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.
GULF SHORES -- Despite two weather delays, competition was fierce at Gulf Shores as the 93rd AHSAA Outdoor State Track and Field Championships got underway for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
McGill-Toolen Catholic led the Class 7A boys’ team standings after day one with 27 points after four completed events. Hoover and defending champion Auburn were tied with 21 points each for second place. Cullman gathered 24 points to take the first-day lead in Class 6A. Homewood was second with 17 and defending champion Opelika had 16. Scottsboro topped the 5A standings with 23 points after five events. Brooks was second with 20 and Briarwood, third with 19. Winfield led the 4A competition with 27 points after six events. Defending champion UMS-Wright was second with 18 and Greensboro was fourth with 15.
Defending champion UMS-Wright led the Class 4A girls’ field after four events completed with 20 points. Randolph was second with 15 while Hokes Bluff and Alabama Christian were tied for third with 12 points each. Scottsboro and Beauregard led the 5A girls’ competition with 18 points each and defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 16. Homewood’s defending state champion girls led Class 6A after five completed events with 34 points. Opelika had 22 and Pelham was third at 15. James Clemens’ girls led Class 7A with 34 points after seven events had been scored. Defending champion Mountain Brook was second with 23 and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 19.50.
The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships get underway at Cullman High School Friday. Both sites are scheduled to conclude Saturday afternoon. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the competition at both sites. To access the production, click on the NFHS Network link on at www.ahsaa.com and then follow the instructions to access the AHSAA events.
Among the individual performances at Gulf Shores Thursday, junior high jumper JuVaughn Blake of Huntsville’s Columbia High School won the Class 6A competition clearing 6 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt. He then moved to 7-02, and although he has cleared that height more than once this season, he was unable to clear under the windy conditions on his three attempts and won with his 6-10 leap. Blake entered the competition at 6-4 and had no misses until his final three attempts. Trae Harry of Spanish Fort finished second clearing 6-06. Seth Williams of Paul Bryant also cleared 6-6 but had more misses and finished third. Both high jumpers missed at 6-8.
Sparkman’s 4x100-meter relay team set a new Class 7A girls’ record with a winning time of 46.77 seconds in the prelims Thursday. The previous record of 47.23 was set by Hoover in 2016.
Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A record in the triple jump Thursday with a winning distance of 40 feet, 1 inch. The old mark (39-03.50) was set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015.
Among other top performances:
100-Meter Dash: Lee-Montgomery senior Henry Ruggs recorded the fastest boys’ time of all prelims Thursday with a 10.77 time in his Class 7A head. Sparkman’s Charles Lewis was second in the 7A competition at 10.96.
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Jack Rogers missed the 7A state record by just two seconds with a winning time of 4:19.50.
Pole Vault: Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen cleared 16 feet, 6 inches to beat the field by two feet.
Long Jump: Class 7A record holder Noah Igbinoghene cleared 23-11 to win the event but was almost eight inches shy of his state record set in 2016 (24-07.50).
Shot Put: Davidson’s Deondre Moore had a winning throw of 44 feet, 7 ¼ inches to beat Hewitt-Trussville’s Gaines Myrick by three inches.
Class 6A Boys
Javelin: Ashton Dominque of Briarwood Christian had a winning throw of 179 feet, 1 inch to win over Lazarius Decatur of Brooks, who finished second at 173 feet.
100-Meter Dash: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore clocked a 10.82 to qualify first in the 6A prelims.
1,600 Meters: Ben Garner of Opelika won with a time of 4:18.76, fastest boys’ time of the day in any class.
Discus: Cullman’s Austin Elrod won with a throw of 166-08 to help Cullman take a first-day lead after three completed events.
Class 5A Boys
Long Jump: Scottsboro’s John Dalton won a close battle over runner-up Roderick Johnson of Beauregard and third-place finisher Shon’derious Spraling of Mae Jemison. All three cleared 21 feet with Dalton going 21-08.75 to win.
1,600 Meters: Arab’s Chase Buckelew won with a 4.28.06 time.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Nick Walls of Crossville’s a winning throw of 24-03.
100-Meter Dash: Winfield senior Trey Cunningham, who set a new 4A/5A Indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February, clocked 11.16 seconds to qualify first in the 4A prelims – just 8/1000ths of a second faster than Ty Washington of Sipsey Valley to set up what should be an exciting 100 final race Saturday.
1,600 Meters: Trinity Presbyterian’s Charlie Lott clocked 4:28.74 to nip Tanner King of Northside (4:29.76) at the finish line.
Discus: Madison County’s Stephen White won with a winning throw of 122-05.
Ambulatory 100-Meter Dash: Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley ran the 100 in 15.45 seconds to win.
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers and McGill-Toolen’s Grace Jensen finished 1-2 with Rogers clocking 4:58.15 and Jenson, 4:58.53,in what turned out to be the closest race of the girls’ competition Thursday.
Pole Vault: Sophie Jane Knott of Mountain Brook cleared 11 feet, 3 inches to take first place.
