St. Paul’s Girls and Guntersville’s Boys Win in 4A/5A Hoover, Homewood, American Christian Sweep 7A, 6A, 1A/3A Boys’ & Girls’ Indoor State Titles

BIRMINGHAM – Hoover, Homewood and American Christian swept the boys’ and girls’ championships for Classes 7A, 6A and 1A/3A, respectively, AT the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Saturday.
    In Class 4A/5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school the girls’ state crown –the school’s ninth indoor title in a row, 25th overall and the school’s 181st state championship in all sports since joining in AHSAA in the early 1970s. Guntersville won the boys’ 4A/5A championship. The Lady Saints of Coach Jim Tate had 100 points and runner-up Scottsboro scored 62.50 to finish as runner-up.  Guntersville, coached by Jennifer Charles, posted 57 points, runner-up Scottsboro had 49 and Central-Tuscaloosa was third with 46.
    Pole vaulter James Courson won the Class 7A high jump competition clearing 16 feet, 1 inch, to help the Hoover’s boys, coached by Devin Hind, win the school’s eighth boys’ title overall. Hoover scored 135 points and runner-up Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50.  Courson attempted to clear 16-05 and set the AHSAA all-time indoor record came up just short. He cleared 15-00, 15-06 and his winning height without a miss. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 113 points to win the state title for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years. Hoover has won all four 7A titles. McGill-Toolen Catholic finished with 78 points and James Clemens was third with 74.
    Homewood’s Lady Patriots, coached by Lars Porter, and totaled 167.50 points to set a new AHSAA all-time indoor team scoring record. Pelham was second with 72.50 and Paul  Bryant finished third with 65. Porter’s Homewood boys had 103.50 points to finish ahead of runner-up Opelika, which had 56. Paul Bryant was a close third with 54.
    American Christian, coached by Charles Tiller, posted 104 points to win the boys’ 1A/3A crown and had 150 to win the 1A/3A girls’ championship. Bayside Academy had 72 points and Whitesburg Christian 67 to finish 2-3 in the girls’ competition. Mobile Christian had 71 to finish second in the boys’ team rankings, and Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 67.
   A total of 10 boys’ state indoor records fell and 12 girls’ records – a total of 22 for the two-day meet. In addition to Homewood’s girls setting the new all-time points record, the Lady Patriots also set the new 6A record. American Christian’s Girls set a record for points scored in 1A/3A, and Hoover’s boys set a new 7A team scoring record.
   Talented junior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic picked up her 10th AHSAA Indoor State Championships victory with a record-setting 3:56.31 time in the Class 4A/5A 1,600-meter race. She finished 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Presley Miles of Saint James, who upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter finals Friday to set a class record in that event. Tyynismaa broke her own state record (5:01.36) set in 2015 when she was an eighth grader.
    In the boys’ 4A/5A 1,600-meter race, Matthew Estopinal of Randolph and Tanner King of Northside each broke the class record (4.22.12) held by Jon Bringham of St. Paul’s Episcopal since 2004. Estopinal finished with a winning time of 4:21.50 and King clocked 4:21.54 in the photo finish. The runners also finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters with Estopinal winning with another 4A/5A record time clocking 9:22.01. King crossed the finish line at 9:31.40.
   Jasmine Griffin led Homewood’s girls, winning the 400-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash on Saturday. She nipped Qymeshia Mayew of Paul Bryant to win the 400-meter dash. Griffin had a 57.47 time and Mayhew clocked 57.89. She won the 60-meter hurdles clocking 8.95 improving her qualifying time (9.89) by almost a full second. All six girls finishing in the scoring also ran faster Saturday than Friday’s best qualifying time. She closed out her individual events Saturday with a win in the 60-meter dash. Her winning time was 7.62 seconds.
   In other highlights Saturday:

Set a new record in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 inches. She broke her own record (39-11.75) set last season. Sutton set the CrossPlex record in January leaping 41-05.75.
GENESIS JONES, HOOVER: Set a new Class 7A state indoor record in the high jump with a winning jump of 5-06. London Wooley of Thompson and Ella Keaton of McGill-Toolen Catholic also equaled the old record 5-04 to finish second and third, respectively. Wooley took second with fewer misses. Julie Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record originally in 2015.
VADA SAMUELS, JAMES CLEMENS: Was the surprise winner in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 56.78, just ahead of Mountain Brook sprinter Holli Chapman (56.97). Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne, the AHSAA 7A state record holder and one of the top 400 runners in the nation, was disqualified for running out of her lane.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: Picked up her second championship of the 2018 state meet with a 5:03.81 time in the 1,600-meter finals. She won the 3,200 on Friday and finished fourth in the 800. Sydney Steely of Hoover was second at 5:03.97.
Won the 60-meter hurdles finals clocking 8.81. Teammate Chakiya Plummer was second at 8.91.
JORDAN McQUIRE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Posted a time of 1:17.85 to claim the Class 7A ambulatory 400-meter dash. She also ran the 60-meter dash in 10.35 seconds.
LAURYN HALL, SPARKMAN: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 7.66 time, 1/100th of a second off her 7A record-setting time in the Friday’s prelims and tying the state record she set last year. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hope Igbinoghene was second clocking 7.69.
HOOVER 4x800 & 4x400 RELAYS: Set the state and CrossPlex record in the 4x80 with a winning time of 9:19.70.  The Bucs held the record coming in thanks to its 9:26.76 finish in 2016.Coach Devin Hind’s team closed out the meet setting a new record in the 4x400 clocking 3:55.24 in a very close finnal. Hewitt-Trussville and James Clemens finished two second behind to also break the old mark (3:59.53) established by Central-Phenix City in 2016.

