GULF SHORES – Defending Class 6A state champion Homewood’s boys and girls held comfortable leads at the 95th AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
The state meet at Gulf Shores is hosting classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A and will begin its final day of competition Saturday morning. The 2019 state championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or for more details, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com. The NFHS Network is also live-streaming the Class 1A, 2A, 3A State Championships at Cullman. That meet was still underway at 6 p.m., Friday.
The Patriots girls had 54 points through eight events scored through Friday’s competition. Pelham was second with 40 and St. Paul’s Episcopal, the 2018 Class 5A girls’ state champs, were third with 26. Homewood’s boys built a commanding 55-point lead over second-place Northridge – scoring 95 points through nine events scored. The Cougars had 40 points and Opelika had 28.
Defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s boys posted 49.50 points and Vestavia Hills was second with 46.50. Hewitt-Trussville had 40 and Mountain Brook 36 heading into Saturday’s final day of competition.
Auburn totaled 61.50 points over nine events to lead the Class 7A girls’ competition after Friday’s round. James Clemens had 39 points to rank second, followed by McGill-Tooley Catholic, 34, and Thompson, 30.
In Class 5A, Scottsboro led the boys and girls with 54 and 58.70 points, respectively. Etowah is second in the boys’ rankings with 28 points, Valley us third with 26 and Guntersville is fourth with 24. Arab is in second place in the girls’ 5A standings with 5.70 points. UMS-Wright is third with 29 followed by Jasper with 23.20.
Two Montgomery schools lead the Class 4A competition with Montgomery Catholic’s girls leading the field with 57 points. Brooks follows with 39, Montgomery Academy has 34 and Randolph has totaled 29. LAMP is in first place in the 4A boys’ rankings with 61.50 points. Brooks is second with 30.50, Elmore County has 29.50 and Mobile Christian has 28.
A total of 10 state records were surpassed Friday.
Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
Highlights from Friday’s competition include:
Class 7A Boys
DISCUS: Oak Mountain junior Harrison Dimick broke the Class 7A state record (178-00.50) with a winning throw of 181-03 on his third attempt of the competition.
3,200-METER RUN: Vestavia Hills sophomore Ethan Strand, who won the 1,600 race on Thursday, won th3 3,200 Friday with a 9:21.31 tim3. Mountain Brook senior Hunter Harwell was second at 9:22.56.
HIGH JUMP: Oak Mountain senior Trey Allen won the 7A title with a 6-08 clearance.
400-METER DASH: Stone Shellnut of Hewitt-Trussville won the 7A 400 with a strong time of 48.26 seconds. Central=Phenix City’s Shermar Taylor was a close second at 48.80.
400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte clocked 59.21 in the race for the Tigers.
4X800-METER RELAY: Huntsville won the race in 7:54.57, just seven seconds off the state record (7:47.70) set last year by Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished second Friday to the Panthers with a 7:57.96 time.
Class 6A Boys
3,200-METER RUN: Senior Will Stone continued to pile up championships Friday with clocking 9:21.68 in the 3,200 to give the Homewood standout a sweep of the distance events. Teammate Crawford Hope, a sophomore, was second with a 9:24.77 time.
Class 5A Boys
3,200-METER RUN: Guntersville junior Sam Moultrie ran a 9:39.73 time to win the event over Myles Stoots of Faith Academy, who also finished second in the 1,600 meters on Thursday.
200-METER DASH: Etowah sophomore Martavious Davis turned in the best qualifying time to qualify for Saturday’s finals with a 21.64 time.
Class 4A Boys
SHOT PUT: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry set a new Class 4A state shot put record with a winning toss of 57 feet, 3 inches on his last try. The previous record (56-00.50) was set 25 years earlier at the 1994 state meet by Jason Box of Muscle Shoals.
400-METER DASH: Elmore County senior D.J. Patrick finished just one step shy of a state record in the Class 4A 400, clocking 48.44 seconds to place first. The 4A state record (48.42) was set by Patrick O’Mara of Montgomery Catholic in 2016.
Class 7A Girls
400-METER DASH: Pelham senior Nicole Payne broke her own state record (54.04) set last year with a winning time of 53.55 Friday in the 400-meter dash.
LONG JUMP: Senior Ashlee Osaji of James Clemens won her second event of the 2019 state championships with a near-Class 7A record setting leap f 19-07.50. The 7A record is 19-09.50, set by Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station in 2018.
3,200-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers ad Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue finished 1-2 with record-setting times in the 7A race. Rogers won with 10:37.67 time, setting a new 7A record in the process. Hogue also clocked 10:43.56 – 10 seconds better than the previous Class 7A record set (10:53.12) by Rogers in 2017.
Class 6A Girls
3,200-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps added her second championship of the 2019 state meet winning the 3,200 meters on Friday. Her winning time was 11:00.96. The junior won the 1,600 on Thursday.
400-METER DASH: Spanish Fort senior Kaitlyn Cole won the event with a 56.70 time, just shy of the 6A state record (55.17) established by Shades Valley’s Morganne Phillips in 2009.
200-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley Park Crossing posted a 23.50 time to qualify as the top seed in the finals. Oxford junior Shania Vincent was second in the qualifying with a 24.68 finish.
