Saturday, December 07, 2019






Winfield’s Trey Cunningham Sets World Junior Hurdles Record at New Balance Meet

      Winfield High School senior Trey Cunningham broke his own National High School 60-meter hurdles record set earlier this year at the New Balance Nationals indoor track meet held the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City March 12.
     Cunningham won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.40 seconds at the national meet, setting a new high school record for the third time this year to win the national title. The time also set the World Junior record – which includes competitors under the age of 20.
      His 55-meter time was 6.871 seconds, which is also a new National High School record.
      The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) currently only lists outdoor track & field records in its NFHS High School Record Book. The indoor records are monitored by Track & Field News, which has published since 1948.
      Woodlawn High School senior Jayla Kirkland also won the national championship race in the 60-meter dash at the New Balance Nationals. She ran the sprint in 7.27 seconds to win the finals.  The meet record for that event is 7.26 seconds. She also narrowly missed the national high school record (7.19) set by Ashley Owens of Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She set the record in Atlanta in 1997.
        Her time was best in the nation this season and her 55-meter time in the race was 6.758 seconds, just shy of the national record (6.68) set by Aleisha Latimer of Palmer, Coloraldo, and Angela Williams of Chino, Cal., in 1996 and 1998, respectively.
     Homewood’s Jasmine Griffin was 9th in the semifinals with a 7.50 time. Kirkland’s 200-meter qualifying time of 23.99 seconds was sixth overall and placed her in the finals head. She did not compete in the finals, however.
    Cunningham, who like Kirkland, signed a track scholarship with Florida State University, ran 7.49 in January at the Last Chance Invitational Meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex to set a new high school national record. He set the AHSAA state indoor meet record the next week with a 7.54 time in the 4A-5A finals. He also set a state indoor meet record in the 60-meter dash (6.79) and won the 4A-5A long jump and 400-meter dash.  He only competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance meet,
        He clocked 7.45 seconds in the New Balance preliminaries to break his record set in January, before sprinting away from the field in Sunday’s final. His time in the 55-meter distance in the prelims was 6.916. He improved that time to 6.871 in the finals.
       Several other AHSAA student-athletes competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
       Top efforts included:
       Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville:  The all-state wide receiver and Auburn football signee finished third in the triple jump (49 feet, 4½ inches) and fourth in the long jump (23-03). He also clocked 7.03 seconds in the 60-meter dash  and finished 30th overall.
      JuVaughn Blake, Columbia: The 2017 AHSAA indoor state meet Class 6A state high jump champion placed second in the high jump at the New Balance Nationals clearing 7 feet, ¼ inches. He and two other competitors each cleared the same distance but Blake finished second overall based on total misses.
     Caitlyn Little, Hoover: The 2017 AHSAA Class 7A indoor state hurdles champ was second in the New Balance 60-meter hurdles, clocking 8.24 seconds. Winner Tara Davis, of Simi Valley, California, won in 8.14 seconds. The national record is 8.02 seconds. Little’s time set a new Hoover record, besting current LSU hurdler Brittley Humphrey’s state record time of 8.47. Little won the AHSAA indoor race with an 8.56 time.
      Lainey Phelps, Homewood: The Patriots freshman was second in the New Balance girls’ Emerging Elite division 800-meter race with a time 2:13.71, just two seconds shy of the AHSAA state indoor mark. She won the AHSAA indoor 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2017 meet. She clocked 2:12.43 to win the 800 at the CrossPlex.
       Cagan Campbell, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa: Advanced to the boys’ 400-meter final and finished sixth, clocking 48.2 seconds. 
         Charles Lewis, Sparkman:   Reached the boys’ 60-meter Emerging Elite finals, finishing eighth with a time of 6.94 seconds. He also was 30th overall in the 200-meter dash (22.56)..
        Jason Trent Hamner, Hoover: The Class 7A 800-meter record holder finished 24th overall in the 800 meters with a 1:57.43 time. He won the 2017 AHSAA indoor state title with a time of 1:54.69 earlier this winter.
        Tommy McDonohough, Hoover: The 2017 Class 7A indoor state champion was 18th in the mile run (4:19.82).
        Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook: Clocked 5:03.49 in the mile run to finish 14th. She currently holds the AHSAA Class 7A state indoor-meet records for the 1,600 and 3,200 distances,

At 48th AHSAA State Meet St. Paul’s Wins 24th Girls Indoor State Title; Hoover Wins 7th Boys Indoor Crown

