Montgomery-Catholic (4A) , Brooks (5A), Homewood (6A) and Mountain Brook (7A) were atop of the girls’ points standings in their respective divisions while Winfield (4A), Scottsboro (5A), Homewood (6A) and Auburn (7A) topped the boys’ leaders after day two of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
The state championships will conclude Saturday – with the NFHS Network live-streaming the final events of the state championships at Gulf Shores (Classes 4A through 7A) and at Cullman (Classes 1A through 3A).
Catholic, thanks in part to sophomore sensation Amaris Tyynismaa’s seventh individual outdoor state championship Friday, leads the Class 4A girls’ competition with 40 points. Tyynismaa, the Class 4A state record holder in the 3,200-meter run, won the race for the third straight year clocking 11:05.86 – 12 seconds shy of the 10;53.15 she ran in 2015 to set the girls’ current 4A record. The state championship was seventh AHSAA outdoor state title of her career. She won the 1,600 meters on Friday. Catholic holds a slim one-point lead over Randolph (39) with defending state champion UMS-Wright third with 35 and Hokes Bluff fourth with 23. On the boys’ side, Winfield, the 2016 Class 3A state champs, lead Trinity Presbyterian 37-38 with Greensboro and Wilson tied for third with 26 points.
In Class 5A, Brooks holds a 59-50 lead over defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal in the girls’ division with Beauregard (47) and Scottsboro (46) close behind. Scottsboro’s boys have 61 points with 12 events completed with Guntersville (36) and Briarwood Christian (31) second and third.
Homewood’s girls have totaled 75 points after nine events in Class 6A and the Patriots’ boys have 57 after the same number of events. Opelika’s girls are second with 49 points heading into Satrurday’s final round and the Bulldogs’ boys have 49 and Cullman 41 to trail Homewood’s boys.
Class 7A girls’ leader Mountain Brook has 63.16 points and Auburn is second with 51. Smiths Station (47.33) third and McGill-Toolen Catholic (45.50) fourth, heading into Saturday. Auburn’s boys have scored 50 points after 10 events, and Hoover has 44. McGill-Toolen is third with 41 and Hewitt-Trussville had 40.
Auburn’s Samantha Rogers set a new Class 7A record in the 3,200-meter run clocking 10:53.12 Friday to edge Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan by five seconds. Her time beat Mountain Brook runner Frances Patrick’s mark (10:56.28) set in 2015.
Other highlights Friday included:
CLASS 7A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain won with s 56.58 time.
Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire clocked 1:21.39 to take first place. She also won the ambulatory 200-meter dash in 35.06 and the 100 at 17.21.
4x100-Meter Relay: Sparkman’s girls set a new 7A record in the prelims clocking 46.77. Hoover ran 47.23 in 2016 to set the mark.
Javelin: Auburn’s Ashley Carter threw the javelin 132 feet, 1 inch for a new 7A state record. Bria Terry of Vestavia Hills set the mark (128.08) in 2015.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
3,200-Meter Run: Homewood’s Celie Jackson and John Carroll Catholic’s Lindsey Granier finished 1-2 with times of 11:24.08 and 11:28.26, respectively.
400-Meter Dash: Homewood’s Jasmine Griffin won first place with a 56.63 time.
4x800-Meter Relay: Fort Payne won over Homewood by six seconds with a winning time of 10:04.88.
Long Jump: Carol Lawrence of Homewood and Allison Tanner of Helena both cleare 5-04 but Lawrence won with fewer misses.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
3,200-Meter Run: Scottsboro distance runner Karsyn Whitehead, who won the 1,600 Thursday, recorded a winning time of 11:45.62.
400-Meter Dash: Sylacauga’s Morgan O’Neal and Central-Tuscaloosa’s Jada Childers finished 1-2 just 69/100ths of second apart. O’Neal’s winning time was 57.16.
