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AHSAA State Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships McGill-Toolen’s Spotswood, Homewood’s Lawrence Capture AHSAA State Titles

    TRUSSVILLE – McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotswood cleared the pole vault with winning leap of 16 feet, 4 ¾ inches Tuesday to capture 910 events in his best event and the decathlete went on to win the AHSAA State Decathlon title with a winning score of 6,853 points.
    Spotswood also clocked 4:44.97 in the 1,500 meters and ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.01 seconds to win the overall title by 743 points. His nearest challenger, teammate Graham Collins, finished second with 6,110 points, followed by James Clemens’ Eric Bradshaw (5,971), Scottsboro’s John Dalton (5,864) and Auburn’s Christian Brandt (5,769).
    Caroline Lawrence of Homewood won the heptathlon with 4,631 points. Her best event Tuesday was a her 2:24.83 time in the 8900-meter run. She also had a 17-06.25 leap in the long jump to win both events in the 36-girl field.
    Maddie Harrell of Walker finished second with 4,011 points. Jasmine Griffin of Homewood (4,002) was third, Darcy Sanford of Alabama Christian (3,964) was fourth and Isabell Cochran of Montgomery-Catholic (3,850) was fifth.
    A total of 40 particpants competed in the boys’ field.
    

Caroline Lawrence, Jake Spotswood Lead AHSAA Heptathlon, Decathlon Competition after Day One

    TRUSSVILLE -- Homewood High School’s Caroline Lawrence and McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotwood led after day one of the 2017 AHSAA State Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium.
     Lawrence posted 2,719 points and held a 132-point lead over teammate Jasmine Griffin (2,587) as the 47th Heptathlon Championships head into Tuesday’s final day.   Alabama Christian’s Darcy Sanford (2,551) was third and Maddie Harrell of Walker was fourth at 2,534. Jade Johnson of Northridge was also over 2,500 points at 2,515.
     Boys’ first-day leader Spotwood, the Class 7A outdoor high jump and pole vault champion in 2017, posted 3,648 points to lead the 50th Decathlon heading into Tuesday. He cleared 6-06 in the high jump and ran the 100 meters in 11.68 seconds. He still has the pole vault competition Tuesday.
    John Dalton of Scottsboro was second with 3,412 points. Graham Collins of McGill-Toolen (3.386) was third, Christian Brandt of Auburn (3,291) was fourth and Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (3,256) was third after five events Monday.
    The championships will conclude Tuesday at Trussville.

Hoover Sweeps 7A State Track Titles at 93rd AHSAA State Outdoor Meet at Gulf Shores

    GULF SHORES – Hoover High School captured its seventh straight state girls’ outdoor track championship Saturday and Coach Devin Hind’s Hoover boys won its ninth state title overall and sixth in the last eight years.
    The Bucs scored 104 points to win the Class 7A boys’ crowns 93rd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track Championships for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex. Auburn was second with 89 points. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 128.50 points to capture Hoover’s third straight 7A title. The Lady Bucks won the 6A title from 2009-2014.  Mountain Brook was second Saturday with 83.50 points.
    Homewood repeated as girls’ champs in Class 6A, and Opelika won its third straight boys’ title. The Patriots out-scored runner-up Opelika 128 to 80 to win their fourth straight girls’ crown. Opelika’s boys had 84 points with Homewood finishing second with 65.
   Beauregard totaled 98 points to win the 5A girls’ championship over runner-up St. Paul’s Episcopal (83).  Scottsboro’s boys won the 5A crown with 88 points. St. Paul’s was second with 54, Arab and Guntersville tied for third with 51 each.
    In Class 4A, Montgomery Catholic’s girls won with 80 points. Randolph finished second with 63. In the boys’ competition, Greensboro won with 64.50 points. Winfield had 58 and Oneonta 46.
   A total of 16 records – nine new girls’ and seven new boys’ marks – to highlight the competition.
   Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com. A breakdown of the records set are listed below.
 