   BIRMINGHAM – Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Lady Saints captured the school’s 24th state title at the AHSAA ‘s 48th State Indoor Track Championships Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover’s boys also snapped Auburn’s two-year dominance in Class 7A as the Bucs rolled to their seventh indoor title overall.
    Coach Devin Hind’s Bucs accumulated 111 points en route to the Class 7A boys’ championship. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by David Dobbs, was second with 58 points. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Mountain Brook tied for third with 41.5 points each. The Lady Bucs also won the girls’ championship with a 123-point effort. Mountain Brook was runner-up with 78.5. James Clemens finished third with 63.
  Opelika won its second Class 6A boys’ championship in a row scoring 89 points. Homewood was runner-up with 73, followed by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s 54-point effort.  On the girls’ side, Homewood totaled 151 points to finish first, and Opelika’s girls were second with 62. Pelham posted 60 points to finish third.
     St. Paul’s had 85.5 points to win in Class 4A/5A and Montgomery Catholic finished second with 65. Central-Tuscaloosa had 43 points and finished third.  The Saints have now won eight straight girls’ indoor state titles. Scottsboro won the Class 4A/5A boys’ championship with 103 points. Winfield, thanks in part to a 40-point effort by senior Trey Cunningham, was second with 73.  Madison Academy was third with 39.
     Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian Patriots won the Class 1A/3A boys’ and girls’ state championships. The boys had 87 points, Holly Pond was second with 62 and Montgomery Academy finished third with 51. ACA’s girls amassed 121 points while runner-up Westminster of Oak Mountain was second 86, and Whitesburg Christian finished third with 77.
     In the individual competition, Winfield’s Trey Cunningham set a new AHSAA indoor state meet overall and Class 4A/5A record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.54 seconds. That mark eclipsed the record he set in the prelims (7.58) and also topped former Hoover sprinter Marlon Humphrey’s previous state mark of 7.80 set in 2013. West Point’s Hunter Appling finished second in the 4A/5A finals with an 8.23 time. That also surpassed the previous 4A/5A mark set by Lezyon Lagard (8.30) of Central-Tuscaloosa in 2013. Appling broke that mark in the prelims as well clocking 8.27.
    Cunningham, who also won the Class 4A/5A long jump Saturday to finish with 40 points in the meet,  clocked 6.79 seconds to set the AHSAA all-time, all-class indoor state meet record in the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash finals. The time was just 1/100ths of a second off his best time of the year (6.79) that he ran in the Last Chance Classic at the CrossPlex last weekend. The winning time also gave him a new 4A/5A record – closing his AHSAA indoor career with state meet records in the 60 overall, in 4A/5A and in 1A/3A. He also won the long jump Saturday with a 23-foot, 1-inch  leap.
  Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn also set a new overall and Class 4A/5A state meet record in the 60-meter dash Saturday with a 7.48 time. She held the mark with 7.49 in 2014 and 2015 in Class 6A. She holds the CrossPlex record as well with a 7.46 time she ran last weekend in the Last Chance Classic regular season meet.
   Dan Passen of Xpress Timing, the official meet electronic timer, also set up a camera to get all runners’ 55-meter times in the two races. Cunningham’s time of 7.00 (6.998) tied the national record in that event set last year by Grant Holloway of Grassfield High School in Cheseapeake (VA) at a meet in New York City.
     Cunningham’s time also surpassed the AHSAA overall state record (7.39) in the 55-meter hurdles, now discontinued. It was set by Hoover’s Chris Butler in 1998 at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. Cunningham was clocked at 6.33 seconds by the 55-meter clock in the 60 he ran Saturday. That too was faster than the AHSAA overall state mark in that discontinued event. Sidney Lanier’s Chris Chukuma established the record (6.46) in 1996. The high school national record in the 55 is 6.08 seconds, set by Marvin Bracey of Orlando-Boone High School (FL) in 2012.
    Kirkland’s time at the 55-meter distance of her race was 6.95 seconds, faster than the AHSAA indoor state record (7.18) owned by Laquinta Aaron of N0rthridge in 2006.
    Caitlyn Little of Hoover, who won the 60-meter hurdles, was clocked at 7.96 by the 55-meter clock. The AHSAA 55-meter dash indoor record (8.10) was set by Jihan Trone of Hewitt-Trussville in 2000. That event was discontinued after 2007.
    Four runners broke the Class 7A girls’ 1,600-meter state meet record Saturday with Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan winning with a 4:59.96 time.  Huntsville’s Abby Zane was second (5:04.74), Harper McGowan of Auburn (5:07.70) was third and Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic (5:07.86) was fourth. Frances Patrick Mountain Brook set the previous record in 2016 (5:07.88).
   Auburn’s Erik Ebel set a new CrossPlex record in the shot put with a winning throw of 58 feet, 11 inches in the Class 7A boys’ competition. He was still well short of the AHSAA’s oldest standing record, Frank Warren’s 63-foot, 6 ½-inch toss in the 1977 state meet for Phillips High School. Warren went on to have an outstanding football career at Auburn University and then spent 14 years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. The defensive tackle was also inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. He is now deceased.
   Highlights from Saturday’s races and field events:

