Wednesday, January 22, 2020






McGill-Toolen’s Collins, Hoover’s Jones Leads Decathlon, Heptathlon after Day 1

HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Graham Collins totaled 3,736 points Monday in five events to take the first-day lead in the 55th annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School.
    Hoover’s own Genesis Jones accumulated 2,690 points in the 31st ASHSAA Girls’ Heptathlon competition lead James Clemens’ Audriana Blakely (2,646) by 44 points heading into Tuesday’s final round.
    Collins leads Stone Shellnut of Hewitt-Trussville (3,320) by 416 points with five events remaining in the Tuesday’s final round. He is well on his way to posting the best score in the Decathlon since Bo Jackson of McAdory totaled more 8,340 points in the 1981 Decathlon.
    Collins had the fastest time in the 100-meter dash (10.97 seconds) amongst the 47 competitors, had the top long jump (22-03.5), best high jump (6-01.5), and also won the 400-meter dash competition with a time of 49.59. Events remaining are the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
    Rounding out the top five Monday were: 3. Collier Robinson, James Clemens (3,153); 4. Edwin Rainey, Northridge (3,050); and Noah Williams, Hoover (3,034). Shane Denman of Oxford won the shot put competition with a toss of 38-11.75.
       Jones finished third to Hoover teammate Chakiya Plummer (14.92)  in the 110-meter hurdles and won the high jump (5-04.5).  Lanaiya Coney of Bob Jones won the shot put (30-10.5) and Plummer won the 200-meter dash (25.17).
     Filling out the Top 5 from day one’s heptathlon competition were Hoover’s Plummer (2,550), Erin Long of Pelham (2,514) and Jade Johnson of Northridge (2,506).
    The state record was set by Shelly Spires of St. Paul’s Episcopal (5,000) in 2014.
     Complete first-round results can be found at:

ACA, Falkville, Altamont, Whitesburg and Westminster Claim State Titles at 94th AHSAA Outdoor Championships

  CULLMAN -- American Christian Academy won the boys’ and girls’ Class 3A Outdoor State Track Championship Saturday, Whitesburg Christian captured its fourth consecutive  Class 1A girls’ state crown, and Altamont added its 11 state championship trophy to its rich track and field history.
    The 94th AHSAA State Track Championships concluded Saturday with the Class 1A, 2A and 3A state completion at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium and Classes 4A, 5A,6A and 7A competing at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex in Baldwin County.
   Coach Charles Tiller’s ACA Patriots totaled 140 points in the girls’ competition to claim their sixth girls’ state title overall. T.R. Miller was second with 110 points and Montgomery Academy finished third with 78.  American Christian’s boys outscored runner-up Mobile Christian 146-82 to notch its second boys’ title in a row and second overall. Piedmont finished third with 65.
    Falkville’s boys, coached by Jace Wilemon, won the school’s seventh outdoor state crown with 108 points. Altamont was second with 84 and Lanett was third with 59.  Altamont’s girls, coached by Jamie Reddiker, posted 109.33 points to win the girls’ 2A title or the second year in a row. The Lady Knights also won in 2015 and had a string eight straight state championships from 2002-2009.
    Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by Dave McConnell, had 136 points to beat runner-up Westminster-Oak Mountain (116) by 20 points. The Huntsville school also won in 2017, 2016 and 2015. Westminster’s boys won the 1A title with 100 points. Coach Dale Carrell’s squad also won in 2017. Notasulga had a strong finish Saturday to take second with 55 points. Whitesburg was third with 47.
    Five individual state records fell Saturday with Hannah Tarwater keying Whitesburg’s state title run with a new mark in the 3,200-meter run. The senior won the race Saturday with a 1A state girls’ record time of 10:56.46. The old record (10:59.37), which was set by Heather Tanner of Randolph in 1995, has stood for 23 years. Tarwater also won the Class 1A 800-meter race with a time of 2:21.59.
Harper Roberts sparked American Christian to the 3A crown by establishing a new Class 3A girls’ record in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:17.54. Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller set the old record (2:18.27) in 2014. ACA teammate Helen Claire Edmonds won the pole vault with at 11-07 height to break the previous Class 3A girls’ state record (11-02) she set last year. Edmonds also finished second to teammate Kayleigh Atkins in the 100-meter hurdles and was third in the 300-meter hurdles.
 Other records that fell included:
JOHN MARK ABERCROMBIE, MEEK: Set a new 2A state meet javelin  record with a winning throw of 186 feet, 7 inches, eclipsing the old mark (173-02) set by Judson Davis of Brilliant in 2009. Braden Pyron of Marion County also surpassed the old mark with a runner-up throw of 181-09.
TARA RANDOLPH, CLEVELAND: Captured the Class 2A girls’ 100-meter hurdles with a class state record time of 15.63 seconds. The old record (15.64) was set by Altamont’s Taylor Young in 2015.
   Among the other top performances included:
Won the Class 3A 800 meters with an excellent 1:59.90 performance to edge Bayside Academy’s Bradley Schmidt by 66/100ths of a second.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6-06 to win the high jump by four inches.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a strong 55-00 toss. He also had a 54-00.50 throw as well.