Class 5A Girls
400-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer won with a time of 55.93 seconds, just missing the 5A state record time (55.16) set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006. She did set s new mark in the 100-meter dash running the prelim in 11.79 seconds Thursday.
200-METER DASH: Ramsay senior Dhakirah Baraka had the fastest qualifying time in Class 5A with a 24.34 time. The state 5A record (24.25) was set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006.
TRIPLE JUMP: Woodlawn senior Breanna Brown won her second event of the state meet with a 37-11.75 leap in the 5A triple jump.
Class 4A Girls
3,200-METER RUN: Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa won the event for the fifth straight year clocking 11:24.78.
GULF SHORES – Woodlawn High School high jumper Breanna Brown set the state high jump record with a winning height of 5 feet, 10½ inches Thursday night to turn in the top performance as the 95th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Brown missed on all three tries to clear 6 feet. The old mark (5-10) was set by Kelly Gregory of Murphy in 1985 and equaled by 20 years later by Raevan Harris of Northridge High School in 2005. It took 13 years before that record finally fell.
Brown beat the field Thursday by 8½ inches.
With all but one event completed Thursday night, Vestavia Hills High School held a slim 19.50 to 18 edge over Hewitt-Trussville in the Class 7A boys’ scoring. Homewood led the 6A competition with 34 points and Helena was second with 21. In Class 5A, Scottsboro led Valley 33-26 With Etowah and Center Point tied for third with 18 points each. And in Class 4A boys’ action, LAMP posted 19 points after two events with the boys’ javelin throw not scored as of press time.
In the girls’ team standings, Montgomery Catholic had 32 points and Montgomery Academy had 26 in Class 4A. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Thompson were tied in Class 7A with 22 points each with Auburn third with 20 after day one. Class 5A’s first-day leader was Arab with 24.50 points, followed by UMS-Wright with 22 and Scottsboro with 20.70. Defending state champion Homewood led Pelham by one point, 25-24, in Class 6A.
The Class 4A/5A/6A/7A state meet kicks off day two Friday morning. The Class 1A/2A/3A State Championships set for Cullman High School begins Friday morning. Both meets are scheduled to conclude Saturday.
The NFHS Network is live-streaming both championship events over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or to get more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Highlights of Thursday’s action at Gulf Shores:
CLASS 4A GIRLS
1,600-METER RUN: Senior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic closed out her domination in this event over the last six years with a 5:01.25 time to win the event. She narrowly missed her state record (4:57.42) set last year.
100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson came close to equaling the Class 4A state record (11.98) in the prelims Thursday clocking 12.08 seconds go qualify for the finals.
LONG JUMP: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran won the 4A long jump with a winning leap of 16-11. The senior also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.
HIGH JUMP: Senior Julia Rice of DAR cleared 5-02 to win the 4A high jump. Cochran finished second with more misses.
POLE VAULT: White Plains sophomore Savannah Yates cleared 10 feet, 9 inches to take first place over runner-up Isabella Baker of Montgomery Academy, who cleared 10-06.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
100-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer set a new Class 5A state record with a time of 11.79 in the prelims Thursday. The old 5A record (11.84) was set in 2008 by Ramsay’s Lakeshia Williams.
1,600-METER RUN: Corner freshman Myka Rogers won the event clocking 5:21.10.
POLE VAULT: Senior Lauren Hamm won with a clearance of 11 feet for Scottsboro’s Wildcats.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
JAVELIN: Blount senior Karmen Williams set a new Class 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 145 feet, 8 inches. Her winning toss was 5 feet, 7 inches farther than the previous state mark (140-01) set by Hoover’s Chloe White in 2014.
1,600-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps edged Pelham’s Katie Strozier by 72/100th of a second to win the event. The Patriots junior was clocked at 5:02.94, and Strozier, a senior, at 5:03.66.
TRIPLE JUMP: Homewood senior Aiya Finch had a winning leap of 39-03.50 to capture the triple jump title.
100-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley of Park Crossing qualified with the fastest time of the prelims clocking 11.52 seconds. The time was just 5/100ths of a second off the 6A record (11.47) set by Woodlawn sprinter Jasmine Kirkland in 2014.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
1,600-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers crossed the finish line with the fastest time of the day winning the Class 7A event in 4:57.90. Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue also came in under five minutes finishing second at 4:58.58.
100-METER DASH: Senior Nicole Payne was just 2/100ths of a second shy of the Class 7 state record (11.73) set by Hope Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville in 2018 with a 11.75 time in the 100-meter prelims Thursday.
TRIPLE JUMP: James Clemens' Ashlee Osaji won the state title with a winning jump of 35-10.50.
DISCUS: McGill-Toolen’s duo of seniors Hannah Daffin and Emily Doyle finished 1-2 with Daffin’s throw of 123-08 winning the event. Doyle’s best was 116-05.
CLASS 4A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: LAMP senior Brett Bonikowski beat DAR junior Kyle Saylor in a photo finish to win the 4A event. Bonikowski crossed the finish line at 4:27.55 and Saylor at 4:27.72.