Class 7A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Henry Ruggs of Lee-Montgomery won the finals with a new 7A state-record time of 10.58. James Clemens’ Joshua Burks set the mark (10.65) in 2015.
200-Meter Dash: Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City and Charles Lewis of Sparkman bettered the 7A state record (21.34) set by Lewis in 2016 in Saturday’s finals. Lewis ran the 200 in 21.16 seconds but finished second to Delince, who won the race and new record with a winning time of 21.09.
Triple Jump: Senior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set a new 7A triple jump mark with a winning leap of 49-10.50. He broke the previous record (48-07.75) in three of his five attempts this year.
High Jump: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotswood, who won the pole vault Thursday with a winning jump of 16-06, tied the Class 7A high jump record with a winning leap of 6-06. Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills also tied the mark but finished second in the event based on misses. Melvin Hill of Baker established the record in 2015.
 
Class 4A Boys
110-Meter Hurdles: Senior Trey Cunningham added the 4A record to his list of achievements with a winning time of 13.97 Saturday. Jeremy Nicholson of W.S. Neal held the previous record (14.23) since 2010.
800-Meter Run: Tanner King of Northside and Colin Quick of Randolph each surpassed the previous Class 4A state record (1:57.32) set by UMS-Wright’s Richie Huettemann. Quick’s second-place time was 1:57.16 an King won the event and the new record with his 1:57.00 time.
Discus: Cade Finley of Wilson broke his own record with a winning  toss of 172-09. He set the previous mark (165-05) in 2016 but surpassed that mark on three of his five throws.
 
Class 7A Girls
200-Meter Dash: Sparkman sprinter Lauryn Hall turned in a 23.98 time to eclipse the old mark (24.08) set by Baker’s Destiny Davis in 2016.
4x100-Meter Relay: Sparkman clocked 46.77 in the prelims and then bettered that mark with a 46.52 time in the finals to eclipse the previous record (47.23) set in 2016 by Hoover.
Javelin: Ashley Carter’s winning throw of 132-01 set a 7A state meet record in javelin. Bria Terry of Vestavia Hills held the record (128-08), setting the standard in 2015.
Triple Jump: Smiths Station’s Alonie Sutton cleared 40-01 to surpass the record set in 2015 by Kayla Williams of James Clemens (39-03.50).
3,200-Meter Run: Samantha Rogers of Auburn clocked 10:53.12 to win the 3,200. Her time replaced the previous record (10:56.28) set by Mountain Brook’s Frances Patrick in 2015. 
 
Class 5A Girls
300-Meter Hurdles: Morgan O’Neal of Sylacauga broke the record she set last year clocking 43.67 in the finals Saturday. 
4x100-Meter Hurdles:  Sparkman sprinted to a 46.77 time and a new 7A record. Hoover set the mark previously (47.23) last year. The Lady Bucs finished second to the Senators in ’17 running 47.64.
3,200-Meter Run: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers ran the long-distance race in 10:53.12 to set the new record. Mountain Brook’s Frances Patrick had held the record (10:56.12) since 2015.
 
Class 4A Girls
4x400-Meter Relay: LAMP of Montgomery won with a record time of 4:06.35. The old record (4:08.73) was set in 2006 by Guntersville.

American Christian, Cold Springs, Whitesburg Christian, Altamont, Westminster-Oak Mountain win State Track Titles at at Cullman