Just missed the 2A state record winning the 800 meters in 1:58.80.
TAE MACGREGOR, VINCENT: Won the 100-meter dash with a 10.94 time in the finals. He ran 10.93 seconds in the prelims on Friday.

Finished first in the 3,200 meters with a winning time of 19=0:05.42, less than a second ahead of teammate Nate Collins (10:06.04). Another teammate Daniel Collins was third at 10:33.78.

Won the Class 1A 100 and 200-meter dash races with times of 12.39 and 25.36 seconds, respectively.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The junior basketball standout won the shot put competition with a winning throw of32-08.50.

Hoover, Homewood Sweep Boys’ and Girls’ Crowns at 94th AHSAA Track Championships

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.
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.
Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
     Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at

Defending 7A Boys’ Champs Hoover Lead after Day 2 of AHSAA State Track Championships

     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:

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.

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.

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.
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. 
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.

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.

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.

Defending Champs Shine in First Day at AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A Track Championships Friday

CULLMAN – Defending state champion American Christian Academy’s boys and girls led the Class 3A competition after the first day at the 2018 AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium Friday.
   Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots totaled 63 points in the 3A to lead the 3A boys’ team standings. Mobile Christian had 32 and Bayside Academy 31. The ACA girls held a five-point lead over T.R Miller, 53-48 heading into Saturday’s competition. Montgomery Academy was third with 42.
   In Class 2A, Falkville’s boys had 64 points, Altamont 40 and St. Bernard 23 after the first day. Defending state champion Altamont’s girls led with 50 points and Falkville had 36. St. Bernard was third with 34 and Lanett 25. In Class 1A, Whitesburg Christian’s defending state champion girls had 68 points with Westminster-Oak Mountain in second place with 40. Addison had 22. Westminster’s boys, the 2017 state champs, led Wadley 38-31 after Friday’s completed events. Marion County was third with 24.
     Due to potential weather concerns, coaches, administrators, teams and spectators, please take note of the following adjustments to Saturday’s schedule of events. Saturday’s running events will begin at 8 a.m., with a rolling schedule for the other running events. The order of events will remain the same. Saturday’s field events will start at 8 and also operate on a rolling schedule.

     Coach David Carrell’s team set two records in the 4x800-meter relay competition.  The girls clocked 9:59.62 to become the first 1A girls’ relay team to come under the 10-minute mark at state competition. The record performance for Coach Dave Carrell’s team broke the previous 1A state record (10:06.74) set by St. Bernard in 2015. The Westminster boys’ 4x800 relay team was not to be outdone, however, setting a new 1A boys’ state meet mark with a winning tome of 8L28.66. Falkville had held the record (8:31.99) since 2014.

   At least six records fell Friday including:
Josiah Harry, Mobile Christian: Set a new Class 3A state discus record with a winning throw of 179 feet, 3 inches. The old record (165-08), set in 2017, was set by Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond. He also finished second in the javelin competition.
Emma Cape, Whitesburg Christian: Won the Class 1A high jump title with a 5-03.25 leap, breaking the Class 1A state record established 32 years earlier in the process. The old mark (5-03) was set by Julie Prueitt of Addison in 1996.
Emee Baldwin, Addison: Set a new Class 1A girls’ javelin record clearing 10 feet, 8 inches. The old mark (10-00) was set in 2015 by Summer Stewart of Meek.
Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka: Set a 1A state record in the long jump with her winning leap of 18:01.00. Her effort best the old mark (17:03.50), which was set in 2014 by another Loachapoka athlete Kerimee Vinson.
    Other top performances noted were:

1,600 METER RUN:
Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian won with a time of 5:14.63.
400-METER DASH: Whitesburg Christian’s Mattie Weeks edged Rashni Walker of Ellwood Christian and Sarah Kate Lipperd of Westminster-Oak Mountain with a winning time of 59.30 seconds. Walker (59.56) and Lipperd (59.57) were less than a second behind the winning time.

1,600 METER RUN: Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard clocked 5:34.32 to capture the event.
400-METER DASH: Falkville’s Kari Watts had the winning time of 1:00.71.
JAVELIN: Tirsah Morris of Section won with a throw of 102-09.

400-METER DASH: Ja’Niyah Boykin of Mobile Christian clocked 59.36 to win the 3A race.
1,600 METER RUN: American Christian’s Harper Roberts ran the distance in 5:23.34 to take first place.
Amber Mason of Bayside Academy won with a leap of 17-05.75.
TRIPLE JUMP: Altamont’s Kalia Todd had the winning jump of 35-03.50 to win the event by almost two feet.
HIGH JUMP: Pleasant Valley’s Rachel Faucett cleared 5-04 to win the high jump competition.

1,600 METER RUN: Westminster-Oak Mountain captured the first three spots in the boys’ race with Nate Collins winning with a time of 4:29.99. Hunter Wright (4:40.63) was second and Daniel Collins (4:45.71) finished third.
400-METER DASH: Rikishi Buchanan of Wadley clocked 50.19 to take the championship.
Braden Pyron of Marion County cleared 9-00 to win the 1A title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Taquavian Drake of Wadley won the event with a 43-09.50 best leap.

