GULF SHORES -- Hoover and Homewood swept the Class 7A and 6A boys’ and girls’ outdoor state track championships Saturday and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 5A girls’ crown for the school’s 25th overall as the 94th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Coach Jim Tate’s Lady Saints won their 25th outdoor title and first since 2016 with 98 points. Arab finished second in the 5A girls’ competition with 52 and Faith Academy totaled 47. Beauregard, coached by Rob Carter, won its first boys’ title since 2008 with 88.50 points. Scottsboro was a close second with 84.50 and Guntersville finished third with 62.
In Class 7A, Hoover’s girls and boys finished strong. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs scored 125 points to claim their seventh title in a row and 10th overall. Auburn was second with 94.50. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 80. Hoover’s boys won their ninth crown since 2005 out-pointing runner-up Smiths Station 138-83. Auburn had 64 points to finish third.
Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its fifth consecutive girls’ state title with 126.75 points in the Class 6A competition. Pelham was second with 81 and Ramsay third with 52. Homewood’s boys notched their first outdoor championship since 2014 with 80.50 points. Northridge had 63 and Ramsay 58 to finish 2-3.
And in Class 4A, Winfield won its first Class 4A boys’ state title and third championship overall. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates out-pointed runner-up Montgomery Catholic 65-51. Northside was third with 48 points. UMS-Wright, coached by Pat Galle, posted 93 points to win the school’s 16th girls’ state outdoor championship. Montgomery Catholic and LAMP tied for second with 68 points each,
A total of 17 boys’ record-setting performances were registered during the three-day meet and 16 girls’ record-setting efforts.
Six records fell Saturday including three relays.
Hoover’s Marion Humphrey won the Class 7A 300-meter intermediate hurdles clocking 36.00 to break the previous mark (37.90) set by Emanuel Taite of Thompson in 2016. For Humphrey, the record took on even more significance as the overall best 300 IH time in AHSAA state-meet history -- erasing the 36.33 time clocked by his older brother Marlon Humphrey for Hoover in the 2013 Class 6A state meet.
Hoover also won the 7A boys’ finals with a record time of 3:15.49 in perhaps the fastest overall 4x400 relay race in AHSAA history. Central-Phenix City set the previous record (3:19.94) in 2017. On Saturday, Smiths Station (3:15.92) finished second, Central (3:17.10) was third and Thompson (3:19.74) was fourth -- all with times bettering the previous record.
Other record-setting performances fell Saturday included:
HUNTER APPLING, WEST POINT: Clocked 14.10 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to win the 5A boys’ race and set a new 5A state-meet record in the process. Zeke Parker of Athens ran a 14.13 time in 1997 to hold the record for the last 21 years.
HOPE IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Set the 7A state record in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.73 seconds. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman also broke the previous record (11.97) set by Hoover’s Caitlyn Little in 2015 with a second-place time of 11.88.
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Won the Class 4A 800 meters with a record time of 1:55.12, breaking his own Class 4A mark (1:57.00) set last year.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the Class 6A 800 meters in2:11.77 to break a 14-year old record (2:11.91) set by Daphne’s Kirby Patterson in 2004.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Broke the Class 7A shot put record with a 40-06.25 throw. The previous record (39-07.75) was set by Huntsville’s Alana White in 2016. Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend finished second to Daffin with a 39-10.25 measure. Her throw also broke the previous mark.
JAMES CLEMENS 4x400 RELAY: The James Clemens girls clocked 3:48.65 in Saturday’s finals to eclipse the 3:52.68 record set by Central-Phenix City in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons clocked 4:00.70 to set a new Class 5A girls’ record in that event.
