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.

State Champions Crowned in 4 Classes At State Track Championships in Gulf Shores

   GULF SHORES – UMS-Wright captured is eighth straight AHSAA Class 4A state boys’ track title in a row Saturday as the 92nd annual championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
    Coach Pat Galle’s boys posted 86 points to edge runner-up Dadeville (82) by four points in what turned out to be one of the most competitive outdoor state track and field meets in the AHSAA’s long history.
     The Bulldogs now have 22 boys’ championships. UMS-Wright’s girls  also won the 4A girls’ title with 138 points. Brooks was second with 89.   It was the Mobile school’s 15th overall and sixth in the last seven years.
    Hoover won the Class 7A girls championship scoring 171 points – doubling runner-up Mountain Brook’s 84 points. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs have won the big-school state crown sixth of the last seven years and own both 7A titles.  Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its third 6A state girls’ championship in a row scoring 102.50 points with runner-up Pelham right behind with 98.50. Walker was third with 82.50. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s girls, coached by Jim Tate, took first place in Class 5A with 123 points. Beauregard finished second with 90.
    On the boys’ side, Coach Dan Norton’s Auburn Tigers won the 7A state championship for the second year in a row outscoring runner-up Hoover 130-95. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 94 points.  Opelika, coached by Jimmy Johnson, also won the 6A boys’ title for the second straight year. The Bulldogs had 113 points and runner-up Homewood, 70.
   Thompson High School senior Emmanuel Tait captured firsts in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and 100-meter dash – besting his own Class 7A records in each event. He won the 110 hurdles with a winning time of 14.0 seconds – 12/100ths of second better than the 14.12 time he had last year in the 7A competition. He broke that record Friday, however, in the prelims with a 13.90 time.
    He broke his own 7A record (38.83) in the 300 hurdles with a 37.90 time in Saturday’s finals. Triaon Poellnitz of Auburn (38.27) and Marion Humphrey of Hoover (38.30) also bettered Tait’s 2015 record to finish 2-3.  Tait clocked 10.93 to win the 100-meter finals Saturday – giving him 30 points personally  in three individual events.
    Brittley Humphrey of Hoover tied her own 7A record with her 42.46-second winning time in the 300-meter hurdles, and broke her own 7A record (13.74) in the 100-meter hurdles with a winning time of 13.49 seconds.  Teammate Caitlyn Little  was a close second at 13.79.
   Some other highlights from Saturday’s competition at Gulf Shoes included:

800-Meter Run:
Presley Weems of Hoover broke her own 7A state record (2:12.53) running 2:08.99 to win the event Saturday. Her winning also became the best in AHSAA state meet history.
4x100-Meter Relay: Three relay teams bettered the 7A record set in 2015 with Hoover winning the event with a 47.23-second time. The Lady Bucs set the mark in 2015 at 48.03.  Auburn finished second Saturday running 47.51, and Sparkman was third at 47.87.
Shot Put: Huntsville’s Alana White and Thompson’s Sarah Owen each beat the existing 7A state record with throws of 39-07.75 and 38-02.25, respectively.
100-Meter Dash:
Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn clocked 12.12 to win the event. The time was just shy of her 6A state-record time of 11.47 set in 2014. Kirkland also won the 200-meter dash in 23.78 seconds, also just short of her own record (23.65) set in 2014 as well.
300-Meter Hurdles:
Morgan O’Neal of Sylacauga won with a 43.89-second time, erasing her own  5A record (44.11) set last year.
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Brooks’ Erin Jewell won the discus with a 4A-record setting 132-01.25 toss. Her throw broke the previous record (129-02.50) set by Nikita Burnette of Lincoln in 1993.
100-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory): Emily Frederick of Hokes Bluff clocked 23.09 for Hokes Bluff. She also threw the discus 44-03.
800-Meter Run:
Spain Park’s Daniel Nixon and Hoover’s Tommy McDonough finished 1-2 with both runners beating the Class 7A state record of 1:54.49 set by Nixon in 2015. Nixon won the event Saturday with 1:53.11 and McDonough ran 1:54.39.
4x100-Meter Relay: Auburn broke its own 7A record in the prelims with a time of 40.74 seconds, then followed with a 41.78 time to win the event for the second year in a row.
4x400-Meter Relay:
Central-Phenix City closed the state meet’s final race with a state 7A record time of 3:52.68 to win the event. James Clemens (3:53.34), Smiths Station (3:54.56) and Hoover (3:55.57) also beat the record set in 2015 by Hoover (3:55.65) as the race concluded with a photo finish.
 Javelin:  Class 7A record holder Will Macoy won the competition for the second year in a row with a winning throw of 191 feet, 1 inch. That distance fell just shy of his 196-06 mark set last year.
100-Meter Dash (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussville crossed the finish line in 37.96 seconds.
Discus (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussvville had a 26-02 for his best distance.
100-Meter Dash:
In perhaps the best race of the boys’ competition, Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won in 10.82 seconds with four more runners finishing  under 10.98.   Velus Jones of Vigor was second at 10.864, and Okeem Moore of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa was third at 10.870.  Akeem Dudley of Park Crossing (10.93) and Deric Patton of Carroll-Ozark (10.98) rounded out the top five.
100-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Logan Langley of Hokes Bluff clocked 15.59 seconds for the Eagles.
Discus (Para Ambulatory): Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley had a throw of 76-05, andf Nick Walls of Crossville had a toss of 59-01.

