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State Champions Crowned in 4 Classes At State Track Championships in Gulf Shores

   GULF SHORES – UMS-Wright captured is eighth straight AHSAA Class 4A state boys’ track title in a row Saturday as the 92nd annual championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
    Coach Pat Galle’s boys posted 86 points to edge runner-up Dadeville (82) by four points in what turned out to be one of the most competitive outdoor state track and field meets in the AHSAA’s long history.
     The Bulldogs now have 22 boys’ championships. UMS-Wright’s girls  also won the 4A girls’ title with 138 points. Brooks was second with 89.   It was the Mobile school’s 15th overall and sixth in the last seven years.
    Hoover won the Class 7A girls championship scoring 171 points – doubling runner-up Mountain Brook’s 84 points. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs have won the big-school state crown sixth of the last seven years and own both 7A titles.  Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its third 6A state girls’ championship in a row scoring 102.50 points with runner-up Pelham right behind with 98.50. Walker was third with 82.50. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s girls, coached by Jim Tate, took first place in Class 5A with 123 points. Beauregard finished second with 90.
    On the boys’ side, Coach Dan Norton’s Auburn Tigers won the 7A state championship for the second year in a row outscoring runner-up Hoover 130-95. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 94 points.  Opelika, coached by Jimmy Johnson, also won the 6A boys’ title for the second straight year. The Bulldogs had 113 points and runner-up Homewood, 70.
   Thompson High School senior Emmanuel Tait captured firsts in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and 100-meter dash – besting his own Class 7A records in each event. He won the 110 hurdles with a winning time of 14.0 seconds – 12/100ths of second better than the 14.12 time he had last year in the 7A competition. He broke that record Friday, however, in the prelims with a 13.90 time.
    He broke his own 7A record (38.83) in the 300 hurdles with a 37.90 time in Saturday’s finals. Triaon Poellnitz of Auburn (38.27) and Marion Humphrey of Hoover (38.30) also bettered Tait’s 2015 record to finish 2-3.  Tait clocked 10.93 to win the 100-meter finals Saturday – giving him 30 points personally  in three individual events.
    Brittley Humphrey of Hoover tied her own 7A record with her 42.46-second winning time in the 300-meter hurdles, and broke her own 7A record (13.74) in the 100-meter hurdles with a winning time of 13.49 seconds.  Teammate Caitlyn Little  was a close second at 13.79.
   Some other highlights from Saturday’s competition at Gulf Shoes included:

CLASS 7A GIRLS
800-Meter Run:
Presley Weems of Hoover broke her own 7A state record (2:12.53) running 2:08.99 to win the event Saturday. Her winning also became the best in AHSAA state meet history.
4x100-Meter Relay: Three relay teams bettered the 7A record set in 2015 with Hoover winning the event with a 47.23-second time. The Lady Bucs set the mark in 2015 at 48.03.  Auburn finished second Saturday running 47.51, and Sparkman was third at 47.87.
Shot Put: Huntsville’s Alana White and Thompson’s Sarah Owen each beat the existing 7A state record with throws of 39-07.75 and 38-02.25, respectively.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
100-Meter Dash:
Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn clocked 12.12 to win the event. The time was just shy of her 6A state-record time of 11.47 set in 2014. Kirkland also won the 200-meter dash in 23.78 seconds, also just short of her own record (23.65) set in 2014 as well.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
300-Meter Hurdles:
Morgan O’Neal of Sylacauga won with a 43.89-second time, erasing her own  5A record (44.11) set last year.
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Brooks’ Erin Jewell won the discus with a 4A-record setting 132-01.25 toss. Her throw broke the previous record (129-02.50) set by Nikita Burnette of Lincoln in 1993.
100-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory): Emily Frederick of Hokes Bluff clocked 23.09 for Hokes Bluff. She also threw the discus 44-03.
CLASS 7A BOYS
800-Meter Run:
Spain Park’s Daniel Nixon and Hoover’s Tommy McDonough finished 1-2 with both runners beating the Class 7A state record of 1:54.49 set by Nixon in 2015. Nixon won the event Saturday with 1:53.11 and McDonough ran 1:54.39.
4x100-Meter Relay: Auburn broke its own 7A record in the prelims with a time of 40.74 seconds, then followed with a 41.78 time to win the event for the second year in a row.
4x400-Meter Relay:
Central-Phenix City closed the state meet’s final race with a state 7A record time of 3:52.68 to win the event. James Clemens (3:53.34), Smiths Station (3:54.56) and Hoover (3:55.57) also beat the record set in 2015 by Hoover (3:55.65) as the race concluded with a photo finish.
 Javelin:  Class 7A record holder Will Macoy won the competition for the second year in a row with a winning throw of 191 feet, 1 inch. That distance fell just shy of his 196-06 mark set last year.
100-Meter Dash (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussville crossed the finish line in 37.96 seconds.
Discus (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussvville had a 26-02 for his best distance.
CLASS 6A BOYS
100-Meter Dash:
In perhaps the best race of the boys’ competition, Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won in 10.82 seconds with four more runners finishing  under 10.98.   Velus Jones of Vigor was second at 10.864, and Okeem Moore of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa was third at 10.870.  Akeem Dudley of Park Crossing (10.93) and Deric Patton of Carroll-Ozark (10.98) rounded out the top five.
CLASS 4A BOYS
100-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Logan Langley of Hokes Bluff clocked 15.59 seconds for the Eagles.
Discus (Para Ambulatory): Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley had a throw of 76-05, andf Nick Walls of Crossville had a toss of 59-01.