400-METER DASH: Tavias Anderson of Sheffield won the race with a winning time of 48.57 seconds, just shy of the Class 2A state record (48.40) set in 1999 by Adrian Green of West Morgan.
1,600 METER RUN: Andrew Sweeney gave St. Bernard a sweep of the 1,600 with a winning time of 4:35.18. The school also won the girls’ title too with Leahrose Mami taking first.
Tykeem Doss of Aliceville won with a throw of 47-05.
LONG JUMP: Craig Kinsey’s leap of 21-06.25 took first place for the Abbeville long jumper.


Luke Skinner and David Hodgson of American Christian finished 1-2 in the event with Skinner clocking 49.64 to just miss setting a new 3A state record. Tavias Anderson of Sheffield, who won the 2A race Friday, set the 3A mark (49.46) in 2016 when the Bulldogs were in the 3A competition.
1,600 METER RUN: Matisse Miller of Pleasant Valley won the event with a photo finish over David Barrett of American Christian and Chase Prater of Elkmont. Miller’s time was 4:34.06, Barrett clocked 4:34.74 and Prater, 4:35.63.
JAVELIN: Mobile Christian’s Andres Fox threw the javelin 180 feet to win the event.

Several Records Fall in First Day of AHSAA State Track Championships at Gulf Shores

     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 Live-stats results are also available at 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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

St. Paul’s Girls and Guntersville’s Boys Win in 4A/5A Hoover, Homewood, American Christian Sweep 7A, 6A, 1A/3A Boys’ & Girls’ Indoor State Titles

BIRMINGHAM – Hoover, Homewood and American Christian swept the boys’ and girls’ championships for Classes 7A, 6A and 1A/3A, respectively, AT the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Saturday.
    In Class 4A/5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school the girls’ state crown –the school’s ninth indoor title in a row, 25th overall and the school’s 181st state championship in all sports since joining in AHSAA in the early 1970s. Guntersville won the boys’ 4A/5A championship. The Lady Saints of Coach Jim Tate had 100 points and runner-up Scottsboro scored 62.50 to finish as runner-up.  Guntersville, coached by Jennifer Charles, posted 57 points, runner-up Scottsboro had 49 and Central-Tuscaloosa was third with 46.
    Pole vaulter James Courson won the Class 7A high jump competition clearing 16 feet, 1 inch, to help the Hoover’s boys, coached by Devin Hind, win the school’s eighth boys’ title overall. Hoover scored 135 points and runner-up Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50.  Courson attempted to clear 16-05 and set the AHSAA all-time indoor record came up just short. He cleared 15-00, 15-06 and his winning height without a miss. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 113 points to win the state title for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years. Hoover has won all four 7A titles. McGill-Toolen Catholic finished with 78 points and James Clemens was third with 74.
    Homewood’s Lady Patriots, coached by Lars Porter, and totaled 167.50 points to set a new AHSAA all-time indoor team scoring record. Pelham was second with 72.50 and Paul  Bryant finished third with 65. Porter’s Homewood boys had 103.50 points to finish ahead of runner-up Opelika, which had 56. Paul Bryant was a close third with 54.
    American Christian, coached by Charles Tiller, posted 104 points to win the boys’ 1A/3A crown and had 150 to win the 1A/3A girls’ championship. Bayside Academy had 72 points and Whitesburg Christian 67 to finish 2-3 in the girls’ competition. Mobile Christian had 71 to finish second in the boys’ team rankings, and Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 67.
   A total of 10 boys’ state indoor records fell and 12 girls’ records – a total of 22 for the two-day meet. In addition to Homewood’s girls setting the new all-time points record, the Lady Patriots also set the new 6A record. American Christian’s Girls set a record for points scored in 1A/3A, and Hoover’s boys set a new 7A team scoring record.
   Talented junior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic picked up her 10th AHSAA Indoor State Championships victory with a record-setting 3:56.31 time in the Class 4A/5A 1,600-meter race. She finished 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Presley Miles of Saint James, who upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter finals Friday to set a class record in that event. Tyynismaa broke her own state record (5:01.36) set in 2015 when she was an eighth grader.
    In the boys’ 4A/5A 1,600-meter race, Matthew Estopinal of Randolph and Tanner King of Northside each broke the class record (4.22.12) held by Jon Bringham of St. Paul’s Episcopal since 2004. Estopinal finished with a winning time of 4:21.50 and King clocked 4:21.54 in the photo finish. The runners also finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters with Estopinal winning with another 4A/5A record time clocking 9:22.01. King crossed the finish line at 9:31.40.
   Jasmine Griffin led Homewood’s girls, winning the 400-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash on Saturday. She nipped Qymeshia Mayew of Paul Bryant to win the 400-meter dash. Griffin had a 57.47 time and Mayhew clocked 57.89. She won the 60-meter hurdles clocking 8.95 improving her qualifying time (9.89) by almost a full second. All six girls finishing in the scoring also ran faster Saturday than Friday’s best qualifying time. She closed out her individual events Saturday with a win in the 60-meter dash. Her winning time was 7.62 seconds.
   In other highlights Saturday:

Set a new record in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 inches. She broke her own record (39-11.75) set last season. Sutton set the CrossPlex record in January leaping 41-05.75.
GENESIS JONES, HOOVER: Set a new Class 7A state indoor record in the high jump with a winning jump of 5-06. London Wooley of Thompson and Ella Keaton of McGill-Toolen Catholic also equaled the old record 5-04 to finish second and third, respectively. Wooley took second with fewer misses. Julie Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record originally in 2015.
VADA SAMUELS, JAMES CLEMENS: Was the surprise winner in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 56.78, just ahead of Mountain Brook sprinter Holli Chapman (56.97). Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne, the AHSAA 7A state record holder and one of the top 400 runners in the nation, was disqualified for running out of her lane.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: Picked up her second championship of the 2018 state meet with a 5:03.81 time in the 1,600-meter finals. She won the 3,200 on Friday and finished fourth in the 800. Sydney Steely of Hoover was second at 5:03.97.
Won the 60-meter hurdles finals clocking 8.81. Teammate Chakiya Plummer was second at 8.91.
JORDAN McQUIRE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Posted a time of 1:17.85 to claim the Class 7A ambulatory 400-meter dash. She also ran the 60-meter dash in 10.35 seconds.
LAURYN HALL, SPARKMAN: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 7.66 time, 1/100th of a second off her 7A record-setting time in the Friday’s prelims and tying the state record she set last year. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hope Igbinoghene was second clocking 7.69.
HOOVER 4x800 & 4x400 RELAYS: Set the state and CrossPlex record in the 4x80 with a winning time of 9:19.70.  The Bucs held the record coming in thanks to its 9:26.76 finish in 2016.Coach Devin Hind’s team closed out the meet setting a new record in the 4x400 clocking 3:55.24 in a very close finnal. Hewitt-Trussville and James Clemens finished two second behind to also break the old mark (3:59.53) established by Central-Phenix City in 2016.

LAINEY HELMS, HOMEWOOD: Crossed the finish line at 5:21.49 to win 1,600-meter race.
JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Won the high jump clearing 5-04.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: The Patriots finished first with a time of 9:49.08.
KIRSEN GARDNER, HELENA: Won the shot put with a 37-06.24 toss.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the long jump with a meet best 17-02.50 leap.
RAMSAY 4x400 RELAY: Clocked 4:04.91 to sweep the final race of the 6A meet.

JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Edged teammate Olivia Knox at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash. Childers clocked 57.88 and Knox had 58.40 time.
ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS:  Won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9:21 and also captured the long jump with a winning leap of 17-3.50. Emily  Burrowes and Olivia Beard, both of St. Paul’s Episcopal, finished two inches behind Ivory jumping 17-01.50.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.82 seconds.
OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Captured the high jump clearing the bar at 5-02.
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 4x800 RELAY: The Lady Saints won the relay with a 10:18.84 time. Montgomery Catholic was second (10:20.48).
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons won in 4:07.53 to set a new 4A/5A relay record.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.19 seconds in the finals. She set a new 1A/3A state record in the prelims (9.08) on Friday. She also won the triple jump with a winning leap of 36-06.25.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Tied the 1A/3A state record in the high jump clearing 5-07. The record was set in 2017 by Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley. She also finished second in the triple jump with a 35-05.50 leap.
JOSIE PARHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter dash clocking 8.15 in the finals to edge Ja’Niayah Boykin of Mobile Christian (8.18).
JA’NIYAH BOYKIN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 400-meter dash competition with a time.
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:18.59 to finish one second ahead of runner-up Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian.
4x800 RELAY: Westminster of Oak Mountain took first place clocking 10:19.20.

JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Followed up Friday’s 7A state-record performance in the 3,200 meters with a win in the 1,600 meters Saturday. His winning time was 4:23.56, just under a second better than runner-up Charlie Slaughter of Mountain Brook (4:24.33).
KYLE SMITH, HOOVER: Won the triple jump with a distance of 45-07 on his final jump.
JAKE DIGGS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Battled James Clemens’ Nolan Smith to the finish, winning the 400-meter dash with a 49.46 time. Smith crossed the finish line at 49.56.
HAKIM RUFFIN, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 6.91 time. Teammate R.J. Nelson was second at 6.98.
Won the shot put with a winning toss of 49-02.50.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 60-meter hurdles running 8.31 in the finals Saturday.
SMITHS STATION 4x800 RELAY: Captured the relay title with a 7:58.51 time over runner-up Hoover (8:02.94). The Bucs  closed by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:24.01.

