Cunningham Sets National Prep Indoor Record in 60-Meter Hurdles

     Birmingham – Winfield High School senior Trey Cunningham clocked ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.49 seconds Friday night to best the existing national high school record by almost 4/100ths of a second.
    Cunningham’s record time came as he competed in the Last Chance Indoor Track and Field Meet Friday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
    The previous record (7.53 seconds) was set in 2016 by Grant Holloway of Chesapeake (VA) in a meet at New York City.
    Cunningham set 1A/3A state-meet marks in the AHSAA Indoor Championships last season in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

High School Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Changes Include Assisting Injured Competitor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2016) — Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available.

The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.

            Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that this act of sportsmanship extended to an injured/ill competitor when a health-care professional is not readily available should not result in a penalty.

            “The committee wanted to recognize the importance of appropriate healthcare of an ill/injured competitor as well as recognize that at times there may be fellow competitors who may need to assist others who cannot continue,” Oakes said. “Therefore, the committee felt that disqualification shouldn’t be the result of a sportsmanship act.”

            In order to be consistent with current sport trends, the committee revised Rule 5-7-3, which reinforces the concept that competitors in distance races only use a standing start and shall remain motionless for the start without their hand(s) touching the ground.

            The rules committee voted to combine Rule 6 (Throwing Events) and Rule 7 (Jumping Events) into one rule titled “Field Events” to eliminate duplication of definitions and unnecessary language and the possibility of making a change in the throws and missing it in the jumps.

            “The last couple of rules cycles the committee has been trying to eliminate unnecessary and repetitive language. This is the last phase of the clean-up – creating one rule that covers multiple events,” Oakes said.

            For purposes of risk management, the committee revised Rules 6-2-14 and 7-2-5, which state that all warm-ups in a field event may not take place until the venue is declared open and required supervision is in place.

            In Rule 5-6, the committee moved the Note in Rule 5-6-4 to the new Article 4. Oakes said the results of running events are based on head-to-head competition and all contestants should have the opportunity to compete in the heat earned by the competitor’s place and/or qualifying times.

            The committee also approved a change to Rule 3-6-1, which now grants authority to disqualify a runner for a false start to the starter as well as the referee. Also, the starter will now give a signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races of two laps or more (previously three).

            Another change was made in Rule 3-2-4u, which states that the games committee – not the coach – should have the responsibility of providing liquids during the competition.

            In Rule 3-10-7, when flags are not utilized, the head event judge utilizes the mechanics to call “fair” or “foul.”

            Other changes approved by the committee include:

·        The removal of the Note in 4-3-1b(5), which contradicts the rule by limiting the placement of the American flag to one piece of uniform apparel.

·        Rule 4-6-5g, which states that it is an unfair act when a competitor receives physical aid from any other person during a race or trial, except as provided in Rules 4-6-5 and 9-7.

·        Rule 5-1-3, which notes that, in absence of a curb, if cones are used, they should just touch the inside of the line and be placed about 5 feet apart around the curve.

·        Rule 6-2-17, which clarifies how trials are recorded when a legal implement breaks during competition.

·        Rule 6-5-9e, which notes that if a shot put competitor touches the top or end of the stopboard before leaving the circle, it is a foul.

·        Rule 9-1-3b for cross country states that the race course should include either directional flags and/or directional sign posts.

·        Rule 10-2-2, which notes that when multiple takeoff boards are used in the long jump and triple jump, the 20-meter distance shall be from the foul line farthest from the pit.

A complete listing of the track and field rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “track and field.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 578,632 boys participating in outdoor Track and Field at 16,358 schools and 478,726 girls at 16,309 schools.

Erin Hines Claims 2016 AHSAA Heptathlon Title

   HOOVER – Senior Erin Hines totaled 4,625 points to captured the 2016 AHSAA State Heptathlon Championship at Hoover High School Tuesday.
   Hines trailed first-day leader Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal by 20 points heading into Tuesday’s final three events of the 25th annual event. She won the long-jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 5 ¾ inches and closed with a solid 2:30.98 in the 800 meters to win over runner-up Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian (4,558) by 67 points.
     Caroline Lawrence of Homewood was third (4,056) and Krause was fourth (4,024). Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (3,873) rounded out the top five. Finishing out the top 10 were Megan Zuck of Hartselle (3,774), Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood (3,757), Baylee Porch of Arab (3,744), Elyssa Griffin of Homewood (3,667) and Madison Kirkwood, also of Homewood (3,552).
     Jones won the javelin competition with a winning throw of 150 feet, 11 inches, 30 feet farther than her closest competition. Savannah McMillon of Walker clocked 2:19.09 in the 800-meter run to win that event over runner-up Whitsett, who crossed the finish line in 2:22.71 seconds.  Griffin had the second best long jump behind Hines (18-03.75).
   The AHSAA 63rd State Decathlon Championships were still underway Tuesday afternoon. Northside’s Andrew Robertson was the first-day leader with 3,305 points.
   Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com  once all events have been completed.