At AHSAA 1A/2A/3A Track Championships at Cullman Winfield, Cold Springs, St. Bernard Win Boys’ State Titles T.R. Miller, LaFayette, Whitesburg Christian Take Girls’ Crowns

   CULLMAN – Winfield High School and Whitesburg Christian won state track championships for the second year in a row as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman Saturday.
    Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates totaled 97 points to win the Class 3A boys ‘ title. Montgomery Academy scored 64 to finish second and Greensboro (50) was third. Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by David McConnell, won their second consecutive Class 1A outdoor title with 109 points to edge Westminster of Oak Mountain, which totaled 103. St. Bernard was third with 98.50.
     St. Bernard, coached by Steven Calvert, also captured the boys’ state title with 138 points. Marion County finished second with 98, and Linden was third with 53.50.  Claiming the Class 2A boys’ championship was Cold Springs, coached by Claborn Campbell. The Eagles had 139 points and runner-up Falkville had 109.50. LaFayette was a close third with 102.
    Coach Corey Thornton’s LaFayette took home the Class 2A state crown scoring 110 points. Falkville had 96 to finish second and Mobile Christian was third with 83.  T.R. Miller, coached by Eddie Brundidge, was the Class 3A girls’ champs scoring 89 points. Cottage Hill Christian was second with 70.75. It was the third state title for T.R. Miller since 2011.
    Winfield junior Trey Cunningham shattered his own Class 3A 110-meter hurdles record (14.18) set in A015 Friday with a 13.42-second time in the prelims. Saturday, his  winning time of 13.50 seconds in the finals fell just shy of the prelim time but gave the Pirates standout the best three Class 3A times in the event’s history. The 13.42 now ranks as the fastest in the AHSAA state meet in any classification.
    He also breezed to the 200-meter dash win with a winning time of 21.82 seconds, and leaped 22-08 to win the long jump – giving him 40 points and four golds for the state meet.
    Shades Mountain Christian senior distance runner Dylan Pausic also broke a 31-year old Class 1A record with his 9:39.78 time in the 3,200-meter run Saturday morning. Athens Bible’s Jeff Harwell set the previous mark (9:51.06) in 1985.  Pausic, 5-foot-6, 135 pounds, also won the 1,600 meters on Friday to give him a sweep of the 1A distance events. 
    Piedmont senior Karri Green, who set the 3A state record in the 400-meter dash Friday, won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.90 – just missing the record (14.23) set in 2005 by Leeds’ Bridget Rose. She followed with another record-setting effort in the 200-meter dash. She ran 24.97 to eclipse the previous record (25.10) by Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill in 2009.
   Some other highlights from Saturday’s 1A/2A/3A competition at Cullman included:

CLASS 3A BOYS
High Jump:
Three jumpers tied at 6-4 with Tyrell Riley of Hillcrest-Evergreen winning on fewer misses. Dakoda Mackey of Sand Rock and Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond finished 2-3 after also clearing 6-4.  The trio all missed their three attempts at 6-6.
4X100-Meter Relay: In one of the best races of the entire meet, Hillcrest-Evergreen clocked 43.52 seconds, just missing the record (43.04) set in 2015 by the Jaguars. Madison Academy clocked 43.66 and Pike County, 44-02, to finish close behind at 2-3.
800-Meter Run: Noah Karr of American Christian  won with s 3A state-record time of 1:53.31 to break the previous record (1:53.76) set by UMS-Wright’s Brandon Phillips 18 years earlier in 1998.
CLASS 2A BOYS
800-Meter Run:
Falkville placed three runners in the top four finishers with Brian Bradford winning with a 2:04.00 time. Teammates Blake Bradford and Drake Hamilton finished 3-4 at 2:06.70 and 2:07.41. Cold Springs’ Jared Stanley was second at 2:04.79.
CLASS 1A BOYS 
200-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Twin brothers Conner and Cole Howell, from Enterprise, clocked 37.29 and 38.53 seconds for the Alabama School for the Blind to complete their third event of the 2016 state championships. Teammates Gerdon Carter and Curtis Taylor were their  lane guides.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Triple Jump:
Callie Jones, who set the 3A state meet record last year with a 38-05 leap, won the triple jump again with another record-setting performance. She beat the 2015 record twice, leaping 38-11 and 38-11.75 – the last distance becoming the new standard.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
800-Meter Run:
Karri Watts of Falkville finished strong to win the 800 in 2:24.22. She also finished second in the  200-meter dash with a 27.17 time one event earlier to pick up 18 points late for the Blue Devils.  Aryn Head of Holy Spirit won the 200 in 26.66 seconds.
Pole Vault: Addison’s Emee Baldwin cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to set a new Class 2A girls’ state pole vault record. The old mark of 9-03 was set by Drake McGowin of Montgomery Academy in 2013.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
4x400-Meter Relay:
Whitesburg Christian’s relay team of Emily Cusker, Emily Pierce, Kayla Shoaf and Kristina Thoenes won the final running event of the meet in 4:19.00 to give the Warriors 10 needed points en route to the state championship. The Warriors won by just six points over Westminster of Oak Mountain.


AHSAA Class 1A, 2A, 3A Track Championships at Cullman Montgomery Academy, LaFayette, Marion County, Cottage Hill, Falkville, St. Bernard Lead First Day

   CULLMAN — Montgomery Academy, LaFayette and Marion County lead the boys’ competition, and Cottage Hill Christian, Falkville and St. Bernard top the girls’ divisions at the 92nd AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships for Classes 1A, 2A and 3A completed day one of the two-state meet at Cullman High School Friday.
     Montgomery held a slim 38-37 lead over defending boys’ champion Winfield in Class 3A after Friday’s events. American Christian is third with 35 points.  LaFayette has a one-point lead over Cold Springs, 35-34, and Falkville is third with 27 in Class 2A. Marion County’s 56 points top the 1A Boys with St. Bernard second with 49.
    In the girls’ divisions, Cottage Hill has 42.75 points in 3A, followed by T.R. Miller (33) and Pleasant Valley (30). Falkville’s girls lead 2A with 36 points. Holy Spirit is second with 25 and Altamont, third, with 23. St. Bernard (46.50) and Whitesburg Christian (41) are 1-2 in Class 1A.
     At least eight records fell Friday with more expected to come in the finals of some fierce competition Saturday.
     The NFHS Network is live-streaming the state championships at Cullman and Gulf Shores Saturday over its School Broadcast Platform at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Both sites kick off events Saturday at 8 a.m.
     Junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield established a new Class 3A record in the 110-meter hurdles with the top time of the prelims. He clocked 13.42 seconds, almost a half second better than his winning time of 2015 (14.18).  He also qualified for  the 200-meter finals with a time of 21.44, just missing the record set last year by Matthew Likely of Hillcrest-Evergreen (21.26).
     On the girls’ side, senior Karri Green also broke her own 3A state record in the 400-meter dash, and like Cunningham, had the fastest 2A qualifying time of the  200-meter prelims.
     She won the 400 with a time of 56.59 seconds, beating her record set last year winning in 57.44 seconds.
     Identical twins Cole and Conner Howell, competing for the Alabama School for the Blind, captured the crowd’s hearts with exceptional performances in the para ambulatory 400-meter dash and shot put.
      Some other highlights from Friday’s meet include:

