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10 Records Tied or Broken on First Day Of 48th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships

   BIRMINGHAM -- Hoover, Opelika, Scottsboro and American Christian led their respective divisions after the first day of boys’ competition at the 48th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships being held at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover, Homewood, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian led the girls’ competition.
    The championships conclude Saturday with action getting underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream the action Saturday. The link for access is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/79ee8320e5
     Hoover led Mountain Brook 33-23 in the 7A boys’ standings with Hewitt-Trussville third with 21 points and McGill-Toolen Catholic fourth with 15.50. In Class 6A, defending state champion Opelika posted 48 points to take the first-day lead with Homewood second with 28, Columbia third with 20 and Cullman fourth with 19. Leading Class 4A/5A was Scottsboro with 36 points. Madison Academy was second with 22, Winfield third with 20 and Arab fourth with 16. Both Scottsboro and Arab dropped from 6A to 5A this season while Madison Academy and defending 1A/3A state champion Winfield moved up from 3A.
     American Christian posted 40 points Friday to lead the 1A/3A boys’ division. Montgomery Academy and Altamont had 20 points each and Westminster of Oak Mountain had 19.     Homewood had a commanding lead after day one of the Class 6A girls’ competition with 59 points. Defending champion Pelham was second with 22 followed by Cullman, 18, and Opelika, 15.  In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover built a 12-point lead in the girls’ competition with 47 points. James Clemens and Mountain Brook were tied for second with 35 with 31.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal, which holds the AHSAA state record with 23 state girls’ indoor championships including the last seven in a row, had a 41-28 lead over Beauregard after Friday’s Class 4A/5A events at the CrossPlex. Montgomery Catholic was third with 24 and Scottsboro was tied with Central-Tuscaloosa at fourth with 19 each. Defending champion American Christian built a 49-30 lead over Whitesburg Christian in the 1A/3A girls competition. Montgomery Academy was third after day one with 26 points and Westminster of Oak Mountain was fourth with 24.
    In the individual competition, senior Trey Cunningham of Winfield continued his assault on the AHSAA state record book with two Class 4A/5A marks in the 60-meter hurdles and in the 60-meter prelims. He set an overall state-meet record in the hurdles and tied the overall record in the dash.
    Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City also established a new 7A record with his prelim-leading time of 6.84 seconds. His time, which beat the old record set by Emmanuel Tait of Thompson (6.91) last year, also set a new state meet overall record – just minutes after Cunningham had tied the record in the Class 4A/5A prelims.
     Cunningham, who set the all-time CrossPlex high school record last week in the Last Chance Classic with a 6.78 time, clocked 6.85 in his race to equal the mark set by Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika last year in the Class 6A meet.  Cunningham also set a new 4A/5A record. Shaquawn Vandergrift of Moody set the previous 4A/5A mark (6.95) at last year’s state meet.
     The Patriots standout, who signed with Florida State, also set a new AHSAA Indoor State and Class 4A/5A record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.58 seconds in the prelims Friday. He was short of his National record time of 7.49 seconds he ran last week in the Last Chance Classic meet at the CrossPlex but was still fast enough to shatter the AHSAA overall indoor state meet record (7.80) set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013.
     Hunter Appling of West Point also eclipsed the old 4A/5A record in the prelims with his time of 8.27 seconds. The previous record holder was Lezyon Lagard of Central-Tuscaloosa, who clock 8.30 in the 2013 state meet.
     Columbia’s JuVaughn Blake tied the all-time indoor state meet high jump record with a winning 6-10.25 leap. That height tied he mark set by Mitch Dozier of Homewood in 1981.
     A total 10 records fell on day one, six in the boys’ competition and four on the girls’ side.
     Highlights from Friday include:
Class 7A Boys
Long Jump:
Senior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville, who signed a football scholarship with Auburn Wednesday, broke his own Class 7A record with a winning leap of 24 feet, 5 inches. He also ran 7.00 in the 60-meter dash to turn in the second best 7A time.
3,200-meter run: Andrew Dodson of Huntsville won the 7A race with a winning time of 9:45.49.
4x200-meter relay: Central-Phenix City’s winning time of 1:30.91was just over a second off the 7A state record..
High Jump: Oakley Coleman of McGill-Toolen Catholic cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the event. The 7A state record is 6-08.
