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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

Wadley High School Forfeits 7 Boys’ Basketball Games

   MONTGOMERY –Wadley High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year, and ordered to forfeit seven varsity boys basketball games for violating the AHSAA transfer rule. The school self-reported the violation.|
   Wadley played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Bona-Fide Move Rule”.  The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated.  Forfeits include Class 1A, Area 8 one win each over Talladega County Central and Alabama School for the Deaf and one win over Victory Christian. Wadley also must forfeit four non-area wins: one each to Beulah and Woodland and two to Horseshoe Bend.
   The Class 1A, Area 8 tournament bracket will reflect the forfeits. Wadley moves to fifth seed and will play fourth seed Victory Christian Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the site of Area 8 champion Winterboro. Third seed Alabama School for the Deaf will now play second seed Talladega County Central Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and top seed Winterboro will play the winner of Saturday’s Wadley-Victory Christian game at 5:30 p.m. The area tournament finals remain set for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.
   The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.


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.