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AHSAA 49th State Indoor Track Championships Start and End with Record-Shattering Performances Friday

BIRMINGHAM – The 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships started with a bang and ended with a boom Friday as two state records fell in each event.
    As expected, Oak Mountain High School senior high jumper Trey Allen won the Class 7A boys event state-record clearance of 6 feet, 9 inches Friday in the opening field event of the day at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
    Hoover High School’s boys’ 4x200-meter relay team closed out the day in the final running event with a 1:28.02 time to set a new Class 7A and overall AHSAA state record.  Coach Devon Hind’s four runners, in order, were Seth Shelby, Jonathan Martin, Zach Elam and anchor J’Marri McCall. The old state-meet record (1:28.40) was set in 2016 by Opelika in Class 6A. Auburn held the Class 7A mark thanks to its winning 1:29.35 time that same year. The Bucs’ time was also ranks third nationally this season. Oak Mountain’s relay team was second Friday clocking 1:30.00, and Central-Phenix City was third at 1:30.51.
     The 7A high jump was the first boys’ field event of the meet.  He had no trouble clearing 6-09, which erased the previous Class 7A record set by Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills (6-08) by one inch. The overall AHSAA state indoor championship record (6-10.25) was established in 2006 when the meet was held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena by Homewood’s Mitch Dozier.
    Allen, who cleared 7 feet for the top high jump of the season in the nation to set the CrossPlex prep record at a regular-season meet on Jan. 21, moved the bar to 7-01 to try and break his overall AHSAA record, but missed all three times.
    Defending state champion Hoover took the first-day lead in the Class 7A boys’ and girls’ competition with 31 and 29 points, respectively. Central-Phenix City’s boys was second with 29 points and Vestavia Hills had 21. McGill-Toolen Catholic totaled 27.50 points to trail the Lady Bucs by just 1.5 points heading into Saturday’s final day of competition. Auburn was two points back with 27.
   In Class 6A, Homewood’s defending state champion boys’ and girls’ teams  took a big step toward the 2019 state crown with strong showings Friday. The Lady Patriots totaled 44 points after 4 final events with Pelham second with 23. Northridge is third with 16. Homewood’s boys held an 18-point lead over Northridge after six final events, 54-38. Opelika is third with 32. 
   Scottsboro built a 35-22 lead over Trinity Presbyterian in the Class 4A/5A boys’ competition Friday with Guntersville and Arab tied for third place with 14 points. In the 4A/5A girls’ field, Montgomery Catholic totaled 31 points after five final events to lead by six points over Scottsboro (25). Ramsay is 11 points back with 20.
   Bayside Academy held a one-point 29-28 margin over Altamont in the Class 1A/3A boys’ field and Winfield had 25 points to head into Saturday’s final round in third place.  Montgomery rivals Saint James and Montgomery Academy ranked 1-2 in the girls’ competition after day one with the Trojans totaling 52 points in six events scored. The Eagles totaled 31 points and Whitesburg Christian, 30.
    Hannah Daffin of McGill-Toolen Catholic br
oke the Class 7A, overall AHSAA state meet and CrossPlex state indoor record in the shot put by almost five feet to highlight the first-day girls’ performances at the CrossPlex. Her winning with a toss of 42 feet, 8 inches came on the  first of six throws that traveled over 40 feet.
     The old record (38-0) was set by Sarah Owen of Thompson in 2016. The previous CrossPlex record (42-05.50) was set by Indiya Summerville of Northridge in 2015. Lea Townsend of Hewitt-Trussville also eclipsed the old record with 38-08 throw on her final attempt to finish second to Daffin.
  