100-Meter Dash: Florida State-bound Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fastest prelim time in 5A clocking 12.03 seconds.
Long Jump: Breanna Brown of Woodlawn won at 17-06.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Ebony Tolliver of LAMP, Elizabeth Johnson of Randolph and Jabriana Jemison of Lamp finished 1-2-3 with just 89/100ths of a second between first and third place. Tolliver’s winning time was 1:00.36.
4x800-Meter Relay: Montgomery Catholic won in 10:01.91 over Wilson (10:34.04).
Long Jump: Isabella Cochran of Montgomery Catholic won with a 17-06.75 leap.
Shot Put: Deshler’s Rachel Davidson won with a 46-06.75 heave.
CLASS 7A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Vestavia Hills’ James Sweeney won in 9:27.72 with runner-up Tommy McDonough of Hoover clocking 9:28.51.
200-Meter Dash: Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City ran 21.51 seconds in the prelims to narrowly miss beating the state record (21.34).
4x800-Meter Relay: Hoover clocked a swift 8:03.80 to nip Smiths Station (8:04.21) and Mountain Brook (8:05.11).
Triple Jump: Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set a 7A record with a winning leap of 49-10.75. Michael Wiggins of Huntsville set the previous record (48-07.75) in 2016.
Shop Put: Walter Thomas of Vestavia Hills won with an excellent throw of 58 feet, 4 inches – eight inches shy of his 2016 state-7A record throw of 59 feet.
CLASS 6A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Ben Garner of Opelika, who finished second last year, won the 2017 race in 9:29.17.
400-Meter Dash: Four runners finished 48/100ths of a second apart with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Nate Sanford winning in 49.13 seconds. Jordan Brazile of Blount (49.42) was second, Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore (49.59) was third and Brian Sims of Ramsay (49.61) was fourth in the closest race of the day.
Pole Vault: Cullman’s Garrison Hill cleared 15 feet to beat the field by a foot.
CLASS 5A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Chase Buckelew’s time of 9:41.46 won the event for Arab. He won the 1,600 Thursday.
400-Meter Dash: Guntersville’s Myles Williamson finished first with a winning time of 50.40 seconds.
High Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro cleared 6-04 to win and also leaped 21-08.75 to win the the 5A long jump.
CLASS 4A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Charlie Lott of Trinity Presbyterian won in 9:48.02. He captured the 1,600 Thursday.
400-Meter Dash: Elmore County’s D. J. Patrick won with a time of 50.65 seconds.
110-Meter Hurdles: Trey Cunningham qualified for Saturday’s finals with a 14.32 time – just short of the existing 4A state record (14.23) held by Jeremy Nicholson of W.S. Neal since 2010.
Discus: Cade Finley of Wilson broke his own record (165-05) set in 2016 with a winning throw of 172-09.
CULLMAN – American Christian Academy’s girls and boys led Class 3A after day of the AHSAA’s 93rd annual State Outdoor Track Championships being held at Cullman High School Friday and Saturday for Classes 1A, 2A and 3A.
Gulf Shores is hosting Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A. Both sites’ final events are being livestreamed by the NFHS Network. The live-stream production can be accessed by clicking the NFHS Network icon at www.ahsaa.com.
Live stats at both sites are being provided by Express Timing and can be accessed at www.ahsaa.com as well.
Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots hold a 35-32 edge over Mobile Christian in the Class 3A boys’ competition heading into Saturday’s final day. Holly Pond is a close third with 30 points. ACA’s girls hold a four-point 47-43 lead over Bayside Academy in the 3A girls’ competition. T.R. Miller is third with 40 points and Pleasant Valley is fourth with 39.
In Class 2A, Altamont’s girls lead Falkville 47-41 after Friday’s events and St. Bernard is third with 31. St. Bernard’s boys lead the 2A boys’ standings with 37 points. LaFayette has 24, Cold Springs and Sheffield, 23 each.