    CULLMAN -- American Christian swept the Class 3A boys’ and girls’ state titles Saturday as the 93rd AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman High School. Whitesburg Christian and Altamont won the Class 1A and 2A girls’ state crowns, respectively while Westminster of Oak Mountain won the Class 1A boys championship.
    The real drama came in the Class 2A boys’ competition where Cold Springs edged out St. Bernard and LaFayette to win the state crown. Cold Springs totaled 97 points, St. Bernard had 96 and LaFayette had 94.
    When the 4xd400-meter relay concluded what was scheduled to be the last event of the meet, the pole vault competition was still underway. With that event still out, LaFayette had a slim lead six-point lead over St. Bernard and led by eight points over Cold springs.
    Coach Blaise Cairie’s Panthers placed  three pole vaulters in the points in what turned out to be an incredible finish in the final event of the day – which ended in a suspense-filled jump off for first place between St. Bernard ‘s Dominic Pautler and Falkville’s Devin Johnson. Both finished tied for first place clearing 13 feet and missing all three times at 13-03. The two vaulters then missed at 13 feet, cleared at 12-09 and 13 feet again, missed at 13-03 again and then ended the suspense when Johnson cleared at 13 feet and Pautler narrowly missed to give the Falkville vaulter first place and 10 points.
Pautler picked up eight points to give Coach Stephen Calvert’s team eight points and their total of 96. Blake Wood tied for third to pick up 5.50 points for Cold Springs. Teammate Trevor Slayton tied for fifth and picked up 3.50 points, and Eli Hamby was seventh – good for two points – a total of 11 in the event – and Cold Springs eeked out the 1-point win.
    Altamont, coached by Jeff Rediker, won the 2A girls’ title with 127 points. Falkville was second with 103,  St. Bernard was third with 72 and LaFayette was fourth with 71.50. Whitesburg Christian, coached by Dave McConnell, won the 1A girls’ championship with 139 points. Westminster of Oak Mountain was runner-up with 106. Coach Dale Carrell’s Westminster boys out-pointed runner-up Marion County in a close battle, 110 to 103. Isabella was third with 77.
    Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian girls and boys won the 3A titles handily with the Lady Patriots outscoring runner-up T.R. Miller 148-98. Bayside Academy was third with 90.
Tiller’s boys won with 140 points. Weaver finished strong to take second place with 55.50 points. Mobile Christian was third with 52.
    Holly Pond was fourth with 44 points – with senior Matt Cahoon scoring 40 points with two record-setting victories in the discus (165-08) and shot put (48.10.75) and wins in the high jump (6-06) and javelin (165-01.
   Three records fell at Cullman over the two days. Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The records included:
Class 3A Boys
Discus:
Cahoon of Holly Pond, who posted 40 points in the 2017 meet, set a new discus record (165-08), beating the old mark  (154-10) set by Daniel Blacksher of St. Paul’s Episcopal in 1985. Cahoon also set a new 3A shot put mark with his winning throw of 48-10.74. Devonta Fuqua of Lauderdale County set the previous record (48-04.75) n 2016. Cahoon also won the 3A high jump Saturday with a 6-06 leap but missed at 6-08, two inches shy of the 3A standard (6-10.25) set by Tyler Campbell of Cordova in 2008.
Class 3A Girls
Pole Vault:
American Christian’s Helen Claire Edmonds cleared 11 feet, 2 inches to set the Class 3A mark for girls. Cailyn Dressler of Cottage Hill held the mark (11-01) since 2015. Edmonds  also won the 300-meter hurdles in 48.26 and the triple jump with a winning leap of 36-06.75. She finished with 38 total points.


Classes 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A Complete Day 2 at Gulf Shores Montgomery Catholic and Brooks Emerge as Second-Day Leaders in Girls’ State Track

    Montgomery-Catholic (4A) , Brooks (5A), Homewood (6A) and Mountain Brook (7A) were atop of the girls’ points standings in their respective divisions while Winfield (4A), Scottsboro (5A), Homewood (6A) and Auburn (7A) topped the boys’ leaders after day two of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
    The state championships will conclude Saturday – with the NFHS Network live-streaming the final events of the state championships at Gulf Shores (Classes 4A through 7A) and at Cullman (Classes 1A through 3A).
    Catholic, thanks in part to sophomore sensation Amaris Tyynismaa’s seventh individual outdoor state championship Friday, leads the Class 4A girls’ competition with 40 points. Tyynismaa, the Class 4A state record holder in the 3,200-meter run,  won the race for the third straight year clocking 11:05.86 – 12 seconds shy of the 10;53.15 she ran in 2015 to set the girls’ current 4A record. The state championship was seventh AHSAA outdoor state title of her career. She won the 1,600 meters on Friday. Catholic holds a slim one-point lead over Randolph (39) with defending state champion UMS-Wright third with 35 and Hokes Bluff fourth with 23. On the boys’ side, Winfield, the 2016 Class 3A state champs, lead Trinity Presbyterian 37-38 with Greensboro and Wilson tied for third with 26 points.
    In Class 5A, Brooks holds a 59-50 lead over defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal in the girls’ division with Beauregard (47) and Scottsboro (46) close behind. Scottsboro’s boys have 61 points with 12 events completed with Guntersville (36) and Briarwood Christian (31) second and third. 
    Homewood’s girls have totaled 75 points after nine events in Class 6A and the Patriots’ boys have 57 after the same number of events. Opelika’s girls are second with 49 points heading into Satrurday’s final round and the Bulldogs’ boys have 49 and Cullman 41 to trail Homewood’s boys.
   Class 7A girls’ leader Mountain Brook has 63.16 points and Auburn is second with 51. Smiths Station (47.33) third and McGill-Toolen Catholic (45.50) fourth, heading into Saturday. Auburn’s boys have scored 50 points after 10 events, and Hoover has 44. McGill-Toolen is third with 41 and Hewitt-Trussville had 40.
     Auburn’s Samantha Rogers set a new Class 7A record in the 3,200-meter run clocking 10:53.12 Friday to edge Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan by five seconds. Her time beat Mountain Brook runner Frances Patrick’s mark (10:56.28) set in 2015.
   Other highlights Friday included:
     