Among the other top first-day individual efforts:

GIRLS
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: The senior broke the Class 7A indoor state record with a 7.61 effort in the 60-meter dash prelims. Hewitt-Trussville sprinter Hope Igbinoghene was second at 7.67. The previous 7A state record (7.66) was set at the 2017 state meet by Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall.
AALIYAH BROWN-MUHAMMAD, BAKER:
Turned in a sub 9.0 time in the Class 7A 60-meter hurdles prelims to earn the top qualifying lane for Saturday’s finals. Teammate Kelsey White earned the second-fastest qualifying time with an 8.20 finish. Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey set the AHSAA indoor record (8.47) at the  2016 state meet.
JASMINE RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Captured the top prelim time in the Class 6A Friday in the 60-meter dash clocking 7.57,just 11/100ths of a second off the overall state indoor record set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2016.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a strong 39-01.25 best leap.
ZHEVYN JONES, RAMSAY:
Set a new Class 4A/5A state indoor state meet record in the 60-meter hurdles with a 8.93 performance in the prelims. The old record (9.07) was established by Lacey Dent of St. Paul’s Episcopal at the 2012 state meet. She also anchored the Rams’ 4x200 relay team that won the event with a Class 4A/5A record 1:42.37 time. Central-Tuscaloosa (1:42.73) and Brewbaker Tech (1:44.30) finished 2-3 and broke the old mark (1:46.54) set by Ramsay in 2016.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Clocked 7.77 for the best pre-lim time in the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash competition. Only 21/100ths of a second separated the top five qualifiers – setting up what could be a very competitive final Saturday.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: The senior, one of the most celebrated distance runners in AHSAA history, added the 2019 Class 4A/5A 800 meters title to her growing list of individual state championships with a winning time of 2:20.05 in Friday’s competition. She fell three seconds shy of the 4A/5A state record (2:17.57) she set in 2015 as an eighth grader.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore runner clocked 11:10.48 to win the Class 1A/3A 3,200 meters by more than 37 seconds. Miles was recently named the 2018 Alabama Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year. Her time was just seven seconds off the pace of the Class 1A/3A indoor state record set by Kathryn Lazarchick of UMS-Wright in 2013. Miles also won the 800-meter run with an outstanding time of 2:18.47, just short of Lazarchick’s Class 1A/3A record (2:16.37) set in 2013.

BOYS
STONE SHELNUTT, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE:
Won the Class 7A long-jump competition in one of the top leaps in recent history – winning the event with a final leap of 23 feet, 11.75 inches. The jump did not set a state indoor record (24-050, which was set by Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt in 2017. Igbinoghene started as a freshman in the secondary for Coach Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers in 2018.
SAVAIN TAYLOR, SMITHS STATION: Set a new Class 7A state indoor 800-meter record clocking 1:54.38 for the best time of all classes Friday. Hunter Ceci of Huntsville was second with a 1:55.44 time. The old record (1:54.69) was set by Hoover’s Trent Hamner in 2017.
HUNTER HARWELL, MOUNTAIN BROOK: The senior set a new Class 7A indoor state record in  the 3,200 meters finishing the race in 9:24.65. The old 7A record (9:26.88), set b was Tommy McDonough of Hoover in 2017. Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin was close behind Harwell with a 9:28.03 performance.
AARON BROOKS, OAK MOUNTAIN: Edged out sprinters Willie McCaulley of Huntsville and Seth Shelby of Hoover in the closest race of Friday’s competition to claim the top qualifying spot in the Class 7A 60-meter dash. Brooks’ time was 7.033, McCaulley had a time of 7.036 and Shelby was third at 7.038 seconds. The 7A state indoor record (6.84) was set by Central-Phenix City’s Karon Delince at the 2017 state meet.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: The senior defended his 2018 championship in the 800-meter run with  winning time of 1:56.14. Teammate Logan Justice finished second crossing three seconds back at 1:56.14. Stone also won the 3,200 meters running the distance in 9:35.34.
BRANTAN BARNETT, OPELIKA: Had a sub-7 second time in the Class 6A 60-meter hurdles prelims (6.98) to earn top seed in the 6A finals. Former Opelika sprinter Nathanaiel Huggins set the 6A mark (6.85) in 2016.
NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Tossed the shot 53-05.50 to beat the field in Class 6A. Zion Binion of Northridge was second with a 52-10 throw.
JEKOVAN RHETTA, PARKER:
Had the top 4A/5A qualifying time (6.94) in the 60-meter dash.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Won the 4A/5A triple jump competition with a winning lead of 45-07.75 – almost three feet better than the rest of the competition.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Cleared 14-0 to win the Class 1A/3A pole vault competition.
OHATCHEE 4x200 RELAY TEAM:
Clocked 1:36.08 to win the Class 1A/3A relay and missed the state 1A/3A state record (1:34.94) by less than two seconds.




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