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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.

Erin Hines Claims 2016 AHSAA Heptathlon Title

   HOOVER – Senior Erin Hines totaled 4,625 points to captured the 2016 AHSAA State Heptathlon Championship at Hoover High School Tuesday.
   Hines trailed first-day leader Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal by 20 points heading into Tuesday’s final three events of the 25th annual event. She won the long-jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 5 ¾ inches and closed with a solid 2:30.98 in the 800 meters to win over runner-up Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian (4,558) by 67 points.
     Caroline Lawrence of Homewood was third (4,056) and Krause was fourth (4,024). Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (3,873) rounded out the top five. Finishing out the top 10 were Megan Zuck of Hartselle (3,774), Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood (3,757), Baylee Porch of Arab (3,744), Elyssa Griffin of Homewood (3,667) and Madison Kirkwood, also of Homewood (3,552).
     Jones won the javelin competition with a winning throw of 150 feet, 11 inches, 30 feet farther than her closest competition. Savannah McMillon of Walker clocked 2:19.09 in the 800-meter run to win that event over runner-up Whitsett, who crossed the finish line in 2:22.71 seconds.  Griffin had the second best long jump behind Hines (18-03.75).
   The AHSAA 63rd State Decathlon Championships were still underway Tuesday afternoon. Northside’s Andrew Robertson was the first-day leader with 3,305 points.
   Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com  once all events have been completed.


Senior Scores 6,501 Points Muscle Shoals’ Nick South Wins 2016 Decathlon

   HOOVER –    Muscle Shoals senior Nick South won the pole vault event and 110-meter high hurdles Tuesday compiling 6,501 points over the two-day competition to win the AHSAA’s 63rd Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School.
    South, who was second to Northside’s Andrew Robertson after the first day, leaped 15 feet, 5 inches to earn 819 points in the pole vault and picked up 865 points with a 14.87 time in the 110-meter high hurdles to finish tops in that event Tuesday. He won the title that totaled a field of 40 competitors.
     Oak Mountain senior Payton Youngblood finished second with 5,808 points, and Robertson was third overall with 5,776 points.
     Youngblood won the javelin with a toss of 164-06, Valley’s Mac Jackson won the discus with a throw of 117-10, and Micah Sollie of Beauregard edged John Paul Williams of McGill-Toolen for the top 1,500-meter time clocking 4:25.10 to win. Williams ran the distance in 4:27.54.
     Finishing fourth overall was Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (5,663). Also finishing in the top 10, in order, were Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian (5,393), Jonathan Mann of Hewitt-Trussville (5,304), Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (5,265), Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen (5,234),  Christian Brandt of Auburn (5,221) and Andy Chappell of Hewitt-Trussville (5,184).
   Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.


Homewood’s Kiara Williams Wins Heptathlon McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor, Sean Collins Finish 1-2 in Decathlon Championships

   HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School seniors Chris Taylor and Sean Collins finished 1-2 Tuesday in the AHSAA state decathlon championships at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   The duo came in with the reputation as the AHSAA’s best pole-vaulting tandem in state history with Collins clearing a state-record 17 feet in the 2015 AHSAA outdoor track championships and Taylor clearing 15-7. Both finished 1-2 in the indoor state meet as well.
    At the decathlon completion, both showed their versatility and athletic prowess as Taylor won the championship with 6,160 points and Collins finished a close second with 6,103.
    Rounding out the Top 5 were first-day leader Jon Waarvik of Stanhope Elmore (5,990), Falkville’s Ryan Sullivan (5,242) and Drew Williams of Mountain Brook (5,236). Auburn athletes took the next four places with Mohamed Eljack (5,225), Hayden Williams (5,201), Timothy McCloud (5,166) and Christian Brandt (5,108) ranked in that order. Wilson Chandler of Wilson was 10th at 5,041.
     Taylor won the 110-meter hurdles (15.21), was second in the pole vault (14-5 1/4 ), second in the 400-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash.  Collins broke Taylor’s pole vault record set in last year’s decathlon competition with a winning clearance of 16 feet, 8 ¾ inches. He also won the javelin with a winning throw of 167-4 and finished second in the 100-meter dash.
    A total of 40 athletes competed in 10 events each over the two-day meet.

Heptathlon Championships
  Kiara Williams of Homewood High School totaled 4,745 points to edge Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey to win the AHSAA state heptathlon championship Tuesday at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track. The girls competition included seven events.
    Humphrey, who set a heptathlon record in the 100-meter hurdles competition (14.35 seconds), totaled 4,470 points.
    Pelham’s Erin Hines was third with 4,428, Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian finished fourth at 4,402 and Anna Gierow of Bob Jones was fifth at 4,153.
    Williams won the long jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 11 ¾ inches. She was also second to Humphrey in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Stanhope Elmore’s Waarvik, Hoover’s Humphrey Lead Decathlon, Heptathlon After First Day

   HOOVER – Stanhope Elmore High School’s Jon Waarvik compiled 3,338 points through five events Monday to take the first-day lead in the 62nd annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   Waarvik clocked 11.77 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which tied for third fastest behind Auburn’s Timothy McCloud (10.63) and McGill-Toolen Catholic pole vaulting champion Sean Collins (11.67). Waarvik won the long jump (21-04), was third in the shot put behind winner Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond,
and cleared 6 feet 4 ¼ inches in the high jump to finish second behind Drew Williams of Mountain Brook, who cleared 6-5 ½.
   McCloud also won the 400-meter dash Monday in 52.12 seconds and ranked second after day one with 3,105 points. McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor is third heading into Tuesday’s final five events with  3,069 points and Collins, who set the AHSAA indoor state pole vault record last February and then shattered the outdoor record with a 17-00 leap earlier this month, is fourth (3,050). Auburn’s Mohamed Eljack is fifth at 2,954.
    More than 40 participants are in the field. Day two resumes Tuesday at Hoover High  School at 9 a.m., with the boys competing in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500 meters.
   Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
    Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey leads Homewood’s Kiara Williams by 25 points in the heptathlon competition after the first day’s four events. The ladies are competing in seven events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash Monday. Tuesday’s competition gets underway at 10 a.m., with long jump, javelin and 800 meters closing out the girls’ events.
    Humphrey turned in the fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35) and 200-meter dash (25.18) to amass 2,841 points. Williams, who had 2,816 points, was second in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-dash.
    Erin Hines of Pelham is third with 2,621 points heading into Tuesday’s final day and Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s, who cleared 5-5 ¼ in the high jump, is fourth with 2,580. Rounding out the top five is Bob Jones’ Anna Gierow with 2,538.  Thirty-seven girls competed Monday.
  The complete girls’ first-day results can also be found at www.ahsaa.com/sports/outdoor-track-field/