Marion County’s 68 points leads Class 1A’s boys. Westminster of Oak Mountain is second with 36 and Isabella is third with 35. Whitesburg Christian leads the 1A girls with 75 points. Westminster is second with 37 and Addison is third with 24.
Holly Pond senior Matt Cahoon and Mobile Christian’s Josiah Harry each broke a 32-year old Class 3A state tournament discus record Friday at Cullman in individual action. Cahoon surpassed Daniel Blacksher’s record set in 1985 of 154 feet, 10½ inches on five of his six throws – winning with a new record 165-08 toss. Harry beat Blacksher’s standard on two of his six throws and finished second in the event with a 157-07 best.
Cahoon’s brother Joey Cahoon set a Class 3A shot put record with a throw of 48 feet,10.75 inches.
Maplesville senior Terrance Dunlap, the MVP of the Class 1A state football championship game the last three seasons, won the Class 1A 400-meter dash Friday in 50.26 seconds He was one second off the state 1A outdoor record (49.25) set by Hazlewood’s James Harris in 2003.
Weather caused the 100 and 110-meter prelim races to be moved to Saturday where the winners will be decided on best times in the heats. The Class 3A boys’ pole vault and triple jump were also moved to Saturday starting at 9:30 and 8 a.m., respectively. The championships will conclude late Saturday afternoon.
Other highlights include:
CLASS 3A GIRLS
1,600-Meter Run: Harper Roberts of American Christian edged past Allie Nelson of T.R, Miller to win the event in 5:15.93. Nelson’s time was 5:18.26.
Shot Put: Lauren Chastang of Bayside Academy won with a winning of 35-02.50 – coming on her second toss of the day.
Long Jump: Amber Mason of Bayside Academy captured first place with a 16-05 winning leap.
Discus: Mary Stewart Shegan of Montgomery Academy won with a winning toss of 95-07.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Falkville’s Kari Watts won in 1:00.34 over runner-up Anna-Julia Kutsch of Altamont (1:00.93).
1,600-Meter Run: Ivy Edge and Leahrose Mami took first and second play for St. Bernard just three seconds apart. Edge’s winning time was 5:33.43.
Triple Jump: Only 3½ inches separated the top three finishers as Kayla Watts of LaFayette won win a winning leap of 33-04½. Kalia Todd of Altamont was second at 33-04 and Keaundra Woody, Watts’ Bulldogs teammate, finished third at 33-01.
Javelin: Baylee Lockhart of Falkville won with a 103-08 throw.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Katherine Brandon and Mattie Weeks of Whitesburg Christian finished 1-2 with times of 1:01.58 and 1:02.52, respectively.
High Jump: Addison’s Abbie Chambless and Whitesburg Christian’s Emma Cape each cleared 5 feet. Chambless took first place based on misses.
Para-Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff clocked 1:54.48.
Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: Ciara Martin and Carlie Chapman, both of Alabama School for the Blind, finished 1-2 with times of 1:44.74 and 2:01.64.
Long Jump: Kaitlin Hill of Loachapoka took first place with a 16-01 leap.
4x800-Meter Relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain recorded a 10:09.19 time, just three seconds off the 1A girls’ state record, to win easily.
CLASS 3A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run: Joseph Wohlers, Brock Isom and David Barrett of American Christian finished 1-2-3 just four second apart with Wohlers crossing the finish line first with a winning time of 4:36.68.
400-Meter Dash: American Christian’s Luke Skinner narrowly missed setting a new 3A state meet record in the 400 – clocking 49.77 seconds to win Friday. Tavias Anderson of Sheffield set the mark (49.46) in 2016.
CLASS 2A BOYS
400-Meter Dash: Tavias Anderson of Sheffield won with a 50.67 time.
1,600-Meter Run: Casey Guthery and Andrew Sweeney finished 1-2 for St. Bernard. Guthery’s winning time was 4:31.06 and Sweeney clocked 4:31.95.
