3,200-meter run Friday with a time of 10:53.15. She set a record Thursday in the 1,600.
     Wilson 4x400-Relay: The Wilson High School girls won the Class 4A relay with a record time of 9:55.80 seconds, beating the previous mark of 10:04.40 established by UMS-Wright in 2013.
      Isabel Valenzuela,  St Paul's: Won the Class 5A girls’ 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:36.31 – her  second win of the 2015 competition. She won the 1,600 Thursday.
      Jayla Kirkland,  Woodlawn: Kirkland, the Class 6A record holder in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, had the fastest qualifying times in each race Friday clocking 11.69 seconds in the 100 and 24.58 in the 200.  She won the 400 Friday with a strong time of 57.21 seconds.
     Kiara Williams, Homewood: Set a new 6A record in the long jump with a winning leap of 20 feet, 5 ¼ inches to topple the previous mark (19-09.50) by Whitney Marsh of Mountain Brook in 2002. She also won the triple jump with a 39-09.50 distance.
     Caitlyn Miller, Hoover: Turned in the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes in Class 7A with times of 12.02 and 25.31 seconds, respectively. She also had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35).
      Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Had the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the Class 4A boys’ prelims with times of 11.02 and 22.80 seconds.
     Robert Hope, UMS-Wright: Followed Thursday’s Class 4A 1,600 meter win with a first-place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:45.40.
    Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran the 200-meter dash prelim in 22.38 seconds and the 100 prelim in 10.79 seconds for the best times in Class 5A.
    Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:  Won the Class 6A 400-meter dash in 47.02 seconds and had the fastest qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes. His 10.57-second time in the 100 was the fastest in any class Friday.
      Melvin Hill, Baker:  Cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to become the AHSAA’s first Class 7A boys’ champion in that event.



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