CLASS 7A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain won with s 56.58 time.
Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire clocked 1:21.39 to take first place. She also won the ambulatory 200-meter dash in 35.06 and the 100 at 17.21.
4x100-Meter Relay: Sparkman’s girls set a new 7A record in the prelims clocking 46.77. Hoover ran 47.23 in 2016 to set the mark.
Javelin: Auburn’s Ashley Carter threw the javelin 132 feet, 1 inch for a new 7A state record. Bria Terry of Vestavia Hills set the mark (128.08) in 2015.

CLASS 6A GIRLS
3,200-Meter Run: Homewood’s Celie Jackson and John Carroll Catholic’s Lindsey Granier finished 1-2 with times of 11:24.08 and 11:28.26, respectively.
400-Meter Dash: Homewood’s Jasmine Griffin won first place with a 56.63 time.
4x800-Meter Relay: Fort Payne won over Homewood by six seconds with a winning time of 10:04.88.
Long Jump: Carol Lawrence of Homewood and Allison Tanner of Helena both cleare 5-04 but Lawrence won with fewer misses.
 
CLASS 5A GIRLS
3,200-Meter Run: Scottsboro distance runner Karsyn Whitehead, who won the 1,600 Thursday,  recorded a winning time of 11:45.62.
400-Meter Dash: Sylacauga’s Morgan O’Neal and Central-Tuscaloosa’s Jada Childers finished 1-2 just 69/100ths of  second apart. O’Neal’s winning time was 57.16.
100-Meter Dash: Florida State-bound Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fastest prelim time in 5A clocking 12.03 seconds.
Long Jump:  Breanna Brown of Woodlawn won at 17-06.
 
CLASS 4A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Ebony Tolliver of LAMP, Elizabeth Johnson of Randolph and Jabriana Jemison of Lamp finished 1-2-3 with just 89/100ths of a second between first and third place. Tolliver’s winning time was 1:00.36.
4x800-Meter Relay: Montgomery Catholic won in 10:01.91 over Wilson (10:34.04).
Long Jump: Isabella Cochran of Montgomery Catholic won with a 17-06.75 leap.
Shot Put: Deshler’s Rachel Davidson won with a 46-06.75 heave.
 
CLASS 7A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Vestavia Hills’ James Sweeney won in 9:27.72 with runner-up Tommy McDonough of Hoover clocking 9:28.51.
200-Meter Dash: Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City ran 21.51 seconds in the prelims to narrowly miss beating the state record (21.34).
4x800-Meter Relay: Hoover clocked a swift 8:03.80 to nip Smiths Station (8:04.21) and Mountain Brook (8:05.11).
Triple Jump: Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set a 7A record with a winning leap of 49-10.75. Michael Wiggins of Huntsville set the previous record (48-07.75) in 2016.
Shop Put: Walter Thomas of Vestavia Hills won with an excellent throw of 58 feet, 4 inches – eight inches shy of his 2016 state-7A record throw of 59 feet. 
 