At AHSAA 1A/2A/3A Track Championships at Cullman Winfield, Cold Springs, St. Bernard Win Boys’ State Titles T.R. Miller, LaFayette, Whitesburg Christian Take Girls’ Crowns

   CULLMAN – Winfield High School and Whitesburg Christian won state track championships for the second year in a row as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman Saturday.
    Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates totaled 97 points to win the Class 3A boys ‘ title. Montgomery Academy scored 64 to finish second and Greensboro (50) was third. Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by David McConnell, won their second consecutive Class 1A outdoor title with 109 points to edge Westminster of Oak Mountain, which totaled 103. St. Bernard was third with 98.50.
     St. Bernard, coached by Steven Calvert, also captured the boys’ state title with 138 points. Marion County finished second with 98, and Linden was third with 53.50.  Claiming the Class 2A boys’ championship was Cold Springs, coached by Claborn Campbell. The Eagles had 139 points and runner-up Falkville had 109.50. LaFayette was a close third with 102.
    Coach Corey Thornton’s LaFayette took home the Class 2A state crown scoring 110 points. Falkville had 96 to finish second and Mobile Christian was third with 83.  T.R. Miller, coached by Eddie Brundidge, was the Class 3A girls’ champs scoring 89 points. Cottage Hill Christian was second with 70.75. It was the third state title for T.R. Miller since 2011.
    Winfield junior Trey Cunningham shattered his own Class 3A 110-meter hurdles record (14.18) set in A015 Friday with a 13.42-second time in the prelims. Saturday, his  winning time of 13.50 seconds in the finals fell just shy of the prelim time but gave the Pirates standout the best three Class 3A times in the event’s history. The 13.42 now ranks as the fastest in the AHSAA state meet in any classification.
    He also breezed to the 200-meter dash win with a winning time of 21.82 seconds, and leaped 22-08 to win the long jump – giving him 40 points and four golds for the state meet.
    Shades Mountain Christian senior distance runner Dylan Pausic also broke a 31-year old Class 1A record with his 9:39.78 time in the 3,200-meter run Saturday morning. Athens Bible’s Jeff Harwell set the previous mark (9:51.06) in 1985.  Pausic, 5-foot-6, 135 pounds, also won the 1,600 meters on Friday to give him a sweep of the 1A distance events. 
    Piedmont senior Karri Green, who set the 3A state record in the 400-meter dash Friday, won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.90 – just missing the record (14.23) set in 2005 by Leeds’ Bridget Rose. She followed with another record-setting effort in the 200-meter dash. She ran 24.97 to eclipse the previous record (25.10) by Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill in 2009.
   Some other highlights from Saturday’s 1A/2A/3A competition at Cullman included:

High Jump:
Three jumpers tied at 6-4 with Tyrell Riley of Hillcrest-Evergreen winning on fewer misses. Dakoda Mackey of Sand Rock and Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond finished 2-3 after also clearing 6-4.  The trio all missed their three attempts at 6-6.
4X100-Meter Relay: In one of the best races of the entire meet, Hillcrest-Evergreen clocked 43.52 seconds, just missing the record (43.04) set in 2015 by the Jaguars. Madison Academy clocked 43.66 and Pike County, 44-02, to finish close behind at 2-3.
800-Meter Run: Noah Karr of American Christian  won with s 3A state-record time of 1:53.31 to break the previous record (1:53.76) set by UMS-Wright’s Brandon Phillips 18 years earlier in 1998.
800-Meter Run:
Falkville placed three runners in the top four finishers with Brian Bradford winning with a 2:04.00 time. Teammates Blake Bradford and Drake Hamilton finished 3-4 at 2:06.70 and 2:07.41. Cold Springs’ Jared Stanley was second at 2:04.79.
200-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Twin brothers Conner and Cole Howell, from Enterprise, clocked 37.29 and 38.53 seconds for the Alabama School for the Blind to complete their third event of the 2016 state championships. Teammates Gerdon Carter and Curtis Taylor were their  lane guides.
Triple Jump:
Callie Jones, who set the 3A state meet record last year with a 38-05 leap, won the triple jump again with another record-setting performance. She beat the 2015 record twice, leaping 38-11 and 38-11.75 – the last distance becoming the new standard.
800-Meter Run:
Karri Watts of Falkville finished strong to win the 800 in 2:24.22. She also finished second in the  200-meter dash with a 27.17 time one event earlier to pick up 18 points late for the Blue Devils.  Aryn Head of Holy Spirit won the 200 in 26.66 seconds.
Pole Vault: Addison’s Emee Baldwin cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to set a new Class 2A girls’ state pole vault record. The old mark of 9-03 was set by Drake McGowin of Montgomery Academy in 2013.
4x400-Meter Relay:
Whitesburg Christian’s relay team of Emily Cusker, Emily Pierce, Kayla Shoaf and Kristina Thoenes won the final running event of the meet in 4:19.00 to give the Warriors 10 needed points en route to the state championship. The Warriors won by just six points over Westminster of Oak Mountain.