60-meter dash:
Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall, who eclipsed the 7A indoor state meet record in the prelims, erased her own record (7.71) in the finals with a 7.66 time. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had the previous record of 7.73.
400-meter dash: Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain broke her own Class 7A state indoor record by 1/100th of a second to win in 55.24 seconds. The old record set last year was 55.25.
60-meter hurdles: Caitlyn Little of Hoover won the finals heat with an 8.56 time.
High Jump: Genesis Jones of Hoover tied the 7A indoor state record with a 5-04 height. Mountain Brook’s Julia Leonard set the record originally in 2015.
Triple Jump: Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a Class 7A record with a winning leap of 39-11.50. The old mark (38-07.50) was set by Kayla Williams of James Clemens in 2015.
4x800-meter relay: Hoover finished first with a winning time of 9:27.55.
4x400-meter relay: The Bucs ran the winning time of 3:59.64, just 11/100ths of a second off the 7A indoor record.

60-meter dash:
Jasmine Griffin’s 7.64 time gave the Homewood sprinter the victory.
60-meter hurdles: Walker’s Maddie Harrell won the finals heat with a 9.01-second time.
400-meter dash: Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood won in 58.71 seconds.
High Jump: Caroline Lawrence of Homewood cleared 5-04 to take first place.
Long Jump: Ghania Warren leaped 17-10.75 to win the event for Opelika.
4x400-meter relay: Homewood’s winning time of 3:54.26 set a new Class 6A indoor stat meet record. Hoover set the old mark (3:56.58) in 2014.
 4x800-meter relay: Fort Payne won in 10:00.22.

400-meter dash:
Senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set a new class indoor state meet record with her winning time of 56.92. Iris Robinson of Parker had held the 4A/5A record (57.95) since 2012. Kirkland holds the CrossPlex record (54.43).
1,600-meter run: Class 4A/5A indoor state meet record holder Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic won with a 5:04.91 time. She was just shy of the record (5:01.36) she set in 2015.
Long Jump: Claire West of Madison Academy won with a 14-06 winning leap.
High Jump: Danielle Shears of Mortimer Jordan edged Jalyn Bowen of Brewbaker Tech. Each cleared 5-04 but Shears had fewer misses.
4x800-meter relay:
St. Paul’s won easily with a time of 10:13.23.
4x400-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa sped to first place with a 4:12.06 finish.
60-meter dash:
Payton Metcalf of Westminster-Oak Mountain had an 8.08 time to win the final heat. She also ran 8.08 Friday for the fastest time of the prelims.
60-meter hurdles: Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian won with a 9.35 time. Teammate Helen Claire Edmonds finished second at 9.70.
400-meter dash: Prattville Christian’s Jaime Drouin won with a 1:01.06 time.
1,600-meter run:  Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian beat the field with a time of 5:14.22.
High Jump: Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley set a new 1A/3A high jump record clearing 5 feet, 7 inches. The old record (5-06) was set by Yutta Shelton of Randolph in 1981.
Triple Jump: Helen Clair Edmonds of American Christian won the event with a winning leap of 35 feet, 8 ¾ inches.
4x800-meter relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain won the race with a time of 10:22.96.
4x400-meter relay: Westminster also captured the final race of the 1A/3A girls’ competition with a time of 4:20.75, just a second off the 13-year-old state record set by Madison County in 2004.

Triple Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set a new Class 7A state long jump record Friday. He followed up Saturday with a record-setting leap of 50 feet, 3 inches in the Class 7A triple jump to set yet another all-time AHSAA indoor state record.
60-meter dash: Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City clocked 6.93 seconds to win the finals. He ran a 6.84 in the semifinals to set a new Class 7A state record.
Pole Vault: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotswood cleared 16 feet to win the event. He attempted to break the state record by moving the bar to 16-05 but missed on his final three tries. Jacob Doak of Hoover finished second at 15-06.
60-meter hurdles: Christian Strong of Hoover clocked 8.42 in the finals to capture the event.
400-meter dash:
 Hoover’s Trent Hamner nipped Tyrone Davis of Central-Phenix City, clocking 50.03 to win. Davis ran 50.18 ad Jake Diggs of Hewitt-Trussville ran 50.28.
1,600-meter run: Tommy McDonough of Hoover clocked 4:25.41 to finish first.
4x800-meter relay: Hoover won with a 7:59.97 time – narrowly missing the state record (7:57.93) set by Mountain Brook in 2016.
4x400-meter relay:  Central-Phenix City just missed the state 7A record (3:22.05) winning with a 3:22.42 time.