NICK WALLS, CROSSVILLE: Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
GULF SHORES – Class 7A defending champs Hoover held a four-point lead over Vestavia Hills 54-50 after the second day of the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A/5A/6A/7A Outdoor State Track Championships Friday here at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex. Homewood had 58.50 points to lead in Class 6A over defending champs Opelika, which had 37. Defending champ Scottsboro totaled 53 points and Brooks had 39 in Class 5A boys’ competition. And in Class 4A, Winfield led with 47 points over Montgomery Catholic, in second place with 36. In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright held a comfortable 67-44 lead over last year’s 4A champs Montgomery Catholic. In Class 5A, Arab had a slim 44-43 lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal and Brooks was third with 42. Defending 6A champion Homewood totaled 64.75 points to take the lead and Pelham was second with 58.50. Auburn’s girls held a 1.5-point lead over defending champs Hoover in the 7A girls’ competition. The meet concludes Saturday. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the finals over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform at Gulf Shores and Cullman (1A/2A/3A). Records continued to fall Friday – especially in the 7A competition. Five athletes equaled or surpassed the Class 7A state-meet record for the high jump in Friday’s competition. The record coming into the 2018 championships was 6-06, set by Melvin Hill of Baker in 2015. Baker’s Dontavious Hill and Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen each cleared 6 feet, 10 inches and now share the new record. Hill won the event on fewest misses, and Allen was second. Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills also cleared 6-08 while Malik Crandle of Davidson and Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones jumped 6-06. Other record-setting performances included: Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Broke her second record of the meet with a 10:45.05 time in the Class 4A 3,200-meter run. She set the previous mark (10:53.15) as an eighth grader in 2015. Tyynismaa broke the Class 4A 1,600-meter outdoor record on Thursday. Marion Humphrey, Hoover: The younger brother of former Hoover track sensation and current Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey set a new 7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 47.43 seconds – best of all classes Friday. The previous 7A record (47.94) was set in 2016 by Sparkman’s Charles Lewis. Marlon set the current Class 6A indoor 400-meters record (48.11) in 2013. Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain: Broke the existing Class 7A outdoor 400-meter dash record (55.54) held by Myra Mack of Smiths Station with a 54.04 time. Vennessa Frank of Central-Phenix City was second at 55:13, which also surpassed Mack’s record. Alonie Sutton, Smiths Station: Set her second Class 7A state record in as many days with a winning leap of 19-09.5- in the long jump. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had held the mark (18-10) since 2015. Sutton broke her own 7A triple jump mark Thursday. Viktor Turek, Thompson: Established a new Class 7A state record in the discus with a winning throw of 178-00.50. The old record (167-06) was set in 2016 by Michael Robinson of Auburn. Mountain Brook 4x800 Relay Team: The Spartans won the 7A boys’ relay with a new class time of 7:47.70, beating the old mark (7:58.18) set by Auburn in 2016 by 10 seconds. Smiths Station finished second Friday clocking 7:52.64, which also broke the previous record. Other top efforts included: 7A BOYS POLE VAULT: James Courson of Hoover won the pole vault late Thursday clearing 16 feet, 9 inches – just three inches shy of the state record (17-0) set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015. 3,200 METER RUN: In perhaps the most competitive race of the day Friday at Gulf Shores, four runners finished with :01.27 between them as Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won with a 9:30.26 time. Teammates Bryce Hutchinson (9:30.35) and James Sweeney (9:31.13) finished 2-3 and Mountain Brook’s Charlie Slaughter (9:31.53) was fourth. CLASS 6A BOYS JAVELIN: Kyle Smith hurled the javelin 195-08 to take first place. 3,200 METER RUN: Will Stone of Homewood completed the sweep of the distance events with a 9:27.82 time. 400-METER DASH: Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore (47.77) clocked the second fastest time of the day (all classes) to win the 6A race.
CLASS 5A BOYS 3,200 METER RUN: Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope (9:31.89) and Hayden Judge (9:41.23) finished one-two for the Wildcats to dominate the event. HIGH JUMP: Fairfield’s Christian Smith beat Demarco Campbell of Sylacauga in a jump off to take first place with a 6-07 leap. Both tied at 6-06 and missed all three tries at 6-08 before Smith cleared on his first try at 6-07 and Campbell missed.
400-METER DASH: Demontrae Wilson of Central-Tuscaloosa (49.87) edged Myles Williamson of Guntersville (49.88) by 1/100th of a second in a photo finish to win the event. JAVELIN (WHEELCHAIR): Nick Walls of Crossville had a 63-04.50 throw in his final attempt – improving from his first throw by almost seven feet, to win the event.
