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Track & Field Put Keith Wilemon on the Fast Track to Building Champions

     MONTGOMERY – It may be hard to believe, but Falkville High School’s longtime track coach Keith Wilemon coached in the first track meet he ever saw.
     Little did he expect that coaching track and field would put him on a fast track to a legendary coaching status that would earn him selection into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Wilemon will be joining 11 other individuals to be inducted in the Class of 2020 at a banquet set for the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, Monday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.
     A native of Tupelo (MS), he graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in 1978 before crossing the state line to attend the University of North Alabama, earning his education degree from UNA in 1985 and later returned to earn master’s degrees in special education and school administration.

     He started his teaching and coaching career in 1986 at Winfield, coaching the girls’ junior high basketball team to the county championship. Two years later, he moved to Falkville High School as an assistant football coach and was assigned the task of coaching the track and field program. The football team advanced to the state playoffs in 1989, winning the first playoff game in school history.
     Although he stepped in serve as head football coach a decade later (1998 and 1999), it was in track and field where he found his niche. He started the girls’ track program at Falkville. Between 1989 and 2000, his girls’ program won four Sectional titles and the 2001 indoor state championship. In 2000, Wilemon became assistant principal and athletic director but continued to serve as head track coach until his retirement in 2017. With his wife as his assistant and later his son, they built a program in the small town of Falkville that has been one of the best in AHSAA history.
     Between 2000 and 2017, his teams won five boys’ state championships (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and won two under his son Jace’s guidance in 2018 and 2019. Wilemon has continued to assist his son’s program. Falkville’s girls also won the 1A outdoor state title in 2019.
    The boys’ program captured four sectional championships and nine county championships. Meanwhile, his girls continued to excel, also, winning 14 sectionals and eight county championships.

    Many of his athletes set state records and 18 won individual state championships. He was named National Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year in 2014 and State Track Official of the Year in 2017

     Zack Holmes, a former Falkville player and now head football coach at New Brockton High School, said Wilemon was the biggest influence on his becoming a teacher and coach. “While he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame because of all the state championships, in my eyes he deserves it even more because he is everything that is right with high school athletics,” said Holmes. “I wrote a letter of recommendation over an entire week, adding a little bit each day after practice. It has been remarkable as I down to write a little each day how I see the impact Coach Wilemon has on my style of coaching.
     “My story is not a typical one. I am a product of a divorced home and grew up with my grandparents. I am 36 years old and have lost my parents and my grandparents. I do not have any brothers or sisters. I have had so much support from so many people, and I am now married to a wonderful wife. I am so blessed. The one constant in my life through all of this are the guys I played high school football with and Coach and Mrs. Wilemon.”
     Holmes said he is not sure the word “Coach” is adequate enough to explain just what Wilemon has mean to him.
     “He taught me how to take pride in my community and my school,” he said. “I am proud to be a Falkville Blue Devil to this day. He taught me how to set goals and achieve them.  Most importantly, he taught me how to love. He told us he loved us every day. If I needed a place to sleep, he let me stay at his house. If I needed clothes, he gave them to me. If I needed money, he gave me more than I needed. If I needed a hug or an ear to listen, he was there for that too. When I went on my first college visit to Maryville College, he took me. I still have the Bible he gave me as a graduation gift.”

     The father of another former Wilemon player, Dr. Milan Dekich, gave his perspective of Wilemon’s impact. “Coach Wilemon encourages and motivates students to strive for the highest level of achievement,” he said. “Even after my son graduated from Falkville, I continued working with the Falkville track team as a volunteer for 11 years. During this time, I saw firsthand why the Falkville track team has been so successful under Coach Wilemon.
     “He has a unique ability to motivate athletes to succeed without discouraging them. He pushed then to achieve their best in a way that makes them want to excel. He worked to build character, academic success, and community involvement in them. Students joined the track team with varying levels of ability, and he helped each one achieve their potential.
     Dekich said Coach Wilemon fostered a team spirit and community spirit so that team members supported and encouraged each student to make a contribution to the team’s success, regardless of their abilities.
     “Many students on the Falkville track team never scored a point for the team or qualified for state, but Coach Wilemon trained, motivated and encouraged them all. They were all an important part of the team as far as he was concerned.”
     Layne Dillard, who was on Wilemon’s first girls’ track team at Falkville, recalled the experience and her relationship with her beloved coach. “I have had the unique opportunity to know Coach Wilemon as both an athlete on the very first girls’ track team that he established at Falkville as well as getting the privilege to serve as an administrator with him on the very same campus two decades later. Coach Wilemon always impressed me with his passion for developing his players into leaders. He has an ability to understand how to motivate and the desire to help all of his players achieve success on the field as well as in life.”


Bill Plott is a veteran journalist and state sports historian who has covered the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991.

Mobile Christian senior Josiah Harry’s Shot Put Effort Grabs Spotlight as 50th AHSAA Indoor Championships Conclude

BIRMINGHAM – The longest running indoor track and field record was finally seriously challenged Saturday at the 50th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

    And the challenge came in the AHSAA’s smallest division. Mobile Christian senior Josiah Harry tossed the shot put 62 feet, 6½ inches to won the Class 1A/3A title in the last field event of the final day of competition. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound shot putter’s throw was the longest in the CrossPlex’s nine-year history and came within a foot of breaking the record (63-06 ½) set by former Phillips High School, Auburn University and New Orleans Saints star defensive lineman Frank Warren in 1977.

   Some have come close to that record that has stood the test of time for 43 years, but none have come as close as Harry. His throw eclipsed the CrossPlex record (62-0½ ) by Tanner Duffin of St. Pius X of Atlanta  in the Last Chance Invitational Meet in 2019.

   In the team competition, Saint James won its second straight Class 1A/3A girls’ indoor championship, Scottsboro captured the 4A/5A state crown, Homewood won its fourth in a row in Class 6A and Hoover’s girls won the 7A title and the Bucs’ eighth overall.

   In the boy’ competition, Hoover’s boys won the 7A title, Homewood won in 6A, Scottsboro in 4A/4A and Bayside Academy in Class 1A/3A.  Hoover, Homewood and Scottsboro – coached by Devin Hind, Thomas Esslinger and Luke Robinson, respectively, swept both the boys’ and girls’ championships. Kevin Madden is head coach for Saint James and Joe Swagart is Bayside Academy’s head coach.

