BIRMINGHAM – Hoover, Homewood and American Christian swept the boys’ and girls’ championships for Classes 7A, 6A and 1A/3A, respectively, AT the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Saturday. In Class 4A/5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school the girls’ state crown –the school’s ninth indoor title in a row, 25th overall and the school’s 181st state championship in all sports since joining in AHSAA in the early 1970s. Guntersville won the boys’ 4A/5A championship. The Lady Saints of Coach Jim Tate had 100 points and runner-up Scottsboro scored 62.50 to finish as runner-up. Guntersville, coached by Jennifer Charles, posted 57 points, runner-up Scottsboro had 49 and Central-Tuscaloosa was third with 46. Pole vaulter James Courson won the Class 7A high jump competition clearing 16 feet, 1 inch, to help the Hoover’s boys, coached by Devin Hind, win the school’s eighth boys’ title overall. Hoover scored 135 points and runner-up Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50. Courson attempted to clear 16-05 and set the AHSAA all-time indoor record came up just short. He cleared 15-00, 15-06 and his winning height without a miss. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 113 points to win the state title for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years. Hoover has won all four 7A titles. McGill-Toolen Catholic finished with 78 points and James Clemens was third with 74. Homewood’s Lady Patriots, coached by Lars Porter, and totaled 167.50 points to set a new AHSAA all-time indoor team scoring record. Pelham was second with 72.50 and Paul Bryant finished third with 65. Porter’s Homewood boys had 103.50 points to finish ahead of runner-up Opelika, which had 56. Paul Bryant was a close third with 54. American Christian, coached by Charles Tiller, posted 104 points to win the boys’ 1A/3A crown and had 150 to win the 1A/3A girls’ championship. Bayside Academy had 72 points and Whitesburg Christian 67 to finish 2-3 in the girls’ competition. Mobile Christian had 71 to finish second in the boys’ team rankings, and Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 67. A total of 10 boys’ state indoor records fell and 12 girls’ records – a total of 22 for the two-day meet. In addition to Homewood’s girls setting the new all-time points record, the Lady Patriots also set the new 6A record. American Christian’s Girls set a record for points scored in 1A/3A, and Hoover’s boys set a new 7A team scoring record. Talented junior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic picked up her 10th AHSAA Indoor State Championships victory with a record-setting 3:56.31 time in the Class 4A/5A 1,600-meter race. She finished 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Presley Miles of Saint James, who upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter finals Friday to set a class record in that event. Tyynismaa broke her own state record (5:01.36) set in 2015 when she was an eighth grader. In the boys’ 4A/5A 1,600-meter race, Matthew Estopinal of Randolph and Tanner King of Northside each broke the class record (4.22.12) held by Jon Bringham of St. Paul’s Episcopal since 2004. Estopinal finished with a winning time of 4:21.50 and King clocked 4:21.54 in the photo finish. The runners also finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters with Estopinal winning with another 4A/5A record time clocking 9:22.01. King crossed the finish line at 9:31.40. Jasmine Griffin led Homewood’s girls, winning the 400-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash on Saturday. She nipped Qymeshia Mayew of Paul Bryant to win the 400-meter dash. Griffin had a 57.47 time and Mayhew clocked 57.89. She won the 60-meter hurdles clocking 8.95 improving her qualifying time (9.89) by almost a full second. All six girls finishing in the scoring also ran faster Saturday than Friday’s best qualifying time. She closed out her individual events Saturday with a win in the 60-meter dash. Her winning time was 7.62 seconds. In other highlights Saturday: CLASS 7A GIRLS ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Set a new record in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 inches. She broke her own record (39-11.75) set last season. Sutton set the CrossPlex record in January leaping 41-05.75. GENESIS JONES, HOOVER: Set a new Class 7A state indoor record in the high jump with a winning jump of 5-06. London Wooley of Thompson and Ella Keaton of McGill-Toolen Catholic also equaled the old record 5-04 to finish second and third, respectively. Wooley took second with fewer misses. Julie Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record originally in 2015. VADA SAMUELS, JAMES CLEMENS: Was the surprise winner in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 56.78, just ahead of Mountain Brook sprinter Holli Chapman (56.97). Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne, the AHSAA 7A state record holder and one of the top 400 runners in the nation, was disqualified for running out of her lane. McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: Picked up her second championship of the 2018 state meet with a 5:03.81 time in the 1,600-meter finals. She won the 3,200 on Friday and finished fourth in the 800. Sydney Steely of Hoover was second at 5:03.97. MICHELLE NKOUDOU, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter hurdles finals clocking 8.81. Teammate Chakiya Plummer was second at 8.91. JORDAN McQUIRE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Posted a time of 1:17.85 to claim the Class 7A ambulatory 400-meter dash. She also ran the 60-meter dash in 10.35 seconds. LAURYN HALL, SPARKMAN: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 7.66 time, 1/100th of a second off her 7A record-setting time in the Friday’s prelims and tying the state record she set last year. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hope Igbinoghene was second clocking 7.69. HOOVER 4x800 & 4x400 RELAYS: Set the state and CrossPlex record in the 4x80 with a winning time of 9:19.70. The Bucs held the record coming in thanks to its 9:26.76 finish in 2016.Coach Devin Hind’s team closed out the meet setting a new record in the 4x400 clocking 3:55.24 in a very close finnal. Hewitt-Trussville and James Clemens finished two second behind to also break the old mark (3:59.53) established by Central-Phenix City in 2016.
CLASS 6A GIRLS LAINEY HELMS, HOMEWOOD: Crossed the finish line at 5:21.49 to win 1,600-meter race. JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Won the high jump clearing 5-04. HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: The Patriots finished first with a time of 9:49.08. KIRSEN GARDNER, HELENA: Won the shot put with a 37-06.24 toss. AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the long jump with a meet best 17-02.50 leap. RAMSAY 4x400 RELAY: Clocked 4:04.91 to sweep the final race of the 6A meet.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Edged teammate Olivia Knox at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash. Childers clocked 57.88 and Knox had 58.40 time. ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS: Won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9:21 and also captured the long jump with a winning leap of 17-3.50. Emily Burrowes and Olivia Beard, both of St. Paul’s Episcopal, finished two inches behind Ivory jumping 17-01.50. CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.82 seconds. OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Captured the high jump clearing the bar at 5-02. ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 4x800 RELAY: The Lady Saints won the relay with a 10:18.84 time. Montgomery Catholic was second (10:20.48). CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons won in 4:07.53 to set a new 4A/5A relay record.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.19 seconds in the finals. She set a new 1A/3A state record in the prelims (9.08) on Friday. She also won the triple jump with a winning leap of 36-06.25. HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Tied the 1A/3A state record in the high jump clearing 5-07. The record was set in 2017 by Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley. She also finished second in the triple jump with a 35-05.50 leap. JOSIE PARHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter dash clocking 8.15 in the finals to edge Ja’Niayah Boykin of Mobile Christian (8.18). JA’NIYAH BOYKIN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 400-meter dash competition with a time. HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:18.59 to finish one second ahead of runner-up Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian. 4x800 RELAY: Westminster of Oak Mountain took first place clocking 10:19.20.
CLASS 7A BOYS JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Followed up Friday’s 7A state-record performance in the 3,200 meters with a win in the 1,600 meters Saturday. His winning time was 4:23.56, just under a second better than runner-up Charlie Slaughter of Mountain Brook (4:24.33). KYLE SMITH, HOOVER: Won the triple jump with a distance of 45-07 on his final jump. JAKE DIGGS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Battled James Clemens’ Nolan Smith to the finish, winning the 400-meter dash with a 49.46 time. Smith crossed the finish line at 49.56. HAKIM RUFFIN, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 6.91 time. Teammate R.J. Nelson was second at 6.98. VIKTOR TUREK, THOMPSON: Won the shot put with a winning toss of 49-02.50. GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 60-meter hurdles running 8.31 in the finals Saturday. SMITHS STATION 4x800 RELAY: Captured the relay title with a 7:58.51 time over runner-up Hoover (8:02.94). The Bucs closed by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:24.01.