DISCUS: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry won the event with a winning throw of 176-05 – 24 feet better than his closest competitor.
100-METER DASH: Seniors Evan Brooks of Madison Academy and Lee Witherspoon of North Jackson turned in outstanding times of 19,67 and 10.84 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 in the prelims.
CLASS 5A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro nipped Faith Academy senior Myles Stoots at the finish line by just 16/100th of a second. Atkins was timed at 4:24.40 and Stoots, 4:24.56.
SHOT PUT: Center Point junior Quinterrius Tanksley won the 5A event with a winning toss of 58-04.
JAVELIN: Sophomore Grayson Eady of Russellville had a winning throw of 178 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He had five throws all over 170 feet.
LONG JUMP: Etowah senior Justin Harris cleared 22-02.50 on his second leap to win the 5A long jump title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Valley sophomore Jacquez Trammel captured the title with a winning jump of 46-08. Etowah’s Harris was second (44-06.25).
CLASS 6A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Defending start champion Will Stone came very close to breaking the 6A record set by McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Stephen Dahmer (4:13.67) in 1987 by winning the 1,600 Thursday in 4:15.76. The senior beat runner-up and sophomore teammate Crawford Hope, who finished second with a 4:19.64 time.
100-METER DASH: Mae Jemison’s Tyler Davis turned in the fastest qualifying time in the prelims with 10.49 seconds. Brantan Barnett of Opelika and Javis Atchison of Baldwin County qualified 2-3 with times of 10.67 seconds. All three sprinters are seniors. Aaron Ernest of Homewood set the 6A record (10.33) in 2011.
HIGH JUMP: For competitors cleared 6-06, but all missed at 6-08. Emerging as the winner was Helena senior Jonah Hyde, who cleared the winning height on his first jump. Tony Toney of Mae Jemison, Josh Thomas of Homewood and Stephon May, also of Homewood, all cleared 6-06 but finished 2-3-4 in order based on misses.
CLASS 7A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won the 7A event in 4:18.63, only 81/100th of second off the 7A state record time (4:17.82) set by Benjamin Knox of Hewitt-Trussville in 2016. Nick Cici of Huntsville, a senior, finished second to Strand with a very fast 4:19.96 time.
100-METER DASH: Senior Charles Lewis of Sparkman nearly equaled the Class 7A record he set at last year’s state championships sprinting 10.55 Thursday. His record time last year was 10.53 seconds. Kamaron McDaniel, a Spain Park senior, qualified second with a 10.68 time – setting up what could be an exciting finish in the finals.
POLE VAULT: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan made it a sweep winning the Class 7A pole vault by clearing 15-06 Thursday. He won the indoor state title clearing the same height at the CrossPlex last February.
SHOT PUT: Spain Park senior Matthew Gray won the event with a winning toss of 58-08, just 4 ½ inches shy of the 7A state record (59-0.50) set by Vestavia Hills’ Walter Thomas in 2016.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte had a time of 12.49 seconds and completed the 200-meter dash in 25.32. Whyte, competing in his third event Thursday, threw the shot 29 feet, 1 inch and earned three points for the Tigers for his efforts in all three events.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Ayan Merchant completed the race in 14.92 seconds and finished the 200 in 31.47. He also had a shot put toss of 26-02.50 and also earned three points in the three events for Auburn.
LONG JUMP: Hewitt-Trussville sophomore Julian Collins had a winning jump of 23-05. Hoover’s J’Marri McCall was second at 23-00.25.
Class 1A, 2A, 3A Meet Begins Friday
GULF SHORES – The AHSAA’s 95th State Outdoor Track and Field Championships get underway Thursday at Gulf Shores Sports Complex for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A. The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships start Friday at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium.
The NFHS Network will live-team the action at both venues over its subscriber-based platform with the broadcast team of Jerry Young, Kim Canova and Joel Knain handled the announcing at Gulf Shores and the Cullman High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, headed by John Drake, will produce the action. To subscribe or for other questions, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Hoover High School, coached by Devon Hind, and Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, are defending champions in Class 7A and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ competition, respectively. Other defending champions include, for the boys, Beauregard (5A); Winfield (4A); American Christian (3A); Falkville (2A); and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A). Winfield is now competing in 3A, however, American Christian has moved up to 4A, Westminster of Oak Mountain has moved to 2A, and Falkville has dropped to 1A. The 2018 girls’ state champions, in addition to the Bucs and Patriots, were St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A); UMS-Wright (4A); American Christian (3A); Altamont (2A); and Whitesburg Christian (1A). St. Paul’s is competing in 6A this season, UMS-Wright in 5A, American Christian’s girls are now in 4A and Whitesburg has moved up to 2A.
Montgomery Catholic distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa is closing out her stellar career with the 2019 Class 4A state meet at Gulf Shores. She currently owns the Class 4A state records for the 1,600-meter run (4:57.42 in 2018) and 3,200-meter run (10:53.38) in 2015. Trey Allen of Oak Mountain, who won the national indoor title in February, is back trying to claim the Class 7A state high jump record all his own this time. He leaped 6-10 in 2018 to tie for the outdoor mark with Baker’s Dontavious Hill (6-10). Hill graduated in 2018. Allen cleared 7 feet during the indoor season and has cleared 6-11 in outdoor this season.
