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.
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.
HOOVER – Seniors Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal and Erin Hines of Pelham closed out day one of the 25th AHSAA State Heptathlon competition being held at Hoover High School just 20 points apart and appear heading for a showdown Tuesday as the competition concludes.
In the AHSAA 63rd Decathlon Championships, Northside’s Andrew Robertson amassed 3,305 points Monday to build a 70-point lead over Nick South of Muscle Shoals (3,235) with five events left for Tuesday’s final round of events.
Krause tied for the best high jump (5-05.75) and was second to Hines (15.46) with a 15.64 time in the 100-meter hurdles and compile 2,729 points after four events in the seven-event competition. Hines, who had the second-fastest 200-meter time (25.46 seconds) Monday behind event winner Elysa Griffin of Homewood (25.25), was second after the first day with 2,709 points. Hines finished third in the 2015 competition.
Callie Jones of Cottage Hill was third in the field of 37 with 2,570 points, followed by Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence (2,338), Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (2,289), Kennedy Brown of Smiths Station (2,275), Jazymon Balous of Northridge (2,255), Jade Johnson of Northridge (2,239), Darria Judge of St. Paul’s (2,214) and Audriana Blakely of James Clemens (2,199) to round out the top 10.
Competition gets underway Tuesday at Hoover High School Stadium at 9 a.m. with the girls competing in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters to close out the 2016 competition.
Lawrence tied Krause with the best high jump (5-05.75) and Ohatchee’s Victoria McRaney had the best shot put throw (33-09), just edging Foley’s Trinity Morgan’s 33-03 throw.
Robertson Leads Decathlon Standings
Northside senior Andrew Robertson had a solid performance Monday with a 21-foot, 8 3/4 –inch leap in the long jump to finish first in that event and was second with a shot put throw of 41-01 to total 3,305 points. Muscle Shoals senior Nick South compiled 3,235 points, 70 off the pace set by Robertson, with the best time in the 100-meter dash (11:51) and a second in the 400-meter dash (52.45).
Senior Payton Youngblood of Oak Mountain was third with 3,155 points, followed by Hewitt-Trussville’s Jonathan Mann (3,146), Foley’s Keldrick Edwards (3,069), Jamichael Manley of B.T. Washington (3,055), Noah Williams of Hoover (2,972), Christian Brandt of Auburn (2,940), Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (2,934) and Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (2,848) rounding out the top 10 leaderboard.
Manley had the top shot put with a 44-03.5 toss. Cullman’s Walker Caretti sped 50.48 to win the 400-meter dash competition, and Mann tied Fairview’s Antonio Taylor in the high jump competition clearing 6-01.75.
The 63rd AHSAA State Decathlon competition will conclude Tuesday with competition in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
Jewelry Prohibition Lifted in High School Track and Field
INDIANAPOLIS — Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated. This was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that prohibiting jewelry in high school track and field and cross country is not necessary.
“The wearing of jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents,” Oakes said. “Elimination of the rule allows officials to focus on meet administration directly related to actual competition. Coaches continue to have the obligation to see that competitors are properly equipped.”
In other changes, language regarding the time limit to initiate a trial in the throwing and jumping events was revised. Previously, competitors in these events had to initiate a trial and carry it to completion within one minute. Beginning next year, participants must only initiate the trial within the one-minute time limit. Completion of the event will be allowed beyond the prescribed time.
Another change was made in field events involving implements. In events such as the shot put, discus, javelin and pole vault, an additional trial will be allowed when an implement breaks – and thus becomes illegal – during competition due to no fault of the competitor.
The revised note in Rules 6-2-17 and 7-2-17 reads as follows: “If a legal implement breaks during an attempt in accordance with the rules, no penalty shall be counted against the competitor and a replacement trial shall be awarded. If the implement breaks upon completion of the trial, a replacement attempt shall not be awarded and the results of the trial shall be recorded, provided it was made in accordance with the rules.”
In the discus throw, it no longer will be a foul if a competitor is out of control when exiting the back half of the circle. Also, in the discus, shot put and javelin, the requirement for the judge to call “mark” was eliminated.
Another change involves the high jump and pole vault events. A new article in Rule 7-2 will state that “a crossbar displaced by a force disassociated with the competitor after he/she is legally and clearly over the crossbar shall not be a fault and is considered a successful attempt.”
In Rule 8 involving special events, the committee approved the 1,500-meter run as an alternate for the 1,600-meter run in the decathlon and pentathlon. Oakes said when using the IAAF standard scoring, the 1,500-meter run is the standard distance. In addition, the indoor weight throw was approved for the listing of special events.