CLASS 6A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Ben Garner of Opelika, who finished second last year, won the 2017 race in 9:29.17.
400-Meter Dash: Four runners finished 48/100ths of a second apart with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Nate Sanford winning in 49.13 seconds. Jordan Brazile of Blount (49.42) was second, Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore (49.59) was third and Brian Sims of  Ramsay (49.61) was fourth in the closest race of the day.
Pole Vault: Cullman’s Garrison Hill cleared 15 feet to beat the field by a foot.
 
 
CLASS 5A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Chase Buckelew’s time of 9:41.46 won the event for Arab. He won the 1,600 Thursday.
400-Meter Dash: Guntersville’s Myles Williamson finished first with a winning time of 50.40 seconds.
High Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro cleared 6-04 to win and also leaped 21-08.75 to win the the 5A long jump. 
 
 
CLASS 4A BOYS
3,200-Meter Run: Charlie Lott of Trinity Presbyterian won in 9:48.02. He captured the 1,600 Thursday.
400-Meter Dash: Elmore County’s D. J. Patrick won with a time of 50.65 seconds.
110-Meter Hurdles: Trey Cunningham qualified for Saturday’s finals with a 14.32 time – just short of the existing 4A state record (14.23) held by Jeremy Nicholson of W.S. Neal since 2010.
Discus: Cade Finley of Wilson broke his own record (165-05) set in 2016 with a winning throw of 172-09.

Classes 1A, 2A, 3A Conclude at Cullman Saturday American Christian Boys & Girls Lead 3A Field At AHSAA’s 93rd State Track Championships

    CULLMAN – American Christian Academy’s girls and boys led Class 3A after day of the AHSAA’s 93rd annual State Outdoor Track Championships being held at Cullman High School Friday and Saturday for Classes 1A, 2A and 3A.
    Gulf Shores is hosting Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A. Both sites’ final events are being livestreamed by the NFHS Network. The live-stream production can be accessed by clicking the NFHS Network icon at www.ahsaa.com.
    Live stats at both sites are being provided by Express Timing and can be accessed at www.ahsaa.com as well.
    Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots hold a 35-32 edge over Mobile Christian in the Class 3A boys’ competition heading into Saturday’s final day. Holly Pond is a close third with 30 points. ACA’s girls hold a four-point 47-43 lead over Bayside Academy in the 3A girls’ competition. T.R. Miller is third with 40 points and Pleasant Valley is fourth with 39.
   In Class 2A, Altamont’s girls lead Falkville 47-41 after Friday’s events and St. Bernard is third with 31. St. Bernard’s boys lead the 2A boys’ standings with 37 points. LaFayette has 24, Cold Springs and Sheffield, 23 each. 
    Marion County’s 68 points leads Class 1A’s boys. Westminster of Oak Mountain is second with 36 and Isabella is third with 35. Whitesburg Christian leads the 1A girls with 75 points. Westminster is second with 37 and Addison is third with 24.
    Holly Pond senior Matt Cahoon and Mobile Christian’s Josiah Harry each broke a 32-year old Class 3A state tournament discus record Friday at Cullman in individual action. Cahoon surpassed Daniel Blacksher’s record set in 1985 of 154 feet, 10½ inches on five of his six throws – winning with a new record 165-08 toss.  Harry beat Blacksher’s standard on two of his six throws and finished second in the event with a 157-07 best.
   Cahoon’s brother Joey Cahoon set a Class 3A shot put record with a throw of 48 feet,10.75 inches. 
     Maplesville senior Terrance Dunlap, the MVP of the Class 1A state football championship game the last three seasons, won the Class 1A 400-meter dash Friday in 50.26 seconds He was one second off the state 1A outdoor record (49.25) set by Hazlewood’s James Harris in 2003.
    Weather caused the 100 and 110-meter prelim races to be moved to Saturday where the winners will be decided on best times in the heats. The Class 3A boys’ pole vault and triple jump were also moved to Saturday starting at 9:30 and 8 a.m., respectively. The championships will conclude late Saturday afternoon.
    Other highlights include:
 

CLASS 3A GIRLS
1,600-Meter Run: Harper Roberts of American Christian edged past Allie Nelson of T.R, Miller to win the event in 5:15.93. Nelson’s time was 5:18.26.
Shot Put: Lauren Chastang of Bayside Academy won with a winning of 35-02.50 – coming on her second toss of the day.
Long Jump: Amber Mason of Bayside Academy captured first place with a 16-05 winning leap.
Discus: Mary Stewart Shegan of Montgomery Academy won with a winning toss of 95-07.