60-meter dash:
Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa picked up his second win of the meet Saturday with a winning time of 6.95 seconds.
400-meter dash: Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa won the 6A competition with fastest time of the day, 48.15. His time was just 6/100ths shy of the AHSAA all-time indoor state meet record  (48.09) set by Deante Tolbert of Auburn in 2015. Marlon Humphrey of Hoover set the 6A mark (48.11) in 2013).  Campbell has the CrossPlex overall record (47.64), which is also the fastest time in the nation this indoor season.
60-meter hurdles: Ramsay’s Eric Williams won the final heat in 8.62 seconds.
Pole Vault:
Garrison Hill cleared 14-06 to take first place for Cullman.
4x800-meter relay: Homewood posted the victory with a time of 8:33.35.
4x400-meter relay: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa anchor Cagan Campbell closed a 20-yard cap in the final leg as the Patriots took first place over Ramsay with a 3:27.25 time.

400-meter dash:
Trey Cunningham of Winfield added the 4A/5A indoor state championship to his vast collection of track victories clocking 50.09 to win. His time bettered his 1A/3A record-winning time (50.30) in 2016 but did not set the 4A/5A indoor mark. A total of 10 heats competed in the 4A/5A race Saturday.
1,600-meter run: Arab’s Chase Buckelew clocked 4:24.88 to capture the first-place medal.
Triple Jump: Will Boley of Opelika High School took first place with with a winning jump of 46-07.75. High Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro won with a 6-02 leap.
Shot Put: Hunter Berrong of Madison Academy won the competition with a winning throw of 38-03.
4x800-meter relay: Scottsboro’s relay team held off defending 4x800 champion Northside to win by just under two seconds. The Wildcats clocked 8:27.89 and Northside finished at 8:29.22.
4x400-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa closed out the 4A/5A meet with a 3:29.86 race to take first in the relay.

60-meter dash:
Dante Smith of Prattville Christian won the finals heat in 7.21 seconds – just nipping Keefe White of Montgomery Academy (7.25).
60-meter hurdles:
Keefe White of Montgomery Academy was first with an 8.26 time.
400-meter dash: Dontae Lee of American Christian took first with his winning time of 52.14.
1,600-meter run: Chase Prater’s 4:37.18 time gave the Elkmont runner the win over runner-up Nate Collins of Westminster-Oak Mountain, who was one second behind at 4:38.18.
High Jump: Joey Cahoon of Holly Pond cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the event. Already the 1A/3A record holder thanks to his 6-07 leap in 2015, Cahoon attempted to clear 6-08 for a new record Saturday but came up a little short.
Shot Put: Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond had a long throw of 44-11 to win the competition.
Long Jump: Ohatchee’s Chase Widgeon won with a best leap of 20 feet, 10 ½ inches.
4x800-meter relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain made it a sweep of this event with a winning time of 8:38.74.