Another event shaping up to be fierce is the Class 7A girls’ shot put competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Hannah Daffin is in the field after setting the 7A state meet record with a throw 40-06.75 last season. Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend, a sophomore, and coming in with a throw of 41-04.50 this season – good enough to break the state meet mark. Rosalind Staie of Hoover has also qualified with a throw of 40-05, which also surpasses the 2018 record heave by Daffin. That competition is set for Saturday.
The AHSAA State Track Championships, the second-oldest championship sport behind basketball sponsored by the AHSAA, were first held in 1925 with Snead Seminary and Bessemer finishing as the boys’ co-champions. Girls’ competition didn’t get underway until 1972 – Clements High School taking home the state title. This year’s state meet will be the 47th for girls.
The oldest current overall AHSAA State Meet Record still standing is the boys’ shot put (63-0.25), set by Frank Warren of Birmingham-Phillips in 1977. Warren, now deceased, went on to have a stellar college and professional football career as a defensive lineman at Auburn and the New Orleans Saints, respectively. All-America miler Steve Bolt of Grissom set the mile and 880-yard state records in 1973, 1:52.5 and 4:01.1, respectively, but those records will not be broken since the event is now the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.
The oldest girls’ record still standing is the discus throw (139 feet, 6 inches) set by Stacy Shaw of Murphy in 35 years ago in 1983.
AHSAA Spring Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Senior hurdler Jalen Aibogun led Center Point High School to its third straight Jefferson County Track and Field Meet Championship to earn this week’s AHSAA Spring Spotlight for the sports of track and field, golf and tennis.
Aibogun won three events as the Eagles of Coach Preston Wilson won the title over a 12-team Jeffco field that included Clay-Chalkville, Shades Valley, Pinson Valley, Gardendale and Mortimer Jordan. Aibogun totaled 30 points winning the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 400-meter dash.
Sophomore Ambria James captured first place in the shot put and took third place in discus throw to score 16 points as Center Point took the girls’ Jeffco title for the second year in a row. The roster for Coach Terress Long features only one senior and a strong sophomore class of 19 girls.
Quienterrius Tanksley also captured the discus event for Center Point’s boys and finished second in the shot. Kobe Collier won the high jump and the 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Lyric Lawson, Jabril Muhammad, Michael Jones and Kenyon Anthony finished third.
The Lady Eagles got a boost from Brandy Jamfi, who finished second in the 3,200 meters and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team.
The Jefferson County Championships was an excellent tune-up for all the Jeffco schools with AHSAA Section track meets set for the weekend of Apr. 25-26-27.
Other top performances reported in track, golf and tennis include:
OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
By Rubin E. Grant
Courtesy of Over-the-Mountain Journal
Trey Allen wasn’t sure how he would perform in a national track and field indoor meet earlier this month.
The Oak Mountain senior high jumper was dealing with tibial stress syndrome (a shin splints injury) when he entered the competition in the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet March 8-10 at The Armory in New York City. The injury occurred after he dunked a basketball in the days leading up to the meet.
“Going into the meet I wasn’t thinking I was going to win,” Allen said. “I had an injury and my mind was everywhere. I prayed, used some Icy Hot, soaked in the tub, took two Advils and went out and jumped.”
The remedies worked better than Allen could have hoped as he soared to win the 2019 National High Jump Championship with a clearance of 6 feet, 10.75 inches. He became only the second athlete ever from Alabama to earn that distinction in the history of the event.
“It was a good performance, and I’m very grateful to God,” Allen said. “I was surprised I did as well I did on a bad shin. While my goal was to break my 7-0 record — I had three close attempts — I can't complain about winning the national championship. It’s an honor to bring back to Oak Mountain High and the state of Alabama.”
Allen entered the meet as the No. 1 ranked high school high jumper in the nation for the 2019 indoor season. He had broken the U.S. high school high jump record earlier this year by clearing 7 feet.
The national competition began with 21 top high jump finalists from around the country. Opening height for the event started at 6-3.25. Then the bar was raised as follows: 6-5, 6-7, 6-9, 6-10.75, 7-00.25.
Allen jumped consistently with no scratches until height 6-10.75. The stellar performance earned him the National New Balance Indoor High Jump Champion. He also was honored as an All-American for the second consecutive year.
More than 3,700 of the country's best sprinters, hurdlers, runners, jumpers, throwers, walkers and relay crews competed in the national event.
Allen set an indoor AHSAA state record for the high jump, clearing 6-11 at the Ice Breaker Meet in early January at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Allen came back to the CrossPlex a few weeks later to break his own record by clearing 7 feet during the Martin Luther King event.
Allen jumped 6-9 at the state indoor championships on Feb. 1, setting a Class 7A meet record and claiming his first individual state title. He tried to clear 7-1 but grazed the bar on all three of his attempts.
This is just Allen’s second year as a track athlete. He had been playing football as a 6-foot-4 wide receiver and basketball as a small forward for Oak Mountain.