CLASS 6A BOYS OKHEME MOORE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Set a Class 6A state record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds in the finals Saturday. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika held the mark (6.85), which he ran in 2016. Moore also clocked 48.96 to win the 400-meter dash in a photo finish over Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, who was timed at 48.98. C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Established a new Class 6A indoor state record in the triple jump with his winning leap of 48-04.75. Myles Charley of Spain Park set the previous mark (47-11.25) in 2012.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Added the 1,600-meter title Saturday to the 3,200 race he won on Friday clocking 4:24.39 to finish just three seconds off the 6A state record. DEANTHONY COLEMAN, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Won the 60-meters hurdles finals with a time of 8.21.ELI BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 13-03 to capture the pole vault . Edwin Rainey of Northridge was second at 12-06. HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: Beat Hartselle by four seconds to win the event with an 8:30.07 time. Hartselle clocked 8:34.44. 4x400 RELAY: The Rams won in 3:27.49 seconds. CLASS 4A/5A BOYS DEMONTAE WILSON, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Ran the 400-meter dash in 50.33 seconds to win the event for the Falcons. HUNTER APPLIN, WEST POINT: Captured the 60-meters hurdles crown with a time of 8.23. CADE FINLEY, WILSON: Won the shot put event with a throw of 46-10. CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GROVE: Won the 60-meter dash running 6.89 in the finals. ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD: Won the high jump clearing 6-06. BRYAN SHIRLEY, SIPSEY VALLEY: Jumped 20-08.75 to win the long-jump competition. GUNTERSVILLE 4x400 RELAY: The Wildcats won the final event with a time of 3:29.43 to clinch the state team championship. TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN 4X800 RELAY: Won the championship with an 8:26.28 time.
CLASS 1A/3A BOYS DAVID HODGSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 50.50 seconds in the 400-meter dash to win the event. He just missed the state1A/3A record (50.03), set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016. NATE COLLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600-meter race clocking 4:31.26. KEEFER WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Clocked 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to win the event over runner-up James Jackson of American Christian (9.98). White also won the 60-meter dash with a 7.25 time in the finals. WILEY BOONE, WESTMINSTER –OAK MOUNTAIN: Jumped 20-05.25 to win the long jump competition. JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a 51-09.25 toss, and teammate Michael Prince finished second with a throw of 49-06. The 18 points scored in the last field event of the day propelled the Leopards to second place in the final boys’ team standings. DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6 feet to win the 1A/3A long jump. AMERICAN CHRITIAN 4x400 RELAY: The Patriots set a new record with a winning time of 3:35.33. BAYSIDE ACADEMY 4x800 RELAY: Bayside’s time of 8:35.23 won the 4x800-meter relay. American Christian was second at 8:36.37.
BIRMINGHAM – Homewood High School’s boys and girls turned in strong performances Friday to take the lead in Class 6A at the 49th AHSAA Indoor State Track & Field Championships being held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
Coach Lars Porter’s defending state champion girls posted 72 points to build a 45-point lead over Pelham, which had 27, with five events finished Friday. The Patriots’ boys piled up 52.50 points to lead defending champ Opelika, posting 72 points through six events, to the Bulldogs’ 28. Paul Bryant was third with 26.
Eleven indoor state-meet records fell Friday with five in the boys’ competition and six on the girls’ side. The state meet resumes Saturday at 8 a.m., with field events. Running events start at 9 a.m., with the 400-meter dash for all classes. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming the finals. To access the subscriber-based video stream, go to www.nfhsnet.com for instructions.
In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover held a slim 4.5-point lead over McGill-Toolen Catholic in the girls’ competition after seven final events. The Lady Bucs had 48.50 points and the Lady Yellow Jackets had 44. Coach Devin Hind’s Hoover boys held a 44-35 lead over Vestavia Hills with five events concluded.