Senior Scores 6,501 Points Muscle Shoals’ Nick South Wins 2016 Decathlon

   HOOVER –    Muscle Shoals senior Nick South won the pole vault event and 110-meter high hurdles Tuesday compiling 6,501 points over the two-day competition to win the AHSAA’s 63rd Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School.
    South, who was second to Northside’s Andrew Robertson after the first day, leaped 15 feet, 5 inches to earn 819 points in the pole vault and picked up 865 points with a 14.87 time in the 110-meter high hurdles to finish tops in that event Tuesday. He won the title that totaled a field of 40 competitors.
     Oak Mountain senior Payton Youngblood finished second with 5,808 points, and Robertson was third overall with 5,776 points.
     Youngblood won the javelin with a toss of 164-06, Valley’s Mac Jackson won the discus with a throw of 117-10, and Micah Sollie of Beauregard edged John Paul Williams of McGill-Toolen for the top 1,500-meter time clocking 4:25.10 to win. Williams ran the distance in 4:27.54.
     Finishing fourth overall was Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (5,663). Also finishing in the top 10, in order, were Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian (5,393), Jonathan Mann of Hewitt-Trussville (5,304), Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (5,265), Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen (5,234),  Christian Brandt of Auburn (5,221) and Andy Chappell of Hewitt-Trussville (5,184).
   Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

20 Points Separate Pair after First Day St. Paul’s Krause, Pelham’s Hines In Tight Race at Top of Heptathlon

   HOOVER – Seniors Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal and Erin Hines of Pelham closed out day one of the 25th AHSAA State Heptathlon competition being held at Hoover High School just 20 points apart and appear heading for a showdown Tuesday as the competition concludes.
    In the AHSAA 63rd Decathlon Championships, Northside’s Andrew Robertson amassed 3,305 points Monday to build a 70-point lead over Nick South of Muscle Shoals (3,235) with five events left for Tuesday’s final round of events.
    Krause tied for the best high jump (5-05.75) and was second to Hines (15.46) with a 15.64 time in the 100-meter hurdles and compile 2,729 points after four events in the seven-event competition.  Hines, who had the second-fastest 200-meter time (25.46 seconds) Monday behind event winner Elysa Griffin of Homewood (25.25), was second after the first day with 2,709 points. Hines finished third in the 2015 competition.
    Callie Jones of Cottage Hill was third in the field of 37 with 2,570 points, followed by Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence (2,338), Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (2,289), Kennedy Brown of Smiths Station (2,275), Jazymon Balous of Northridge (2,255), Jade Johnson of Northridge (2,239), Darria Judge of St. Paul’s (2,214) and Audriana Blakely of James Clemens (2,199) to round out the top 10.
    Competition gets underway Tuesday at Hoover High School Stadium at 9 a.m. with the girls competing in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters to close out the 2016 competition.
    Lawrence tied  Krause with the best high jump (5-05.75) and Ohatchee’s Victoria McRaney had the best shot put throw (33-09), just edging Foley’s Trinity Morgan’s 33-03 throw.

Robertson Leads Decathlon Standings
    Northside senior Andrew Robertson had a solid performance Monday with a 21-foot, 8 3/4 –inch leap in the long jump to finish first in that event and was second with a shot put throw of 41-01 to total 3,305 points. Muscle Shoals senior Nick South compiled 3,235 points, 70 off the pace set by Robertson, with the best time in the 100-meter dash (11:51) and a second in the 400-meter dash (52.45).
     Senior Payton Youngblood of Oak Mountain was third with 3,155 points, followed by Hewitt-Trussville’s Jonathan Mann (3,146), Foley’s Keldrick Edwards (3,069), Jamichael Manley of B.T. Washington (3,055), Noah Williams of Hoover (2,972), Christian Brandt of Auburn (2,940), Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (2,934) and Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (2,848) rounding out the top 10 leaderboard.
    Manley had the top shot put with a 44-03.5 toss. Cullman’s Walker Caretti sped 50.48 to win the 400-meter dash competition, and Mann tied Fairview’s Antonio Taylor in the high jump competition clearing 6-01.75.
     The 63rd AHSAA State Decathlon competition will conclude Tuesday with competition in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
   Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

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:

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:

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.
400-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff set the 1A record in the event with a time of 1:54.70.
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.
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:

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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashton Dominique of Briarwood Christian set a new 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 190-09.
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. 
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.