Shot Put: Sheffield’s Jakobi Lewis won with a throw of 48 feet, 1½ inches.
4x800-Meter Relay: St. Bernard finished first clocking 8:46.07.
Long Jump: Tyler Dean of J.U. Blacksher won with a best leap of 20-10.25.
CLASS 1A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run: Nate Collins’ 4:33.61 time won the event for Westminster of Oak Mountain.
Pole Vault: Marion County’s Garrett Cooper won the event clearing 10 feet, 6 inches. Teammates Jacob Sanders and Braden Pyron finished 2-3 behind Cooper for the Red Raiders.
High Jump: Addison’s Noah Rice cleared 6 feet to capture first place.
Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: Alabama School for the Blind’s Cole Howell clocked 1:28.85.
Long Jump: Tyler Dean of J.U. Blacksher won with a winning leap of 20-10.25.
Triple Jump: Marion County’s Aaron Madero won with a winning jump of 44-01.75.
GULF SHORES -- Despite two weather delays, competition was fierce at Gulf Shores as the 93rd AHSAA Outdoor State Track and Field Championships got underway for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
McGill-Toolen Catholic led the Class 7A boys’ team standings after day one with 27 points after four completed events. Hoover and defending champion Auburn were tied with 21 points each for second place. Cullman gathered 24 points to take the first-day lead in Class 6A. Homewood was second with 17 and defending champion Opelika had 16. Scottsboro topped the 5A standings with 23 points after five events. Brooks was second with 20 and Briarwood, third with 19. Winfield led the 4A competition with 27 points after six events. Defending champion UMS-Wright was second with 18 and Greensboro was fourth with 15.
Defending champion UMS-Wright led the Class 4A girls’ field after four events completed with 20 points. Randolph was second with 15 while Hokes Bluff and Alabama Christian were tied for third with 12 points each. Scottsboro and Beauregard led the 5A girls’ competition with 18 points each and defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 16. Homewood’s defending state champion girls led Class 6A after five completed events with 34 points. Opelika had 22 and Pelham was third at 15. James Clemens’ girls led Class 7A with 34 points after seven events had been scored. Defending champion Mountain Brook was second with 23 and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 19.50.
The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships get underway at Cullman High School Friday. Both sites are scheduled to conclude Saturday afternoon. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the competition at both sites. To access the production, click on the NFHS Network link on at www.ahsaa.com and then follow the instructions to access the AHSAA events.
Among the individual performances at Gulf Shores Thursday, junior high jumper JuVaughn Blake of Huntsville’s Columbia High School won the Class 6A competition clearing 6 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt. He then moved to 7-02, and although he has cleared that height more than once this season, he was unable to clear under the windy conditions on his three attempts and won with his 6-10 leap. Blake entered the competition at 6-4 and had no misses until his final three attempts. Trae Harry of Spanish Fort finished second clearing 6-06. Seth Williams of Paul Bryant also cleared 6-6 but had more misses and finished third. Both high jumpers missed at 6-8.
Sparkman’s 4x100-meter relay team set a new Class 7A girls’ record with a winning time of 46.77 seconds in the prelims Thursday. The previous record of 47.23 was set by Hoover in 2016.
Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A record in the triple jump Thursday with a winning distance of 40 feet, 1 inch. The old mark (39-03.50) was set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015.
Among other top performances:
Class 7A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Lee-Montgomery senior Henry Ruggs recorded the fastest boys’ time of all prelims Thursday with a 10.77 time in his Class 7A head. Sparkman’s Charles Lewis was second in the 7A competition at 10.96.
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Jack Rogers missed the 7A state record by just two seconds with a winning time of 4:19.50.
Pole Vault: Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen cleared 16 feet, 6 inches to beat the field by two feet.
Long Jump: Class 7A record holder Noah Igbinoghene cleared 23-11 to win the event but was almost eight inches shy of his state record set in 2016 (24-07.50).