CLASS 2A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Falkville’s Kari Watts won in 1:00.34 over runner-up Anna-Julia Kutsch of Altamont (1:00.93).
1,600-Meter Run: Ivy Edge and Leahrose Mami took first and second play for St. Bernard just three seconds apart. Edge’s winning time was 5:33.43.
Triple Jump: Only 3½ inches separated the top three finishers as Kayla Watts of LaFayette won win a winning leap of 33-04½. Kalia Todd of Altamont was second at 33-04 and Keaundra Woody, Watts’ Bulldogs teammate, finished third at 33-01.
Javelin: Baylee Lockhart of Falkville won with a 103-08 throw.
 
CLASS 1A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash: Katherine Brandon and Mattie Weeks of Whitesburg Christian finished 1-2 with times of 1:01.58 and 1:02.52, respectively.
High Jump: Addison’s Abbie Chambless and Whitesburg Christian’s Emma Cape each cleared 5 feet. Chambless took first place based on misses.
Para-Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff clocked 1:54.48.
Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: Ciara Martin and Carlie Chapman, both of Alabama School for the Blind, finished 1-2 with times of 1:44.74 and 2:01.64.
Long Jump: Kaitlin Hill of Loachapoka took first place with a 16-01 leap.
4x800-Meter Relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain recorded a 10:09.19 time, just three seconds off the 1A girls’ state record, to win easily.
 
CLASS 3A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run: Joseph Wohlers, Brock Isom and David Barrett of American Christian finished 1-2-3 just four second apart with Wohlers crossing the finish line first with a winning time of 4:36.68.
400-Meter Dash: American Christian’s Luke Skinner narrowly missed setting a new 3A state meet record in the 400 – clocking 49.77 seconds to win Friday. Tavias Anderson of Sheffield set the mark (49.46) in 2016. 
 
CLASS 2A BOYS
400-Meter Dash: Tavias Anderson of Sheffield won with a 50.67 time.
1,600-Meter Run: Casey Guthery and Andrew Sweeney finished 1-2 for St. Bernard. Guthery’s winning time was 4:31.06 and Sweeney clocked 4:31.95.
Shot Put: Sheffield’s Jakobi Lewis won with a throw of 48 feet, 1½ inches.
4x800-Meter Relay: St. Bernard finished first clocking 8:46.07.
Long Jump: Tyler Dean of J.U. Blacksher won with a best leap of 20-10.25.
 

CLASS 1A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run: Nate Collins’ 4:33.61 time won the event for Westminster of Oak Mountain.
Pole Vault: Marion County’s Garrett Cooper won the event clearing  10 feet, 6 inches. Teammates Jacob Sanders and Braden Pyron finished 2-3 behind Cooper for the Red Raiders.
High Jump: Addison’s Noah Rice cleared 6 feet to capture first place.
Ambulatory 400-Meter Dash: Alabama School for the Blind’s Cole Howell clocked 1:28.85.
Long Jump: Tyler Dean of J.U. Blacksher won with a winning leap of 20-10.25.
Triple Jump: Marion County’s Aaron Madero won with a winning jump of 44-01.75.


Class 1A/2A/3A Boys’ and Girls’ Hurdles Moving to Saturday Morning

   CULLMAN – Due to current weather conditions, the 100-meter girls hurdles and 110-meter boys hurdles races in all classes at the Class 1A/2A/3A State Track Championships are being moved to Saturday run as finals on time at the originally scheduled 11 a.m. start.  The heats are being re-seeded slow to fast based on section qualifying times.
No other adjustments have been made in the schedule at this time. However, schools  should check the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) for further updates.