Oak Mountain high School track coach Riley White witnessed Allen doing some spectacular dunks in the gym and recognized his jumping potential. He encouraged Allen to come out for track.
Allen decided to jump at the opportunity. Last winter, he gave up playing basketball so he could compete during the indoor and outdoor seasons. After finishing his football career last fall, he returned to track.
“I really didn’t think about track until Coach White asked me,” Allen said. “I loved football and wanted to play in the NFL. But track changed my mind and now I love track. I want to keep working and become good enough to be an Olympian.”
Allen admitted he was awkward at first. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “I was just jumping. I didn’t know about twisting my back as I went over the bar.”
“I jumped 6-2 and I didn’t know if that was good. Coach White told me it was, so I kept going.”
Last summer, Allen earned All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina with an outdoor jump of 6-10.25. He cleared 6-10 in the AHSAA Class 7A outdoor state championships last May and set a new Class 7A state record.
Allen’s 7-foot clearance earlier this year landed him a full track and field scholarship to Louisville. He already had accepted a partial scholarship from the Cardinals, but the coaching staff dangled a full scholarship if he cleared 7 feet.
“That motivated me,” Allen said.
White said he is not surprised at Allen’s fast rise to success.
“He’s a natural, and that’s what Louisville sees in him, a kid whose ceiling is significantly higher than 7 feet,” White said.
Allen won’t be strictly a jumper in college.
“They’re going to use me in some other events, jumps and relays,” Allen said. “They’re going to get their money’s worth out of me.”
BIRMINGHAM – Hoover (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (4A/5A) and Winfield (1A/3A) high schools emerged as boys’ state champions Saturday while Saint James (1A/3A, Montgomery Catholic (4A/5A), Homewood (6A) and Mountain Brook (7A) captured girls’ state titles as the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, was the only school to capture boys’ and girls’ crowns. The Patriots boys won their second Class 6A title in a row and their fifth in the last seven years amassing 95.5 points. Northridge finished second with 83.5 and Opelika was third with 78. Homewood’s girls won their third consecutive 6A crown totaling 124.5 points. Pelham was second with 95 and St. Paul’s Episcopal took third place with 53.
In Class 7A, Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover’s boys cruised to the Bucs’ third straight title and also their fifth in the last seven seasons. The Bucs accumulated 105 points with strong effort from start to finish. Oak Mountain finished second with 51 points, clinching the runner-up spot with a strong third-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay in the last race of the day. The Eagles started the race in fifth place but picked up six points and moved ahead of Vestavia Hills and Hewitt-Trussville to seal the runner-up. The Rebels and Huskies tied for third over with 49 points each. Mountain Brook’s Lady Spartans out-pointed runner-up Baker 71 to 60.5 to win the school’s first state crown since 2013.
Scottsboro’s boys totaled 76 to win the Class 4A/5A state championship. It was the Wildcats’’ second title in the last three seasons. Ramsay finished second with 65 points and Beauregard was third with 36. Montgomery Catholic won its first girls’ state title edging runner-up Ramsay 80-66. Scottsboro was third with 59.
And in Class 1A/3A, the Winfield boys managed 105 points to capture its third state since 2015. Bayside Academy was second with 84 points and Altamont third with 77. Saint James won its first Class 1A/3A state girls championship rolling up 117 points. Whitesburg Christian finished second with 103 and Providence Christian had 76.5 to take third place.
Saint James junior Presley Miles sparked the Lady Trojans’ championship capturing four Class 1A/3A individual state titles winning the 3,200 meters (11:10.48) and the 800 meters (2:18.47) on Friday and closing out the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field State Championships with first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash (59.03) and the 1,600 meters (5:18.47). She accounted for 40 of2019 Class 1A/3A state champion Saint James’ 117 points in the meet. The Trojans moved from Class 4A to Class 3A to begin the 2018-19 school year.
A quick look at past AHSAA indoor track results showed several competitors winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters events at state indoor meets. However, Miles became the first girls’ participant in AHSAA history to win all four running events at the AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships.
She was also the first to win four individual events since St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Charlotte Krausse won four at the 2016 state indoor meet. Krausse won the triple jump, long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles at that meet. Another track standout from St. Paul’s, Camille Root, won four individual events at the 1995 and 1996 state meets held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. She won the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash and the long jump both years. Bridget Rose of Leeds was the next girls’ participant to win four events with wins in 2006 in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault.
Montgomery Catholic senior phenom Amaris Tyynismaa captured her fifth straight indoor state meet individual championship in a row and her first team crown. She won the 1,600 meters Saturday with a strong 5:04.02 time in the 4A/5A finals. Miles upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter race in 2018, but she roared back to clock 4:56.31 in 2018 to set the class 4A/5A state indoor meet record.
Tyynismaa closed out her indoor career in the 2019 meet winning the 800 and 3,200 as well. That gave her five consecutive 4A/5A state indoor titles in the 3,200 and three in the 800 and total of 13 indoor state meet titles and one second-place finish since 2015. She did not compete in the 800 in 2017. and to Miles in last year’s state meet. Saint James High School dropped to Class 3A in 2018-19.