LAINEY HELMS, HOMEWOOD: Crossed the finish line at 5:21.49 to win 1,600-meter race.
JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Won the high jump clearing 5-04.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: The Patriots finished first with a time of 9:49.08.
KIRSEN GARDNER, HELENA: Won the shot put with a 37-06.24 toss.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the long jump with a meet best 17-02.50 leap.
RAMSAY 4x400 RELAY: Clocked 4:04.91 to sweep the final race of the 6A meet.

JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Edged teammate Olivia Knox at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash. Childers clocked 57.88 and Knox had 58.40 time.
ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS:  Won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9:21 and also captured the long jump with a winning leap of 17-3.50. Emily  Burrowes and Olivia Beard, both of St. Paul’s Episcopal, finished two inches behind Ivory jumping 17-01.50.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.82 seconds.
OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Captured the high jump clearing the bar at 5-02.
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 4x800 RELAY: The Lady Saints won the relay with a 10:18.84 time. Montgomery Catholic was second (10:20.48).
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons won in 4:07.53 to set a new 4A/5A relay record.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.19 seconds in the finals. She set a new 1A/3A state record in the prelims (9.08) on Friday. She also won the triple jump with a winning leap of 36-06.25.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Tied the 1A/3A state record in the high jump clearing 5-07. The record was set in 2017 by Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley. She also finished second in the triple jump with a 35-05.50 leap.
JOSIE PARHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter dash clocking 8.15 in the finals to edge Ja’Niayah Boykin of Mobile Christian (8.18).
JA’NIYAH BOYKIN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 400-meter dash competition with a time.
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:18.59 to finish one second ahead of runner-up Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian.
4x800 RELAY: Westminster of Oak Mountain took first place clocking 10:19.20.

JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Followed up Friday’s 7A state-record performance in the 3,200 meters with a win in the 1,600 meters Saturday. His winning time was 4:23.56, just under a second better than runner-up Charlie Slaughter of Mountain Brook (4:24.33).
KYLE SMITH, HOOVER: Won the triple jump with a distance of 45-07 on his final jump.
JAKE DIGGS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Battled James Clemens’ Nolan Smith to the finish, winning the 400-meter dash with a 49.46 time. Smith crossed the finish line at 49.56.
HAKIM RUFFIN, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 6.91 time. Teammate R.J. Nelson was second at 6.98.
Won the shot put with a winning toss of 49-02.50.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 60-meter hurdles running 8.31 in the finals Saturday.
SMITHS STATION 4x800 RELAY: Captured the relay title with a 7:58.51 time over runner-up Hoover (8:02.94). The Bucs  closed by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:24.01.

OKHEME MOORE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Set a Class 6A state record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds in the finals Saturday. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika held the mark (6.85), which he ran in 2016.  Moore also clocked 48.96 to win the 400-meter dash in a photo finish over Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, who was timed at 48.98.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Established a new Class 6A indoor state record in the triple jump with his winning leap of 48-04.75. Myles Charley of Spain Park set the previous mark (47-11.25) in 2012.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Added the 1,600-meter title Saturday to the 3,200 race he won on Friday clocking 4:24.39 to finish just three seconds off the 6A state record.
Won the 60-meters hurdles finals with a time of 8.21.ELI BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 13-03 to capture the pole vault . Edwin Rainey of Northridge was second at 12-06.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: Beat Hartselle by four seconds to win the event with an 8:30.07 time.  Hartselle clocked 8:34.44.
 4x400 RELAY: The Rams won in 3:27.49 seconds.

DEMONTAE WILSON, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Ran the 400-meter dash in 50.33 seconds to win the event for the Falcons.
HUNTER APPLIN, WEST POINT: Captured the 60-meters hurdles crown with a time of 8.23.
CADE FINLEY, WILSON: Won the shot put event with a throw of 46-10.
CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GROVE: Won the 60-meter dash running 6.89 in the finals.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD:  Won the high jump clearing 6-06.
BRYAN SHIRLEY, SIPSEY VALLEY: Jumped 20-08.75 to win the long-jump competition.
GUNTERSVILLE 4x400 RELAY: The Wildcats won the final event with a time of 3:29.43 to clinch the state team championship.
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN 4X800 RELAY: Won the championship with an 8:26.28 time.

DAVID HODGSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 50.50 seconds in the 400-meter dash to win the event. He just missed the state1A/3A  record (50.03), set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016.
NATE COLLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600-meter race clocking 4:31.26.
KEEFER WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Clocked 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to win the event over runner-up James Jackson of American Christian (9.98). White also won the 60-meter dash with a 7.25 time in the finals.
WILEY BOONE, WESTMINSTER –OAK MOUNTAIN: Jumped 20-05.25 to win the long jump competition.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a 51-09.25 toss, and teammate Michael Prince finished second with a throw of 49-06. The 18 points scored in the last field event of the day propelled the Leopards to second place in the final boys’ team standings.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6 feet to win the 1A/3A long jump.
AMERICAN CHRITIAN 4x400 RELAY: The Patriots set a new record with a winning time of 3:35.33.
BAYSIDE ACADEMY 4x800 RELAY: Bayside’s time of 8:35.23 won the 4x800-meter relay. American Christian was second at 8:36.37.

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