American Christian, which swept the boys’ and girls’ titles last season in Class 1A/3A, held slim leads after Friday’s events with girls holding a 43-41 edge over Bayside Academy with six events completed, and a 48-26 lead over Westminster-Oak Mountain with five events concluded. Defending 4A/5A girls’ state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal totaled 47 points through six events hand had a 14.5-point lead over Scottsboro (32.5). Winfield, the runner-up in the boys’ competition in 2017, scored 29 points Friday to hold a five-point lead over defending champion Scottsboro (23) with five events finished.
Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic added her ninth individual state championship to her AHSAA Indoor Track trophy case clocking 10:44.09 to win the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters Friday. She finished 12 seconds behind her own record (10:32.94) set in 2015 when she an eighth grader.
Her attempt at No. 10 was averted, however, in the 800-meter competition. Saint James freshman Presley Miles pulled a stunning upset in the Class 4A/5A 800-meter race however. She beat her friend and Montgomery rival with a strong finish over the final lap and broke the AHSAA Class 4A/5A state record in the process with a 2:15.83 time. Tyynismaa had set the previous record (2:17.57) in 2015. She crossed the finish line at 2:19.26 to finish second.
Winfield junior Walker Junkin turned in the top boys’ performance of Friday’s first day’s action setting a record in the Class 4A/5A pole vault. He won the event clearing 15 feet, 4 inches – and missed three attempts at 15-07 as most of the CrossPlex crowd watched and cheered him on with each valiant try. The old class record (14-07) was set by Jeremy Protz of Scottsboro in 2003. The all-time indoor record of 16-06.50 was set Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015.
Friday’s highlights included:
CLASS 7A GIRLS
LAURYN HALL, SPARKMAN: Broke the Class 7A record in the 60-meter dash with a 7.65 time in the prelims. She set the standard at last year’s state meet clocking 7.66.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke the long-jump record she set last year with a winning leap of 18 feet, 8 inches Friday. Her previous record was 18-07.75.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 40-09.50 in the triple jump to break the previous 7A girls’ record (38-00) set by Thompson’s Sarah Green in 2016.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: Won the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:59.46, less than a second off the 7A state indoor record.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Had a winning time of 2:13.93 in the 800-meter race.
JORDAN McGUIRE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had a winning throw of 20-08.25 in the ambulatory division of the shot put competition.
BRADYN COARSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 11 feet to capture the 7A pole vault.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Won the 7A race by just 4/100ths of a second over runner-up James Clemens. The Bucs clocked 1:43.12 and the Jets, 1:43.16. Auburn was third at 1:43.78.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Crossed the finish line with a time of 11:11.20 just ahead of teammate Celie Jackson, who finished second.
ALEX BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault event.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:16.00.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Leaped 37-03.75 to capture the triple jump for the Lady Patriots.
HOMEWOOD 4X200 RELAY: Beat the field with a winning time of 1:43.56.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
EMILY BURROWES, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the triple jump with a winning leap of 37-02.25.
KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Threw the shot 45-05.50 to win the event for the Valley Cubs.
CALLIE RATCLIFF, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the pole vault leaping 11 feet.
4x200 Relay: Central-Tuscaloosa won with a winning time of 1:46.76 to give the Falcons boys and girls a sweep in the relay.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 9.08 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to set a new 1A/3A state record. Raven Stewart of Guntersville set the previous record (9.09) in 2013.
HANNAH TARWATER, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Captured the 3,200 meters crossing the finish at 11:37.99. Becca Billman of American Christian was second (11:55.49).
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 800 meters clocking 2:19.68.
AMBER MASON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Tossed the shot put 30-06.50 to win the event and also had a leap of 16-05.50 to capture the long jump title as well.
WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Clocked 1:53.50 to win the only girls’ relay of Friday’s competition.
MONTGOMERY – Kyle Smith of Hoover High School set a Martin L. King Invitational indoor track meet high jump record with a winning leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 15. He was pushed to the limit, however, winning in a jump off with Opelika’s C.J. Jordan. He also cleared 6-06 and now shares the MLK Meet record with Smith.