OKHEME MOORE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Set a Class 6A state record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds in the finals Saturday. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika held the mark (6.85), which he ran in 2016.  Moore also clocked 48.96 to win the 400-meter dash in a photo finish over Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, who was timed at 48.98.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Established a new Class 6A indoor state record in the triple jump with his winning leap of 48-04.75. Myles Charley of Spain Park set the previous mark (47-11.25) in 2012.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Added the 1,600-meter title Saturday to the 3,200 race he won on Friday clocking 4:24.39 to finish just three seconds off the 6A state record.
Won the 60-meters hurdles finals with a time of 8.21.ELI BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 13-03 to capture the pole vault . Edwin Rainey of Northridge was second at 12-06.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: Beat Hartselle by four seconds to win the event with an 8:30.07 time.  Hartselle clocked 8:34.44.
 4x400 RELAY: The Rams won in 3:27.49 seconds.

DEMONTAE WILSON, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Ran the 400-meter dash in 50.33 seconds to win the event for the Falcons.
HUNTER APPLIN, WEST POINT: Captured the 60-meters hurdles crown with a time of 8.23.
CADE FINLEY, WILSON: Won the shot put event with a throw of 46-10.
CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GROVE: Won the 60-meter dash running 6.89 in the finals.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD:  Won the high jump clearing 6-06.
BRYAN SHIRLEY, SIPSEY VALLEY: Jumped 20-08.75 to win the long-jump competition.
GUNTERSVILLE 4x400 RELAY: The Wildcats won the final event with a time of 3:29.43 to clinch the state team championship.
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN 4X800 RELAY: Won the championship with an 8:26.28 time.

DAVID HODGSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 50.50 seconds in the 400-meter dash to win the event. He just missed the state1A/3A  record (50.03), set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016.
NATE COLLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600-meter race clocking 4:31.26.
KEEFER WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Clocked 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to win the event over runner-up James Jackson of American Christian (9.98). White also won the 60-meter dash with a 7.25 time in the finals.
WILEY BOONE, WESTMINSTER –OAK MOUNTAIN: Jumped 20-05.25 to win the long jump competition.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a 51-09.25 toss, and teammate Michael Prince finished second with a throw of 49-06. The 18 points scored in the last field event of the day propelled the Leopards to second place in the final boys’ team standings.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6 feet to win the 1A/3A long jump.
AMERICAN CHRITIAN 4x400 RELAY: The Patriots set a new record with a winning time of 3:35.33.
BAYSIDE ACADEMY 4x800 RELAY: Bayside’s time of 8:35.23 won the 4x800-meter relay. American Christian was second at 8:36.37.

11 Records Fall in First Day Homewood Boys and Girls Open Strong to Lead Class 6A At the 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

    BIRMINGHAM – Homewood High School’s boys and girls turned in strong performances Friday to take the lead in Class 6A at the 49th AHSAA Indoor State Track & Field Championships being held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
     Coach Lars Porter’s defending state champion girls posted 72 points to build a 45-point lead over Pelham, which had 27, with five events finished Friday. The Patriots’ boys piled up 52.50 points to lead defending champ Opelika, posting 72 points through six events, to the Bulldogs’ 28. Paul Bryant was third with 26.
     Eleven indoor state-meet records fell Friday with five in the boys’ competition and six on the girls’ side. The state meet resumes Saturday at 8 a.m., with field events. Running events start at 9 a.m., with the 400-meter dash for all classes. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming the finals. To access the subscriber-based video stream, go to for instructions.
     In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover held a slim 4.5-point lead over McGill-Toolen Catholic in the girls’ competition after seven final events. The Lady Bucs had 48.50 points and the Lady Yellow Jackets had 44. Coach Devin Hind’s Hoover boys held a 44-35 lead over Vestavia Hills with five events concluded.
     American Christian, which swept the boys’ and girls’ titles last season in Class 1A/3A, held slim leads after Friday’s events with girls holding a 43-41 edge over Bayside Academy with six events completed, and a 48-26 lead over Westminster-Oak Mountain with five events concluded.  Defending 4A/5A girls’ state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal totaled 47 points through six events hand had a 14.5-point lead over Scottsboro (32.5). Winfield, the runner-up in the boys’ competition in 2017, scored 29 points Friday to hold a five-point lead over defending champion Scottsboro (23) with five events finished.
     Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic added her ninth individual state championship to her AHSAA Indoor Track trophy case clocking 10:44.09 to win the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters Friday.  She finished 12 seconds behind her own record (10:32.94) set in 2015 when she an eighth grader.
   Her attempt at No. 10 was averted, however, in the 800-meter competition. Saint James freshman Presley Miles pulled a stunning upset in the Class 4A/5A 800-meter race however. She beat her friend and Montgomery rival with a strong finish over the final lap and broke the AHSAA Class 4A/5A state record in the process with a 2:15.83 time. Tyynismaa had set the previous record (2:17.57) in 2015. She crossed the finish line at 2:19.26 to finish second.
   Winfield junior Walker Junkin turned in the top boys’ performance of  Friday’s first day’s action setting a record in the Class 4A/5A pole vault. He won the event clearing 15 feet, 4 inches – and missed three attempts at 15-07 as most of the CrossPlex crowd watched and cheered him on with each valiant try. The old class record (14-07) was set by Jeremy Protz of Scottsboro in 2003. The all-time indoor record of 16-06.50 was set Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015.
   Friday’s highlights included:

Broke the Class 7A record in the 60-meter dash with a 7.65 time in the prelims. She set the standard at last year’s state meet clocking 7.66.
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke the long-jump record she set last year with a winning leap of 18 feet, 8 inches Friday. Her previous record was 18-07.75.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 40-09.50 in the triple jump to break the previous 7A girls’ record (38-00) set by Thompson’s Sarah Green in 2016.
Won the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:59.46, less than a second off the 7A state indoor record.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Had a winning time of 2:13.93 in the 800-meter race.
JORDAN McGUIRE,  McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had a winning throw of 20-08.25 in the ambulatory division of the shot put  competition.
BRADYN COARSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 11 feet to capture the 7A pole vault.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Won the 7A race by just 4/100ths of a second over runner-up James Clemens. The Bucs clocked 1:43.12 and the Jets, 1:43.16. Auburn was third at 1:43.78.

LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD:  Crossed the finish line with a time of 11:11.20 just ahead of teammate Celie Jackson, who finished second.  
Cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault event.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:16.00.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Leaped 37-03.75 to capture the triple jump for the Lady Patriots.
HOMEWOOD 4X200 RELAY: Beat the field with a winning time of 1:43.56.

EMILY BURROWES, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the triple jump with a winning leap of 37-02.25.
KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Threw the shot 45-05.50 to win the event for the Valley Cubs.
CALLIE RATCLIFF, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL:  Won the pole vault leaping 11 feet.
4x200 Relay: Central-Tuscaloosa won with a winning time of 1:46.76 to give the Falcons boys and girls a sweep in the relay.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 9.08 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to set a new 1A/3A state record. Raven Stewart of Guntersville set the previous record (9.09) in 2013.
HANNAH TARWATER, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Captured the 3,200 meters crossing the finish at 11:37.99. Becca Billman of American Christian was second (11:55.49).
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 800 meters clocking 2:19.68.
 Tossed the shot put 30-06.50 to win the event and also had a leap of 16-05.50 to capture the long jump title as well.
WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Clocked 1:53.50 to win the only girls’ relay of Friday’s competition.

Ran the 3,200 meters in 9:26.45 to win the event and set a new 7A state record.  Tommy McDonough of Hoover ran a 9:26.88 at last year’s state meet to set the record previously.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS:  Tied his own Class 7A state record by winning the high jump competition Friday clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. He missed at 6-10, however. Nesbitt set the mark originally in 2016.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the long jump with a 22-10.25 leap.
CHARLES HUGHES,  SMITHS STATION:  captured the 800-meter race crossing the finish line at 1:56.97.

 Ran the 60-meter dash in 6.84 seconds to set a new 6A state indoor meet record. Opelika’s Nathanaiel Huggins held the record with a 6.85 time in 2016.
JONAH HYDE, HELENA: Cleared 6 feet, 9 inches to win the event. He made three attempts at 6-10.50, which would have broken the 6A state record (6-10.25), but he just missed on all three tries.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Clocked 9:37.03 to win the 3,200-meter run for the Patriots. Teammate Alvin Finch finished fourth at 9:58.20 to give the Patriots 15 points in the event.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Won the long jump with a winning leap of 21-10. Teammate Jaylen Stinson was second with a distance of 21-04.
LOGAN JUSTICE, HOMEWOOD: Edged Helena’s Blake Vaughn by a nose, winning the 800-meter race with a 2:02.62 time in the closest finish of the day. Vaughn clocked 2:02.71 and Lance Cunigan of Benjamin Russell was third at 2:02.85.
ZION BINION, NORTHRIDGE: Tossed the shot 50-01.50 to win the championship, but was 13 feet shy of the AHSAA’s oldest standing indoor record (63-06.50), set by Frank Warren of Phillips High School 42 years earlier at the 1977 state meet held at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum.
RAMSAY 4X200 RELAY: Was 1.2 seconds shy of the 6A state record (1:28.40) clocking 1:29.60 to win the event.

Captured the 800 with a time of 1:56.17.
MATTHEW ESTOPINAL, RANDOLPH: Won the 3,200 meters with a state 4A/5A record time of 9:22.01.  Chase Buckelew of Arab set the previous record (9:27.31) in 2017.
GRANADAS BAKER, BEAUREGARD: Captured the triple jump with as top distance of 42-02.75.
4X200 RELAY: Central-Tuscaloosa’s time of 1:32.39 won the relay by two seconds.

Won the 3,200-meter run with a 9:50.01 time. David Barrett of American Christian finished second at 9:52.85.
JAMES DIXON, ALTAMONT: Finished first in the 800-meter race with a winning time of 2:02.67.
JAMES JACKSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Cleared 13-03 in the pole vault to beat Falkville’s Devin Johnson, who closed at 13 feet.
CAMERON ALEXANDER, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Leaped 40 feet, 5 ½ inches to win the triple jump competition.
4X200 RELAY: American Christian’s relay team won with a time of 1:35.25.