CLASS 3A GIRLS
Javelin:
Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian won with a 139-10 distance – breaking the record of 136-05 she set in 2015 by 3½ feet.
CLASS 1A GIRLS  
400-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff set the 1A record in the event with a time of 1:54.70.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Shot Put:
Sidney Mims of Montgomery Academy better the record he set in 2015 (47-08) with a throw of 47-10.50. However, Devonta Fuqua of Lauderdale County topped that performance with a winning throw of 48-04.75 to win the gold and set a new 3A state record.
Pole Vault: Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian cleared 14 feet, 3 inches to break the old record by almost a foot.
CLASS 1A BOYS
Pole Vault:
Dominque Paulter of St. Bernard cleared 13 feet to set s new 1A state pole vault mark. The old record (1lea2 feet) was set by Tony McGinnis of Cedar Bluff in 2011.
400-METER DASH (Para Ambulatory): Twin brothers Cole and Conner Howell of Alabama School for the Blind clocked 1:22.73 and 1:26.94, respectively. Cole’s time set the AHSAA 1A state outdoor para ambulatory record.


23 Records Fall Most Team Races Tight as AHSAA State Track Championships Closes Second Day of Competition

   GULF SHORES -- Opelika and Homewood are deadlocked at 51 points each and lead Class 6A boys’ competition after the second day of the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores Friday.
    The team race to the finish is almost as close in Class 7A with Hewitt-Trussville holding a 76-71 lead over Auburn in the boys’ division, and Hoover just two points ahead of Mountain Brook, 69-67, in the girls’ division heading into the final day Saturday.  In the 6A girls’ competition, Pelham is on top with 58.50 points, followed by Homewood (47.50) and Opelika (40.50).
   In Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal holds a four-point lead over Beauregard, 66-62, in the girls’ division, and Beauregard’s boys have a slim one-point lead over Alabama Christian, 33-32, and are just five points ahead of St. Paul’s (28).  Defending Class 4A girls’ and boys’ state champs UMS-Wright hold comfortable leads in Class 4A. The Lady Bulldogs amassed 77 points through Friday’s events with Brooks (41) and Wilson (40) in second and third place.  Coach Pat Galle’s UMS boys have 71.50 points with Northside second with 43.
     Twenty-three state meet classification records fell Friday at Gulf Shores with eight boys’ and four girls’ standards erased in Class 7A alone. Six records were also set in para ambulatory events that were being held for the first time.
    Hewitt-Trussville’s Benjamin Knox set a record in the 7A 3,200 meters (9:26.40) after setting the 1,600 record on Thursday.  Three sprinters broke the Class 7A 200-meter dash record set last year by Caitlyn Little of Hoover (24.85) in the prelim race to set up what should be and even faster final Saturday. Destiny Davis of Baker had the fastest time, 24.56 seconds, and now owns the 7A state record. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman turned in the next best time (24.65) and Brittley Humphrey of Hoover was next (24.68). Little qualified for the finals with the fourth best time, clocking 25.29 – just shy of her 2015 time.
   Among the records set in the Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A meets Friday:

CLASS 7A GIRLS
200-Meter Dash:
Three sprinters broke the record set last year by Caitlyn Little of Hoover (24.85) in the prelim race to set up what should be and even faster final Saturday. Destiny Davis of Baker had the fastest time, 24.56 seconds, and now owns the 7A state record. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman turned in the next best time (24.65) and Brittley Humphrey of Hoover was next (24.68). Little qualified for the finals with the fourth best time, clocking 25.29 – just shy of her 2015 time.
400-Meter Dash:
Myra Mack of Smiths Station and Presley Weems of Hoover both broke the one-year-old mark (56.09) set by Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain. Mack won the event with claiming the new record with a winning time of 55.54 seconds. Weems was close behind at 55.92.
100-Meter Hurdles: Brittley Humphrey’s winning time of 13.79 seconds in the prelims was just 5/100ths of a second off the Class 7A record she set last year (13.74). She heads into the finals Saturday with the top time and a chance to break her own record again.
4x800-Meter Relay: Hoover eclipsed its 7A record set in 2015 by seven seconds clocking 9:16.77 to win the event Friday. The Bucs ran a 9:23.02 last year.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Shot Put:
Esherika Hankins, Munford, broke a 23-year old record with a winning throw of 42.08.50. Erin Jewel of Brooks also beat the old mark with her second-place toss of 40-01.50. Nykita Burnette of Lincoln held the previous record (38-11.50) since 1993.
Javelin (Para Ambulatory): Emily Frederick, Hokes Bluff, 37-01.
4x800-Meter Relay: Wilson broke its own record set in 2015 by 11 seconds, recording a winning time of 9:44.09 to win the 2016 event.
 
CLASS 7A BOYS
110-Meter High Hurdles:
Thompson’s Emmanuel Taite bettered the record (14.12) he set last year in the first-ever 7A competition with a winning time of 13.90.
400-Meter Dash: Charles Lewis of Sparkman set the 400-meter record with a winning 47.94 time, erasing the 48.22 clocked by Joshua Hall of Hoover in last year’s state meet.
3,200-Meter Run: Three runners broke the 7A record with Benjamin Knox  and John Ngaruiga of Hewitt-Trussville finished 1-2. Knox’s winning time was  9:20.50. Ngaruiga also ran 9:26.50.
4x800-Meter Relay: Auburn won with a 7A state-record time of 7:58.18. Hoover clocked 7:59.21 to finish second and also bettered the record set last year by Auburn (7:59.62).
Discus: Auburn’s Michael Robinson had a 7A-record winning throw of 167-06.
High Jump: Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones and Melvin Hill of Baker each tied the 7A record of 6-06 set last year by Hill, but Fiddler finished first Friday with fewer misses. Both jumpers missed all three tries at 6-08.
Triple Jump: Michael Wiggins’ winning leap of 48-07.75 set a new 7A state meet record for the Huntsville standout.
Javelin (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussville throw the javelin 20 feet, 9 inches.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Pole Vault:
Nick South of Muscle Shoals didn’t set a record but had an outstanding performance to win the event Friday clearing 15-08.25. The 6A record is 16-02 set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen in 2014.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Javelin:
Ashton Dominique of Briarwood Christian set a new 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 190-09.
CLASS 4A BOYS
400-Meter Dash:
Montgomery-Catholic’s Patrick O’Mara ran 48.42 seconds to win the event and beat Larry Powell’s mark of  48.89 set 25 years ago in 1991 for T.R. Miller.
3,200-Meter Run: Ryan Ford of Westminster Christian James Patrick Brinyark each bested the old record of  9:40.42 with times of 9:25.26 and 9:30.29, respectively, to finish 1-2.
4x800-Meter Relay: Northside’s relay team won the event in a 4A-record 8:10.89 time. The old mark (8:20.30) was set by Madison County 18 years ago in 1999.
Javelin (Para Ambulatory): Logan Langley of Hokes Bluff set a record with a throw of 104-03.