   Scottsboro’s girls had the closest battle, edging Jasper for the 4A/5A championship by one point, 64.5 to 63.5. That point came in the 4x400 relay in the final race in that division for the day with the Wildcats finishing third and the Vikings finishing fourth – to earn six and five points, respectively. It was Scottsboro’s fifth title overall.

  Saint James had 120 points to win its second straight 1A/3A girls’ state championship and third in a row. Whitesburg Christian was runner-up with 99 points. Homewood’s girls totaled 111 points to win their fourth in a row in Class 6A. Northridge and Pelham tied for second with 51 points each.  with 111 points. Hoover had 102 points in Class 7A with runner-up Auburn collecting 63.5.

    Bayside Academy had 85 points as the Admirals claimed their first indoor boys’ state track title. Providence Christian was second with 50 points.  Scottsboro totaled 86 points and runner-up Ramsay had 51 in Class 4A/5A. The title was the Wildcats’ boys’ seventh overall.

   Homewood won its third consecutive 6A boys’ championship and seventh overall with 84.5 points in a close battle with Opelika. The Bulldogs had 76. And Hoover rolled up 114.5 points while winning the Bus’ 10th indoor crown, and runner-up Thompson had 89 points.

   Harry’s record throw beat his nearest competitor by 17 feet but wasn’t the only one that fell Saturday. Briarwood Christian’s Jake Nunn set a new Class 4A/5A indoor state record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 48.56 Saturday. He edged Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta, who finished a close second at 49.32. The previous record (48.68) was set by Harrison Dudley of Paul Bryant in 2014.

    Rhetta battled back to win the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.84 seconds, just 5/100ths of a tick off the state 4A/5A record. Darius Williams of Demopolis was second at 6.94.

    Hoover sprinter Jonathan Martin competed in two very close finishes winning the Class 7A 400-meter dash with a 48.70 time over runner-up Antonio Crisco of Central-Phenix City (49.2). Martin’s time was just shy of the 7A state record (48.09) set by Deante Tolbert of Auburn in 2015.

  Martin and Hoover teammate J’Marri McCall were even closer in the 60-meter dash finals. Both was timed at 6.96 but McCall got the win in the photo finish. More importantly, Hoover picked up 18 points in the event. Baker sprinter LaDareyan Craig was third at 6.98, while Sam Reynolds of Thompson and Aaron Brooks of Oak Mountain were 4-5 with identical 6.99 times.

   The closest race of the day came in the rest of the field came in the Class 6A boys’ 60-meter finals as Opelika sprinter Jaylen Stinson squeaked out the victory over Hueytown’s Tkarri Parker by 1/100th of a second. Stinson’s time was 6.93 seconds and Parker clocked 6.94. The 6A indoor state record is held by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore, who won the 2018 event with a time of 6.81.

   Scottsboro’s 3,200-meter relay, anchored by Hayden Judge and Cooper Atkins, established a new Class 4A/5A record with an 8:12.61 time Saturday. The old record (8:16.55) was set by Northside in 2016.

   Saint James’ Presley Miles won her seventh and eight gold medals in the last two seasons with a 59.06-seconds winning time in the 400-meter dash and a 5:21.23 in the 1A/3A 1,600 meters. She won the 800 and 3,200 events on Friday and won the same four events at last year’s Indoor State Championships.

  In other indoor track highlights Saturday:


JAYDEN GILBERT, BOB JONES: Tied the Class 7A indoor state meet record in the high jump with a winning leap of 5-06 feet. Genesis Jones of Hoover set the record at the 2018 state meet.

CLAIRE FRAZIER BOLTON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 800 meters on Friday and followed with a winning time of 5:01.80 Saturday to claim the Class 7A, 1,600-meter run title as well. She was just two seconds off the 7A state record (4.59.96) set by Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook in 2017.
CHAKIYA PLUMMER, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter hurdles event with an 8.73 winning time. Baker’s Kelsey White was second clocking 8.95.
MAKENZIE HARRIS of Austin won the 7A 60-meter dash with a 7.80 time. 


LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Picked up her third first-place medal of the 2020 Indoor Track championships Saturday with a 5:06.88 time in the 1,600 meters. She also won the 800 and 3,200 on Friday to pace the Patriots’ state championship effort. 

OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the Class 6A high jump with clearing 5-07 – to tie the CrossPlex record set by Caroline Lawrence of Homewood in 2016. The AHSAA indoor state record (5-08.25)for 6A was set Murphy’s Kelly Gregory in 1985 at the Celebration Arena in Priceville.

MAGGIE WHITE HOMEWOOD: Had the winning throw of 38-01.50 on her fifth try to win the Class 6A shot-put competition.

CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Won the triple jump on Friday, went home and took the ACT test on Saturday morning and returned to win the long jump with a 17-07 leap.

CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Set a new 4A/5A state record (56.09) to win the 400-meter dash. Ramsay sprinter Jasity White was a close second at 57.13. The state record was held by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, who ran 56.92 in the 2017 state meet. Spicer also won the 4A/5A 60-meter dash with a near-record 7.65 time in the finals. Ramsay’s Krystalynn Oakman and White were 2-3 at 7:70 and 7.86, respectively.

   KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: Added the 1,600 meters title to her 3,200 win with a winning time of 5:25.93.


KAAN OLIVER, PIKE ROAD: Set a new Class 1A/3A state record in the 60-meter hurdles finals winning with a 9.05 time. Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian set the previous record (9.08) in 2018.

NIA WHITE, PIKE ROAD: Nipped teammate Kaan Oliver at the tape to win the Class 1A/3A 60-meter dash with a near-record 7.96 time. Oliver was second clocking 8.03.


JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Clocked 4:21.63 in the 1,600-meter run to pick up his second championship of the  2020 Class 7A indoor championships Saturday. He set a 7A state record in the 3,200 meters on Friday and also finished second in the 800-meter run.

JOHN WATKINS, HOOVER: Captured the 7A triple jump event with a winning leap of 48-10.75. Teammate L.J. Hill was second at 46-08.25.

MALIK JOHNSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Won the 7A high jump with a best leap of 6-08.


CARSON BEDICS, HOMEWOOD: Set a new Class 6A record with a winning time of 4:19.27 in the 1,600-meter race Saturday. The old mark (4:21.11) was set by Brandon Hazouri of Spain Park in 2012. Homewood also took second place with Crawford Hope crossing the finish line at 4:23.69.

WALKER SMITH, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A pole vault with a state and 6A indoor state-meet record 15-07.25 clearance. Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic set the record (15-07) previously in 2014. He also cleared 16-06.50 in a regular-season meet in 2015 for the CrossPlex prep record.