AHSAA Class 1A, 2A, 3A Track Championships at Cullman Montgomery Academy, LaFayette, Marion County, Cottage Hill, Falkville, St. Bernard Lead First Day

   CULLMAN — Montgomery Academy, LaFayette and Marion County lead the boys’ competition, and Cottage Hill Christian, Falkville and St. Bernard top the girls’ divisions at the 92nd AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships for Classes 1A, 2A and 3A completed day one of the two-state meet at Cullman High School Friday.
     Montgomery held a slim 38-37 lead over defending boys’ champion Winfield in Class 3A after Friday’s events. American Christian is third with 35 points.  LaFayette has a one-point lead over Cold Springs, 35-34, and Falkville is third with 27 in Class 2A. Marion County’s 56 points top the 1A Boys with St. Bernard second with 49.
    In the girls’ divisions, Cottage Hill has 42.75 points in 3A, followed by T.R. Miller (33) and Pleasant Valley (30). Falkville’s girls lead 2A with 36 points. Holy Spirit is second with 25 and Altamont, third, with 23. St. Bernard (46.50) and Whitesburg Christian (41) are 1-2 in Class 1A.
     At least eight records fell Friday with more expected to come in the finals of some fierce competition Saturday.
     The NFHS Network is live-streaming the state championships at Cullman and Gulf Shores Saturday over its School Broadcast Platform at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Both sites kick off events Saturday at 8 a.m.
     Junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield established a new Class 3A record in the 110-meter hurdles with the top time of the prelims. He clocked 13.42 seconds, almost a half second better than his winning time of 2015 (14.18).  He also qualified for  the 200-meter finals with a time of 21.44, just missing the record set last year by Matthew Likely of Hillcrest-Evergreen (21.26).
     On the girls’ side, senior Karri Green also broke her own 3A state record in the 400-meter dash, and like Cunningham, had the fastest 2A qualifying time of the  200-meter prelims.
     She won the 400 with a time of 56.59 seconds, beating her record set last year winning in 57.44 seconds.
     Identical twins Cole and Conner Howell, competing for the Alabama School for the Blind, captured the crowd’s hearts with exceptional performances in the para ambulatory 400-meter dash and shot put.
      Some other highlights from Friday’s meet include:

Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian won with a 139-10 distance – breaking the record of 136-05 she set in 2015 by 3½ feet.
400-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory):
Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff set the 1A record in the event with a time of 1:54.70.
Shot Put:
Sidney Mims of Montgomery Academy better the record he set in 2015 (47-08) with a throw of 47-10.50. However, Devonta Fuqua of Lauderdale County topped that performance with a winning throw of 48-04.75 to win the gold and set a new 3A state record.
Pole Vault: Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian cleared 14 feet, 3 inches to break the old record by almost a foot.
Pole Vault:
Dominque Paulter of St. Bernard cleared 13 feet to set s new 1A state pole vault mark. The old record (1lea2 feet) was set by Tony McGinnis of Cedar Bluff in 2011.
400-METER DASH (Para Ambulatory): Twin brothers Cole and Conner Howell of Alabama School for the Blind clocked 1:22.73 and 1:26.94, respectively. Cole’s time set the AHSAA 1A state outdoor para ambulatory record.

23 Records Fall Most Team Races Tight as AHSAA State Track Championships Closes Second Day of Competition

   GULF SHORES -- Opelika and Homewood are deadlocked at 51 points each and lead Class 6A boys’ competition after the second day of the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores Friday.
    The team race to the finish is almost as close in Class 7A with Hewitt-Trussville holding a 76-71 lead over Auburn in the boys’ division, and Hoover just two points ahead of Mountain Brook, 69-67, in the girls’ division heading into the final day Saturday.  In the 6A girls’ competition, Pelham is on top with 58.50 points, followed by Homewood (47.50) and Opelika (40.50).
   In Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal holds a four-point lead over Beauregard, 66-62, in the girls’ division, and Beauregard’s boys have a slim one-point lead over Alabama Christian, 33-32, and are just five points ahead of St. Paul’s (28).  Defending Class 4A girls’ and boys’ state champs UMS-Wright hold comfortable leads in Class 4A. The Lady Bulldogs amassed 77 points through Friday’s events with Brooks (41) and Wilson (40) in second and third place.  Coach Pat Galle’s UMS boys have 71.50 points with Northside second with 43.
     Twenty-three state meet classification records fell Friday at Gulf Shores with eight boys’ and four girls’ standards erased in Class 7A alone. Six records were also set in para ambulatory events that were being held for the first time.
    Hewitt-Trussville’s Benjamin Knox set a record in the 7A 3,200 meters (9:26.40) after setting the 1,600 record on Thursday.  Three sprinters broke the Class 7A 200-meter dash record set last year by Caitlyn Little of Hoover (24.85) in the prelim race to set up what should be and even faster final Saturday. Destiny Davis of Baker had the fastest time, 24.56 seconds, and now owns the 7A state record. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman turned in the next best time (24.65) and Brittley Humphrey of Hoover was next (24.68). Little qualified for the finals with the fourth best time, clocking 25.29 – just shy of her 2015 time.
   Among the records set in the Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A meets Friday:

200-Meter Dash:
Three sprinters broke the record set last year by Caitlyn Little of Hoover (24.85) in the prelim race to set up what should be and even faster final Saturday. Destiny Davis of Baker had the fastest time, 24.56 seconds, and now owns the 7A state record. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman turned in the next best time (24.65) and Brittley Humphrey of Hoover was next (24.68). Little qualified for the finals with the fourth best time, clocking 25.29 – just shy of her 2015 time.
400-Meter Dash:
Myra Mack of Smiths Station and Presley Weems of Hoover both broke the one-year-old mark (56.09) set by Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain. Mack won the event with claiming the new record with a winning time of 55.54 seconds. Weems was close behind at 55.92.
100-Meter Hurdles: Brittley Humphrey’s winning time of 13.79 seconds in the prelims was just 5/100ths of a second off the Class 7A record she set last year (13.74). She heads into the finals Saturday with the top time and a chance to break her own record again.
4x800-Meter Relay: Hoover eclipsed its 7A record set in 2015 by seven seconds clocking 9:16.77 to win the event Friday. The Bucs ran a 9:23.02 last year.
Shot Put:
Esherika Hankins, Munford, broke a 23-year old record with a winning throw of 42.08.50. Erin Jewel of Brooks also beat the old mark with her second-place toss of 40-01.50. Nykita Burnette of Lincoln held the previous record (38-11.50) since 1993.
Javelin (Para Ambulatory): Emily Frederick, Hokes Bluff, 37-01.
4x800-Meter Relay: Wilson broke its own record set in 2015 by 11 seconds, recording a winning time of 9:44.09 to win the 2016 event.
110-Meter High Hurdles:
Thompson’s Emmanuel Taite bettered the record (14.12) he set last year in the first-ever 7A competition with a winning time of 13.90.
400-Meter Dash: Charles Lewis of Sparkman set the 400-meter record with a winning 47.94 time, erasing the 48.22 clocked by Joshua Hall of Hoover in last year’s state meet.
3,200-Meter Run: Three runners broke the 7A record with Benjamin Knox  and John Ngaruiga of Hewitt-Trussville finished 1-2. Knox’s winning time was  9:20.50. Ngaruiga also ran 9:26.50.
4x800-Meter Relay: Auburn won with a 7A state-record time of 7:58.18. Hoover clocked 7:59.21 to finish second and also bettered the record set last year by Auburn (7:59.62).
Discus: Auburn’s Michael Robinson had a 7A-record winning throw of 167-06.
High Jump: Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones and Melvin Hill of Baker each tied the 7A record of 6-06 set last year by Hill, but Fiddler finished first Friday with fewer misses. Both jumpers missed all three tries at 6-08.
Triple Jump: Michael Wiggins’ winning leap of 48-07.75 set a new 7A state meet record for the Huntsville standout.
Javelin (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussville throw the javelin 20 feet, 9 inches.
Pole Vault:
Nick South of Muscle Shoals didn’t set a record but had an outstanding performance to win the event Friday clearing 15-08.25. The 6A record is 16-02 set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen in 2014.
Ashton Dominique of Briarwood Christian set a new 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 190-09.
400-Meter Dash:
Montgomery-Catholic’s Patrick O’Mara ran 48.42 seconds to win the event and beat Larry Powell’s mark of  48.89 set 25 years ago in 1991 for T.R. Miller.
3,200-Meter Run: Ryan Ford of Westminster Christian James Patrick Brinyark each bested the old record of  9:40.42 with times of 9:25.26 and 9:30.29, respectively, to finish 1-2.
4x800-Meter Relay: Northside’s relay team won the event in a 4A-record 8:10.89 time. The old mark (8:20.30) was set by Madison County 18 years ago in 1999.
Javelin (Para Ambulatory): Logan Langley of Hokes Bluff set a record with a throw of 104-03.