Class 1A, 2A, 3A Meet Begins Friday 11 State Meet Records Fall at Gulf Shore as 92nd AHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin

   GULF SHORES – Senior Margaret Ollinger shattered her own AHSAA outdoor girls’ pole vault record Thursday clearing 13 feet, 6¼ inches to win the Class 7A state title at Gul Shores Sports Complex.
  Ollinger set the record last year with leaping 12 feet, and set the indoor state record last February with a winning 13-foot,1¼ height.
   Eleven classification state meet records fell Thursday, including one that was wind aided, as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores for Classes 7A, 6A, 5A and 4A. Classes 1A, 2A and 3A commence at Cullman Friday. The meets will conclude Saturday.
    Ollinger’s performance helped McGill-Toolen take a three-point Class 7A girls’ lead over defending champion Hoover, 31-28, after day one of the girls’ competition, now in its 45th year. Mountain Brook was a close third at 27 points.
    Pelham and Homewood were 1-2 in Class 6A, with 23.5 and 18.50 points, respectively, defending 5A girls’ champion Beauregard had 25 points and a three-point lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal (22). In Class 4A, defending champion UMS-Wright led Wilson 30-25.
   Hewitt-Trussville long jumper Noah Igbinoghene shattered the 7A outdoor state record set last year with a winning leap of 24-07.50. Alex Evans of Auburn set the mark last year with a 22-10.25 leap. The Huskies also totaled 39 points Thursday and held an 11-point lead over Auburn (28) and Vestavia Hills (28) heading into Friday’s second day of competition.
   Homewood was the 6A leader with 20 points with Northridge (15) second. Alabama Christian led Class 5A with 22 points, followed by defending champ St., Paul’s (19) and Anniston (16), and UMS-Wright’s 47.5 points gave the defending 4A state champions a 25-point lead over Brooks (22) with Northridge (19) third at the end of Thursday’s events.
   Vestavia Hills shot putter Walter Thomas set a new 7A state record in that event with a 59-00.50 toss. Damon Wright of Spain Park (54-08.00) and Robert Moore of Auburn 54-04.00) also broke old record of 52-10 set last year.
   St. Clair County’s Tristan Hawkins also set a new Class 5A record with a 55-09.50 distance.
    First-day event winners at Gulf Shores are listed below. 
 
CLASS 4A
1,600-Meter Run:
Ryan Ford of Westminster Christian ran 4:17.67 (new record) and runner-up James Patrick Brinyard of Northside (4:17.88) was a close second also breaking the old record (4:20.44) held by Alex Gilliland of Oneonta since 2010.
Pole Vault:
Patrick Howze, UMS-Wright,13-01.50.
Discus: Cade Finley, Wilson, 165-05 (new record); old record, Heath Batchelor, Haleyille, 160-06 (2006.
Javelin: Lazarius Decatur, Brooks, 164-00.
Shot Put (Para Athlete): Logan Langley, Hokes Bluff, 29-10.00
Shot Put (Para Athlete): Nick Walls, Crossville, 14-10.



CLASS 5A
1,600-Meter Run:
Micah Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian, 4:25.03.
Javelin: Zach Gaines, Calera, 172-03.
Shot Put: Tristan Hawkins, St. Clair County, 55-09.50 (new record); old record, Devon Lockhart, Central-Tuscaloosa, 55-0, 2012.
Long Jump: DaMonta Miller, Anniston, 22-06.00.

CLASS 6A
1,600-Meter Run:
Andy Smith, Homewood, 4:20.07.
Discus: Seth Gipson, Northridge, 153-02.
High Jump: Tashawn Green, Scottsboro, 6-08.

CLASS 7A
1,600-Meter Run:
Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville, clocked 4:17.82 to set a new 7A record. Tommy McDonough of Hoover was second (4:18.84), also beating the old mark (4:20.74) set last year by Auburn’s Paul Barlow, who finished fifth Thursday.
Shot Put:
Walter Thomas, Vestavia Hills, 59-00.05 (new record); Damon Wright, Spain Park, 54-08.00 – also broke old record; Robert Moore, Auburn, 54-04.00, also broke old record of 52-10.
Long jump: Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville, 24-07.50 (new record); old record, Alex Evans, Auburn, 22-10.25, 2015.
Pole Vault: James Henry Barrett, Vestavia Hills, 15-06.|
Shot Put (Wheelchair): Colen LaFon, Hewitt-Trussville, 13-06.
4x100 Relay (prelims): Auburn broke the 7A record (41.66)it set last year clocking a 40.74 in the Tigers’ prelim heat.

 
GIRLS
CLASS 4A
1600-Meter Run:
Eighth grader Amaris Tynnismaa, Montgomery Catholic, 5:04.90.
High Jump: Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright, 5-02.00.
Shot Put: Aryn McDowell, UMS-Wright, 36-08.00.
Shot Put (Para Athlete): Emily Frederick, Hokes Bluff, 19-03.00.

CLASS 5A
1,600-Meter Run: Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul's Episcopal, 5:15.78.
Long Jump: Carsheuna Curry, Anniston, 17-08.50.
Shop Put: Sam Dailey, Beauregard, 36-09.50.