Senior Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain turned in the most impressive time of the day Saturday with a state record (all classes) 54.11 time in the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter finals. She broke her own 7A record (55.24) she set in 2017 and also beat the AHSAA all-time indoor record (54.22) set by her in regular-season meet in 2018. Payne won the 400 three of the last four years – setting Class 7A records all three times: In 2016 (55.25), 2017 and 2019. Her 2018 regular-season time stood as the all-time indoor record until Saturday. She was disqualified in the event at the 2018 state meet.
Payne also won the 60-meter dash race with a new Class 7A record time Saturday clocking 7.54 in the finals. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman set the record (7.66) in 2017.
The top boys’ performance came in the Class 4A/5A high jump where Isaiah McKissic of Beauregard broke a 37-year old indoor record when he cleared 6-09.25. The old record (6-09) was set 37 years earlier by Vincent “Bo” Jackson of McAdory in 1982. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 1985 and had a major-league baseball and NFL football career cut short by a hip injury.
McKissic made his winning height on his second try. It turned out to be the top high jump performance of the state meet. Oak Mountain senior Trey Allen cleared 6-09 Friday to set a new Class 7A indoor state-meet record but then moved the bar to 7-01 and missed on all three tries. McKissic attempted to clear 6-10 but missed on all three attempts.
Hoover’s boys’ 4x400 relay team closed out the meet with a 3:20.59 time to set the AHSAA all-time record in that event. Auburn (3:22.05) set the previous state-meet best in 2015.
BOYS STONE SHELNUTT, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Turned in the best 400-meter dash time of the 2019 meet winning the Class 7A race with s time of 49.97 seconds. His time fell just short of the all-time state-meet record (48.09) set by Deante Tolbert of Auburn in 2015. Shelnutt also won the Class 7A 60-meter hurdles finals with an 8.27 time. ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: Took first place in the Class 6A 1,600-meter race with a strong time of 4:20.34 – less than three seconds off the 7A indoor state record (4:17.06 ) set by Drew Williams of Mountain Brook in 2012. DEANTHONY COLEMAN, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Turned in one of the top times of 2019 in the nation to win the Class 6A 60-meter hurdles in 7.89 seconds. His time was just 9/100ths of a second off the 6A indoor state record time (7.80) set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Completed a sweep of the distance events with a 4:24.55 time in the Class 6A 1,600-meter run Saturday. He won the 800 and 3,200 races Friday. JEKOVAN RHETTA, PARKER: Won the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash final race with a time of 6.88 seconds. He qualified with a 6.94 time. JAMES DIXON, ALTAMONT: Won the Class 1A/3A 400-meter dash with a strong 51.26 time to just miss equaling the 1A/3A state indoor record (50.30) set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016. He finished just ahead of Tawrence Dixon of Mobile Christian, who clocked 51.31. TAWRENCE DIXON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Edged teammate Cameron Alexander at the finish line in one of the closest boys’ raced of the 2019 state meet to win the Class 1A/3A 60-meter dash finals. He clocked 7.146 and Alexander crossed at 7.149. SCOTTSBORO 4X800 RELAY: Won the 4A/5A race with a time of 8:20.19 – just four seconds off the state indoor meet mark (8:16.55) recorded by Northridge in 2016.
GIRLS KIARA RISHER, JAMES CLEMENS: Set a new Class 7A indoor state meet record in the high jump with a winning height of 5-06 on her second attempt at that height. Jayden Gilbert of Bob Jones finished second equaling the old record (5-04). Julia Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record in 2015. JASMINR RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Won the Class 6A 60-meter dash finals with a 7.50 time -- just 1/100ths of a second off the Class 6A state indoor meet record (7.49) established by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2014. The winning time was also just 4/100ths of a second off the all-time CrossPlex record (7.46), which was set by Kirkland in 2016. ZHEVYN JONES, RAMSAY: Set a new Class 4A/5A state indoor meet record winning the 60-meter hurdles in 8.91 seconds. St. Paul’s Lacey Dent set the previous record (9:07) in 2012. Jones qualified for the finals with an 8.93 time. JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Crossed the finish line at 57:02 to win the Class 4A/5A 4000-meter dash. Her time was just one stride shy of the state record (56.92) set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn at the 2017 state meet. Jasity White of Ramsay was second to Childers in the photo finish with a 57.10 time.