Shot Put: Davidson’s Deondre Moore had a winning throw of 44 feet, 7 ¼ inches to beat Hewitt-Trussville’s Gaines Myrick by three inches.
Class 6A Boys
Javelin: Ashton Dominque of Briarwood Christian had a winning throw of 179 feet, 1 inch to win over Lazarius Decatur of Brooks, who finished second at 173 feet.
100-Meter Dash: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore clocked a 10.82 to qualify first in the 6A prelims.
1,600 Meters: Ben Garner of Opelika won with a time of 4:18.76, fastest boys’ time of the day in any class.
Discus: Cullman’s Austin Elrod won with a throw of 166-08 to help Cullman take a first-day lead after three completed events.
Class 5A Boys
Long Jump: Scottsboro’s John Dalton won a close battle over runner-up Roderick Johnson of Beauregard and third-place finisher Shon’derious Spraling of Mae Jemison. All three cleared 21 feet with Dalton going 21-08.75 to win.
1,600 Meters: Arab’s Chase Buckelew won with a 4.28.06 time.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Nick Walls of Crossville’s a winning throw of 24-03.
Class 4A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Winfield senior Trey Cunningham, who set a new 4A/5A Indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February, clocked 11.16 seconds to qualify first in the 4A prelims – just 8/1000ths of a second faster than Ty Washington of Sipsey Valley to set up what should be an exciting 100 final race Saturday.
1,600 Meters: Trinity Presbyterian’s Charlie Lott clocked 4:28.74 to nip Tanner King of Northside (4:29.76) at the finish line.
Discus: Madison County’s Stephen White won with a winning throw of 122-05.
Ambulatory 100-Meter Dash: Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley ran the 100 in 15.45 seconds to win.
Class 7A Girls
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers and McGill-Toolen’s Grace Jensen finished 1-2 with Rogers clocking 4:58.15 and Jenson, 4:58.53,in what turned out to be the closest race of the girls’ competition Thursday.
Pole Vault: Sophie Jane Knott of Mountain Brook cleared 11 feet, 3 inches to take first place.
Ambulatory Shot Put: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire won with a distance of 20 fee6, 6 ¼ inches on her fourth attempt.
Ambulatory 200-Meter Dash: Jordan McGuire clocked 35.06 seconds for McGill-Toolen.
Class 6A Girls
1,600 Meters: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won with a winning time of 5:02.75 – 15 seconds better than her closest challenger.
Javelin: Haley Dempsey of Oxford won with a winning throw of 100-01.
Class 5A Girls
100-meter Dash: Senior Florida State track signee Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fast time of any girls’ runner in the prelims clocking 12.03 seconds running in a minus1.8 headwind in the 5A competition.
1,600 Meters: Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro beat the field clocking 5:16.17 to win.
Shot Put: Sam Dailey of Beauregard won with a winning toss of 38-09.75. Teammate Alexis Jackson was second with a best throw of 37-09.
Winfield High School senior Trey Cunningham broke his own National High School 60-meter hurdles record set earlier this year at the New Balance Nationals indoor track meet held the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City March 12.
Cunningham won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.40 seconds at the national meet, setting a new high school record for the third time this year to win the national title. The time also set the World Junior record – which includes competitors under the age of 20.
His 55-meter time was 6.871 seconds, which is also a new National High School record.
The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) currently only lists outdoor track & field records in its NFHS High School Record Book. The indoor records are monitored by Track & Field News, which has published since 1948.
Woodlawn High School senior Jayla Kirkland also won the national championship race in the 60-meter dash at the New Balance Nationals. She ran the sprint in 7.27 seconds to win the finals. The meet record for that event is 7.26 seconds. She also narrowly missed the national high school record (7.19) set by Ashley Owens of Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She set the record in Atlanta in 1997.