10 Records Tied or Broken on First Day Of 48th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships

   BIRMINGHAM -- Hoover, Opelika, Scottsboro and American Christian led their respective divisions after the first day of boys’ competition at the 48th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships being held at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover, Homewood, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian led the girls’ competition.
    The championships conclude Saturday with action getting underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream the action Saturday. The link for access is:
     Hoover led Mountain Brook 33-23 in the 7A boys’ standings with Hewitt-Trussville third with 21 points and McGill-Toolen Catholic fourth with 15.50. In Class 6A, defending state champion Opelika posted 48 points to take the first-day lead with Homewood second with 28, Columbia third with 20 and Cullman fourth with 19. Leading Class 4A/5A was Scottsboro with 36 points. Madison Academy was second with 22, Winfield third with 20 and Arab fourth with 16. Both Scottsboro and Arab dropped from 6A to 5A this season while Madison Academy and defending 1A/3A state champion Winfield moved up from 3A.
     American Christian posted 40 points Friday to lead the 1A/3A boys’ division. Montgomery Academy and Altamont had 20 points each and Westminster of Oak Mountain had 19.     Homewood had a commanding lead after day one of the Class 6A girls’ competition with 59 points. Defending champion Pelham was second with 22 followed by Cullman, 18, and Opelika, 15.  In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover built a 12-point lead in the girls’ competition with 47 points. James Clemens and Mountain Brook were tied for second with 35 with 31.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal, which holds the AHSAA state record with 23 state girls’ indoor championships including the last seven in a row, had a 41-28 lead over Beauregard after Friday’s Class 4A/5A events at the CrossPlex. Montgomery Catholic was third with 24 and Scottsboro was tied with Central-Tuscaloosa at fourth with 19 each. Defending champion American Christian built a 49-30 lead over Whitesburg Christian in the 1A/3A girls competition. Montgomery Academy was third after day one with 26 points and Westminster of Oak Mountain was fourth with 24.
    In the individual competition, senior Trey Cunningham of Winfield continued his assault on the AHSAA state record book with two Class 4A/5A marks in the 60-meter hurdles and in the 60-meter prelims. He set an overall state-meet record in the hurdles and tied the overall record in the dash.
    Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City also established a new 7A record with his prelim-leading time of 6.84 seconds. His time, which beat the old record set by Emmanuel Tait of Thompson (6.91) last year, also set a new state meet overall record – just minutes after Cunningham had tied the record in the Class 4A/5A prelims.
     Cunningham, who set the all-time CrossPlex high school record last week in the Last Chance Classic with a 6.78 time, clocked 6.85 in his race to equal the mark set by Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika last year in the Class 6A meet.  Cunningham also set a new 4A/5A record. Shaquawn Vandergrift of Moody set the previous 4A/5A mark (6.95) at last year’s state meet.
     The Patriots standout, who signed with Florida State, also set a new AHSAA Indoor State and Class 4A/5A record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.58 seconds in the prelims Friday. He was short of his National record time of 7.49 seconds he ran last week in the Last Chance Classic meet at the CrossPlex but was still fast enough to shatter the AHSAA overall indoor state meet record (7.80) set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013.
     Hunter Appling of West Point also eclipsed the old 4A/5A record in the prelims with his time of 8.27 seconds. The previous record holder was Lezyon Lagard of Central-Tuscaloosa, who clock 8.30 in the 2013 state meet.
     Columbia’s JuVaughn Blake tied the all-time indoor state meet high jump record with a winning 6-10.25 leap. That height tied he mark set by Mitch Dozier of Homewood in 1981.
     A total 10 records fell on day one, six in the boys’ competition and four on the girls’ side.
     Highlights from Friday include:
Class 7A Boys
Long Jump:
Senior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville, who signed a football scholarship with Auburn Wednesday, broke his own Class 7A record with a winning leap of 24 feet, 5 inches. He also ran 7.00 in the 60-meter dash to turn in the second best 7A time.
3,200-meter run: Andrew Dodson of Huntsville won the 7A race with a winning time of 9:45.49.
4x200-meter relay: Central-Phenix City’s winning time of 1:30.91was just over a second off the 7A state record..
High Jump: Oakley Coleman of McGill-Toolen Catholic cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the event. The 7A state record is 6-08.
Class 6A Boys
60-meter dash:
Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa was the fastest 6A qualifier with a 6.96 time.
3,200-meter run: Opelika distance runner Ben Garner beat the field with a 9:31.01 time – best of the day in any class.
Long Jump: Columbia’s Blake also captured the long jump with a 22-05.75 leap.
Shot Put: Carver-Montgomery’s Eric Williams won easily with a winning throw of 56-11 – just over six feet better than the competition.
4x200-meter relay: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s 1:29.96 time took first place.
Class 4A/5A Boys
3,200-meter run:
Winfield’s Beck Wilkes ran a 10:19.30 to claim the event for the Pirates.
Triple Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro turned in the winning leap at 45 feet, 1½ inches.
Pole Vault: Walker Junkin gave the Pirates another first with his winning clearance of 14-03.
4x200-meter relay: Madison Academy edged out runner-up Central-Tuscaloosa with a winning time of 1:32.59. The Falcons’ second-place time was 1:32.74.
Class 1A/3A Boys
3,200-meter run:
Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Nate Collins clocked 9:56.14 to win the 1A/3A race.
Triple Jump: Providence Christian leaper Jordan Douglas won the triple jump with a winning leap of 41 feet, 6 inches, just two inches shy of the 1A/3A state meet record.
Pole Vault: Ryan Collins won for American Christian with a winning height of 13 feet. Teammate James Jackson was second at 12-6 to give the Patriots 18 points in the event.
Class 7A Girls
60-meter dash:
Lauryn Hall of Sparkman and Hope Igbinophene of Hewitt-Trussville each surpassed the Class 7A indoor state record with times of 7.71 and 7.76 in the prelims. Lauryn Dancey of Thompson narrowly missed the old record (7.775) set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015, with a 7.78 time.
3,200-meter run: Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan set a 7A state meet record with her 10:58.97 time – besting the old mark set by former Lady Spartans teammate Frances Patrick by seven seconds. Patrick ran the distance in 11:06.51 in 2016.
4x200-meter relay: Hoover clocked 1:42.19 to win the event.
Long jump: Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A indoor state meet record with a leap of 18 feet, 7 ¾ inches. She also cleared at 18-05 and 18-02 – all bettering the old mark of 17-10 set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015.
Shot Put: Erin Williams of Hoover finished first with a winning toss of 33 feet, 8 inches.
Pole Vault: James Clemens vaulter Jennifer Reis won with an 11-06 leap.
Class 6A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Freshman Lainey Phelps ran 11:08.25 to finish first in the 6A race.
4x200-meter relay: Homewood won the event with a 1:43.49 time.
Pole Vault: Ann Carol Braswell cleared 10-03 to take first place.
Triple Jump: Adrienne Lewis of Clay-Chalkville had the winning leap of 37 feet, 8 ½ inches to edge runner-up Christian Hill of Homewood (37-07) by just 1 ½ inches.
Class 4A/5A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic won the 3,200 for the third year in a row with a winning time of 10:55.78, best of the 2017 meet.
60-meter dash: Senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, who holds the AHSAA overall and Class 6A state indoor state record in the 60-meter dash at 7.49 seconds, and the CrossPlex record (7.46), clocked a 7.63 in the Class 5A prelims Friday to set a new record in that division. The old 4A/5A record (7.73) was set by Hartselle’s Quanesha Burks in 2013. Kirkland’s was the fastest of any heat in any class Friday.
4x200-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa finished first with a winning time of 1:47.79.
Triple Jump: Darnesha Harris of Demopolis finished first with a 33-01.00 leap.
Shot Put: Wenonah thrower Ma’Kayla Vassar won the event with a winning toss of 31 feet, ¼ inch.
Pole Vault: St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Callie Radcliff had a winning height of 11 feet for the Saints.
Class 1A/3A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Becca Billman of American Christian captured the first event of the 2017  AHSAA Indoor state meet with a winning time of 11:37.39.
Pole Vault: Helen Claire Edmonds, American Christian won clearing 11 feet.
Long Jump: Kayleigh Atkins gave American Christian its third first of the opening day with a 16-03.25 winning leap.
Shot Put: Amayiah Hill of Gaston had a winning toss of 29 feet, 11 ¼ inches.