Seth Williams of Paul Bryant, an Auburn football signee who played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game at Hattiesburg just one month earlier, also tied the previous record by clearing 6-04. He missed his three tries at 6-06. Williams also helped lead the Stampede to the 2017 Class 6A state basketball championship with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-44 win over Parker in the finals at the BJCC last March. Justin Cannon of Paul Bryant and Jonah Hyde of Helena also had three tries at equaling the 6-4 record set by Homewood’s Alazae Hester-Taylor in 2015 but missed.
The exciting and extremely competitive event at the 2018 MLK Invitational captured the AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Spotlight for this week. A total of 29 participants competed in the event.
James Clemens’ girls won the MLK 6A/7A title with 105 points. Hoover was second with 93.50. American Christian totaled 57 points to capture the 1A/5A title. St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 48. Hoover won the 6A/7A boys’ team championship totaling 109 points. Paul Bryant was second with 50.50. Hattiesburg (MS) finished first in the 1A/5A boys’ division with 44 points, nipping American Christian with 43.
Highlights from Monday’s MLK Meet the CrossPlex include:
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Won the 6A/7A triple jump with a winning distance of 46-01. He also cleared 6-06 in the high jump and finished second in a jump off.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: The Bucs narrowly missed the MLK Meet record clocking 1:29.82 to win the 6A/7A division event. Oxford (MS) holds the record (1:29.32) set in 2017 and Opelika holds the overall CrossPlex record (1:28.40), winning the 6A event at the 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Championships. Hoover’s 4/400 relay team also won that event at this year’s meet with a 3:27.48 time, and finished second to Thompson in the 4x800 relay.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A pole vault clearing 15 feet. He then moved the bar to 15-08 and missed, however.
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: Set a MLK Meet 6A/7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 54.22 seconds. Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set the mark last year with a 54.43 time.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Won the 800 meters with a 2:17.50 time and the 1,600 meters clocking 5:13.80.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Won two events at the MLK Meet with a 17-09.50 distance to win the long jump and 37-01.25 to claim the triple jump.
HANNAH TARWATER, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Captured the 1A/5A girls’ 800 meters and 1,600 meters with times of 2:27.41 and 5:14.68, respectively, at the MLK Invitational.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the MLK 1A/5A division high jump with a strong leap of 5-04 and finished second in the pole vault competition clearing 10-06.
MOUNTAIN BROOK 4X800 RELAY: Set an MLK Meet record with a time of 9:48.77 in the 6A/7A 4x800-meter relay. Huntsville held the previous record with a 9:49.42 time at the 2014 MLK Invitational.
MONTGOMERY – Smiths Station’s Alonie Sutton set two meet records to win the long jump and triple jump competition in the Class 6A/7A division of the Icebreaker Invitational Indoor Track Meet at the Birmingham Crossplex last weekend. Her performance claimed the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight for last week.
Sutton won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 10 inches and then set a CrossPlex record with her winning leap of 41-05.75 to win that event as well. Panthers head coach Cassidy Stecenko’s senior standout became the first high school girls’ participant to go over 41 feet in the CrossPlex’s eight-year history, breaking her own previous record of 40-09.75 in 2017. Senior teammate Kennedy Nelson was second in both events.
Okheme Moore of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa also moved into the AHSAA Spotlight with a record-setting performance to beat the field of 139 sprinters in the boys’ Class 6A/7A 60-meter dash competition at the Icebreaker Invitational. The senior sprinter clocked a winning time of 6.86 seconds to erase the previous mark set by Auburn’s Deonte Tolbert (6.87) in 2016.
Moore was also one six participants in the final heat to break the Icebreaker Meet’s 400-meter dash record, finishing second (48.10) to Clinton (MS) runner Kristopher Moore, who set the new record in that event with winning time of 47.82. Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, Hewitt-Trussville’s Jake Diggs, James Clemens’ Nolan Smith and Hoover’s Dorian Austin each surpassed the old mark (49.95) set by Rogers in 2016.
Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover High School boys’ and girls’ teams swept the 6A/7A division championships with 95.50 and 74 points, respectively. McGill-Toolen Catholic was second in the girls’ competition with 67.50 points, and Homewood finished third with 53. Vestavia Hills was second in the boys’ division with 48 points.