CLASS 6A
1,600-Meter Run:
Savanah McMillon, Walker, 5:12.32.
Long Jump: Savannah Lee, Spanish Fort, 38-04.00.
High Jump: Caroline Lawrence, Homewood, 5-06.00.
Javelin: Ty’tiana Lockhart, Opelika, 127-11.

CLASS 7A
1,600-Meter Run:
Presley Weems, Hoover, clocked 4:52.35 to set a new 7A state record, beating runner-up Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (4:58.05), who also beat the old record (4:49.76) set by Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville last year. Weitenbeck was seventh Thursday.
Pole Vault: Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen, 13-06.25 (new state record); old record, Ollinger, 12-0, 2015.
Triple Jump: Alonie Sutton, Smiths Station, 39-06.00 (wind aided).
Discus: Alana White, Huntsville, 117-07.
4x100 Relay (prelims): Auburn and Hoover bettered the 7A state record (48.03, Hoover) running 47.91 and 47.96 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 for the finals.

Auburn, Winfield, Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s and American Christian Repeat as State Champs at 47th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Auburn, Opelika, Northside and Winfield claimed boys’ championships and Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian captured girls’ championships as the 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Eighteen state records were broken Saturday  – including three by junior track sensation Trey Cunningham of Winfield, who won four events for 40 points as Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates won their second consecutive Class 1A-3A state boys’ indoor title.
   Winfield posted 122 points to beat runner-up American Christian by 26.50 points. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots tallied 93.50 point and his girls captured their second straight 1A-3A crown with 86.33 points. Bayside Academy finished second in the girls’ competition with 58.50 points, and Winfield was a close third with 54.50.
    Auburn and Hoover repeated as Class 7A boys’ and girls’ state champs, respectively. Coach Johnny Johnson’s Tigers totaled 110.50 points to runner-up Hoover’s 64. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs won their third state crown in a row and fourth in five years with 126 points – 43 better than runner-up James Clemens’ 83.
    Pelham’s girls captured their second Class 6A title in a row posting 98 points to beat runner-up Homewood (88). Opelika won its first boys’ 6A indoor championship with a meet-high 138.50 points. Northridge was second with 62.
   Northside won its first boys’ state indoor title winning the Class 4A-5A championship with 70.50 points. Ramsay was as close second with 65.  St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 4A-5A girls’ crown with 108 points. It was the 23rd overall for Coach Jim Tate’s Saints, an AHSAA state record.
    Cunningham continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book with wins in the 400, long jump, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles for a meet high 40 points. He ran a 1A-3A state record 50.30 seconds to edge American Christian’s Noah Karr (50.58) at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash to start his day Saturday. Maurice Holt of St. Paul’s held the old record (50.55), setting the standard 33 years ago in 1984.
      Cunningham won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record on Friday in the prelims with a 7.83 time and established the CrossPlex overall record during the regular season with a 7.76 time to rank him first nationally this season. And he closed out his incredible meet performance with 6.98 time in the 60-meter dash for his fourth record of 2016.
     The Pirates standout also recorded a winning leap of 23 feet, 4 inches to set the Class 1A-3A state indoor record – erasing the 37-year-old mark (22-3 3/4) set by Derrell Washington of Calhoun in 1980.
      In the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter dash, three runners bettered the classification record in what turned out to be one of the top races of the 2016 meet.  Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne clocked  55.25 seconds to win the event – setting a new Class 7A Indoor State record (58.63) established by Hoover’s Sydney Steely at last year’s state meet.  Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey was second with a season-best time of 56.35, and Steely bettered her own record finishing third with a 58.39 time. Ten records fell in Class 7A Saturday and 13 were broken on Friday.
    Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland won two events in the Class 6A competition including the 400-meter dash (56.31) and 60-meter dash (7.54). Even though she holds the 6A state and CrossPlex records in each, her times came up just a little short of her career bests.

   Karri Green of Piedmont set a 1A-3A 400-meter dash record (57.19) Saturday and followed with a near-record in winning the 60-meter dash 7.98) and 60-meter hurdles (9.22) to earn 30 points for the Bulldogs Saturday. She ran a 7.98 time and just missed the 7.70 record ran by Katie Brooks-Boone of Westminster-Oak Mountain in 2014.
    Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won the 400-meter dash in 48.16, just 5/100ths of a second off the state record set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. Huggins’ Bulldogs teammate Kacey Spinks was second at 49.66. He also won the 60-meter dash with the overall and 6A state record 6.85 time – breaking his own mark (6.87) set last year.
   Emmanuel Tait of Thompson set two records in Class 7A, winning the 60-meter dash in 6.91 seconds and the 60-meter hurdles in 7.81.
     Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the Class 7A indoor state record with a leap of 48 feet, one inch to win the triple jump competition. His distance beat the previous mark (45-01 ¾) set by Miles Strickland of Bob Jones last year by three feet.  Strickland also broke his previous record with a 46-10 ½ effort to finish second.
    A quick look at the records that fell Saturday are below.

Saturday’s Indoor Records
Boys Records
CLASS 7A
Triple Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (48-01); old record (45-01 ¾), Miles Strickland, Bob Jones, 2015.
Shot Put: Robert Moore, Auburn (54-02); old record (53-02), Christian Bell, Hoover, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (6.91); old record (6.93), Joshua Burks, James Clemens, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (7.81); old record (8.02), Tait in 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Drew Williams, Mountain Brook (4:17.06); old record (4:29.84), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Mountain Brook (7:57.93); old record (8:07.28), Auburn, 2015.

CLASS 6A
60-meter Dash:
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika (6.85); old record (6.87) Huggins, 2015.

CLASS 4A-5A
60-meter Dash:
Shaquawn Vandergrift, Moody (6.95); old record (6.99), Harrison Dudley, Paul Bryant, 2014.
4x800-meter Relay: Northside (8:16.55); old record (8:19.17), Homewood, 2014.

CLASS 1A-3A
Long Jump:
Trey Cunningham, Winfield (23-04); old record (22-3 ¾), Derrell Washington, Calhoun, 1980.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (6.98); old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude. 2014, and Cunningham, 2016 prelims.
400-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (50.30); old record (50.55), Maurice Holt, St. Paul’s, 1984.
1,600-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (4:30.59); old record (4:31.74), Wade Martin, Good Hope, 2003.