EDWIN RAINEY, NORTHRIDGE: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a winning leap of 48-00.75 on his final successful attempt of the competition. His distance was just four inches shy of the state record. LeDamian Rowell of Opelika was a close second with a 48-00.50 jump on his second try of the competition.

COOPER ATKINS, SCOTTSBORO: Won the 1,600 meters race beating teammate Hayden Judge by less than a second with a winning time of 4:25.65. Judge clocked 4:26.43. He edged Atkins by a similar time as the two Wildcats’ runners finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters on Friday.

DAVID GRONEWOLD, ARAB: Won the Class 4A/5 high jump event clearing 6-06.

Made it a complete sweep of the distance events with a 4:38.06 time in the Class 1A/3A 1,600-meter race Saturday to win the event. He won the 3,200 and 800 on Friday to give his team 30 points in individual events.
JIKERIUS ANDERSON, COTTAGE HILL: Won the 1A/3A long jump with a 22-00.25 leap in his second try of the competition.
RICHARD PAYNE, SOUTHEASTERN: Clocked 50.57 in a photo finish to win the 400-meter dash – just .27 off the state record for 1A/3A set by Winfield’s Trey Cunningham in 2016. Finishing second was Christopher Drayton of Bayside Academy, who had a 50.59 time.
PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Won the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.32 time for the state champion Admirals. He also won the high jump with a 6-0 leap and the triple jump with a 42-05.25 jump.



Defending Champions Dominate at the 50th State Indoor Track Championships

AHSAA’s Indoor Meet Concludes Saturday
MONTGOMERY – Defending girls’ state champions Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (4A/5A) and Saint James (1A/3A) took first-day leads in their respective classifications Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex as the 2020 AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships closed out day one of the 50th annual state championship meet.

   Saint James scored 45 points Friday and held 12-point lead over Whitesburg points Friday to take a one-point lead over Jasper (24). Charles Henderson was third with 22 points. Class 6A Homewood dominated its first day of competition totaling 51 points with Northridge in second place with 22. And in Class 7A, Hoover’s girls held a slim 35-31 point lead over Auburn with Hewitt-Trussville in third place with 26. Defending champion Mountain   Brook was ninth with 10 points.

    In the boys’ competition, surprising Thompson build  four-point lead over defending champs Hoover in Class 7A after day one with 35 points. The Bucs had 30 and Central-Phenix City 27.  Class 6A Opelika managed 37 points to hold a slim lead over defending champion Homewood, which had 36. Helena was third with 30. Scottsboro’s boys, the defending 4A/5A champs, had commanding 48-22 lead over No. 2 Briarwood Christian and defending champion Winfield posted 29 points in Class 1A/3A. Providence Christian and Bayside were tied at 23 points each.

   The final day’s action gets underway at 8 a.m., Saturday at the CrossPlex with field events. The running events begin at 9 a.m. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming the final day of competition with the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program led by executive producer Tim Loreman handling the track championships. 

    The race of the day came in the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters Friday morning between two runners on the Scottsboro team. Hayden Judge edged out Cooper Atkins by just 17/100ths of a second to win the Class 4A/5A’s first championship event Friday. Judge clocked 9:31.36 and Atkins finished second at 9:31.53 to give the defending state champion Wildcats 18 quick points to kick off the 50th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

   Scottsboro’s Rex Green was also involved in another Wildcats win at the tape. He won the 4A/5A 800 meters with a 1:57.14 time – narrowly edging Jake Nunn of Briarwood Christian at the finish line. Nunn clocked 1:57.86.

   Homewood senior Lainey Phelps, who won the AHSAA Class 6A state cross country title last November, opened the Indoor State Meet competition with a strong 11:01.23 time to win the 6A 3,200 race. Isabella Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal had a strong finish (11:20.50) to take second place. Phelps also won the 800 meters Friday clocking 2:15.76 to notch the win.

   Crawford Hope gave the Homewood boys the victory in the 3,200 with a winning time of 9:23.20, a second faster than Patriots teammate Carson Bedics. Both 3,200-meter wins also bolstered Homewood’s hopes of winning the boys’ and girls’ state indoor titles for the third year in a row. Hope also finished second in the 800-meter run to Hartselle’s Hawken Foote, who edged out the win with a 1:58.57 time. Hope clocked 1:59.28.

  Jace Jones of Thompson High School set a new Class 7A state record in the 3,200 with a winning time of 9:22.73 – edging Oak Mountain’s Walker Cole (9:24.73, who narrowly missed surpassing the previous mark (9:24.64) by Mountain Brook’s Hunter Harwell last year.

  Parker High School sprinter Jevokan Rhetta, one of the top runners in the nation this season in the 60-meter dash, turned in an excellent time in the 4A/5A prelims clocking 6.83 seconds for the best qualifying time of the day – and just missing the state record (6.79) set by current Florida state standout Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Darius Williams of Demopolis had the next best 4A/5A qualifying time (6.95) Friday.

  Rhetta also helped Parker win the 4x100-meter relay anchoring a team that edged out Birmingham City Schools rival Ramsay by 53/100ths of second with a winning time of 1:31.33. The Rams clocked 1:31.86.

   Complete results may be found at:
   Other top highlights from Friday’s action include:


MALIK JOHNSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Captured the 7A high jump with a winning leap of 6-8, just one inch shy of the state 7 record.

J’MARRI McCALL, HOOVER: Won the Class 7A long jump with a leap of 23-00 on his last try. McCall also had the top qualifying time in the 60-meter dash (6.94), with Thompson’s Sam Reynolds next at 6.95 and Hoover teammate Jonathan Martin third with 6.98.

SAVIAN TAYLOR, SMITHS STATION: Narrowly missed breaking the Class 7A state record (1:54.38) in the 800 meters – which he set last year – with a winning time of 1:54.46 Friday to win the race again.

L.J. HILL, HOOVER: Had the top qualifying time in the 7A 60-meter hurdles prelims with a time of 8.13 seconds.

HOOVER 4x100 Relay Team: Won the final race of the first day with s 1:28.50 finish in the 7A 4x100 relay. The time just missed the record (1:28.02) set by the Bucs in 2019.


NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Hurled the shot put 59 feet, 9 inches on his last throw for his best throw of the day to win the Class 6A shot put competition. It was still well short of the AHSAA indoor state record (63-06.50) set by Frank Warren of Phillips High School in 1977. That mark set 43 years ago is the oldest AHSAA indoor record still standing.