Class 1A, 2A, 3A Meet Begins Friday 11 State Meet Records Fall at Gulf Shore as 92nd AHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin

   GULF SHORES – Senior Margaret Ollinger shattered her own AHSAA outdoor girls’ pole vault record Thursday clearing 13 feet, 6¼ inches to win the Class 7A state title at Gul Shores Sports Complex.
  Ollinger set the record last year with leaping 12 feet, and set the indoor state record last February with a winning 13-foot,1¼ height.
   Eleven classification state meet records fell Thursday, including one that was wind aided, as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores for Classes 7A, 6A, 5A and 4A. Classes 1A, 2A and 3A commence at Cullman Friday. The meets will conclude Saturday.
    Ollinger’s performance helped McGill-Toolen take a three-point Class 7A girls’ lead over defending champion Hoover, 31-28, after day one of the girls’ competition, now in its 45th year. Mountain Brook was a close third at 27 points.
    Pelham and Homewood were 1-2 in Class 6A, with 23.5 and 18.50 points, respectively, defending 5A girls’ champion Beauregard had 25 points and a three-point lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal (22). In Class 4A, defending champion UMS-Wright led Wilson 30-25.
   Hewitt-Trussville long jumper Noah Igbinoghene shattered the 7A outdoor state record set last year with a winning leap of 24-07.50. Alex Evans of Auburn set the mark last year with a 22-10.25 leap. The Huskies also totaled 39 points Thursday and held an 11-point lead over Auburn (28) and Vestavia Hills (28) heading into Friday’s second day of competition.
   Homewood was the 6A leader with 20 points with Northridge (15) second. Alabama Christian led Class 5A with 22 points, followed by defending champ St., Paul’s (19) and Anniston (16), and UMS-Wright’s 47.5 points gave the defending 4A state champions a 25-point lead over Brooks (22) with Northridge (19) third at the end of Thursday’s events.
   Vestavia Hills shot putter Walter Thomas set a new 7A state record in that event with a 59-00.50 toss. Damon Wright of Spain Park (54-08.00) and Robert Moore of Auburn 54-04.00) also broke old record of 52-10 set last year.
   St. Clair County’s Tristan Hawkins also set a new Class 5A record with a 55-09.50 distance.
    First-day event winners at Gulf Shores are listed below. 
1,600-Meter Run:
Ryan Ford of Westminster Christian ran 4:17.67 (new record) and runner-up James Patrick Brinyard of Northside (4:17.88) was a close second also breaking the old record (4:20.44) held by Alex Gilliland of Oneonta since 2010.
Pole Vault:
Patrick Howze, UMS-Wright,13-01.50.
Discus: Cade Finley, Wilson, 165-05 (new record); old record, Heath Batchelor, Haleyille, 160-06 (2006.
Javelin: Lazarius Decatur, Brooks, 164-00.
Shot Put (Para Athlete): Logan Langley, Hokes Bluff, 29-10.00
Shot Put (Para Athlete): Nick Walls, Crossville, 14-10.

1,600-Meter Run:
Micah Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian, 4:25.03.
Javelin: Zach Gaines, Calera, 172-03.
Shot Put: Tristan Hawkins, St. Clair County, 55-09.50 (new record); old record, Devon Lockhart, Central-Tuscaloosa, 55-0, 2012.
Long Jump: DaMonta Miller, Anniston, 22-06.00.

1,600-Meter Run:
Andy Smith, Homewood, 4:20.07.
Discus: Seth Gipson, Northridge, 153-02.
High Jump: Tashawn Green, Scottsboro, 6-08.

1,600-Meter Run:
Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville, clocked 4:17.82 to set a new 7A record. Tommy McDonough of Hoover was second (4:18.84), also beating the old mark (4:20.74) set last year by Auburn’s Paul Barlow, who finished fifth Thursday.
Shot Put:
Walter Thomas, Vestavia Hills, 59-00.05 (new record); Damon Wright, Spain Park, 54-08.00 – also broke old record; Robert Moore, Auburn, 54-04.00, also broke old record of 52-10.
Long jump: Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville, 24-07.50 (new record); old record, Alex Evans, Auburn, 22-10.25, 2015.
Pole Vault: James Henry Barrett, Vestavia Hills, 15-06.|
Shot Put (Wheelchair): Colen LaFon, Hewitt-Trussville, 13-06.
4x100 Relay (prelims): Auburn broke the 7A record (41.66)it set last year clocking a 40.74 in the Tigers’ prelim heat.

1600-Meter Run:
Eighth grader Amaris Tynnismaa, Montgomery Catholic, 5:04.90.
High Jump: Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright, 5-02.00.
Shot Put: Aryn McDowell, UMS-Wright, 36-08.00.
Shot Put (Para Athlete): Emily Frederick, Hokes Bluff, 19-03.00.

1,600-Meter Run: Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul's Episcopal, 5:15.78.
Long Jump: Carsheuna Curry, Anniston, 17-08.50.
Shop Put: Sam Dailey, Beauregard, 36-09.50.

1,600-Meter Run:
Savanah McMillon, Walker, 5:12.32.
Long Jump: Savannah Lee, Spanish Fort, 38-04.00.
High Jump: Caroline Lawrence, Homewood, 5-06.00.
Javelin: Ty’tiana Lockhart, Opelika, 127-11.