CLASS 4A BOYS 3,200 Meter RUN: Matthew Estopinal of Randolph edged past Tanner King of Northside with a winning time of 9:34.26. King clocked 9:48.12. CLASS 7A GIRLS 3,200 METER RUN: Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue followed her win in the 1,600 meters on Thursday by winning the 3,200 on Friday. She crossed the finish line at 11:00.72. 400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen won the event with a 1:15.74 time.
The AHSAA Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A State Outdoor Track Championships closed out day one at Gulf Shores Sports Complex Thursday with several records falling – especially in the javelin competition. The state meet will continue Friday with a full day’s competition and will conclude Saturday. The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships begin Friday at Cullman High School Stadium and will also conclude Saturday. The NFHS Network will live-stream the competition over its NFHS Network platform. The link can be found at www.ahsaa.com. Live-stats results are also available at www.ahsaa.com thanks to Xpress Timing. Leading the boys’ competition after Thursday’s first day at Gulf Shores was Hewitt-Trussville (19 points) was Class 7A. One event, however, the pole vault, was still underway at 8:30 p.m. Vestavia Hills was second with 16 points and Hoover was third with 15. In Class 6A, Helena had 22 points with Homewood second with 19.5. Brooks held a three-point lead 27-24 over Scottsboro (24) with Briarwood Christian and Beauregard on their heels with 21 points each. Winfield, with 36 points, held a commanding lead after day on in the Class 4A competition. UMS-Wright was second with 12 points. In the girls’ first-day scoring, UMS-Wright had 41 points and Montgomery Catholic was second with 20 in the Class 4A competition. St. Paul’s Episcopal led Class 5A with 21 points with Arab two points behind with 19. In Class 6A, Pelham accumulated 38 points with Homewood ranking second with 28.50. And in Class 7A, James Clemens was first after day one with 21 points, followed by Auburn (19) and Smiths Station (18). Fabian Garrett’s Class 4A state record in the javelin which had stood since 2010 was broken by Winfield’s Josh Estes, who had a winning throw of 196-04 Thursday. Childersburg’s Garrett set the mark with a throw of 188-01. In Class 5A, Ladarius Decatur of Brooks won the event with a Class 5A state-record throw of 199-02. The previous record (194-04) was set by Tyler Hamlet of Scottsboro in 2009. Ashton Dominque, who finished second, also bested the previous state record with a 197-01 toss. Cade Finley of Wilson broke the Class 4A boys’ state record he set last year with a 185-03 throw, beating his closest competition by 39 feet. He held the record with his 172-09 throw in 2017. Three of his throws Thursday broke his previous 4A state record. In the girls’ completion, Montgomery-Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa added another record to her growing list with a winning time of 4:57.42 in the 1,600-meter run to set a new Class 4A mark. She set the record previously in 2015 (5:01.38) when she was just an eighth grader. Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station also broke her own Class 7A state triple-jump record (40-01) set last year with a 42-05 leap Thursday. Teammate Kennedy Brown finished second with a 41-07.75 best, which also eclipsed Sutton’s 2017 record.
4A GIRLS High Jump: Isabelle Cochran of Montgomery Catholic won with a winning leap of 5-01. Pole Vault: Savannah Yates of White Plains took first place clearing 11 feet. Triple Jump: UMS-Wright took first place with Aryn McDowell’s winning 36-06.50 leap.
5A GIRLS 1,600-Meter Run: Olivia Andrews’ time of 5:24.96 won the event for the Faith Academy runner. Long Jump: Ashley Ivory of Demopolis took first with a 17-06.75 jump. Shot Put: Kalee Johnson Alexandria took first with a 36-07.75 throw. 4x100-Meter Relay: Beauregard had the fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s finals with a 49.91 time.