Class 3A State Boys’ Pole Vault, Triple Jump Moving to Saturday Morning

    CULLMAN – Due to current weather conditions, the Class 3A Boys’ Pole Vault competition and Class 3A Boys’ Triple Jump scheduled for Friday at the AHSAA State Track Championships at Cullman are being re-scheduled for Saturday morning. The 3A boys’ triple jump event will get underway at 8 a.m., Saturday with participants needing to check in by 7:30 a.m. The 3A boys’ pole vault will start at 9:30 a.m., with participants checking in by 9 a.m.
       Saturday’s Class 2A Girls’ Pole Vault event, scheduled for 11 a.m., will start once the 3A boys’ pole vault competition concludes but not before its scheduled time. The Class 2A Boys Pole Vault competition scheduled for 2 p.m., will start as soon as the 2A girls’ competition concludes – but not before its currently scheduled start.
          No other adjustments have been made in the schedule at this time. However, schools  should check the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) for further updates.

Class 1A/2A/3A State Track Championships Facing Brief Delay

   CULLMAN – Due to current weather conditions, the AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A State Track and Field Championships at Cullman High School are making an adjustment to its Friday running event schedule. The 110-meter hurdles prelims scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m., are being moved to the last running event today – following the 200-meter dash prelims which are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
    The afternoon field events session scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., will also be delayed briefly. Participants can check in at 2 p.m., but the start may be delayed momentarily.
    Schools should check the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) for updates.

McGill-Toolen, Homewood, Scottsboro,Winfield Lead Boys’ Competition after Day 1 of 93rd AHSAA State Track Meet

    GULF SHORES -- Despite two weather delays, competition was fierce at Gulf Shores as the 93rd AHSAA Outdoor State Track and Field Championships got underway for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex. 
     McGill-Toolen Catholic led the Class 7A boys’ team standings after day one with 27 points after four completed events. Hoover and defending champion Auburn were tied with 21 points each for second place. Cullman gathered 24 points to take the first-day lead in Class 6A. Homewood was second with 17 and defending champion Opelika had 16. Scottsboro topped the 5A standings with 23 points after five events. Brooks was second with 20 and Briarwood, third with 19. Winfield led the 4A competition with 27 points after six events. Defending champion UMS-Wright was second with 18 and Greensboro was fourth with 15.
  Defending champion UMS-Wright led the Class 4A girls’ field after four events completed with 20 points. Randolph was second with 15 while Hokes Bluff and Alabama Christian were tied for third with 12 points each. Scottsboro and Beauregard led the 5A girls’ competition with 18 points each and defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 16. Homewood’s defending state champion girls led Class 6A after five completed events with 34 points. Opelika had 22 and Pelham was third at 15. James Clemens’ girls led Class 7A with 34 points after seven events had been scored. Defending champion Mountain Brook was second with 23 and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 19.50.  
      The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships get underway at Cullman High School Friday. Both sites are scheduled to conclude Saturday afternoon. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the competition at both sites. To access the production, click on the NFHS Network link on at www.ahsaa.com and then follow the instructions to access the AHSAA events.
    Among the individual performances at Gulf Shores Thursday, junior high jumper JuVaughn Blake of Huntsville’s Columbia High School won the Class 6A competition clearing 6 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt. He then moved to 7-02, and although he has cleared that height more than once this season, he was unable to clear under the windy conditions on his three attempts and won with his 6-10 leap. Blake entered the competition at 6-4 and had no misses until his final three attempts. Trae Harry of Spanish Fort finished second clearing 6-06. Seth Williams of Paul Bryant also cleared 6-6 but had more misses and finished third. Both high jumpers missed at 6-8.
    Sparkman’s 4x100-meter relay team set a new Class 7A girls’ record with a winning time of 46.77 seconds in the prelims Thursday. The previous record of 47.23 was set by Hoover in 2016.
    Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A record in the triple jump Thursday with a winning distance of 40 feet, 1 inch. The old mark (39-03.50) was set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015. 
    Among other top performances:
Class 7A Boys
100-Meter Dash:  Lee-Montgomery senior Henry Ruggs recorded the fastest boys’ time of all prelims Thursday with a 10.77 time in his Class 7A head. Sparkman’s Charles Lewis was second in the 7A competition at 10.96.
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Jack Rogers missed the 7A state record by just two seconds with a winning time of 4:19.50.
Pole Vault: Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen cleared 16 feet, 6 inches to beat the field by two feet.
Long Jump: Class 7A record holder Noah Igbinoghene cleared 23-11 to win the event but was almost eight inches shy of his state record set in 2016 (24-07.50).
Shot Put: Davidson’s Deondre Moore had a winning throw of 44 feet, 7 ¼ inches to beat Hewitt-Trussville’s Gaines Myrick by three inches.
 