EDWIN RAINEY, NORTHRIDGE:  Closed out the 6A long jump with a winning distance of 22-10.50, beating runner-up Eric Watts of Opelika (22-07.75) by 2.25 inches.

T.J. FUNCHES, HELENA: Finally cleared 6-06 on his third try to win the Class 6A high jump title.


BRAXTON SANFORD, CORNER: Captured the pole vault with a winning height of 13-0. Maddox Hamm of Scottsboro also cleared 13-0 but finished second with one miss at 12-06. Sanford made all his attempts and Hamm had only the one miss before both failed to clear 13-6.

BRANDON WEATHERLY, CORNER: Won the 4A/5A triple jump with a 42-01.50 throw on his fourth attempt of the competition. 


COLLIN MAYFIELD, GERALDINE: Won the 3,200 meters with a strong time of 9:54.58, just 16 seconds off the 1A/3A record (9:38.82) set by Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain in 2016. Mayfield picked up his second gold with a winning 2:02.64 time in the 800-meter race. Conner Patterson of Providence Christian was second at 2:02.69.

PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Jumped 42-05.25 to capture the triple jump competition in 1A/3A.

OHATCHEE 4X100-METER RELAY: The Indians’ relay team set a new record in the Class 1A/3A indoor 4x100 relay with a time of 1:34.43. The old record (1:34.96) was set in 1996 by St. Paul’s Episcopal and lasted for 24 years.


CLAIRE FRAZIER BOLTON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Set a new 7A indoor state meet record in the 800 meters with a 2:12.15 time to win the event. Presley Weems of Hoover set the previous record (2:13.19)  at the 2016 state meet.

CHAKIYA PLUMMER, HOOVER: qualified first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.64 seconds – just shy of the 7A state record and CrossPlex Record (8.47) clocked by former Hoover and current collegiate standout Brittley Humphrey.

CRAWFORD WEST, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 3,200 meters with a strong time of 11:04.75, just five seconds off the 7A state record (10:58.97) set by Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook in 2017. Auburn’s Samantha Rogers finished runner-up behind West with an 11:07.56 time.

LEA TOWNSEND, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Turned in the winning throw in the shot put competition with a 38-04.75 distance on her first try of the finals to take first place.

HOLLY FOLEY, FAIRHOPE: Cleared 11-06 in the pole vault and so did Bradyn Coarsey of McGill-Toolen. Foley won the event with fewer misses.

ZAKIRIA HOLIFIELD, THOMPSON: Finished the 7A 60-meter dash prelims with the best time, 7.87,with Anya Kitt of Enterprise and Sydney Taylor of Spain Park close behind at 2-3 with times of 7.92 and 7.95 seconds.


CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a winning leap of 37 feet, 10¼ inches. Recently moving to Montgomery from Maryland, she won the that state’s outdoor state title with a 39-05 leap. Her winning jump Friday equaled her season best and finished as the top leap in the AHSAA.

ANDREA HARRIS, DOTHAN: Ran a strong 7.84 time in the 60-meter prelims to grab the top qualifying spot in Saturday’s Class 6A finals. Calera sprinter Nia Maye was right behind at 7.88 to set up potentially one of the best finals of the state meet. 

ALEX BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 12-00 to win the Class 6A pole vault competition, the went for the 6A indoor state record (12-01) set by Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2014 but missed all three tries at 12-06.


JAMESIA SHIPMAN, CHARLES HENDERSON: Won the 4A/5A shot put with a winning throw of 36-01.75.

ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Won the triple jump with a winning leap of 34-01.75 on her first try of the competition.

KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: Won the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:32.05. She also was a state champion at last December’s AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships at Auburn University. Hammond also finished second to Maci Beaty of Jasper in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.73. Beaty won clocking 2:22.37.

CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Set up what could be a very exciting 60-meter dash finals Saturday with a prelim time of 7.67, just 19/100ths of a second off the Class 4A/5A state indoor record (7.48) set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2017. Two Ramsay sprinters, Krystlynn Oatman and Jasity White,  were right behind Spicer with qualifying times of 7.72 and 7.84, respectively.

Captured the 1A/3A 3,200 with a winning time of 11:09.10 – 45 seconds ahead of her closest competition. It was her first gold in the 2020 State Indoor Championships. Miles followed in the afternoon with a winning 2:22.25 time in the 800 meters for her second win of the first-day’s action. She won four events at the 2019 State Championships and is on track to possibly equal that performance in the 2020 championships.
KAAN OLIVER, PIKE ROAD: Just missed the 1A/3A state record in the 60-meter hurdles with her prelim time of 9.11 which landed her the top seed in the Saturday’s finals. The record (9.11) I owned by Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian, who ran that time in the 2018 state meet. Oliver also had the second best time in the 1A/3A 60-meter dash prelims (8.04). Pike Road teammate Nia White had the best time (7.93) – giving the Patriots two of the final eight slots.
ALEX COOK, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Cleared 11 feet to win the Class 1A/3A pole vault competition. She then moved the bar to 12-02 – 75/100ths of inch higher than the 1A/3A record (12-01.25) set by Rose Brutkiewicz of UMS-Wright in 2014 but missed on all three tries.


Schools Gearing to Compete at the AHSAA’s 50th Indoor Track Championships Feb. 7-8

Super Sectional Wrestling also this weekend

MONTGOMERY – AHSAA kicks off a busy February month with the 50th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex Friday. The state will conclude Saturday.
     Just a  few hundred feet away, the Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex will also host the AHSAA North Super Sectional Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday. The South Super Sectional will be at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum.

