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Hoover, UMS-Wright Sweep Boys and Girls Titles in 7A and 4A

    Hoover and UMS-Wright high schools swept boys’ and girls’ state championships in Class 7A and 4A, respectively, as the 91st annual AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at Gulf Shores.
   Hoover claimed both Class 7A crowns with the boys edging Auburn 131.33 to 121.50. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 54 points. Coach Devin Hind’s girls totaled 166.75 points with Mountain Brook second with 69.75. McGill-Toolen Catholic was a close third with 67.75.  The Bucs have now won boys’  titles in six of the seven seasons and the girls have won four championships in a row.  All previous titles were in Class 6A.
    UMS-Wright won its fifth straight Class 4A boys state championship and the Bulldogs’ girls also won the first xxth time in the lasy six years. Coach Pat Galle’s girls’ team ran away from the pack with 150.50 points. Brooks was second with 75.50 and Wilson finished third with 54.  UMS-Wright’s boys totaled 95 points, Wilson was second with 66 and Dadeville was right behind with 64.
    Homewood, the Class 5A girls’ champs in 2014, totaled 122.50 points to capture the 2015 Class 6A state title. Coach Thomas Esslinger’s team out-pointed Pelham by 43 points. The Lady Panthers were  second with 79.50 points, and Opelika was third with 57.  Opelika’s boys, coached by Jimmy Johnson,   won the 6A state championship Saturday amassing 121 points to edge Homewood’s boys. The Patriots had 106 points and Northridge was third with 65.
     In Class  5A, Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal boys totaled 90 points to win the state championship. St. Clair County was second with 66 points and Columbia was third with 53.50.   Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state champs, has little trouble moving to 5A as Coach Glenn Copeland’s Lady Hornets scored 139 points to win the state title. St. Paul’s was a close second with 133.50, and Columbia came in third with 71 points.
     Among the top boys’ performances Saturday:
CLASS 7A BOYS
Karon Delince, Central-Phenix City:
Won the first-ever Class 7A 200-meter final with a 21.55-second time. He also won the 200-meter dash title clocking 21.55 seconds in the finals.
Auburn 4x100-meter relay: The Tigers came close to the overall AHSAA state mark clocking 41.66 second to win Saturday’s relay finals.
Emmanuel Tait, Thompson: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 14.12 and 38.83 seconds, respectively.
Will Macoy, Vestavia Hills: Threw the javelin 196 feet, 6 inches to set the 7A record in that event.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:
Clocked 10.49 seconds, the fastest 100-meter dash outdoor time in any division of the AHSAA state championships, to win the 6A finals. He followed with a 21.34-second winning time to capture the 6A 200-meter dash finals and closed out with a 47.02 time in the 400-meter dash to win the event just 4/100ths off the state record time of 46.98.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian:
Had three golds winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
Alize Ford, Columbia: Improved his time from the prelims to the finals by a second to win the 200-meter finals Saturday. His 21.76-second winning time was less than 5/tenths of a second off the 5A state mark.
Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran 10.79 in the 100-meter prelims, then followed with a 10:79 again in the finals to win the event.
Alize Ford, St. Clair County: Won the 200-meter dash in 21.76 seconds and finished second in the 400.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Robert Hope, UMS-Wright:
Won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and finished fifth in the 800 to leads the Bulldogs’ state-championship effort.
Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Won the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.79 seconds to take home two golds.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Brittley Humphrey, Hoover: Shattered the overall AHSAA girls’ state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.74-second winning time in the Class 7A finals Saturday. He set the 6A record and overall mark last year with a 14.00 time to win the Class 6A 100-meter hurdles event. Teammate Caitlyn Little  also broke Humphrey’s 2014 record with a 13.97 time to finish second in Saturday’s 7A finals. Little also ran the 100-meter dash finals in 11.97 to win that event and clocked 24.85 to win the Class 7A 200-meter dash.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Jayla Kirkland, Woodlawn:
The state record holder in the Class 6A 100, 200 and 400-yard dashes won all three events again Saturday. Her times were excellent but did not not surpass the records she set last year.
Kiara Williams, Homewood: Won the 100--meter hurdles with a near-6A record 14.29 time and followed up with a win in the 300-meter hurdles. The set a record to win the long jump Friday and also won the triple jump for four golds for the state champion Patriots.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Morgan O’Neal, Sylacauga:
Clocked 44.11 seconds in the Class 5A 300-meter hurdles to set a class state record. Courtney Golston of B.C. Rain set the previous record (44.24) in 2001.
Na'Asha Robinson, Butler:  Clocked 12.30 to win the 100-meter dash finals, then won the 200 and 400 dashes as well for three individual titles.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Amaris Tyynismaa, Catholic
- Montgomery: Set a Class 4A state record in the 800-meter run (2:16.86) to give the eighth grader  a sweep of the three distance events. She set records in 3,200 and 1,600 as well.
Wilson 4x800 relay team:  Clocked 9:55.80 to set a new Class 4A record in the distance relay.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Helped the Lady Bulldogs capture the state title winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump competition.

 



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