Auburn, Winfield, Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s and American Christian are Defending Champs at 48th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Auburn (7A), Opelika (6A), Northside (4A/5A) and Winfield (1A/3A), the 2016 AHSAA boys’ state champions, and 2016 girls’ state champs Hoover (7A), Pelham (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (4A/5A) and American Christian (1A-3A will be primed to defend their titles at 48th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships set for the Birmingham CrossPlex, Feb. 3-4.
    Winfield, led by senior track sensation Trey Cunningham, will be competing in the Class 4A-5A division this year. Cunningham, a Florida State signee, is back for his final indoor state tournament after winning four events in the 2016 state indoor meet. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s girls are also going for their 24th state indoor championship under the direction of Coach Jim Tate, an AHSAA state record.
    Cunningham became the fastest high school 60-meter hurdler in prep indoor track history last weekend when he ran a 7.49-second to win the event at the Last Chance Indoor Championships at the CrossPlex. He also clocked 6.78 seconds in the 60-meter dash, the second-fastest high school time in the nation this year. The leader ran a 6.77 time.
      He continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book last season with classification record wins in the 400, long jump, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles for a meet high 40 points. He ran a 1A-3A state record 50.30 seconds to win the 400-meter dash and won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record in the 2016 prelims with a 7.83 time and established the CrossPlex overall record during the regular season with a 7.76 time to rank him first nationally this season. And he closed out his meet performance with 6.98 time in the 60-meter dash for his fourth record of 2016. The Pirates standout also recorded a winning leap of 23 feet, 4 inches to set the Class 1A-3A state indoor record – erasing the 37-year-old mark (22-3 3/4) set by Derrell Washington of Calhoun in 1980. 
    Cunningham clocked 6.86 seconds in the 2017 MLK 60-meter dash, 49.76 seconds in the 400 meters and 7.59, the previous CrossPlex record, in the 60-meter hurdles while winning all three events. He also holds the Class 3A state-meet records for the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.
    Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has also clocked the fastest 400-meter dash in the nation this indoor season. He ran a 47.64 time in the MLK Classic at the CrossPlex in January.
     Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville, who set the Class 7A indoor triple jump state record with a leap of 48 feet, 1 inch in 2016, is also back for the Huskies, is also back. The Auburn football signee has had an indoor-season best leap of 24 feet, 1 ¾ inches this season and has also leaped 49-3 ¾ in the triple jump. Both distances are among the nation’s best in 2017.
    Among the top girls’ competitors are senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn (Class 4A/5A) and sophomores Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic (4A/5A) and Nicole Payne Oak Mountain (7A) and freshman Lainey Phelps of Homewood.
     Kirkland has the fastest time in the nation in the 400-meter dash – clocking 54.43 seconds in the MLK Classic earlier this season. She also ran a 7.48 time in the 60-meter dash at the in the Holiday Invitational in December, just 7/100ths of a second shy of the best time in the nation this season. That time was just shy of her own CrossPlex record of 7.46 in the event. She holds the AHSAA Indoor state record in the event with a time of 7.49 in the 2014 and 2015 state meets. Kirkland also holds the CrossPlex record for the 400-meter dash (54.43), which she set at this year’s MLK Classic.
     Tyynismaa, a three-time state cross-country champion, will also be competing in 4A/5A. She holds the AHSAA Indoor state meet record in the 3,200-meter run (10:32.94), which she set in 2015. Tyynismaa also holds the 4A/5A Indoor state record in the 1,600-meter run (5:00.18). Payne won the 7A indoor state championship in the 400-meter dash last season with a state-meet overall record time of 55.25 seconds. She won the MLK Classic 6A/7A division in 2017 with a meet-record 55.65 time. Homewood’s Phelps has the best indoor 3,200, 1,600 and 800 times of the regular season for Alabama prep runners, however, clocking 10:44.77, 4.56.05 and 2:14.14, respectively, in those events.
    The state meet will get underway at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 with field events and the 3,200-meter run. Saturday’s schedule will begin at 8 a.m., with field events and at 9 a.m., with running events.
    The NFHS Network will live-stream the championships once again with Jerry Young handling the announcing duties. The link for broadcast information is:

Cunningham Sets National Prep Indoor Record in 60-Meter Hurdles

     Birmingham – Winfield High School senior Trey Cunningham clocked ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.49 seconds Friday night to best the existing national high school record by almost 4/100ths of a second.
    Cunningham’s record time came as he competed in the Last Chance Indoor Track and Field Meet Friday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
    The previous record (7.53 seconds) was set in 2016 by Grant Holloway of Chesapeake (VA) in a meet at New York City.
    Cunningham set 1A/3A state-meet marks in the AHSAA Indoor Championships last season in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

High School Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Changes Include Assisting Injured Competitor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2016) — Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available.

The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.

            Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that this act of sportsmanship extended to an injured/ill competitor when a health-care professional is not readily available should not result in a penalty.

            “The committee wanted to recognize the importance of appropriate healthcare of an ill/injured competitor as well as recognize that at times there may be fellow competitors who may need to assist others who cannot continue,” Oakes said. “Therefore, the committee felt that disqualification shouldn’t be the result of a sportsmanship act.”

            In order to be consistent with current sport trends, the committee revised Rule 5-7-3, which reinforces the concept that competitors in distance races only use a standing start and shall remain motionless for the start without their hand(s) touching the ground.

            The rules committee voted to combine Rule 6 (Throwing Events) and Rule 7 (Jumping Events) into one rule titled “Field Events” to eliminate duplication of definitions and unnecessary language and the possibility of making a change in the throws and missing it in the jumps.

            “The last couple of rules cycles the committee has been trying to eliminate unnecessary and repetitive language. This is the last phase of the clean-up – creating one rule that covers multiple events,” Oakes said.

            For purposes of risk management, the committee revised Rules 6-2-14 and 7-2-5, which state that all warm-ups in a field event may not take place until the venue is declared open and required supervision is in place.

            In Rule 5-6, the committee moved the Note in Rule 5-6-4 to the new Article 4. Oakes said the results of running events are based on head-to-head competition and all contestants should have the opportunity to compete in the heat earned by the competitor’s place and/or qualifying times.

            The committee also approved a change to Rule 3-6-1, which now grants authority to disqualify a runner for a false start to the starter as well as the referee. Also, the starter will now give a signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races of two laps or more (previously three).

            Another change was made in Rule 3-2-4u, which states that the games committee – not the coach – should have the responsibility of providing liquids during the competition.

            In Rule 3-10-7, when flags are not utilized, the head event judge utilizes the mechanics to call “fair” or “foul.”

            Other changes approved by the committee include:

·        The removal of the Note in 4-3-1b(5), which contradicts the rule by limiting the placement of the American flag to one piece of uniform apparel.

·        Rule 4-6-5g, which states that it is an unfair act when a competitor receives physical aid from any other person during a race or trial, except as provided in Rules 4-6-5 and 9-7.

·        Rule 5-1-3, which notes that, in absence of a curb, if cones are used, they should just touch the inside of the line and be placed about 5 feet apart around the curve.

·        Rule 6-2-17, which clarifies how trials are recorded when a legal implement breaks during competition.

·        Rule 6-5-9e, which notes that if a shot put competitor touches the top or end of the stopboard before leaving the circle, it is a foul.

·        Rule 9-1-3b for cross country states that the race course should include either directional flags and/or directional sign posts.

·        Rule 10-2-2, which notes that when multiple takeoff boards are used in the long jump and triple jump, the 20-meter distance shall be from the foul line farthest from the pit.

A complete listing of the track and field rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “track and field.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 578,632 boys participating in outdoor Track and Field at 16,358 schools and 478,726 girls at 16,309 schools.

Erin Hines Claims 2016 AHSAA Heptathlon Title

   HOOVER – Senior Erin Hines totaled 4,625 points to captured the 2016 AHSAA State Heptathlon Championship at Hoover High School Tuesday.
   Hines trailed first-day leader Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal by 20 points heading into Tuesday’s final three events of the 25th annual event. She won the long-jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 5 ¾ inches and closed with a solid 2:30.98 in the 800 meters to win over runner-up Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian (4,558) by 67 points.
     Caroline Lawrence of Homewood was third (4,056) and Krause was fourth (4,024). Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (3,873) rounded out the top five. Finishing out the top 10 were Megan Zuck of Hartselle (3,774), Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood (3,757), Baylee Porch of Arab (3,744), Elyssa Griffin of Homewood (3,667) and Madison Kirkwood, also of Homewood (3,552).
     Jones won the javelin competition with a winning throw of 150 feet, 11 inches, 30 feet farther than her closest competition. Savannah McMillon of Walker clocked 2:19.09 in the 800-meter run to win that event over runner-up Whitsett, who crossed the finish line in 2:22.71 seconds.  Griffin had the second best long jump behind Hines (18-03.75).
   The AHSAA 63rd State Decathlon Championships were still underway Tuesday afternoon. Northside’s Andrew Robertson was the first-day leader with 3,305 points.
   Complete results can be found at  once all events have been completed.