BIRMINGHAM – The 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships started with a bang and ended with a boom Friday as two state records fell in each event. As expected, Oak Mountain High School senior high jumper Trey Allen won the Class 7A boys event state-record clearance of 6 feet, 9 inches Friday in the opening field event of the day at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover High School’s boys’ 4x200-meter relay team closed out the day in the final running event with a 1:28.02 time to set a new Class 7A and overall AHSAA state record. Coach Devon Hind’s four runners, in order, were Seth Shelby, Jonathan Martin, Zach Elam and anchor J’Marri McCall. The old state-meet record (1:28.40) was set in 2016 by Opelika in Class 6A. Auburn held the Class 7A mark thanks to its winning 1:29.35 time that same year. The Bucs’ time was also ranks third nationally this season. Oak Mountain’s relay team was second Friday clocking 1:30.00, and Central-Phenix City was third at 1:30.51. The 7A high jump was the first boys’ field event of the meet. He had no trouble clearing 6-09, which erased the previous Class 7A record set by Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills (6-08) by one inch. The overall AHSAA state indoor championship record (6-10.25) was established in 2006 when the meet was held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena by Homewood’s Mitch Dozier. Allen, who cleared 7 feet for the top high jump of the season in the nation to set the CrossPlex prep record at a regular-season meet on Jan. 21, moved the bar to 7-01 to try and break his overall AHSAA record, but missed all three times. Defending state champion Hoover took the first-day lead in the Class 7A boys’ and girls’ competition with 31 and 29 points, respectively. Central-Phenix City’s boys was second with 29 points and Vestavia Hills had 21. McGill-Toolen Catholic totaled 27.50 points to trail the Lady Bucs by just 1.5 points heading into Saturday’s final day of competition. Auburn was two points back with 27. In Class 6A, Homewood’s defending state champion boys’ and girls’ teams took a big step toward the 2019 state crown with strong showings Friday. The Lady Patriots totaled 44 points after 4 final events with Pelham second with 23. Northridge is third with 16. Homewood’s boys held an 18-point lead over Northridge after six final events, 54-38. Opelika is third with 32. Scottsboro built a 35-22 lead over Trinity Presbyterian in the Class 4A/5A boys’ competition Friday with Guntersville and Arab tied for third place with 14 points. In the 4A/5A girls’ field, Montgomery Catholic totaled 31 points after five final events to lead by six points over Scottsboro (25). Ramsay is 11 points back with 20. Bayside Academy held a one-point 29-28 margin over Altamont in the Class 1A/3A boys’ field and Winfield had 25 points to head into Saturday’s final round in third place. Montgomery rivals Saint James and Montgomery Academy ranked 1-2 in the girls’ competition after day one with the Trojans totaling 52 points in six events scored. The Eagles totaled 31 points and Whitesburg Christian, 30. Hannah Daffin of McGill-Toolen Catholic broke the Class 7A, overall AHSAA state meet and CrossPlex state indoor record in the shot put by almost five feet to highlight the first-day girls’ performances at the CrossPlex. Her winning with a toss of 42 feet, 8 inches came on the first of six throws that traveled over 40 feet. The old record (38-0) was set by Sarah Owen of Thompson in 2016. The previous CrossPlex record (42-05.50) was set by Indiya Summerville of Northridge in 2015. Lea Townsend of Hewitt-Trussville also eclipsed the old record with 38-08 throw on her final attempt to finish second to Daffin. Among the other top first-day individual efforts:
GIRLSNICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: The senior broke the Class 7A indoor state record with a 7.61 effort in the 60-meter dash prelims. Hewitt-Trussville sprinter Hope Igbinoghene was second at 7.67. The previous 7A state record (7.66) was set at the 2017 state meet by Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall.AALIYAH BROWN-MUHAMMAD, BAKER: Turned in a sub 9.0 time in the Class 7A 60-meter hurdles prelims to earn the top qualifying lane for Saturday’s finals. Teammate Kelsey White earned the second-fastest qualifying time with an 8.20 finish. Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey set the AHSAA indoor record (8.47) at the 2016 state meet.JASMINE RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Captured the top prelim time in the Class 6A Friday in the 60-meter dash clocking 7.57,just 11/100ths of a second off the overall state indoor record set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2016.AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a strong 39-01.25 best leap.ZHEVYN JONES, RAMSAY: Set a new Class 4A/5A state indoor state meet record in the 60-meter hurdles with a 8.93 performance in the prelims. The old record (9.07) was established by Lacey Dent of St. Paul’s Episcopal at the 2012 state meet. She also anchored the Rams’ 4x200 relay team that won the event with a Class 4A/5A record 1:42.37 time. Central-Tuscaloosa (1:42.73) and Brewbaker Tech (1:44.30) finished 2-3 and broke the old mark (1:46.54) set by Ramsay in 2016.CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Clocked 7.77 for the best pre-lim time in the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash competition. Only 21/100ths of a second separated the top five qualifiers – setting up what could be a very competitive final Saturday.AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: The senior, one of the most celebrated distance runners in AHSAA history, added the 2019 Class 4A/5A 800 meters title to her growing list of individual state championships with a winning time of 2:20.05 in Friday’s competition. She fell three seconds shy of the 4A/5A state record (2:17.57) she set in 2015 as an eighth grader.PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore runner clocked 11:10.48 to win the Class 1A/3A 3,200 meters by more than 37 seconds. Miles was recently named the 2018 Alabama Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year. Her time was just seven seconds off the pace of the Class 1A/3A indoor state record set by Kathryn Lazarchick of UMS-Wright in 2013. Miles also won the 800-meter run with an outstanding time of 2:18.47, just short of Lazarchick’s Class 1A/3A record (2:16.37) set in 2013.
MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
Hoover High School’s boys, going for their third consecutive AHSAA Indoor Class 7A State Championship this weekend, won the Last Chance Classic title with 81 points Chapel Hill (NC) was second with 64. Hewitt-Trussville was fourth with 44 points and Central-Phenix City was sixth with 37.