Girls Records
CLASS 7A
400-meter Dash:
Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain (55.25); old record (58.63), Sydney Steely, Hoover , 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (5:07.88); old record (5:10.61), Abbey Zane, Huntsville, 2015.
4xs400-meter Relay: Central-Phenix City (3:59.53); old record (4:01.91), Hoover, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Hoover (9:26.76); old record (9:31.97), Hoover, 2015.

CLASS 1A-3A
400-meter Dash:
Karri Green, Piedmont (57.19); old record (57.89), Shelbi White, Lincoln, 2014.

Class 6A and Class 4A-5A
No records set.

Final Team Scoring
GIRLS
Class  7A
Hoover                                 126
James Clemens                   83
Mountain Brook                 64
McGill-Toolen                      60
Auburn                                   36
Huntsville                              36
Oak Mountain                     25
Central-Phenix City           24
Thompson                            24
Smiths Station                     18
Hewitt-Trussville                  9
Spain Park                               9
Bob Jones                               8         
Murphy                                                    7
Vestavia Hills                          7
Sparkman                                6
Hazel Green                           4



Class 6A
Pelham                                 98
Homewood                        88
Walker                                  60
Northridge                          49.50
Opelika                                 48.50
Cullman                                28.50
Fort Payne                          28
Scottsboro                          27
Paul Bryant                         22
Hartselle                              21
Woodlawn                          20
John Carroll                        18
Arab                                        9.50
Center Point                        9
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa          5
Oxford                                    5
Albertville                             1           

Class 4A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal          108
UMS-Wright                         61
Montgomery-Catholic     45
Columbia                               45
Ramsay                                                  39
Randolph                               36
Helena                                    33
Demopolis                            28
West Limestone                 23
Beauregard                          22
Carver-Birmingham           20
Brooks                                    19        
Central-Tuscaloosa            18
Fairview                                 13        
DAR                                           8
Mortimer Jordan                  8
Trinity Presbyterian            4
Wilson                                      4
St. James                                 3
White Plains                           3
Corner                                      2
JB Pennington                       1
Oneonta                                  1
Wenonah                                1
               
Class 1A-3A
American Christian          86.33
Bayside Academy            58.50
Winfield                               54.50
Cottage Hill Christian      52
Piedmon t                           46
Westminster-Oak Mtn  42
Whitesburg Christian      38
Montgomery Academy 31
Madison Academy          28
Lynn                                      20
St. Bernard                         20
Mobile Christian               15.33
Addison                               13
Altamont                             11
Providence Christian        9
Ohatchee                              7
Coosa Christian                   5
Pleasant Valley                   4
Section                                   2
Cold Springs                         0.33
                               
BOYS
Class 7A
Auburn                                 110.50
Hoover                                   64
Hewitt-Trussville                59.50
Mountain Brook                 52
Spain Park                             44
Central-Phenix City           43
Vestavia Hills                        35
Thompson                            30
Oak Mountain                     20
Smiths Station                     19
Bob Jones                             18
Gadsden City                       17
Murphy                                                    9
James Clemens                     8
McGill-Toolen                        8
Sparkman                                5
Huntsville                                4

Class 6A
Opelika                                 138.50
Northridge                            62
Homewood                          58
Paul Bryant                           38.50
Scottsboro                            34
Walker                                    33
Cullman                                  25
Stanhope Elmore               24
Arab                                        23
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa          23
Southside-Gadsden          20
Oxford                                    14
Pelham                                   11
Austin                                     10
Albertville                               8
Shades Valley                        8
Hartselle                                  5
Center Point                          4
Fort Payne                              2
Minor                                        1         

Class 4A-5A
Northside                            70.50
Ramsay                                                65
St. Paul’s Episcopal          53
Dadeville                             37          
Randolph                             35
Alabama Christian            34
Beauregard                        28
Central-Tuscaloosa          27.50
St. Clair County                 20
Moody                                 19
UMS-Wright                       18
Montgomery-Catholic   17
Carver-Birmingham         15
Helena                                  15
Columbia                             13
Tallassee                              11
LAMP                                    10
Oneonta                              10
Elmore County                    9
Brooks                                    8.50
Demopolis                            6
Fairview                                 5.50
DAR                                         4
Wilson                                    4
Parker                                     3                                           
Sipsey Valley                        3
Wenonah                              2
Mortimer Jordan                2
Guntersville                         1

Class 1A-3A
Winfield                               122
American Christian            93.50
Cold Springs                         51
Madison Academy            47
Montgomery Academy   36.50
Holly Pond                            33
Westminster-Oak Mtn    26
Shades Mountain              20        
Bayside Academy              18
Section                                   16
Piedmont                              13
Cottage Hill Christian        12
Marion County                      9
St. Bernard                             9         
Pleasant Valley                     8
Addison                                   7                         
Falkville                                    6
Athens Bible                          4
Mobile Christian                   3
Providence Christian          3         
Altamont                                 2         
Victory Christian                   2
Whitesburg Christian          2                        
                 
                                 