Her time was best in the nation this season and her 55-meter time in the race was 6.758 seconds, just shy of the national record (6.68) set by Aleisha Latimer of Palmer, Coloraldo, and Angela Williams of Chino, Cal., in 1996 and 1998, respectively.
Homewood’s Jasmine Griffin was 9th in the semifinals with a 7.50 time. Kirkland’s 200-meter qualifying time of 23.99 seconds was sixth overall and placed her in the finals head. She did not compete in the finals, however.
Cunningham, who like Kirkland, signed a track scholarship with Florida State University, ran 7.49 in January at the Last Chance Invitational Meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex to set a new high school national record. He set the AHSAA state indoor meet record the next week with a 7.54 time in the 4A-5A finals. He also set a state indoor meet record in the 60-meter dash (6.79) and won the 4A-5A long jump and 400-meter dash. He only competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance meet,
He clocked 7.45 seconds in the New Balance preliminaries to break his record set in January, before sprinting away from the field in Sunday’s final. His time in the 55-meter distance in the prelims was 6.916. He improved that time to 6.871 in the finals.
Several other AHSAA student-athletes competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Top efforts included:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville: The all-state wide receiver and Auburn football signee finished third in the triple jump (49 feet, 4½ inches) and fourth in the long jump (23-03). He also clocked 7.03 seconds in the 60-meter dash and finished 30th overall.
JuVaughn Blake, Columbia: The 2017 AHSAA indoor state meet Class 6A state high jump champion placed second in the high jump at the New Balance Nationals clearing 7 feet, ¼ inches. He and two other competitors each cleared the same distance but Blake finished second overall based on total misses.
Caitlyn Little, Hoover: The 2017 AHSAA Class 7A indoor state hurdles champ was second in the New Balance 60-meter hurdles, clocking 8.24 seconds. Winner Tara Davis, of Simi Valley, California, won in 8.14 seconds. The national record is 8.02 seconds. Little’s time set a new Hoover record, besting current LSU hurdler Brittley Humphrey’s state record time of 8.47. Little won the AHSAA indoor race with an 8.56 time.
Lainey Phelps, Homewood: The Patriots freshman was second in the New Balance girls’ Emerging Elite division 800-meter race with a time 2:13.71, just two seconds shy of the AHSAA state indoor mark. She won the AHSAA indoor 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2017 meet. She clocked 2:12.43 to win the 800 at the CrossPlex.
Cagan Campbell, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa: Advanced to the boys’ 400-meter final and finished sixth, clocking 48.2 seconds.
Charles Lewis, Sparkman: Reached the boys’ 60-meter Emerging Elite finals, finishing eighth with a time of 6.94 seconds. He also was 30th overall in the 200-meter dash (22.56)..
Jason Trent Hamner, Hoover: The Class 7A 800-meter record holder finished 24th overall in the 800 meters with a 1:57.43 time. He won the 2017 AHSAA indoor state title with a time of 1:54.69 earlier this winter.
Tommy McDonohough, Hoover: The 2017 Class 7A indoor state champion was 18th in the mile run (4:19.82).
Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook: Clocked 5:03.49 in the mile run to finish 14th. She currently holds the AHSAA Class 7A state indoor-meet records for the 1,600 and 3,200 distances,
BIRMINGHAM – Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Lady Saints captured the school’s 24th state title at the AHSAA ‘s 48th State Indoor Track Championships Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover’s boys also snapped Auburn’s two-year dominance in Class 7A as the Bucs rolled to their seventh indoor title overall.
Coach Devin Hind’s Bucs accumulated 111 points en route to the Class 7A boys’ championship. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by David Dobbs, was second with 58 points. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Mountain Brook tied for third with 41.5 points each. The Lady Bucs also won the girls’ championship with a 123-point effort. Mountain Brook was runner-up with 78.5. James Clemens finished third with 63.