     The NFHS Network will be live-streaming all three events with the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program led by executive producer Tim Loreman handling the track championships. Track Wrestling will produce both super Sectional wrestling meets. The top four finishers in each weight division at each meet will advance to the State Championships next week (Feb. 13-14-15) at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
     The Indoor Track Championships will crown boys’ and girls’ champions in four divisions: Class 7A, Class 6A, Class 4A-5A and Class 1A-3A. The defending state champions are: Boys – Hoover (7A); Homewood (6A); Scottsboro (4A/5A); and Winfield (1A/3A); Girls – Mountain Brook (7A); Homewood (6A); Montgomery Catholic (4A/5A); and Saint James (1A/3A).
   The Patriots of Coach Thomas Esslinger are vying for their third straight sweep of the 6A Indoor boys’ and girls’ titles, and Hoover’s boys will be competing for their fourth straight 7A championship.
    Saint James senior Presley Miles returned to lead the Lady Trojans. She captured four Class 1A/3A individual state titles at the 2019 championships winning the 3,200 meters (11:10.48); the 800 meters (2:18.47) and 400-meter dash (59.03).
     She was also the first girl to win four individual events since St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Charlotte Krausse won four at the 2016 state indoor meet. Krausse won the triple jump, long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles at that meet. Another track standout from St. Paul’s, Camille Root, won four individual events at the 1995 and 1996 state meets held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. She won the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash and  the long jump both years.  Bridget Rose of Leeds was the next girls’ participant to win four events with wins in 2006 in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault.
     One newcomer to this year’s indoor championships is Carver-Montgomery senior Christierra Williams. Her dad, Chris Williams, became the head coach of the Wolverines’ track team last August.
    Christierra, who competed in Germany for four years where her parents were stationed in the military, moved back to the U.S. and competed last spring in Maryland – setting that state’s triple jump state record (39 feet, 5 inches).
    The family moved to Montgomery over the summer. Her best indoor leap of the season was 37-10.25 at the Magic City Classic in December – which is the top girls’ triple jump of the season in the AHSAA. She also plans to compete in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and long jump.
    Lainey Phelps of Homewood, the 2019 Alabama Gatorade Cross Country girls’ runner of the year, also has the top times of the indoor season in the 1,600 meters (4:59.20) and the 3,200 meters (10:58.98).
    One of the top male participants to keep an eye on is senior shot-putter Nathan Cooper of Dothan. He won the Junior Olympics national title last summer and had the top indoor toss of the season in the AHSAA on Jan. 12 at the CrossPlex Showdown meet with a throw of 60 feet, 10½ inches.
      Among the other boys’ participants to keep an eye on are Parker junior Jekovan Rhetta clocked 6.81 seconds in the 60 meters for the top time in Alabama this season. He won the race at the MLK Classic held at the CrossPlex on Jan. 20.
     East Limestone senior Alexander Robinson has the best 400-meters indoor time (48.54) this season – running that race on Jan. 18 at the Arkansas High School Invitational.


Thompson’s Jace Jones Runs His Way To 3 Indoor Track Personal Records

AHSAA Indoor Track Week 3 Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – With the Alabama High School Athletic Association Indoor Track Championships just two weeks away, high school runners in the state are rounding into state finals shape.
   Jace Jones of Alabaster’s Thompson High School notched three personal bests this week, including the No. 1 high school time recorded in the United States this year in the 1600 meters to earn the AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Spotlight this week. The senior raced to a 4:13.89 finish at the Hump Day Octameet at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 15 – just 69-hundreths off the 1600 course record set in 2016 by Frank Pittman running for the Marist School of Brookhaven, Ga. Jones’ 1:57.73 second-place finish to Scottsboro’s Rex Green (1:56.71) in the 800-meter run that same day was also a personal record as was his 9:23.44 victory in the 3200 meters in the Martin Luther King Indoor Track Classic on Jan. 20.
     Jones, who has committed to the University of Alabama, ranks third in the state and 23rd in the nation in the 800.
     Coach Christopher Schmidt’s Thompson boys’ team won the Octameet with 117 points, ahead of Hewitt-Trussville (80) and Homewood (69.5), and his girls’ squad finished second to Homewood (103) with 87.5 points.
       The prestigious MLK Classic, hosted Jan. 20 by the Alabama Indoor Track Association at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, drew 155 teams from Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The Hoover boys finished first in the meet with 118 points, followed by Thompson (56), Northridge (47), Randolph School (42) and Central of Phenix City (36.5). The Hoover girls also recorded a first-place finish in the MLK with 86 points, followed by Campbell of Smyrna, Ga., with 56, Saint James (53), Thompson (40) and Jasper (38).
     Other standout performances reported from the week:
The junior’s personal-best 6.81 in the 60-meter dash in the Class 1A-5A division of the MLK is a new meet record,  the top time in Alabama this year and fifth best in the country. The old mark (6.86) was set by Winfield’s Trey Cunningham at the 2017 MLK. Rhetta was also fourth in the 400 with a 51.05.
L.J. HILL, HOOVER: The senior’s 8.17-second first-place sprint in the 60-meter hurdles in the MLK Classic 6A-7A division is the top overall time in the event in the state this year.
J’MARRI McCALL, HOOVER: Another senior, McCall had a personal best 6.92 finish in the 60-meter dash in the MLK. He also won the long jump with a leap of 22-05.5 to top teammate Hill (22-04.25).
ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: The junior’s 4:17.92 was a personal best in the 1600 meters, good for first place at the MLK and was one of the best times in the nation.
ZION BINION, NORTHRIDGE: His 54-5 toss to win the shot put at the MLK was a personal best.
KELVIN POE, HUFFMAN: The senior won the 400 meters with a 50.38 finish, 48-hundreths ahead of Thompson’s Dominique Hall.
DESHUN MURRELL, BIBB COUNTY: Another junior, Murrell won the MLK 400 with a 50.35 finish, a personal best. He also won the event on Jan. 14 with a 50.81 at the High School JV Meet No. 3 at the CrossPlex.
COLLIN MAYFIELD, GERALDINE: Ran away with the 1A-5A 3200-meter run with a personal best 9:43.02. No other runner broke 10 minutes in the event.



OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Her personal-best 5-6 high jump won the 6A-7A finals at the MLK, which tied the meet record set by former St. Paul’s high jumper Shelley Spires in 2013.  Beard had another PR, 16-5.25 in the long jump, was good for fifth.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: Won the girls’ 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter runs at the MLK, with 2:16.70, 5:05.50 and 11:29.49 finishes, respectively.
ALEX COOK, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: With a personal best 11-06 pole vault at the MLK, the senior now has three first-place finishes in the event this season. She also won the Ice Breaker Invitational on Jan. 3 and the Magic City Invitational in December.
RIONNA JOHNSON, FAIRFIELD: Set a personal best mark with a first-place finish in the 1A-5A long jump with a leap of 16-04.25. The sophomore also had PRs in the 60-meter dash (8.24, 15th) and 400 (1:02.6, 8th).
ZaKIRIA HOLIFIELD, THOMPSON: Won the 6A-7A 60-meter dash with a 7.75 finish, just .01 off her personal best, and was second in the 400 meters with a personal best 57.28. She won both the 400 (57.54) and 60 (7.86) in the Hump Day Octameet.
|LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Won the 800 and 1600 at the Octameet, with 2:17.78 and 5:03.41 finishes. Her 1600 time is the best in Alabama this year and seventh nationally.