20 Records Set at First Day of 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday

    BIRMINGHAM  -- Winfield High School junior Trey Cunningham set a state meet 1A-3A record in the 60-meter hurdles and tied the 1A-3A record in the 60-meter dash as 20 total records fell Friday as the 47th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
    Cunningham, currently ranked the No. 1 prep 60-meter hurdler in the nation, set a new AHSAA Class 1A-3A with a winning 7.83-second time in the prelims and has another chance Saturday to set the AHSAA overall record for classes in that event Saturday. He ran his best time 7.76 seconds, in the last regular-season meet of the year last week to set a new CrossPlex record.
    He helped the defending Class 1A-3A state champion Pirates  take a 6 ½ point team lead into the final round today with a preliminary best time of 7.03 seconds in the 1A-3A 60-meter dash. That time tied the mark set by St. Jude’s Ismail Saleem in 2014.
   Winfield totaled 38 points through five completed events Friday, and American Christian had 32.5 points. Madison Academy was third with 27.   Alabama Christian scored 28 points through five events Friday and led by one point over Northside and St. Paul’s Episcopal, each scoring 27 points.  Opelika led Northridge 50.5 to 33 after the first day in Class 6A, and defending state champion Auburn had an even slimmer first-day lead over Mountain Brook – leading by a half point, 28.50-28 after six events.
  Defending girls’ state champions Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal, going for its 22nd  state indoor title overall, and American Christian held leads after the first day’s action.  Hoover had a two-point lead over James Clemens, 40-38, with six events completed Friday in the Class 7A girls’ competition. McGill-Toolen is third with 32 points. The meet will conclude Saturday with the remaining field events and finals in all remaining races. 
    Class 6A Pelham built a 16-point lead over Homewood, 42-26, through five events, Class 4A-5A St. Paul’s had a 47-31 lead over UMS-Wright after six events, and American Christian held a slim 30-28 lead over Montgomery Academy in Class 1A-3A.
     Perhaps the most exciting race of the day came in the Class 7A boys’ 800-meter run as Daniel Nixon of Spain Par clocked a new 7A state-record 1:55.51 to win the event. Drew Williams and Griffin Riley of Mountain Brook, and Paul Barlow of Auburn finished 2-3-4 – all with times that bettered the previous record (1:57.13) set by Barlow in 2015.
     Pole vaulter Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen Catholic set a new overall girls’ pole vault record clearing 13 feet, 1 ¼ inches to break her old record (12-04.25) set last year. Erin Jewell of Brooks also set a new Class 4A-5A record in the shot with a heave of 39 feet, 9 ½ inches. That eclipsed the previous record of 38 feet, 4 ½ inches set by Sonja Ellis of Williamson 28 years ago in 1989.
   A complete recap of Friday’s team scoring and record-setting efforts is listed below. All results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Class 7A
Auburn 28.50, Mountain Brook 28, Hewitt-Trussville 25.50, Hoover 21, Spain Park 18, Central-Phenix  City 16, Gadsden City 14, Oak Mountain 12, Vestavia Hills 11, Smiths Station 6, Bob Jones 6, Murphy 4, Thompson 3, James Clemens 3.
Class 6A
Opelika 50.50, Northridge 33, Homewood 27, Paul Bryant 18.50, Scottsboro 16, Walker 13, Arab 13, Austin 10, Cullman 10, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10, Southside-Gadsden 10, Shades Valley 8, Stanhope Elmore 5, Oxford 4, Pelham 2, Fort Payne 2, Albertville 1.
Class 4A-5A
Alabama Christian 28, Northride 27, St. Paul’s 27, Randolph 16, Ramsay 13, Beauregard 12, Dadeville 10, Central-Tuscaloosa 10, UMS-Wright 9, Elmore County 8, St. Clair County 6, LAMP 6, Helena 6, DAR 4, Montgomery-Catholic 4, Moody 3, Mortimer Jordan 2, Tallassee 2, Oneonta 1, Guntersville.
Class 1A-3A
Winfield 38, American Christian 32.50, Madison Academy 27, Cold Springs 13, Montgomery Academy 12.50, Cottage Hill Christian 10, Shades Mountain Christian 10, Bayside Academy 9, Westminster-Oak Mountain 8, Piedmont 8, Marion County 7, St. Bernard 6, Holly Pond 5, Providence Christian 3, Addison 2, Pleasant Valley 1.

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Class 7A
Hoover 40, James Clemens 38, McGill-Toolen Catholic 32, Mountain Brook 25, Huntsville 20, Thompson 18, Auburn 15, Oak Mountain 10, Smiths Station 8, Murphy 7, Vestavia Hills 7, Central-Phenix City 7, Hewitt-Trussville 3, Spain Park 3, Bob Jones 1.
Class 6A
Pelham 42,Homewood 26,Walker 21, Northridge 18, Scottsboro 17, Cullman 16, Hartselle 11, Fort Payne 9, Opelika 9, Paul Bryant 8, John Carroll Catholic 5, Arab 4, Oxford 2, Center Point 1.
Class 4A-5A
St. Paul’s 47, UMS-Wright 31,Montgomery-Catholic 25, Brooks 19, Ramsay 16, Beauregard 14, Wes Limestone 12, Randolph 12, Columbia 10, Helena 9, Central-Tuscaloosa 8, Fairview 8, Demopolis 7, Carver-Birmingham 6, St. James 3, White Plains 3, Oneonta 1, Wenonah 1, Wilson 1.
Class 1A-3A
American Christian 30, Northside 28, Winfield 23.50, Cottage Hill Christian 22, Westminster-Oak Mountain 19, Bayside Academy 16.50, Piedmont 16, Madison Academy 11, St. Bernard 10, Whitesburg Christian 7, Addison 4, Providence Christian 4, Altamont 2, Section 2.

Friday’s State Indoor Track Records Set

NEW BOYS’ RECORDS
Class 7A Boys
Long Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (23-06); old record (22-03.75), Igninoghene, 2015.
High Jump: Carl Nesbitt, Vestavia Hills (6-08); old record (6-04), Sam Brown, Oak Mountain, 2015.
800-meter Run: Daniel Nixon, Spain Park (1:55.16); old record (1:57.93), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
3,200-meter Run: Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville (9:27.12);  old record (9:41.04, Cole Stidfole, Oak Mountain, 2015.
4x200-meter Relay: Auburn (1:29.35); old record (1:30.09), Hoover, 2015.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Collin LaFon, Hewitt-Trussville (12-04), new event.
Class 6A Boys
4x200-meter Relay:
Opelika (1:28.40); old record (1:28.71), Auburn, 2013.
Class 4A-5A Boys
4x200-meter Relay:
Ramsay (1:30.13); old record (1:31.35), McAdory, 2014.
Class 1A-3A Boys
60-meter hurdles:
Trey Cunningham, Winfield (7.83, prelims); old record (8.22), Cunningham, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (7.03); tied old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude, 2014.
800-meter Run: Noah Karr, American Christian (1:57.62); old record 1:58.12), Andy Hardy, UMS-Wright, 2000.
3,200-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (9:38.82); old record (9:39.84), Brandon Smith, Clay County, 2002.