Northside’s King, Homewood’s Griffin Shine at Last Chance Meet Tune-Up

    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.
    A total of 72 girls’ teams and 77 boys’ squads competed with 23 girls’ teams and 26 boys’ teams coming from neighboring states.  Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover’s girls won the 6A/7A division championship with 75 points. Homewood was second with 65. Hind’s Bucs’ boys also won with 79.50 points. Chapel Hill (GA) was second with 67 and Smiths Station finished third with 42.
    Northside’s boys accumulated the most points (39) in the 1A/5A division and American Christian’s 26 points was the top AHSAA school finish in the 1A/5A girls’ competition.
    King won the Last Chance Invitational’s 800-meter run in the 1A-5A division with a winning time of 1:58.60 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:27.56. He finished second in the 3,200 meters clocking 9:36.17. Matthew Estopinal of Randolph, who was second in the 1,600 and ninth in the 800, won the 3,200 race with a 9:23.75 time, just six seconds off the CrossPlex all-time record. King won the AHSAA Class 4A/5A 800-meters indoor state championship in 2017, finished second in the 1,600 meters and fifth in the 3,200 meters. All of his times at the Last Chance meet bettered his state meet times of a year ago.
   Griffin captured the 60-meter hurdles in the Last Chance Invitational’s Class 6A/7A division clocking 8.73 seconds last weekend to nip Michelle Nkoudou of Hoover by 1/100th of a second. Griffin also finished second in the 60-meter dash to Madison (GA) Central’s Kennedi Sanders with a time of 7:58 seconds, also just 1/100th of a second behind the winner. Griffin was also clocked at 57.73 to finish third behind Lambert (GA) sprinter Jordan Smith, who set a new Last Chance Invitational record with a time of 55.75. The Homewood standout won the Class 6A 60-meter dash at last year’s AHSAA Indoor championships and was second in the 60-meter hurdles. Both times last weekend were faster than her times in last year’s state meet as well.
    The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex with the coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions.
     Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Opelika boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) Scottsboro boys and St. Paul’s Episcopal girls; (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls.
     Montgomery Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa will be trying to build on her eight individual state indoor championships already won since 2015. She holds indoor records in her class in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She also has helped Catholic win one 4x800 relay state title. The Lady Knights will be competing once again in the 4A/5A division.
     Trey Cunningham of Winfield, now a freshman at Florida State, finished his prep career last season with 12 indoor state championships overall and state class records in the 60-meter dash and hurdles and long jump. His 60-meter hurdles time is also a high school boys’ national record.
  Other highlights from the Last Chance Invitational last weekend include:


Tossed the shot put 61 feet, 4 ¼ inches in the 1A/5A competition to set the CrossPlex all-time prep record by more than four feet. Joseph Williams of Spain Park had held the record (58-05) since 2012. His toss came in the AHSAA State Championships. 
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Shattered the Last Chance Invitational and CrossPlex record in the pentathlon scoring 3,607 points. Stone Shelnutt of Hewitt-Trussville was second with a 3,118 score. The previous record (3,147) was set by Trayz Jureidini-Wyche of Alexander (GA) in 2017. Collins won the pentathlon high jump, long jump, shot put, 60-meter hurdles and was second in the 1,000-meter run.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Won the triple jump with an outstanding final leap of 48-01.
TREYVON JONES, SMITHS STATION: Won a photo-finish race in the 60-meter hurdles in the 6A/7A division over Hoover’s Hakim Ruffin with a time of 6.964 seconds. Ruffin was clocked at 6.968.
XAVIER ROGERS, STANHOPE ELMORE: Sped the 400-meter distance in 48.47 seconds to win the 6A/7A division, beating a field of 123 participants.
JALEN AIBOGUN, CENTER POINT: Beat the 84-participant field with a winning time of 8.38 seconds to claim the 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles title.
JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Finished first in the 1,600 meters with a 4:26.98 time.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Was clocked at 9:18.91 in the 3,200 meters to win the 6A/7A division title.
JOE LEVENTRY, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.90.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A/7A high jump clearing 6-06.
CHRISTIAN SMITH, FAIRFIELD: Cleared 6-04 to win the 1A/5A division.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Finished first in the 6A/7A pole vault with a winning clearance of 15 feet.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Leaped 14 feet to win the 1A/5A pole vault competition. He also accumulated 2,822 points in the pentathlon to win that event.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Set a new Last Chance Invitational record with a time of 1:28.89 in the 6A/7A finals, eclipsing Oxford’s 1:29.03 time ran in 2016 and almost equaled the CrossPlex overall record (1:28.40) set in 2016 by Opelika in the AHS0AA State Championships.
SMITHS STATION 4X400 RELAY: The Panthers won the 6A/7A event with a time of 3:23.88.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4X200 RELAY: The Falcons clocked 1:31.99 to win the 1A/5A division. Out-of-state teams finished in the next seven spots.
SCOTTSBORO 4X800 RELAY: The Wildcats took first in the 1A/5A division with a time of 8:36.01.
Won the 800-meter run in the 1A-5A division with a winning time of 2:16.91 and the 1,600 meters clocking 4:57.89. She finished just 1.84 seconds shy of the meet overall record and was the only runner among the 51 participants in the race to run under 5:00.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Cleared 11 feet to win the 1A/5A pole vault.
RACHEL FAUCETT, PLEASANT VALLEY: Leaped 5-02.25 to win the high jump in the 1A/5A division. She also totaled 2,831 points to win the 1A/5A pentathlon.
AMBER MASON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Had a winning distance of 16-08.75 to claim the 1A/5A long jump. She also tossed the shot 29-00.50 to win that event as well.
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke her own Last Chance Meet record in the triple jump with a winning distance of 41-02.50. She set the mark in 2017 with a 40-09.75 leap but came up just short of the CrossPlex high school record of 41-05.75 set by Sutton earlier this season.
 JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Tied the high jump meet record set by Claire Petitt of Northridge in 2012 clearing 5-04. However, she finished second to Madison Central’s Asia Poe. The Georgia high jumper cleared 5-04 as well but won with fewer misses. Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence set the CrossPlex record (5-07) in 2016.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Leaped 17-05.25 to win the 6A/7A long jump competition.
Won the 6A/7A 800 meter in 2:15.69. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic was second with a 2:16.05 finish.
ANNA BALZLI, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Clocked 5:05.88 to win the 1,600 meters in the 6A/7A division. Sydney Steely was second with a 5:07.31 and Lady Spartans teammate Lily Hulsey was third running 5:11.25.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A/7A division 3,200 meters crossing the finish line at 10:56.44.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 6A/7A shot put with a toss of 41-01.
ERIN LONG, PELHAM: Won the 6A/7A pentathlon with an overall score of 2,875. Genesis Jones of Hoover was second at 2,852.
 HOOVER 4/200-METER RELAY: Edged the relay team from Pearl (MS) in a photo finish, clocking 1:44.50 to win. Pearl clocked 1:44.53, Homewood was third at 1:44.79, and Sparkman finished fourth at 1:45.39. The Lady Bucs also won the 4x400 relay in the 6A/7A division with a 4:01.72 time. 