Class 6A Boys
60-meter dash:
Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa was the fastest 6A qualifier with a 6.96 time.
3,200-meter run: Opelika distance runner Ben Garner beat the field with a 9:31.01 time – best of the day in any class.
Long Jump: Columbia’s Blake also captured the long jump with a 22-05.75 leap.
Shot Put: Carver-Montgomery’s Eric Williams won easily with a winning throw of 56-11 – just over six feet better than the competition.
4x200-meter relay: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s 1:29.96 time took first place.
Class 4A/5A Boys
3,200-meter run:
Winfield’s Beck Wilkes ran a 10:19.30 to claim the event for the Pirates.
Triple Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro turned in the winning leap at 45 feet, 1½ inches.
Pole Vault: Walker Junkin gave the Pirates another first with his winning clearance of 14-03.
4x200-meter relay: Madison Academy edged out runner-up Central-Tuscaloosa with a winning time of 1:32.59. The Falcons’ second-place time was 1:32.74.
Class 1A/3A Boys
3,200-meter run:
Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Nate Collins clocked 9:56.14 to win the 1A/3A race.
Triple Jump: Providence Christian leaper Jordan Douglas won the triple jump with a winning leap of 41 feet, 6 inches, just two inches shy of the 1A/3A state meet record.
Pole Vault: Ryan Collins won for American Christian with a winning height of 13 feet. Teammate James Jackson was second at 12-6 to give the Patriots 18 points in the event.
Class 7A Girls
60-meter dash:
Lauryn Hall of Sparkman and Hope Igbinophene of Hewitt-Trussville each surpassed the Class 7A indoor state record with times of 7.71 and 7.76 in the prelims. Lauryn Dancey of Thompson narrowly missed the old record (7.775) set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015, with a 7.78 time.
3,200-meter run: Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan set a 7A state meet record with her 10:58.97 time – besting the old mark set by former Lady Spartans teammate Frances Patrick by seven seconds. Patrick ran the distance in 11:06.51 in 2016.
4x200-meter relay: Hoover clocked 1:42.19 to win the event.
Long jump: Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A indoor state meet record with a leap of 18 feet, 7 ¾ inches. She also cleared at 18-05 and 18-02 – all bettering the old mark of 17-10 set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015.
Shot Put: Erin Williams of Hoover finished first with a winning toss of 33 feet, 8 inches.
Pole Vault: James Clemens vaulter Jennifer Reis won with an 11-06 leap.
Class 6A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Freshman Lainey Phelps ran 11:08.25 to finish first in the 6A race.
4x200-meter relay: Homewood won the event with a 1:43.49 time.
Pole Vault: Ann Carol Braswell cleared 10-03 to take first place.
Triple Jump: Adrienne Lewis of Clay-Chalkville had the winning leap of 37 feet, 8 ½ inches to edge runner-up Christian Hill of Homewood (37-07) by just 1 ½ inches.
Class 4A/5A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic won the 3,200 for the third year in a row with a winning time of 10:55.78, best of the 2017 meet.
60-meter dash: Senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, who holds the AHSAA overall and Class 6A state indoor state record in the 60-meter dash at 7.49 seconds, and the CrossPlex record (7.46), clocked a 7.63 in the Class 5A prelims Friday to set a new record in that division. The old 4A/5A record (7.73) was set by Hartselle’s Quanesha Burks in 2013. Kirkland’s was the fastest of any heat in any class Friday.
4x200-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa finished first with a winning time of 1:47.79.
Triple Jump: Darnesha Harris of Demopolis finished first with a 33-01.00 leap.
Shot Put: Wenonah thrower Ma’Kayla Vassar won the event with a winning toss of 31 feet, ¼ inch.
Pole Vault: St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Callie Radcliff had a winning height of 11 feet for the Saints.
Class 1A/3A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Becca Billman of American Christian captured the first event of the 2017  AHSAA Indoor state meet with a winning time of 11:37.39.
Pole Vault: Helen Claire Edmonds, American Christian won clearing 11 feet.
Long Jump: Kayleigh Atkins gave American Christian its third first of the opening day with a 16-03.25 winning leap.
Shot Put: Amayiah Hill of Gaston had a winning toss of 29 feet, 11 ¼ inches.