American Christian won the Icebreaker Meet’s 1A/5A girls’ title with 79 points. St. Paul’s Episcopal finished second with 76 and Montgomery Catholic was third with 44. Hattiesburg (MS) won the 1A/5A boys’ division with 53 points, edging runner-up Guntersville by one point. Winfield was third with 46 points. The next major high school meet at the CrossPlex will be Monday, Jan. 15, the Martin L. King Classic.
Other top indoor track performances reported from the Icebreaker Invitational included:
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: He and teammate Jaylen Stinson had Icebreaker Meet long jumps of 21-08.50 each to establish a new 6A/7A division record. Jordan also won the triple jump with a 47-10.50 distance.
CHARLIE SLAUGHTER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Won the Class 6A/7A 1,600 meters with a meet record 4:25.47, erasing the old record (4:25.90) set by Hoover’s Tommy McDonough in 2016.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Won the 3,200 meters with a 6A/7A meet record time of 9:32.49. Vestavia Hills’ James Sweeney, who set the Icebreaker Invitational record with a 9:41.60 time in 2016, broke his own mark and finished second clocking 9:35.66.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Cleared 6-06 in the high jump to tie the Icebreaker Meet 6A/7A record shared by Mountain Brook’s Drew Williams (2015). Nesbitt holds the overall CrossPlex all-time record with a 6-08 leap in the Class 7A state meet in 2016.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Cleared 15-06 to win the 6A/7A Icebreaker Meet pole vault competition to set a new meet record by six inches.
CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GR0VE: Won the 60-meter dash with a 6.96 time in the Icebreaker Invitational to set a new 1A/5A record. Columbia’s Alize Ford set the mark in 2016 with a time of 6.98 seconds. Winfield’s Trey Cunningham, now a freshman at Florida State, set the CrossPlex record with a time of 6.78 seconds last season.
MICHAEL PRINCE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Tossed the shot 53-04.75 to set a new 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record – edging Leopards teammate Josiah Henry, who also broke the previous mark with a 53-03 toss. Daniel Herrod of Northridge had a throw of 51 feet in 2015 to set the record originally.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Cleared 14 feet, 7 inches to beat the 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record set in 2014 by Jesse Austin of Montgomery Academy by seven inches.
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Narrowly missed setting a 1A/5A Icebreaker Invitational 400-meter dash record with his winning time of 2:01.04. He also won the 1,600 meters (4:37.89) and finished second to Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope in the 3,200 meters. Hope set a new 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record with a time of 9:50.24. King’s 9:54.11 time also broke the previous mark of 10:02.38 set by Micah Sheldon Britton of Alabama Christian in 2016. Hayden Judge of Scottsboro and Nate Collins of Westminster also broke the previous record finishing 3-4 with times of 9:54.33 and 9:56.82, respectively.
SMITH STATION 4X400 RELAY: The Panthers clocked 3:27.61 to edge Thompson (3:27.84) as both teams surpassed the Icebreaker Meet’s previous event record (3:27.95) set by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in 2016.
VESTAVIA HILLS 4X800 RELAY: The Rebels, anchored by James Sweeney, ran the distance in 8:16.43 to win the event and set a new 6A/7A division boys’ record.
JASMINE GRIFFIN, HOMEWOOD: Won the Icebreaker Invitational Meet Class 6A/7A division 60-meter dash with a meet record time of 7.66 seconds. Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall, who set the standard in 2016 with a 7.73 time, finished second with a personal best 7.71. Also beating the previous mark were Caroline Huff of McGill-Toolen, Hoover’s Chakiya Plummer, Auburn’s Reagan McCall and James Clemens’ Vada Samuels. The CrossPlex record was set last year at the Last Chance Meet by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, now running as a freshman at Florida State.
MICHELLE ROCO, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Was one of six girls who surpassed the existing 400-meter dash record for the Icebreaker Meet’s 6A/7A division with a runner-up time of 58.33 seconds. Clinton (MS) sprinter Jayda Eckford won with a winning time of 57.60. She set the record in 2016 with a time of 59.24.