6A GIRLS 1,600-Meter Run: Makenna Mills of Northview won the event in 5:05.60, edging Katie Strozier of Pelham (5:06.73) my just over a second. Triple Jump: Christian Hill of Homewood won the event with a best leap of 39-03.75. High Jump: Caroline Hollingsworth of Cullman took first with a 5-04 clearance. Discus: Erin Long of Pelham’s 133-05 throw took first place. 4x100-meter RELAY: Ramsay ran the relay in 48.26 seconds in the prelims to qualify for the finals with the fastest time.
CLASS 7A GIRLS 1,600-Meter Run: Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue finished first (4:58.34) with only sub 5:00 time of the 7A competition. 100-Meter Dash (Amubulatory): McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jordan McGuire clocked 15.89 seconds to win the event. Shot Put (Ambulatory): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen had a winning throw of 21-07.25. Discus: James Clemens’ Zuri Falkner won with a7A state record throw of 140-08, shattering the previous record of 117-09 set in 2015. 4x100-Meter Relay: Thompson’s relay team had the fastest qualifying time of the prelims (47.67), just a second off the 7A state record pace (46.52) set by Sparkman in 2017. CLASS 4A Boys Pole Vault: Walker Junkin of Winfield won with a winning clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches. 4x100-Meter Relay: Madison Academy won its heat with a time of 43.33, qualifying for the finals with the best time of the 4A field.
CLASS 5A BOYS 1,600-Meter Run: Crawford Hope of Scottsboro led a trio of Wildcats’ runners who finished 1-2-3 in the event. Hope’s winning time of 4:25.73. Hayden Judge was second (4:28.15) and Cooper Atkins was third (4:31.91). Shot Put: D.J. Maiden of Beauregard won with a throw of 44-04.25. Shot Put (Wheelchair): Nick Walls of Crossville had a winning throw of 23 feet, 5 inches. Long Jump: Roderick Johnson of Beauregard won the event with a leap of 22-09.75. 4x100-Meter Relay: Pleasant Grove had the top qualifying time (42.44) and Beauregard (42.99) and Etowah (43.00) close behind at second and third to set up what could be a record race in the finals.
CLASS 6A BOYS 1,600-Meter Run: Will Stone of Homewood continued his domination of the 6A competition with a winning time of 4:22.38. High Jump: Justin Stuckey’s 6-10 leap won the competition for Helena. Teammate Jonah Hyde was second at 6-08. Discus: Nathan Cooper of Dothan won the event with a winning throw of 159-06. 4x100-Meter Relay: Ramsay’s boys clocked 41.84 in Thursday’s prelims, just 74/100ths of a second off the state record (41.10) set by Davidson 32 years earlier in 1986. CLASS 7A BOYS 1,600-Meter Run: Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills had the fastest boys’ time of any class winning the 7A race in 4:21.28. Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook was second at 4:22.20. 100-Meter Dash (Ambulatory): Auburn’s Avan Merchant ran the dash in :15.00 to win the event. Shot Put: Chad Strickland of Smiths Station won the event with a winning throw of 59-00.50. 4x100-Meter Relay: Hoover posted the fastest qualifying time with a 42.07-second effort in its heat. Six of the eight teams qualifying for the finals produced times of 42.77 or better. Long Jump: Graham Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic won with a 22-07.50 leap.
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.
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:
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:
CLASS 3A BOYS
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.
CLASS 2A BOYS
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.
CLASS 1A BOYS
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.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
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.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
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.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
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.
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:
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Javelin: 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.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory): Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff set the 1A record in the event with a time of 1:54.70.
CLASS 3A BOYS
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.
CLASS 1A BOYS
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.
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:
CLASS 7A GIRLS 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. CLASS 4A GIRLS 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.
CLASS 7A BOYS 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. CLASS 6A BOYS 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. CLASS 5A BOYS Javelin: Ashton Dominique of Briarwood Christian set a new 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 190-09. CLASS 4A BOYS 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.
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.
CLASS 4A 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.
CLASS 5A 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.
CLASS 6A 1,600-Meter Run: Andy Smith, Homewood, 4:20.07. Discus: Seth Gipson, Northridge, 153-02. High Jump: Tashawn Green, Scottsboro, 6-08.
CLASS 7A 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.
CLASS 4A 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.