NEW GIRLS’ RECORDS
Class 7A
Pole Vault:
Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen (13-01.25); old record (12-04.25), Ollinger, 2015.
Shot Put: Sarah Owen, Thompson (38-00); old record (34-11.50), Monet Traylor, Auburn, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Kayla Williams, James Clemens (7.73); old record (7.78), Williams, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Brittley Humphrey, Hoover (8.47); old record (8.74), Humphrey, 2015.
800-meter Run: Presley Weems, Hoover (2:13.19); old record (2:15.95), Weems, 2015.
3,200-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (11:06.51); old record (11:14.03), Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville, 2015.
4x200-meter Relay: Hoover (1:40.91); old record (1:42.87), Hoover, 2015.
Class 4A-5A Girls
Shot Put:
Erin Jewell, Brooks (39-09.5); old record (38-04.5), Sonja Ellis of Williamson, 1989.
4x200-meter Relay: Ramsay (1:46.54); old record (1:47.33), Homewood, 2014.
Class 6A Girls
None
Class 1A-3A Girls
None

Teams Primed for 2016 Championships at CrossPlex Records Expected to Fall as 47th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships Gets Underway Friday

   BIRMINGHAM – The 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships get underway Friday morning at the Birmingham CrossPlex and will conclude Saturday.
     Action starts at 9 a.m. for field and running events Friday. Saturday’s schedule has field events getting underway at 8 a.m., and running events at 9 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream Saturday’s final day of competition at the CrossPlex with Jerry Young and Jon Lunceford handling play-by-play commentary and Taylor Narewski serving as color commentator. The live timing results are being provided by Xpress Timing will be available online at www.ahsaa.com.
       Defending girls’ state champions are Hoover in 7A, Pelham in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal in 4A-5A and American Christian in 1A-3A. Coach Tim Tate’s St. Paul’s girls won their 21st team state title overall and fourth in a row since indoor track moved to the CrossPlex in 2012.
     Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), UMS-Wright (4A-5A) and Winfield (1A-3A).
    Among the standouts in this year’s championships is junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield.  He helped the Pirates claim the Class 1A-3A state title in 2015 with a record-setting performance. Cunningham scored the maximum 40 points in the Class 1A-3A boys division with individual wins in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, long jump and triple jump to help the Pirates win the state title.
   Cunningham turned in a 7.76-second time in the 60-meter hurdles at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend at the CrossPlex – a time that betters the state-record 7.80 mark set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover at the 2013 state meet.
    Junior Deante Tolbert led Auburn the first Class 7A title in AHSAA history last year with the fastest indoor 400-meter time (48.09 seconds) in the 46-year indoor state meet history.  Opelika senior Nathanaiel Huggins also returns after setting the 60-meter dash indoor record last year running a 6.87 time in the Class 6A prelims. He has beat that time this season running 6.84 at the Ice Breaker Invitational in early January at the CrossPlex. He also has the fastest time of the season in the 400-meter dash (48.12), just 3/100ths off the state mark, in the same meet.
    Junior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville leaped 24 feet, 7½ inches in the long jump at the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex in January. That leap is just ¼ inch off the state mark set by Murphy’s Anthony Carter in the 1971 state meet at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum. That 45-year-old mark is the current standing state record in the AHSAA. Senior Michael Wiggins of Huntsville also jumped a state-best 49 feet, 3½ inches at the USATF Galleria Games in December, more than 15 inches better than the current state meet record (47-11¼) set by Spain Park’s Myles Charley in 2012.
      In the girls’ competition, Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic, an eighth grader in 2015, set the 4A-5A state record in the 1,600 meters (5:01.36) and the state’s overall record in the indoor 3,200 (10:32.94). She returns this year as a freshman to lead the Lady Knights.
     Junior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn has run 7.46 seconds in the 60-meter dash this season to better her own state-meet record 7.49 time set in 2014 and equaled in 2015.  Hoover senior Brittley Humphrey has also bettered her 60-meter hurdles state-meet record (8.54) set in 2014 with a winning time of 8.44 seconds in the Martin Luther King Classic last month.
     McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Margaret Ollinger appears on pace to beat her own AHSAA state indoor pole vault record as well. She set the mark in 2015 clearing 12 feet, 4½ inches. Her season best so far in 2016 is 13-2¼ at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend. 
    Current AHSAA Indoor state-meet records can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the Indoor Track link.


Rules Changes Approved for High School Track and Field, Cross Country

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.

The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”

Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.

Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.

In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.

Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.

Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.

The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.

Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.


Homewood’s Kiara Williams Wins Heptathlon McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor, Sean Collins Finish 1-2 in Decathlon Championships

   HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School seniors Chris Taylor and Sean Collins finished 1-2 Tuesday in the AHSAA state decathlon championships at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   The duo came in with the reputation as the AHSAA’s best pole-vaulting tandem in state history with Collins clearing a state-record 17 feet in the 2015 AHSAA outdoor track championships and Taylor clearing 15-7. Both finished 1-2 in the indoor state meet as well.
    At the decathlon completion, both showed their versatility and athletic prowess as Taylor won the championship with 6,160 points and Collins finished a close second with 6,103.
    Rounding out the Top 5 were first-day leader Jon Waarvik of Stanhope Elmore (5,990), Falkville’s Ryan Sullivan (5,242) and Drew Williams of Mountain Brook (5,236). Auburn athletes took the next four places with Mohamed Eljack (5,225), Hayden Williams (5,201), Timothy McCloud (5,166) and Christian Brandt (5,108) ranked in that order. Wilson Chandler of Wilson was 10th at 5,041.
     Taylor won the 110-meter hurdles (15.21), was second in the pole vault (14-5 1/4 ), second in the 400-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash.  Collins broke Taylor’s pole vault record set in last year’s decathlon competition with a winning clearance of 16 feet, 8 ¾ inches. He also won the javelin with a winning throw of 167-4 and finished second in the 100-meter dash.
    A total of 40 athletes competed in 10 events each over the two-day meet.

Heptathlon Championships
  Kiara Williams of Homewood High School totaled 4,745 points to edge Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey to win the AHSAA state heptathlon championship Tuesday at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track. The girls competition included seven events.
    Humphrey, who set a heptathlon record in the 100-meter hurdles competition (14.35 seconds), totaled 4,470 points.
    Pelham’s Erin Hines was third with 4,428, Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian finished fourth at 4,402 and Anna Gierow of Bob Jones was fifth at 4,153.
    Williams won the long jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 11 ¾ inches. She was also second to Humphrey in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.