ZURI FALKNER, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a winning throw of 37-05 to set a new 6A/7A record in the Icebreaker Meet shot put competition.
GRACE JENSEN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had near record times in the 800 (2:18.26) and 1,600 (5:06.90) to win both events in the Icebreaker Meet’s 6A/7A division.
MORGAN O’NEAL, SYLACAUGA: Set the Class 1A/5A girls’ Icebreaker Meet record with a winning time of 58.82 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Won three events in the 1A/5A division of the Icebreaker Invitational. She clocked 2:20.06 in the 800-meter run, 5:03.51 in the 1,600 meters and 11:23.26 in the 3,200 meters. She finished with 30 points, helping her team finish third overall. Her own total would have placed her fifth in the team competition. Her times in all three events place her among the Elite performances, according to Milesplit.com, in the nation this season.
ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS: Set a new 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record in the 60-meter hurdles with time of 9.19 seconds to finish just ahead of American Christian’s Kayleigh Atkins (9:21). Both times beat the previous record of 9.23 set by Karri Green of Piedmont in 2015.
EMILY BURROWS, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 4 inches to set a 1A/5A Icebreaker Meet record. She also set a new meet triple jump record for her division with a 37-07.50 leap. Ashleigh Ivory of Demopolis finished second in the long jump with a 17-0.50 leap, also breaking the previous record (16-11.50) set by Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA RELAY: The Falcons’ 4x100-meter relay team captured the 1A/5A event with a time of 1:48.08 – beating the old record set by St. Paul’s Episcopal in 2015 by three seconds.
MONTGOMERY – Hoover High School opened the 2017-18 indoor track season in stride with victories in the first two meets of the season at the Birmingham CrossPlex to grab the first AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight of the season.
Hoover’s boys and girls, the defending Class 7A state indoor champions, won the team competition at the Magic City Classic indoor track meet held Dec. 6 at the Birmingham CrossPlex over a field of 50 boys’ teams and 44 girls’ teams. Coach Devon Hind’s boys’ team had 144.50 points and runner-up Winfield had 86. Hind’s girls won with 96 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal was a close second with 89.
The Bucs also swept the boys’ and girls’ championships at the Holiday Invitational Dec. 9 at the CrossPlex with 107 and 93 points, respectively. Homewood was second with 63.50 points in the boys’ competition and 76 points in the girls’ division. Twenty-four schools participated overall.
The next high school meet at the CrossPlex is Saturday, Dec. 16, with the USTF Invitational. The Hoover Alumni Invitational is scheduled for Dec. 30, the Icebreaker Invitational, Jan. 5-6, the MLK Classic, Dec. 15 and the Last Chance Invitational, Jan. 25-26. The AHSAA Indoor State Championships will be at the CrossPlex Feb. 2-3.
Highlights from the first two indoor meets of the season at the CrossPlex include:
OKHEME MOORE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Broke the Magic City Classic meet record in the Class 6A/7A division 400-meter dash finals with a time of 48.72 seconds – bettering the 49.55 record set by Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore in 2016. However, Clinton (MS) sprinter Kristopher Moore won the race with an even better record-setting time of 48.14 seconds in the photo finish. Okheme Moore also won the Holiday Invitational 60-meter dash in 6.95 seconds and bettered his 400-meter time to 48.02 seconds. Clinton’s Kristopher Moore, however, won the event with a 47.89 time – setting a new record for the Holiday Invitational. Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore, who set the previous record (49.95) last year, finished third with a time of 48.45, which also beat his 2016 time. A total of 86 runners competed in the 400-meter event.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Won the Class 6A/7A pole vault at the Magic City Classic clearing 15 feet, 7 inches – and winning the event by 2½ feet over the closest competitor.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Cleared 6-06 to win the Holiday Invitational high jump, tying the meet record set in 2015 by Drew Willilams of Mountain Brook, in the process.
J’MARRI McCALL, HOOVER: Set the Holiday Invitational meet record in the long jump with a winning distance of 21-06. The old mark of 21-05.75 was established by Daryl Bowden of Sparkman in 2016.
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.
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.