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AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Boys’ MLK Invitational 6A/7A High Jump Finish Captures this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

 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:
  
BOYS
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.

GIRLS
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.


AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Smiths Station’s Sutton, Hillcrest’s Moore Set Records at Icebreaker Invitational Meet

   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:

BOYS
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.

GIRLS

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.


AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Defending 7A Champion Hoover Boys & Girls Capture First 2 Indoor Meets of the Season

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:
  
BOYS
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.

 

GIRLS
JASMINE GRIFFIN, HOMEWOOD:
Clocked 7.63 seconds in the 60-meter dash to win the Magic City Invitational Class 6A/7A division event at the Birmingham CrossPlex. She also narrowly missed the meet record in the 400-meter dash, finishing second with a time of 58.16 behind Clinton (MS) runner Jayda Eckford, who clocked 57.75 for a new meet record. The old record of 58.07 was set by Olivia Knox of Central-Tuscaloosa in 2016. Griffin also clocked to set a new meet record at the Holiday Invitational at the CrossPlex. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman set the old record (7.73) last year. Griffin also won the Holiday Invitational 60-meter hurdles with a meet-record tying time of 8.94 seconds.
HOLLI CHAPMAN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Clocked 58.08 seconds in the Holiday Invitational 400-meter dash to finish second to Jayda Eckford of Clinton (MS). Eckford set the record last year with a time of 59.24 and bettered that mark with a 56.64 time. Chapman’s time broke last year’s record as well.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Won the Holiday Invitational long jump with a meet-record leap of 17-07.7. The old record (17-03.75) was set by Homewood’s Elysa Griffin in 2015.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Recorded a Holiday Invitational meet record leap of 37-09.50 to win the event. The old record (36-08) was held by Angel Horton of Northridge in 2015.






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.