The final change involves Rule 1-4 on indoor track. Since many indoor meets are held in college facilities, the committee approved the 60-meter high hurdles and dash as alternates for the 55-meter high hurdles and dash. Oakes said this option eliminates special marking of the facilities for the hurdles and dash.
Beauregard won its first girls’ state title scoring 94 points to claim the Class 1A-4A championship as the 44th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships concluded Tuesday at Birmingham’s CrossPlex. St. Paul’s tied a state record held by Mountain Brook by winning its 20th girls’ state crown.
UMS-Wright was runner-up to Beauregard with 71 points and Westminster at Oak Mountain was third with 58.
St. Paul’s posted 144 points to win the Class 5A girls championship and Homewood had 120 to take second place.
Hoover won the 6A girls’ crown for the first time since 2006. The Lady Bucs had 130 points and runner-up Pelham totaled 72.
In the boys’ competition, Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs made it a sweep as Hoover took the 6A crown with 90 points. Auburn was second with 71 points and Opelika third with 64.
Homewood won its second straight 5A boys’ title with 125 points and St. Paul’s was second with 73.
UMS-Wright captured the 1A-4A state boys’ title with 71.50 points. Montgomery Academy was second with 59 and Dadeville was a close third with 52.
A total of 12 state indoor records were either tied or broken Tuesday for a total of 25 during the two-day meet.
Highlights of Tuesday’s competition included:
CLASS 6A Girls
Brittley Humphrey and Sarah Sanford finished 1-2 in the 6A finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Humphrey, who broke her own state record in the prelims Monday, ran 8.54 to beat her time of 8.71 to set yet another record. Sanford ran a sterling 9.0 time, which bettered the state record times in Class 5A and Class 1A-4A.
Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland, who ran the nation’s seventh fastest prep indoor 60-meter time this season in Monday’s 60-meter prelims, topped that 7.50 mark with a winning time of 7.49 in the finals. Reigning champion Caitland Smith of Pelham was second with a 7.51 time.
Hoover’s 4x400 relay team also set a new state mark with a winning time of 3:56.58.
In what may have been the closest 400-meter girls’ race in state history, Pelham’s Smith and Hoover’s Sanford finished 1-2, just .03 seconds apart. Smith won in 56.51 seconds and Sanford, who lunged and did a complete tumble roll at the finish line, clocked 56.54. The times were just .36 and .39 off the state mark set by Joy Maneice-Marbury of Hoover in 2012.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
One record fell with St. Paul’s winning the 4x400 relay in 4:09.50.
CLASS 1A-4A GIRLS
Lincoln’s Shelbi White clocked 57.89 seconds in the 400-meter dash in the first event of the day and set a new Class 1A-4A state record. She edged Katie Brooks Boone of Westminster at Oak Mountain, who set the state mark last year with a 58.36 time. Boone ran 59.54.
Boone won the 60-meter dash with a 1A-4A state record 7.70. She also set the record last year with a 7.75.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Jaalen Jones of Thompson tied the indoor mark in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.89 seconds. Marlon Humphrey, who was injured in the long jump Monday and did not compete in any event Tuesday, set the 6.89 mark in 2013.
The 1,600-meter race turned out to be a sprint to the finish as Auburn’s Dylan Ogburn edged Austin Norwood of Hewitt-Trussville by .88 seconds in the best boys’ race of the day. Ogburn clocked 4:30.06 and Norwood 4:30.94.
Harrison Dudley of Paul Bryant won the Class 5A 400-meter dash in 48.68 seconds, setting a new state record. Hunter Hawkins of Walker held the record since his 49.97 time in 2012.
In the 5A boys’ 1,600-meter race, no record was set but Andy Smith of Homewood pulled past teammate Alex Ngei at the finish line to claim the championship in 4:35.62. Ngei’s second-place time was 4:57.14.
Homewood followed up with a state-record effort in the 4x800-meter relay. The Patriots clocked 8:19.17 to win and eclipsed the previous record set by Walker in 2012 by .37 seconds. The Vikings clocked 8:19.56.
Paul Bryant also set a 5A record in the 4x400 relay with a winning time of 3:25.71.
CLASS 1A-4A BOYS
Ismail Saleem of St. Jude broke the Class 1A-4A state record he set Monday in the 60-meter dash prelims with a 7.03 time in the finals. He ran 7.10 Monday.
Montgomery Academy also set a record in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:36.59.