Defending Class 6A state girls’ indoor champion Homewood was second to Miller Grove (GA) at the CrossPlex’s final regular-season meet of the prep season. Miller Grove totaled 72 points, the Patriots had 58 and Hoover’s girls were third with 52. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs will be attempting to extend their current indoor state championship meet winning streak to six state titles in a row. Hoover has won the first four 7A indoor girls’ crowns and won the 6A championship in 2014 – one year before the AHSAA moved from six classes to seven.
The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex the Coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network is expanding its coverage this year from one day to both days and will have veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the broadcast duties each day.
Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions. Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Homewood’s boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) St. Paul’s Episcopal girls and Guntersville’s boys. (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls. Coach Jim Tate’s Saints has moved up to Class 6A and Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots will be competing in the 4A/5A division.
The field this weekend will be impressive, led by Montgomery Catholic senior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa and Oak Mountain senior high junior high jumper Trey Allen.
Tyynismaa, one of the state’s most accomplished runners, holds the fastest time of the season in the 1,600 meters. She clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational in December. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James turned in the best 3,200 time of the regular season with a 10:52.52 time at the VA Showcase two weeks ago. Katie Strozier of Pelham has the AHSAA’s top 800 meters time (2:14.33), winning the Last Chance Classic 6A/7A race just three seconds off the CrossPlex record. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the Last Chance 400-meter dash with a meet-record 55.03 time. Her 54.88 performance in the Ice Breaker Meet on Jan. 5 is the AHSAA’s fastest time of the year.
Allen’s 7-0 leap in the MLK Classic is the best high-jump effort of the season across the nation. Hoover’s Kyle Smith cleared 6-06 to win the Last Chance meet competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan cleared 15-03 for the state’s best pole vault performance of the season to win the Last Chance meet. Senior Will Stone of Homewood, who posted a 4:19.04 time in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker meet, won last weekend with a 4:19.24. He also set Last Chance meet and CrossPlex record with a 9:15.14 in the 3,200 meters race.
Mae Jemison senior Tyler Davis won the 60-meter dash last weekend with a 6.87 time. He was just 9/100ths of a second behind Trey Cunningham’s state and national record time set in the Last Chance meet in 2017.
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MONTGOMERY -- Trey Allen of Oak Mountain High School captured the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight last week with his record-setting 6-foot, 11-inch high jump earlier this month.
He was at it again last Monday the Martin Luther King (MLK) Classic at the Birmingham CrossPlex – making history one more time when he became the first high school athlete to clear 7 feet. Allen’s performance came in the Class 6A/7A division of the meet that annually highlights the MLK Holiday.
The AHSAA Indoor State Meet record is 6-10¼ -- held by three high jumpers: JuVaughn Blake of Columbia (2017); Tyler Boswell, Hoover (2006); and Mitch Dozier, Homewood (1981).
Allen’s 7-foot leap is currently the best jump in the nation this outdoor season, according to Alabama Runners/Milesplit website. Alabama Runners captured Allen’s milestone achievement on Monday and it can be seen at www.alabamarunners.com. Jonah Hyde of Helena also tied the MLK Classic previous high jump mark clearing 6-06 to finish second to Allen. The previous MLK Classic record was (6-06) was set by Kyle Smith of Hoover in 2018.
The MLK Classic competition was fierce with 83 elite performances among the competitors. Hoover posted 69.50 points to win the boys’ competition over Northridge (67). Ramsay was finished second with 58 points in the girls’ competition to Campbell High School of Smyrna (GA). Campbell’s Ashton Lindley, a junior, won the Class 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 seconds, and McKenzie Kelley won the 400-meter dash in 56.52 to lead Campbell’s effort.
Other top performances at the MLK Classic included:
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: Finished second to Madison Central (GA) sprinter Kennedi Sanders in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70. Sanders won at 7.56.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 1A/5A 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash with excellent times of 7.77 and 57.43, respectively.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Won the 1A/5A 800 meters with the girls’ fastest time of the meet (2:16.59). She also won the 3,200 meters with clocking 11:29.14. She holds the CrossPlex record with a time of 10:32.94 in the 2015 AHSAA State Indoor Championships.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Set an MLK Classic record with a leap of 18-09.25 in the Class 6A/7A long jump, just one inch shy of the CrossPlex overall high school girls’ record.
JAYLAN STINSON, OPELIKA: Sprinted to the 60-meter dash title in the 6A/7A division with a winning time of 6.98 seconds, just 20/100ths of a second off the record set by current Florida State runner Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Stinson also clocked 49.894 to edge Hoover’s Jonathan Martin in the 400-meter dash (40.897) for the win and grabbed his third gold in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-00.75.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD: Cleared 6-04 in the Class 1A/5A high jump to win the event.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Won the Class 6A/7A division 800 meters with a 1:58.69 time at the MLK Classic.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Set a new 6A/7A MLK Classic record in the triple jump with a winning leap of 48-11. Current Auburn University football standout Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the record in 2017 with a 48-07.50 leap. He still holds the overall CrossPlex record (50-03) set in the 2017 State Indoor Championships.
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