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight Boys’ MLK Invitational 6A/7A High Jump Finish Captures this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

 MONTGOMERY – Kyle Smith of Hoover High School set a Martin L. King Invitational indoor track meet high jump record with a winning leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 15. He was pushed to the limit, however, winning in a jump off with Opelika’s C.J. Jordan. He also cleared 6-06 and now shares the MLK Meet record with Smith.
    Seth Williams
of Paul Bryant, an Auburn football signee who played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game at Hattiesburg just one month earlier, also tied the previous record by clearing 6-04. He missed his three tries at 6-06. Williams also helped lead the Stampede to the 2017 Class 6A state basketball championship with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-44 win over Parker in the finals at the BJCC last March.  Justin Cannon of Paul Bryant and Jonah Hyde of Helena also had three tries at equaling the 6-4 record set by Homewood’s Alazae Hester-Taylor in 2015 but missed.
   The exciting and extremely competitive event at the 2018 MLK Invitational captured the AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Spotlight for this week. A total of 29 participants competed in the event.
   James Clemens’ girls won the MLK 6A/7A title with 105 points. Hoover was second with 93.50. American Christian totaled 57 points to capture the 1A/5A title. St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 48. Hoover won the 6A/7A boys’ team championship totaling 109 points. Paul Bryant was second with 50.50. Hattiesburg (MS) finished first in the 1A/5A boys’ division with 44 points, nipping American Christian with 43.
  Highlights from Monday’s MLK Meet the CrossPlex include:
Won the 6A/7A triple jump with a winning distance of 46-01. He also cleared 6-06 in the high jump and finished second in a jump off.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: The Bucs narrowly missed the MLK Meet record clocking 1:29.82 to win the 6A/7A division event. Oxford (MS) holds the record (1:29.32) set in 2017 and Opelika holds the overall CrossPlex record (1:28.40), winning the 6A event at the 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Championships. Hoover’s 4/400 relay team also won that event at this year’s meet with a 3:27.48 time, and finished second to Thompson in the 4x800 relay.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A pole vault clearing 15 feet. He then moved the bar to 15-08 and missed, however.

Set a MLK Meet 6A/7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 54.22 seconds. Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set the mark last year with a 54.43 time.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Won the 800 meters with a 2:17.50 time and the 1,600 meters clocking 5:13.80.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Won two events at the MLK Meet with a 17-09.50 distance to win the long jump and 37-01.25 to claim the triple jump.
Captured the 1A/5A girls’ 800 meters and 1,600 meters with times of 2:27.41 and 5:14.68, respectively, at the MLK Invitational.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the MLK 1A/5A division high jump with a strong leap of 5-04 and finished second in the pole vault competition clearing 10-06.
MOUNTAIN BROOK 4X800 RELAY: Set an MLK Meet record with a time of 9:48.77 in the 6A/7A 4x800-meter relay. Huntsville held the previous record with a 9:49.42 time at the 2014 MLK Invitational.