Opelika won its second Class 6A boys’ championship in a row scoring 89 points. Homewood was runner-up with 73, followed by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s 54-point effort. On the girls’ side, Homewood totaled 151 points to finish first, and Opelika’s girls were second with 62. Pelham posted 60 points to finish third.
St. Paul’s had 85.5 points to win in Class 4A/5A and Montgomery Catholic finished second with 65. Central-Tuscaloosa had 43 points and finished third. The Saints have now won eight straight girls’ indoor state titles. Scottsboro won the Class 4A/5A boys’ championship with 103 points. Winfield, thanks in part to a 40-point effort by senior Trey Cunningham, was second with 73. Madison Academy was third with 39.
Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian Patriots won the Class 1A/3A boys’ and girls’ state championships. The boys had 87 points, Holly Pond was second with 62 and Montgomery Academy finished third with 51. ACA’s girls amassed 121 points while runner-up Westminster of Oak Mountain was second 86, and Whitesburg Christian finished third with 77.
In the individual competition, Winfield’s Trey Cunningham set a new AHSAA indoor state meet overall and Class 4A/5A record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.54 seconds. That mark eclipsed the record he set in the prelims (7.58) and also topped former Hoover sprinter Marlon Humphrey’s previous state mark of 7.80 set in 2013. West Point’s Hunter Appling finished second in the 4A/5A finals with an 8.23 time. That also surpassed the previous 4A/5A mark set by Lezyon Lagard (8.30) of Central-Tuscaloosa in 2013. Appling broke that mark in the prelims as well clocking 8.27.
Cunningham, who also won the Class 4A/5A long jump Saturday to finish with 40 points in the meet, clocked 6.79 seconds to set the AHSAA all-time, all-class indoor state meet record in the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash finals. The time was just 1/100ths of a second off his best time of the year (6.79) that he ran in the Last Chance Classic at the CrossPlex last weekend. The winning time also gave him a new 4A/5A record – closing his AHSAA indoor career with state meet records in the 60 overall, in 4A/5A and in 1A/3A. He also won the long jump Saturday with a 23-foot, 1-inch leap.
Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn also set a new overall and Class 4A/5A state meet record in the 60-meter dash Saturday with a 7.48 time. She held the mark with 7.49 in 2014 and 2015 in Class 6A. She holds the CrossPlex record as well with a 7.46 time she ran last weekend in the Last Chance Classic regular season meet.
Dan Passen of Xpress Timing, the official meet electronic timer, also set up a camera to get all runners’ 55-meter times in the two races. Cunningham’s time of 7.00 (6.998) tied the national record in that event set last year by Grant Holloway of Grassfield High School in Cheseapeake (VA) at a meet in New York City.
Cunningham’s time also surpassed the AHSAA overall state record (7.39) in the 55-meter hurdles, now discontinued. It was set by Hoover’s Chris Butler in 1998 at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. Cunningham was clocked at 6.33 seconds by the 55-meter clock in the 60 he ran Saturday. That too was faster than the AHSAA overall state mark in that discontinued event. Sidney Lanier’s Chris Chukuma established the record (6.46) in 1996. The high school national record in the 55 is 6.08 seconds, set by Marvin Bracey of Orlando-Boone High School (FL) in 2012.
Kirkland’s time at the 55-meter distance of her race was 6.95 seconds, faster than the AHSAA indoor state record (7.18) owned by Laquinta Aaron of N0rthridge in 2006.
Caitlyn Little of Hoover, who won the 60-meter hurdles, was clocked at 7.96 by the 55-meter clock. The AHSAA 55-meter dash indoor record (8.10) was set by Jihan Trone of Hewitt-Trussville in 2000. That event was discontinued after 2007.
Four runners broke the Class 7A girls’ 1,600-meter state meet record Saturday with Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan winning with a 4:59.96 time. Huntsville’s Abby Zane was second (5:04.74), Harper McGowan of Auburn (5:07.70) was third and Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic (5:07.86) was fourth. Frances Patrick Mountain Brook set the previous record in 2016 (5:07.88).
