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
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.
60-meter Dash: Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika (6.85); old record (6.87) Huggins, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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
James Clemens 83
Mountain Brook 64
Oak Mountain 25
Central-Phenix City 24
Smiths Station 18
Spain Park 9
Bob Jones 8
Vestavia Hills 7
Hazel Green 4
Fort Payne 28
Paul Bryant 22
John Carroll 18
Center Point 9
St. Paul’s Episcopal 108
West Limestone 23
Mortimer Jordan 8
Trinity Presbyterian 4
St. James 3
White Plains 3
JB Pennington 1
American Christian 86.33
Bayside Academy 58.50
Cottage Hill Christian 52
Piedmon t 46
Westminster-Oak Mtn 42
Whitesburg Christian 38
Montgomery Academy 31
Madison Academy 28
St. Bernard 20
Mobile Christian 15.33
Providence Christian 9
Coosa Christian 5
Pleasant Valley 4
Cold Springs 0.33
Mountain Brook 52
Spain Park 44
Central-Phenix City 43
Vestavia Hills 35
Oak Mountain 20
Smiths Station 19
Bob Jones 18
Gadsden City 17
James Clemens 8
Paul Bryant 38.50
Stanhope Elmore 24
Shades Valley 8
Center Point 4
Fort Payne 2
St. Paul’s Episcopal 53
Alabama Christian 34
St. Clair County 20
Elmore County 9
Sipsey Valley 3
Mortimer Jordan 2
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.
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.
HOOVER – Stanhope Elmore High School’s Jon Waarvik compiled 3,338 points through five events Monday to take the first-day lead in the 62nd annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
Waarvik clocked 11.77 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which tied for third fastest behind Auburn’s Timothy McCloud (10.63) and McGill-Toolen Catholic pole vaulting champion Sean Collins (11.67). Waarvik won the long jump (21-04), was third in the shot put behind winner Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond,
and cleared 6 feet 4 ¼ inches in the high jump to finish second behind Drew Williams of Mountain Brook, who cleared 6-5 ½.
McCloud also won the 400-meter dash Monday in 52.12 seconds and ranked second after day one with 3,105 points. McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor is third heading into Tuesday’s final five events with 3,069 points and Collins, who set the AHSAA indoor state pole vault record last February and then shattered the outdoor record with a 17-00 leap earlier this month, is fourth (3,050). Auburn’s Mohamed Eljack is fifth at 2,954.
More than 40 participants are in the field. Day two resumes Tuesday at Hoover High School at 9 a.m., with the boys competing in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500 meters.
Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey leads Homewood’s Kiara Williams by 25 points in the heptathlon competition after the first day’s four events. The ladies are competing in seven events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash Monday. Tuesday’s competition gets underway at 10 a.m., with long jump, javelin and 800 meters closing out the girls’ events.
Humphrey turned in the fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35) and 200-meter dash (25.18) to amass 2,841 points. Williams, who had 2,816 points, was second in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-dash.
Erin Hines of Pelham is third with 2,621 points heading into Tuesday’s final day and Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s, who cleared 5-5 ¼ in the high jump, is fourth with 2,580. Rounding out the top five is Bob Jones’ Anna Gierow with 2,538. Thirty-seven girls competed Monday.
The complete girls’ first-day results can also be found at www.ahsaa.com/sports/outdoor-track-field/