Scottsboro’s Rex Green Claims Indoor Track Spotlight with a Pair of Personal Bests

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Scottsboro High School sophomore Rex Green won the boys’ 400 and 800 meters with personal bests in each event at the Indoor JV Meet No. 2 at Birmingham’s CrossPlex last week to earn the AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight.

    Grabbing the Girls’ Spotlight was junior Allison Tanner of Helena, who cleared 5-04 in the high jump at the same meet to win the event the state’s second best performance of the year. She had the best jump of the season (also 5-04) last year in Alabama.  She also won the triple jump with the top leap of 33-10. Mountain Brook junior Grayson Scott cleared 5-06 at the Magic City Invitational in early December for top girls’ high jump in Alabama this season.
    Green ran the 400 in 52.11 and the 800 in 1:57.61 for Coach Luke Robinson’s defending Class 5A state champions at the event held on Jan. 7. Green’s 800 time is the second-best performance in the event in Alabama this season, according to statistics compiled by It ranks 17th overall among the nation’s high schools. Smiths Station senior Savian Taylor clocked 1:56.96 in the Magic City Invitational in December for the fast 800-meter time of the season.

   Scottsboro junior teammate Hayden Judge captured first and second in his two events at the meet, topping teammate Cooper Atkins to win the 1600-meter run. His 4:23.77 finish was good for second in the state this season and 20th in the U.S. this year. Atkins’ 4:29.44 for second place is the fourth-best recorded in Alabama this year. Judge was second to Green in the 800 meters, finishing with a 2:00.10. The best 1,600-meter time of the season (4:21.86) was recorded by Thompson senior Jace Jones at the Holiday Invitational in December. It is no surprise that Scottsboro’s 4x800 relay team has the best time in that event (8:11.00) in the state this season. The Wildcats turned in that performance at the Magic City Invitational in December.

   Other top finishers for the Wildcats, who have captured seven state championships since 2001 and two of the past three, were Brandon Cloud’s third place in the high jump (5-06.00) – behind Helena’s T.J. Funches (6-04) and Bowman Downey (5-08); Alex Cantrell’s third place in the long jump (18-10) – behind Hewitt-Trussville’s Omari Kelly (21-08.5) and Helena’s Damian Hines (19-07); and Nathan Jones’ first-place throw in the shot put (43-09.75).
   Most of the indoor teams in the AHSAA are gearing up to compete in the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex Jan. 20. More than 100 teams from Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia have already registered for what is one of the largest prep indoor meets annually.
   Other standout performances reported from last week’s indoor competition:



  • OMARI KELLY, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The sophomore also won the triple jump with a 39-11.25 finish.



  • CARTER PINHOLSTER, FORT PAYNE: Won the boys’ 60-meter hurdles with an 8.34 finish.



  • MADI WALLACE, FORT PAYNE: Ran a personal-best 9.17 in the girls’ 60-meter hurdles, the fourth-best time in Alabama this year.



  • ANNA COLLINS, SPAIN PARK: Cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault. The junior’s effort was a personal best.



  • MARIN POLESHEK, HOMEWOOD: The ninth-grader won both the 800 meters and 1600 at the event, finishing in 2:25.77 in the 800 and 5:23.28 in the 1600.



  • ADELE BRANDRUP, HOMEWOOD: The ninth-grader won the Adaptive Girls 60-meter dash finals.

Hoover Shines in Ice Breaker Invitational With Boys’ and Girls’ Team Titles

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

By Mike Perrin

MONTGOMERY – Three-time indoor track defending state champion Hoover High School served notice at the 2020 Ice Breaker Invitational that the Buccaneers are again the team to beat in large-school competition. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams scored victories in the event held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 4 to grab the first AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight of the season.
    In the Class 6A-7A division of the meet, coach Devon Hind’s Bucs’ boys’ team outpointed Hewitt-Trussville 113.33 to 38 with Central-Phenix City finishing third with 35 points. On the girls’ side, Hoover totaled 81 points to Spain Park’s 40 and Auburn’s 39.
    The Class 1A-5A boys’ winner was Ramsay, tying with Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High at 62.5 points, just ahead of defending 4A/5A champion Scottsboro’s 61 points. The small-school girls’ winner was Saint James of Montgomery (48), followed by Whitesburg Christian Academy of Huntsville with 45 and Ramsay with 40.
    The Hoover boys won seven events with Jonathan Martin leading the way with first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash (48.57) and the 60-meter dash (6.98). Martin’s 400 time is the best in Alabama this season and second best in the nation, according to records compiled by L.J. Hill won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.26 seconds, was second in the long jump (21-11.5) and third in the triple jump. His teammate, John Watkins, won the triple jump with a leap of 46-5.25. The Bucs were first in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and finished second to Central-Phenix City in the 4x200 event.
   Hoover’s Chakiya Plummer led the girls’ competition winning the 60- and 400-meter dash events with times of 8.88 and 57.57 seconds, respectively. The Bucs were winners in the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays as well.
    Other standout performances from the Ice Breaker Invitational:


  • NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Won the shot put event with a heave of 59-7.5, besting second-place Kaison Barton of Mary Montgomery by more than 7 feet. Cooper, a University of Alabama signee, won the USATF Junior Olympics shot put title in the 17-18 age division with a throw of 58-10 this past July in Sacramento (CA).
  • ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A-7A 3200-meter run with a 9:32.63 finish.
  • HEATH VARMETTE, GRISSOM: Won the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.66, finishing almost 2 seconds quicker than Hewitt-Trussville’s Alex Jones.
  • JOHN MURRAY, BOB JONES: Took first place in the 6A-7A high jump with a leap of 6-feet-4-inches.
  • KAMERON THOMAS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A 400-meter dash (50.41) and was second in the 60-meters (6.91) behind Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta (6.82).
  • HAYDEN JUDGE, SCOTTSBORO: Took first in the 1A-5A 1600-meter run with a 4:27.54 finish.
  • PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Ran an 8.42 to win the small-school 60-meter hurdles ahead of Jack Wills of Falkville (8.84).





  • SPENCER FAVORS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A long jump with a leap of 22-07.5, almost 2 feet better than second-place Camrun Norman from Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High School.
  • JACK WILLIAMSON, WINFIELD: Took first in the small-school triple jump at 40-09.5.
  • JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 1A-5A shot put finals with a toss of 57-00.25, ahead of Landon Sharpston of Wilson (48-03.00).
  • CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Bested the field in the 1A-5A 60-meter dash with a 7.78 finish and won the 400-meters with a 56.13 run.