Class 6A Boys
Javelin: Ashton Dominque of Briarwood Christian had a winning throw of 179 feet, 1 inch to win over Lazarius Decatur of Brooks, who finished second at 173 feet.
100-Meter Dash: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore clocked a 10.82 to qualify first in the 6A prelims.
1,600 Meters: Ben Garner of Opelika won with a time of 4:18.76, fastest boys’ time of the day in any class.
Discus: Cullman’s Austin Elrod won with a throw of 166-08 to help Cullman take a first-day lead after three completed events.
 
Class 5A Boys
Long Jump: Scottsboro’s John Dalton won a close battle over runner-up Roderick Johnson of Beauregard and third-place finisher Shon’derious Spraling of Mae Jemison. All three cleared 21 feet with Dalton going 21-08.75 to win.
1,600 Meters: Arab’s Chase Buckelew won with a 4.28.06 time.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Nick Walls of Crossville’s a winning throw of 24-03.
 
 
Class 4A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Winfield senior Trey Cunningham, who set a new 4A/5A Indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February, clocked 11.16 seconds to qualify first in the 4A prelims – just 8/1000ths of a second faster than Ty Washington of Sipsey Valley to set up what should be an exciting 100 final race Saturday.
1,600 Meters: Trinity Presbyterian’s Charlie Lott clocked 4:28.74 to nip Tanner King of Northside (4:29.76) at the finish line.
Discus: Madison County’s Stephen White won with a winning throw of 122-05.
Ambulatory 100-Meter Dash: Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley  ran the 100 in 15.45 seconds to win.
 
 
Class 7A Girls
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers and McGill-Toolen’s Grace Jensen finished 1-2 with Rogers clocking 4:58.15 and Jenson, 4:58.53,in what turned out to be the closest race of the girls’ competition Thursday.
Pole Vault: Sophie Jane Knott of Mountain Brook cleared 11 feet, 3 inches to take first place.
Ambulatory Shot Put: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire won with a distance of 20 fee6, 6 ¼ inches on her fourth attempt.
Ambulatory 200-Meter Dash: Jordan McGuire clocked 35.06 seconds for McGill-Toolen.
 
Class 6A Girls
1,600 Meters: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won with a winning time of 5:02.75 – 15 seconds better than her closest challenger.
Javelin: Haley Dempsey of Oxford won with a winning throw of 100-01.
 
Class 5A Girls
100-meter Dash: Senior Florida State track signee Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fast time of any girls’ runner in the prelims clocking 12.03 seconds running in a minus1.8 headwind in the 5A competition.
1,600 Meters: Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro beat the field clocking 5:16.17 to win.
Shot Put: Sam Dailey of Beauregard won with a winning toss of 38-09.75. Teammate Alexis Jackson was second with a best throw of 37-09.
 
 
Class 4A Girls
1,600 Meters:
Sophomore Amaris Tynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic won with a time of 5:06.50, five second shy of her state record 5:01.38 time she set running as an eighth grader in 2015.
High Jump: Alabama Christian’s  Darcy Sanford cleared 5-02 to win the event for the Eagles.
Triple Jump: TyLynn Register of Hokes Bluff won the event with at 36-04.24. UMS-Wright’s Aryn McDowell was second at 36-00.50.
Ambulatory Shot Put: Oak Grove’s Haley May had a winning throw of 10-02.