1,600-Meter Run:
Presley Weems, Hoover, clocked 4:52.35 to set a new 7A state record, beating runner-up Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (4:58.05), who also beat the old record (4:49.76) set by Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville last year. Weitenbeck was seventh Thursday.
Pole Vault: Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen, 13-06.25 (new state record); old record, Ollinger, 12-0, 2015.
Triple Jump: Alonie Sutton, Smiths Station, 39-06.00 (wind aided).
Discus: Alana White, Huntsville, 117-07.
4x100 Relay (prelims): Auburn and Hoover bettered the 7A state record (48.03, Hoover) running 47.91 and 47.96 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 for the finals.

Rules Changes Approved for High School Track and Field, Cross Country

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.

The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”

Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.

Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.

In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.

Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.

Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.

The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.

Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.

Falkville Claims Third Straight Boys’ Outdoor Title; Whitesburg Christian Wins First Girls’ Crown

    Falkville High School won its third straight AHSAA state outdoor track and field championship Saturday and five new champions were crowned as the 2015 Class 1A, 2A and 3A state championships closed its final day at new host site Cullman.
    The Blue Devils won Class 1A championships in 2013 and 2014 at Selma under the direction of Coach Keith Wilemon. Falkville moved to 2A this year and had to fend off arch-rival Cold Springs to claim the Class 2A crown.  Wilemon turned the head-coaching duties over to his son Jace, and son proved to be a fast learner.
    Falkville totaled 114.20 points and Cold Springs finished second with 104.70.
    Marion County won the Class 1A boys’ championship with 117 points. Westminster of Oak Mountain was second with 112 and Linden, third with 87.  Winfield won the Class 3A boys’ title over runner-up Montgomery Academy. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates had 108 points and the Eagles, last year’s Class 2A champs, had 77. Piedmont, the 2014 3A champions, totaled 70.50 to finished third.
     Whitesburg Christian posted 91 points in the Class 1A girls’ competition to win its first-ever state championship in any sport. Decatur Heritage was second with 83.50 and defending champion Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 77.
    Altamont, directed by first-year head coach Jamie Rediker, won the Class 2A girls championship with 101 points to edge runner-up LaFayette, which scored 97.  American Christian Academy fended off Cottage Hill Christian to win the Class 3A girls’ crown. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots had 96 points and Cottage Hill had 94. Defending champion T.R. Miller was third with 79.
     Mathew Likely of Hillcrest Evergreen and Trey Cunningham of Winfield were among the outstanding student-athletes turning in record-setting performances Thursday.
Mathew Likely, Hillcrest-Evergreen:
Broke the Class 3A 100-meter dash record he had set Friday in the preliminaries with a 10.61-second winning time in the finals Saturday. The previous record (10.78),set by Jason Smoots of Litchfield in 1998, fell on Friday when Likely, a senior, clocked 10.65 to win his heat. Likely also won the 200-meter dash in 21.26 seconds to erase Smoots’ 200-meter record (21.82) also established the same year.
Trey Cunningham, Winfield:
For the second straight day Cunningham beat the Class 3A state record in the 110-meter hurdles with a winning time of 14.42 seconds. His 14.18-second time shattered the mark held by former Winfield hurdler Dominic Walls (14.49) since 2011.
Jack Barganier, Montgomery Academy and Nick Klein, Winfield:
Raced to a photo finish in the 3,200-meter race with Barganier winning with a time of 9:53.08. Klein was clocked at 9:53.38.
Bram Miller, Falkville:
Won the Class 2A high jump title with a 6-foot, 6-inch leap a year after winning the 1A state championship at the same height.
Brendan Tucker LaFayette and Josh Lucas, Tanner:
The two runners had a photo finish in the 110-meter hurdles with Tucker taking the win with a 15.332 time -- 3/thousandths of a second faster than Lucas who almost caught him at the finish line. While the times were a well short of the 13.73 state record set by Pierre Goode of Hazlewood in 1986, it turned out to be perhaps the best boys’ race of the day as both ran their personal bests.
Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette: Set a new 2A state record in the long jump (23-04.75).
Lanett Relay Team: Clocked a 43.86 to win the 4x100 relay -- just missing the 2A state record .49/hundredths of  second.
Emelio Madero, Marion County
: Heaved the javelin 164 feet, 7 inches to win the competition by more than 15 feet.
Ben Abel, Victory Christian: Clocked 20.67 in the Class 1A para-ambulatory 100-meter dash -- earning  the respect of fellow runners after taking a hard spill at 50 meters but jumping back up quickly and finishing strong. His best time of the year was 18.04 seconds.
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 16.36 and 41.57 seconds, respectively.
Kaitlin York, American Christian:
Won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs for the state champion Patriots. Her winning time in the 3,200 Saturday morning was 11:04.77. She also ran a leg in American Christian’s winning 4x800-meter relay team.
Karri Green, Piedmont: Set a new 3A record in the 400-meter dash (57.44), won the 200-meter dash (25.39) and had two hurdles wins Saturday beating the competition in the 100-meter hurdles finals (14.87) and 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.50).
Caitlyn Dressler, Cottage Hill Christian: Set a record in the 3A pole vault with a winning leap of 11 feet, 1 inch.
Callie Jones, Cottage Hill Christian: Won the triple jump with a 3A state record 38-05 leap and won the javelin gold with another 3A state record effort (136-05).
Taylor Young, Altamont:
Won the long jump with a 16-09.50 leap and then set a Class 2A state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.64-second winning time. Natasha Stuckie of White Plains held the record (15.80), setting it in 2007. She closed a strong individual meet effort by winning the 300-meter hurdles in 46.32 -- falling just short of the 2A state record she set in 2013 and setting a record in the triple jump (38 feet).
Ivy Edge, St. Bernard:
Set a Class 1A state record in the 800-meter run with a 2:19.68 time. Her effort broke one of the oldest girls’ records still standing. Joy Griffin of American Christian set the mark (2:22.15) 20 years ago in 1995.  She also helped the St. Bernard 4x800 relay team set a new 1A mark with a time of 10:06.74.
Kayla Pruitt, Lynn: The junior won the state shot put title with a winning toss of 37 feet, 7 ½ inches -- only three-quarters of an inch shy of setting the Class 1A state record. Shay Smith Loachapoka set the current record (37-08) in 2004. Pruitt followed with a record-setting performance to win the 1A girls’ javelin.  Her 129-foot, 7-inch throw beat the previous record (121-08) set by Falkville’s Tiana Drinkard in 2013. Pruitt also won the high jump and discus events.