  • CRAWFORD WEST, VESTAVIA HILLS: The sophomore took the girls’ 3200-meter run with an 11:25.70 finish, ahead of Auburn’s Harper McGowan (11:38.51).
  • SYDNEY TAYLOR, SPAIN PARK: Won the 60-meter dash with a 7.96 finish, just 3-hundreths of a second ahead of Hoover’s Jebreiya Chapman.
  • OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Took first place in the girls’ large-school high jump with a 5-04 finish.
  • CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Claimed the 6A-7A girls’ triple jump title with a 37-09.75 jump.
  • PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: Won the 1A-5A 800-meter run with a 2:19.63 finish.
  • HANNAH ADAMS, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Took the title in small-school 3200-meter run with a 12:14.44 finish.
  • CATHERINE WEST, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Won the 1A-5A high jump with a 5-00 finish.
  • SKYLAR ESSEX, BREWBAKER TECH: Her 16-09.5 long jump in the 1A-5A final was almost a foot better than second-place Brynn Holbrook of Whitesburg Christian Academy (15-10). Holbrook won the triple jump with 35-05 effort.
  • KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Won the small-school shot put title with a throw of 35-02.0.

Defending Champs Mountain Brook Rolls to 3rd Straight 7A Title at 71st AHSAA State Golf Tourney

10 Team Champs Crowned Tuesday at RTJ Capitol Hill at Prattville

   PRATTVILLE – Two-time defending Class 7A State champion Mountain Brook High School made it three in a row Tuesday with a second-round 7-over 295 to capture the large-school boys state title with a 588 team total.  McGill-Toolen Catholic finished 11 strokes back at 599, Vestavia Hills was 13 strokes back with a 601 and Fairhope took fourth at 615.
The 71st AHSAA State Golf Championships were held at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Club at Prattville.
      The 36-hole tournament concluded Tuesday with Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), UMS-Wright (5A), Brooks (4A), Houston Academy (3A) and North Sand Mountain (1A/2A) won boys’ state crowns. Auburn (7A), Northridge (6A), Randolph (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/3A) won girls’ state titles.
      Thomas Ponder of Providence Christian had the low round of all classifications Monday and Tuesday, following his 4-under 68 with a 7-under 65 and ended the tourney 11-under 133 to capture overall low medalist honors. Providence finished second in the 4A boys’ championship race by one stroke to Brooks. Randolph’s Michaela Morard shot a 6-under 66 top all the girls’ competition with a 9-under 135 to in Class 4A/5A.
    Mountain Brook’s team total (588) tied Class 3A state champion Houston Academy as the low team score of all classes.    
     Vestavia Hills High School’s Austin Coggin had the top 7A round Tuesday shooting 4-under 68 to earn low medalist honors with a 5-under 139 total over the both rounds. Reynolds Lambert and Gordon Sargent of Mountain Brook tied for second at 1-under 143. Lambert had a 71 Tuesday and Sargent shot a 71.First-day leader and 2018 low medalist William Wann shot 5-over 77 after a first-round 69 and was tied for fifth with McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Price Brown at 2-over 146.
      Complete results can be  found at:
    In the other classification tourney results Tuesday:

    Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals recorded a team 10-over 298 Tuesday to close at 603 to win the state title for the second year in a row.  Homewood was 36 strokes back at 639, Gulf Sores was third at 643 and Benjamin Russell was fourth at 645.  
     Fort Payne’s Harrison Davis was 1-under at 71 Monday and followed with an even-par 72 to earn low medalist at 1-under 143. Homewood’s Ford Goldasich had a 73 Tuesday and closed at 1-over 145 to finish second. Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett was third at 149 and , Muscle Shoals’ Hunter Battles, Sam Gargis and Thomas Regan were tied with three others at 150 to lead the Trojans’ effort.

   UMS-Wright, the Class 4A champions the last three years, captured the Class 5A state championship with a 628 total. Guntersville was second with 644, Sylacauga third at 651 and Russellville was  fourth with a 660 total.
    J.P. Cave was low medalist shooting even par 72 Tuesday to close at 147 for the Bulldogs. It was his second low medalist title in three years. The first game in 2017 in Class 4A. Citronelle’s Nathaniel King also finished strong, shooting 1-0ver 73 to finish second in the 5A competition at 153. Jasper’s Patrick Minor was tied for third with Jaceton Murray of Russellville at 156.

     Brooks trailed Providence Christian by one stroke 318-319 after day but rallied to capture school’s first state golf title since 2000 with a second-round team total of 313 – two strokes better than PCA. The Lions finished with a 632 and Providence was one shot back at 633.  White Plains was third with a 649 and Fayette County finished fourth at 694.
    Providence Christian senior Thomas Ponder shot the low round of all participants Tuesday with a 7-under 65 and finished the tourney at 11-under 133 to take overall low-medalist honors. Oneonta’s Will Patrick was three strokes back with a 68 Tuesday and took second place individually in the 4A competition at 4-under 140.  American Christian’s Davis Aaron was third at 151 and Brooks’ Zach Ashley was fourth at 155. Lions teammate Justin Olive improved his first-day round of 81 by six strokes to close at 3-over 75 and was tied for fifth overall with White Plains’ Kenny Okins at 156.


   Defending state champion Houston Academy finished 12-over 588 for tourney to capture the 3A state golf championship for the second year in a row. Westbrook Christian was second with 650, T.R. Miller finished third at 668 and Glencoe was fourth with a 746 team total.
     Senior Hal Dove led the Raiders from start to finish shooting a 2-under 70 Tuesday to claim low medalist honors with  two-day total 142. Westbrook Christian’s William Wethington shot a 74 Tuesday and finished second with a 147 total.  Houston Academy’s Emmett Lee also shot 2-under 70 Tuesday and wound up third at 148. The Raiders also took fourth and  fifth place individually with Matthew Streitman and Jake McDonald both shooting 1-over 73 to finish at 149 and 150, respectively.

    North Sand Mountain captured the Thundering Herd’s first AHSAA State Golf Championship with a team  710 over the two days of competition. Defending Class 1A/2A state champ Donoho was second at 725. Brantley finished third at 797. 
   Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy shot a 2-under 70 and finished at 146 for the 36 holes to earn low medalist honors. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland, the 1A/2A first day leader, improved to a 1-over 73 but finished second at 148.  Cedar Bluff’s Nicholas Sawyer also shot a 73 Tuesday to finish third at 151.   Hunter Vest paced North Sand Mountain with an 81 and finished seventh overall at 167.