Ambulatory Shot Put: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire won with a distance of 20 fee6, 6 ¼ inches on her fourth attempt.
Ambulatory 200-Meter Dash: Jordan McGuire clocked 35.06 seconds for McGill-Toolen.
Class 6A Girls
1,600 Meters: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won with a winning time of 5:02.75 – 15 seconds better than her closest challenger.
Javelin: Haley Dempsey of Oxford won with a winning throw of 100-01.
100-meter Dash: Senior Florida State track signee Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fast time of any girls’ runner in the prelims clocking 12.03 seconds running in a minus1.8 headwind in the 5A competition.
1,600 Meters: Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro beat the field clocking 5:16.17 to win.
Shot Put: Sam Dailey of Beauregard won with a winning toss of 38-09.75. Teammate Alexis Jackson was second with a best throw of 37-09.
Winfield High School senior Trey Cunningham broke his own National High School 60-meter hurdles record set earlier this year at the New Balance Nationals indoor track meet held the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City March 12.
Cunningham won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.40 seconds at the national meet, setting a new high school record for the third time this year to win the national title. The time also set the World Junior record – which includes competitors under the age of 20.
His 55-meter time was 6.871 seconds, which is also a new National High School record.
The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) currently only lists outdoor track & field records in its NFHS High School Record Book. The indoor records are monitored by Track & Field News, which has published since 1948.
Woodlawn High School senior Jayla Kirkland also won the national championship race in the 60-meter dash at the New Balance Nationals. She ran the sprint in 7.27 seconds to win the finals. The meet record for that event is 7.26 seconds. She also narrowly missed the national high school record (7.19) set by Ashley Owens of Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She set the record in Atlanta in 1997.
Her time was best in the nation this season and her 55-meter time in the race was 6.758 seconds, just shy of the national record (6.68) set by Aleisha Latimer of Palmer, Coloraldo, and Angela Williams of Chino, Cal., in 1996 and 1998, respectively.
Homewood’s Jasmine Griffin was 9th in the semifinals with a 7.50 time. Kirkland’s 200-meter qualifying time of 23.99 seconds was sixth overall and placed her in the finals head. She did not compete in the finals, however.
Cunningham, who like Kirkland, signed a track scholarship with Florida State University, ran 7.49 in January at the Last Chance Invitational Meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex to set a new high school national record. He set the AHSAA state indoor meet record the next week with a 7.54 time in the 4A-5A finals. He also set a state indoor meet record in the 60-meter dash (6.79) and won the 4A-5A long jump and 400-meter dash. He only competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance meet,
He clocked 7.45 seconds in the New Balance preliminaries to break his record set in January, before sprinting away from the field in Sunday’s final. His time in the 55-meter distance in the prelims was 6.916. He improved that time to 6.871 in the finals.
Several other AHSAA student-athletes competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Top efforts included:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville: The all-state wide receiver and Auburn football signee finished third in the triple jump (49 feet, 4½ inches) and fourth in the long jump (23-03). He also clocked 7.03 seconds in the 60-meter dash and finished 30th overall.
JuVaughn Blake, Columbia: The 2017 AHSAA indoor state meet Class 6A state high jump champion placed second in the high jump at the New Balance Nationals clearing 7 feet, ¼ inches. He and two other competitors each cleared the same distance but Blake finished second overall based on total misses.
Caitlyn Little, Hoover: The 2017 AHSAA Class 7A indoor state hurdles champ was second in the New Balance 60-meter hurdles, clocking 8.24 seconds. Winner Tara Davis, of Simi Valley, California, won in 8.14 seconds. The national record is 8.02 seconds. Little’s time set a new Hoover record, besting current LSU hurdler Brittley Humphrey’s state record time of 8.47. Little won the AHSAA indoor race with an 8.56 time.
Lainey Phelps, Homewood: The Patriots freshman was second in the New Balance girls’ Emerging Elite division 800-meter race with a time 2:13.71, just two seconds shy of the AHSAA state indoor mark. She won the AHSAA indoor 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2017 meet. She clocked 2:12.43 to win the 800 at the CrossPlex.
Cagan Campbell, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa: Advanced to the boys’ 400-meter final and finished sixth, clocking 48.2 seconds.
Charles Lewis, Sparkman: Reached the boys’ 60-meter Emerging Elite finals, finishing eighth with a time of 6.94 seconds. He also was 30th overall in the 200-meter dash (22.56)..
Jason Trent Hamner, Hoover: The Class 7A 800-meter record holder finished 24th overall in the 800 meters with a 1:57.43 time. He won the 2017 AHSAA indoor state title with a time of 1:54.69 earlier this winter.
Tommy McDonohough, Hoover: The 2017 Class 7A indoor state champion was 18th in the mile run (4:19.82).
Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook: Clocked 5:03.49 in the mile run to finish 14th. She currently holds the AHSAA Class 7A state indoor-meet records for the 1,600 and 3,200 distances,