Senior Scores 6,501 Points Muscle Shoals’ Nick South Wins 2016 Decathlon

   HOOVER –    Muscle Shoals senior Nick South won the pole vault event and 110-meter high hurdles Tuesday compiling 6,501 points over the two-day competition to win the AHSAA’s 63rd Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School.
    South, who was second to Northside’s Andrew Robertson after the first day, leaped 15 feet, 5 inches to earn 819 points in the pole vault and picked up 865 points with a 14.87 time in the 110-meter high hurdles to finish tops in that event Tuesday. He won the title that totaled a field of 40 competitors.
     Oak Mountain senior Payton Youngblood finished second with 5,808 points, and Robertson was third overall with 5,776 points.
     Youngblood won the javelin with a toss of 164-06, Valley’s Mac Jackson won the discus with a throw of 117-10, and Micah Sollie of Beauregard edged John Paul Williams of McGill-Toolen for the top 1,500-meter time clocking 4:25.10 to win. Williams ran the distance in 4:27.54.
     Finishing fourth overall was Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (5,663). Also finishing in the top 10, in order, were Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian (5,393), Jonathan Mann of Hewitt-Trussville (5,304), Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (5,265), Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen (5,234),  Christian Brandt of Auburn (5,221) and Andy Chappell of Hewitt-Trussville (5,184).
   Complete results can be found at

20 Points Separate Pair after First Day St. Paul’s Krause, Pelham’s Hines In Tight Race at Top of Heptathlon

   HOOVER – Seniors Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal and Erin Hines of Pelham closed out day one of the 25th AHSAA State Heptathlon competition being held at Hoover High School just 20 points apart and appear heading for a showdown Tuesday as the competition concludes.
    In the AHSAA 63rd Decathlon Championships, Northside’s Andrew Robertson amassed 3,305 points Monday to build a 70-point lead over Nick South of Muscle Shoals (3,235) with five events left for Tuesday’s final round of events.
    Krause tied for the best high jump (5-05.75) and was second to Hines (15.46) with a 15.64 time in the 100-meter hurdles and compile 2,729 points after four events in the seven-event competition.  Hines, who had the second-fastest 200-meter time (25.46 seconds) Monday behind event winner Elysa Griffin of Homewood (25.25), was second after the first day with 2,709 points. Hines finished third in the 2015 competition.
    Callie Jones of Cottage Hill was third in the field of 37 with 2,570 points, followed by Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence (2,338), Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (2,289), Kennedy Brown of Smiths Station (2,275), Jazymon Balous of Northridge (2,255), Jade Johnson of Northridge (2,239), Darria Judge of St. Paul’s (2,214) and Audriana Blakely of James Clemens (2,199) to round out the top 10.
    Competition gets underway Tuesday at Hoover High School Stadium at 9 a.m. with the girls competing in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters to close out the 2016 competition.
    Lawrence tied  Krause with the best high jump (5-05.75) and Ohatchee’s Victoria McRaney had the best shot put throw (33-09), just edging Foley’s Trinity Morgan’s 33-03 throw.

Robertson Leads Decathlon Standings
    Northside senior Andrew Robertson had a solid performance Monday with a 21-foot, 8 3/4 –inch leap in the long jump to finish first in that event and was second with a shot put throw of 41-01 to total 3,305 points. Muscle Shoals senior Nick South compiled 3,235 points, 70 off the pace set by Robertson, with the best time in the 100-meter dash (11:51) and a second in the 400-meter dash (52.45).
     Senior Payton Youngblood of Oak Mountain was third with 3,155 points, followed by Hewitt-Trussville’s Jonathan Mann (3,146), Foley’s Keldrick Edwards (3,069), Jamichael Manley of B.T. Washington (3,055), Noah Williams of Hoover (2,972), Christian Brandt of Auburn (2,940), Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (2,934) and Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (2,848) rounding out the top 10 leaderboard.
    Manley had the top shot put with a 44-03.5 toss. Cullman’s Walker Caretti sped 50.48 to win the 400-meter dash competition, and Mann tied Fairview’s Antonio Taylor in the high jump competition clearing 6-01.75.
     The 63rd AHSAA State Decathlon competition will conclude Tuesday with competition in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
   Complete first-day results can be found at

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

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

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