    Defending state champion Auburn improved Monday’s round of 244 by one stroke to close at 487 and the Tigers won their second straight class 7A state girls’ title. Enterprise was second with 502, Huntsville was third at 511 and Hoover finished fourth with a 527 total.
     Elizabeth Preus had  two straight rounds of 75 to finish the tourney 6-over at 150 to earn 7A low medalist honors. Enterprise’s Ashley Curtis, Auburn’s Morgan Jones and Enterprise’s Emilia Smith each finished tied for second at 151. Jones had the low round overall Tuesday shooting 2-over 74.

Northridge won its second straight Class 6A state championship with a team total 490. UMS-
Wright was second at 505, Muscle Shoals third at 526 and Spanish Fort finished fourth at 656.
   UMS-Wright’s Lauren Gilchrist posted a 1-under 71 to close at 2-over 146 and earned Class 6A low medalist. First-day leader Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar shot a 77 Tuesday and finished second at 149. Her sister Kate MacVicar had a round of 76 and finished fourth with a 156 total.

   Randolph senior Michaela Morard, who won the individual state championship in Class 7A for Huntsville High School in 2015 and 2016, blistered the Capitol Course at Prattville with a 6-under 66 Tuesday and closed with a 135 for the two 18-hole rounds to earn low medalist honors in Class 4A/5A as well as overall for the four girls’ divisions.
    Randolph posted a 455 total to win the 4A/5A girls’ crown over defending champion Northside by 10 strokes. The Rams shot a 465.  Trinity Presbyterian was third at 505 and Arab, fourth with a 524.
    Erika Allen of Northside, the 4A/5A defending individual champ, was 1-under at 71 Tuesday to finished second at 146. Her sister Karlee Allen was third at 154 – carding a 76 Tuesday. Trinity’s Emma Pittman shot 2-over 74 to close at 155 and fourth place.

     Providence Christian won the Class 1A/3A state championship for the  third year in a row with two-day total 473. Bayside Academy was second at 578, followed by Glencoe at 612 and Mars Hill Bible at 615.
   Providence Christian’s Lauren Thompson turned in the low round of the 1A/3A competition with a 5-under 67 and earned low medalist honors at 146. Her 67 was the second lowest score of all girls’ competition Tuesday. Her teammate Allison Howard finished second overall at 154, and Pike Road’s Yvette Gorden closed with a 75 Tuesday and two-day 161 to finish third.

Hewitt-Trussville’s Stone Shelnutt, Caleb Long Finish 1-2 in Decathlon

    HOOVER – Hewitt-Trussville seniors Stone Shelnutt and Caleb Long finished 1-2 in the final standings of the 56th AHSAA State Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School Football Stadium.
     Shelnutt finished the first day with 3,594 points and totaled 6,481 after Tuesday’s final events to claim the 2019 Decathlon state title. Long  176 points back at 6,305 to take second. Rounding out the top five were Bob Jones junior John Murray (6,241), Mountain Brook senior Baynes Autrey (5,975) and Thompson senior Dominique Hall (5,701).
      Shelnutt won the 100-meter dash with a state decathlon record 10.88 time on Monday and also captured the long jump with a leap of 22-01 and the 400-meter dash in 49.52 seconds.  He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.85 on Tuesday, finished third in the pole vault clearing 13-05.25 and was seventh in the discus.  Long won the javelin throw with a 179-02 toss.
      McGill-Toolen’s David Dolan wo the pole vault with a 15-05 height. James Clemens’ Trevor Hunziker won the discus with a throw of 143-01 and Wilkes Howes of St. Paul’s Episcopal won the 1,500-meter run even with a time of 4:22.65.
     A total of 50 participated in the decathlon competition this year. Complete results can be found at

AHSAA State Decathlon Championships
At Hoover High School

Top 10 / Final Standings

1-Stone Shelnutt, Hewitt-Trussville          6,481
2-Caleb Long, Hewitt-Trussville                 6,305
3-John Murray, Bob Jones                         6,241
4-Baynes Autrey, Mountain Brook           5,975
5-Dominique Hall, Thompson                   5,701
6-Trey McFarland, Randolph County       5,521
7-David Dolan, McGill-Toolen                   5,414
8-Trevor Hunziker, James Clemens          5,378
9-Edwin Rainey, Northridge                      5,356
10-Eli Brooks, Homewood                         5,151


Baker’s Kelsey White Takes Heptathlon Championship with 4,357 Points

AHSAA Heptathlon Championships
  HOOVER – Baker High School junior Kelsey White closed strong Tuesday to capture the AHSAA 2019 Heptathlon Championship with a 4,357 point total over the two-day meet’s seven-event competition at Hoover High School.

      White won the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.71 time and the 200 clocking 25.89 seconds to collect 2,761 points on Monday to lead the competition after the first day. She finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17-01.5 Tuesday, was fifth in the 800 (2:33.93) and 12th in the javelin (73-02).  Junior Claire Frazier Bolton of McGill-Toolen Catholic won the 800 with a time of 2:14.43 – setting a new heptathlon record in that event. The old mark, 2:18.05, was set by Hoover’s Amelia Anderson 14 years earlier in 2005. Bolton finished second in the overall standings with 3,942 points. 

    Cadence Huntsinger, a sophomore at James Clemens, won the long jump Tuesday with a 17-02.75 leap. She finished fourth overall with 3,849 points. Montgomery Catholic senior Isabelle Cochran wound up  third in the final standings with 3,906 points and Falkville senior Kari Watts rounded out the top five with 3,849 points.  Abigail Green of Huntsville won the javelin throw with a toss of 117-08.

     Thirty girls competed in the AHSAA’s 47th Heptathlon competition at Hoover.

     The boys’ decathlon competition was still underway Tuesday afternoon.

     Complete results can be found at

AHSAA State Heptathlon Championships
At Hoover High School (May 13-14)

AHSAA State Heptathlon Championships
At Hoover High School (May 13-14)
Top 10 / Final Standings

1-Kelsey White, Baker                                    4,357
2-Claire Frazier Bolt, McGill-Toolen          3,942
3-Isabelle Cochran, Mont.-Catholic           3,906
4-Cadence Huntsinger, James Clemens  3,849
5-Kari Watts, Falkville                                     3,826
6-Grayson Scott, Mountain Brook             3,709
7-London Wooley, Thompson                     3,681
8-Audriana Blakely, James Clemens         3,606
9-Emily Diaz, McGill-Toolen                         3,538
10-Azaria Wright, Vestavia Hills                  3,523