Hoover, UMS-Wright Sweep Boys and Girls Titles in 7A and 4A

    Hoover and UMS-Wright high schools swept boys’ and girls’ state championships in Class 7A and 4A, respectively, as the 91st annual AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at Gulf Shores.
   Hoover claimed both Class 7A crowns with the boys edging Auburn 131.33 to 121.50. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 54 points. Coach Devin Hind’s girls totaled 166.75 points with Mountain Brook second with 69.75. McGill-Toolen Catholic was a close third with 67.75.  The Bucs have now won boys’  titles in six of the seven seasons and the girls have won four championships in a row.  All previous titles were in Class 6A.
    UMS-Wright won its fifth straight Class 4A boys state championship and the Bulldogs’ girls also won the first xxth time in the lasy six years. Coach Pat Galle’s girls’ team ran away from the pack with 150.50 points. Brooks was second with 75.50 and Wilson finished third with 54.  UMS-Wright’s boys totaled 95 points, Wilson was second with 66 and Dadeville was right behind with 64.
    Homewood, the Class 5A girls’ champs in 2014, totaled 122.50 points to capture the 2015 Class 6A state title. Coach Thomas Esslinger’s team out-pointed Pelham by 43 points. The Lady Panthers were  second with 79.50 points, and Opelika was third with 57.  Opelika’s boys, coached by Jimmy Johnson,   won the 6A state championship Saturday amassing 121 points to edge Homewood’s boys. The Patriots had 106 points and Northridge was third with 65.
     In Class  5A, Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal boys totaled 90 points to win the state championship. St. Clair County was second with 66 points and Columbia was third with 53.50.   Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state champs, has little trouble moving to 5A as Coach Glenn Copeland’s Lady Hornets scored 139 points to win the state title. St. Paul’s was a close second with 133.50, and Columbia came in third with 71 points.
     Among the top boys’ performances Saturday:
Karon Delince, Central-Phenix City:
Won the first-ever Class 7A 200-meter final with a 21.55-second time. He also won the 200-meter dash title clocking 21.55 seconds in the finals.
Auburn 4x100-meter relay: The Tigers came close to the overall AHSAA state mark clocking 41.66 second to win Saturday’s relay finals.
Emmanuel Tait, Thompson: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 14.12 and 38.83 seconds, respectively.
Will Macoy, Vestavia Hills: Threw the javelin 196 feet, 6 inches to set the 7A record in that event.
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:
Clocked 10.49 seconds, the fastest 100-meter dash outdoor time in any division of the AHSAA state championships, to win the 6A finals. He followed with a 21.34-second winning time to capture the 6A 200-meter dash finals and closed out with a 47.02 time in the 400-meter dash to win the event just 4/100ths off the state record time of 46.98.
Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian:
Had three golds winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
Alize Ford, Columbia: Improved his time from the prelims to the finals by a second to win the 200-meter finals Saturday. His 21.76-second winning time was less than 5/tenths of a second off the 5A state mark.
Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran 10.79 in the 100-meter prelims, then followed with a 10:79 again in the finals to win the event.
Alize Ford, St. Clair County: Won the 200-meter dash in 21.76 seconds and finished second in the 400.
Robert Hope, UMS-Wright:
Won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and finished fifth in the 800 to leads the Bulldogs’ state-championship effort.
Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Won the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.79 seconds to take home two golds.
Brittley Humphrey, Hoover: Shattered the overall AHSAA girls’ state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.74-second winning time in the Class 7A finals Saturday. He set the 6A record and overall mark last year with a 14.00 time to win the Class 6A 100-meter hurdles event. Teammate Caitlyn Little  also broke Humphrey’s 2014 record with a 13.97 time to finish second in Saturday’s 7A finals. Little also ran the 100-meter dash finals in 11.97 to win that event and clocked 24.85 to win the Class 7A 200-meter dash.
Jayla Kirkland, Woodlawn:
The state record holder in the Class 6A 100, 200 and 400-yard dashes won all three events again Saturday. Her times were excellent but did not not surpass the records she set last year.
Kiara Williams, Homewood: Won the 100--meter hurdles with a near-6A record 14.29 time and followed up with a win in the 300-meter hurdles. The set a record to win the long jump Friday and also won the triple jump for four golds for the state champion Patriots.
Morgan O’Neal, Sylacauga:
Clocked 44.11 seconds in the Class 5A 300-meter hurdles to set a class state record. Courtney Golston of B.C. Rain set the previous record (44.24) in 2001.
Na'Asha Robinson, Butler:  Clocked 12.30 to win the 100-meter dash finals, then won the 200 and 400 dashes as well for three individual titles.
Amaris Tyynismaa, Catholic
- Montgomery: Set a Class 4A state record in the 800-meter run (2:16.86) to give the eighth grader  a sweep of the three distance events. She set records in 3,200 and 1,600 as well.
Wilson 4x800 relay team:  Clocked 9:55.80 to set a new Class 4A record in the distance relay.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Helped the Lady Bulldogs capture the state title winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump competition.