Auburn’s Erik Ebel set a new CrossPlex record in the shot put with a winning throw of 58 feet, 11 inches in the Class 7A boys’ competition. He was still well short of the AHSAA’s oldest standing record, Frank Warren’s 63-foot, 6 ½-inch toss in the 1977 state meet for Phillips High School. Warren went on to have an outstanding football career at Auburn University and then spent 14 years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. The defensive tackle was also inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. He is now deceased.
Highlights from Saturday’s races and field events:
CLASS 7A GIRLS
60-meter dash: Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall, who eclipsed the 7A indoor state meet record in the prelims, erased her own record (7.71) in the finals with a 7.66 time. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had the previous record of 7.73.
400-meter dash: Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain broke her own Class 7A state indoor record by 1/100th of a second to win in 55.24 seconds. The old record set last year was 55.25.
60-meter hurdles: Caitlyn Little of Hoover won the finals heat with an 8.56 time.
High Jump: Genesis Jones of Hoover tied the 7A indoor state record with a 5-04 height. Mountain Brook’s Julia Leonard set the record originally in 2015.
Triple Jump: Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a Class 7A record with a winning leap of 39-11.50. The old mark (38-07.50) was set by Kayla Williams of James Clemens in 2015.
4x800-meter relay: Hoover finished first with a winning time of 9:27.55.
4x400-meter relay: The Bucs ran the winning time of 3:59.64, just 11/100ths of a second off the 7A indoor record.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
60-meter dash: Jasmine Griffin’s 7.64 time gave the Homewood sprinter the victory.
60-meter hurdles: Walker’s Maddie Harrell won the finals heat with a 9.01-second time.
400-meter dash: Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood won in 58.71 seconds.
High Jump: Caroline Lawrence of Homewood cleared 5-04 to take first place.
Long Jump: Ghania Warren leaped 17-10.75 to win the event for Opelika.
4x400-meter relay: Homewood’s winning time of 3:54.26 set a new Class 6A indoor stat meet record. Hoover set the old mark (3:56.58) in 2014.
4x800-meter relay: Fort Payne won in 10:00.22.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
400-meter dash: Senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set a new class indoor state meet record with her winning time of 56.92. Iris Robinson of Parker had held the 4A/5A record (57.95) since 2012. Kirkland holds the CrossPlex record (54.43).
1,600-meter run: Class 4A/5A indoor state meet record holder Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic won with a 5:04.91 time. She was just shy of the record (5:01.36) she set in 2015.
Long Jump: Claire West of Madison Academy won with a 14-06 winning leap.
High Jump: Danielle Shears of Mortimer Jordan edged Jalyn Bowen of Brewbaker Tech. Each cleared 5-04 but Shears had fewer misses.
4x800-meter relay: St. Paul’s won easily with a time of 10:13.23.
4x400-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa sped to first place with a 4:12.06 finish.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
60-meter dash: Payton Metcalf of Westminster-Oak Mountain had an 8.08 time to win the final heat. She also ran 8.08 Friday for the fastest time of the prelims.
60-meter hurdles: Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian won with a 9.35 time. Teammate Helen Claire Edmonds finished second at 9.70.
400-meter dash: Prattville Christian’s Jaime Drouin won with a 1:01.06 time.
1,600-meter run: Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian beat the field with a time of 5:14.22.
High Jump: Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley set a new 1A/3A high jump record clearing 5 feet, 7 inches. The old record (5-06) was set by Yutta Shelton of Randolph in 1981.
Triple Jump: Helen Clair Edmonds of American Christian won the event with a winning leap of 35 feet, 8 ¾ inches.
4x800-meter relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain won the race with a time of 10:22.96.
4x400-meter relay: Westminster also captured the final race of the 1A/3A girls’ competition with a time of 4:20.75, just a second off the 13-year-old state record set by Madison County in 2004.