Defending Champions Take Leads After Day 2 of 4A-7A Track at Gulf Shores

       UMS-Wright High School built a 46-point lead over No. 2 Wilson heading into Saturday’s final day of Class 4A boys’ competition at the 91st annual AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores.
       Coach Pat Galle’s squad has won the previous four Class 4A outdoor state championships dating back 2011. UMS has 78 points and Wilson 32.  Galle’s girls also have a comfortable lead in the 4A girls competition with 66.50 points. DAR is second with 37.50 and Wilson is third with 36.
     Hoover, the Class 6A boys’ champ five of the last six years, leads Class 7A with 61.33 points in what could be shaping up to be an exciting finish Saturday. Auburn has 57.50 points and Oak Mountain is thirds with 29.33. In Class 6A, Homewood, the 2014 Class 5A state champion, had 62 points and holds a slim lead over Opelika (57.50) and Northridge (40).  St. Paul’s has 43 points to lead Class 5A with Madison County next with 34. Alabama Christian and St. Clair County close behind with 29 and 28 points respectively.
      Hoover’s girls lead Class 7A competition with 55.75 points with McGill-Toolen and Mountain Brook on their heels with 51.75 and 50.75 points, respectively. Huntsville is fourth with 38.  Homewood, the 5A champion in 2014, leads Class 6A’s girls with 68 points. Pelham has 42 and John Carroll Catholic 28. Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state girls’ champs, lead Class 5A with 61 points. St. Paul’s is second heading into Saturday with 51 and Helena is third with 30.
       Few records fell Friday. Some top performances included:
      Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Set a 4A state record in the 3,200-meter run Friday with a time of 10:53.15. She set a record Thursday in the 1,600.
     Wilson 4x400-Relay: The Wilson High School girls won the Class 4A relay with a record time of 9:55.80 seconds, beating the previous mark of 10:04.40 established by UMS-Wright in 2013.
      Isabel Valenzuela,  St Paul's: Won the Class 5A girls’ 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:36.31 – her  second win of the 2015 competition. She won the 1,600 Thursday.
      Jayla Kirkland,  Woodlawn: Kirkland, the Class 6A record holder in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, had the fastest qualifying times in each race Friday clocking 11.69 seconds in the 100 and 24.58 in the 200.  She won the 400 Friday with a strong time of 57.21 seconds.
     Kiara Williams, Homewood: Set a new 6A record in the long jump with a winning leap of 20 feet, 5 ¼ inches to topple the previous mark (19-09.50) by Whitney Marsh of Mountain Brook in 2002. She also won the triple jump with a 39-09.50 distance.
     Caitlyn Miller, Hoover: Turned in the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes in Class 7A with times of 12.02 and 25.31 seconds, respectively. She also had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35).
      Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Had the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the Class 4A boys’ prelims with times of 11.02 and 22.80 seconds.
     Robert Hope, UMS-Wright: Followed Thursday’s Class 4A 1,600 meter win with a first-place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:45.40.
    Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran the 200-meter dash prelim in 22.38 seconds and the 100 prelim in 10.79 seconds for the best times in Class 5A.
    Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:  Won the Class 6A 400-meter dash in 47.02 seconds and had the fastest qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes. His 10.57-second time in the 100 was the fastest in any class Friday.
      Melvin Hill, Baker:  Cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to become the AHSAA’s first Class 7A boys’ champion in that event.