GULF SHORES – Woodlawn High School high jumper Breanna Brown set the state high jump record with a winning height of 5 feet, 10½ inches Thursday night to turn in the top performance as the 95th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Brown missed on all three tries to clear 6 feet. The old mark (5-10) was set by Kelly Gregory of Murphy in 1985 and equaled by 20 years later by Raevan Harris of Northridge High School in 2005. It took 13 years before that record finally fell.
Brown beat the field Thursday by 8½ inches.
With all but one event completed Thursday night, Vestavia Hills High School held a slim 19.50 to 18 edge over Hewitt-Trussville in the Class 7A boys’ scoring. Homewood led the 6A competition with 34 points and Helena was second with 21. In Class 5A, Scottsboro led Valley 33-26 With Etowah and Center Point tied for third with 18 points each. And in Class 4A boys’ action, LAMP posted 19 points after two events with the boys’ javelin throw not scored as of press time.
In the girls’ team standings, Montgomery Catholic had 32 points and Montgomery Academy had 26 in Class 4A. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Thompson were tied in Class 7A with 22 points each with Auburn third with 20 after day one. Class 5A’s first-day leader was Arab with 24.50 points, followed by UMS-Wright with 22 and Scottsboro with 20.70. Defending state champion Homewood led Pelham by one point, 25-24, in Class 6A.
The Class 4A/5A/6A/7A state meet kicks off day two Friday morning. The Class 1A/2A/3A State Championships set for Cullman High School begins Friday morning. Both meets are scheduled to conclude Saturday.
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Highlights of Thursday’s action at Gulf Shores:
CLASS 4A GIRLS
1,600-METER RUN: Senior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic closed out her domination in this event over the last six years with a 5:01.25 time to win the event. She narrowly missed her state record (4:57.42) set last year.
100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson came close to equaling the Class 4A state record (11.98) in the prelims Thursday clocking 12.08 seconds go qualify for the finals.
LONG JUMP: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran won the 4A long jump with a winning leap of 16-11. The senior also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.
HIGH JUMP: Senior Julia Rice of DAR cleared 5-02 to win the 4A high jump. Cochran finished second with more misses.
POLE VAULT: White Plains sophomore Savannah Yates cleared 10 feet, 9 inches to take first place over runner-up Isabella Baker of Montgomery Academy, who cleared 10-06.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
100-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer set a new Class 5A state record with a time of 11.79 in the prelims Thursday. The old 5A record (11.84) was set in 2008 by Ramsay’s Lakeshia Williams.
1,600-METER RUN: Corner freshman Myka Rogers won the event clocking 5:21.10.
POLE VAULT: Senior Lauren Hamm won with a clearance of 11 feet for Scottsboro’s Wildcats.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
JAVELIN: Blount senior Karmen Williams set a new Class 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 145 feet, 8 inches. Her winning toss was 5 feet, 7 inches farther than the previous state mark (140-01) set by Hoover’s Chloe White in 2014.
1,600-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps edged Pelham’s Katie Strozier by 72/100th of a second to win the event. The Patriots junior was clocked at 5:02.94, and Strozier, a senior, at 5:03.66.
TRIPLE JUMP: Homewood senior Aiya Finch had a winning leap of 39-03.50 to capture the triple jump title.
100-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley of Park Crossing qualified with the fastest time of the prelims clocking 11.52 seconds. The time was just 5/100ths of a second off the 6A record (11.47) set by Woodlawn sprinter Jasmine Kirkland in 2014.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
1,600-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers crossed the finish line with the fastest time of the day winning the Class 7A event in 4:57.90. Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue also came in under five minutes finishing second at 4:58.58.
100-METER DASH: Senior Nicole Payne was just 2/100ths of a second shy of the Class 7 state record (11.73) set by Hope Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville in 2018 with a 11.75 time in the 100-meter prelims Thursday.
TRIPLE JUMP: James Clemens' Ashlee Osaji won the state title with a winning jump of 35-10.50.
DISCUS: McGill-Toolen’s duo of seniors Hannah Daffin and Emily Doyle finished 1-2 with Daffin’s throw of 123-08 winning the event. Doyle’s best was 116-05.
CLASS 4A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: LAMP senior Brett Bonikowski beat DAR junior Kyle Saylor in a photo finish to win the 4A event. Bonikowski crossed the finish line at 4:27.55 and Saylor at 4:27.72.
DISCUS: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry won the event with a winning throw of 176-05 – 24 feet better than his closest competitor.
100-METER DASH: Seniors Evan Brooks of Madison Academy and Lee Witherspoon of North Jackson turned in outstanding times of 19,67 and 10.84 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 in the prelims.
CLASS 5A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro nipped Faith Academy senior Myles Stoots at the finish line by just 16/100th of a second. Atkins was timed at 4:24.40 and Stoots, 4:24.56.
SHOT PUT: Center Point junior Quinterrius Tanksley won the 5A event with a winning toss of 58-04.
JAVELIN: Sophomore Grayson Eady of Russellville had a winning throw of 178 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He had five throws all over 170 feet.
LONG JUMP: Etowah senior Justin Harris cleared 22-02.50 on his second leap to win the 5A long jump title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Valley sophomore Jacquez Trammel captured the title with a winning jump of 46-08. Etowah’s Harris was second (44-06.25).
CLASS 6A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Defending start champion Will Stone came very close to breaking the 6A record set by McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Stephen Dahmer (4:13.67) in 1987 by winning the 1,600 Thursday in 4:15.76. The senior beat runner-up and sophomore teammate Crawford Hope, who finished second with a 4:19.64 time.
100-METER DASH: Mae Jemison’s Tyler Davis turned in the fastest qualifying time in the prelims with 10.49 seconds. Brantan Barnett of Opelika and Javis Atchison of Baldwin County qualified 2-3 with times of 10.67 seconds. All three sprinters are seniors. Aaron Ernest of Homewood set the 6A record (10.33) in 2011.
HIGH JUMP: For competitors cleared 6-06, but all missed at 6-08. Emerging as the winner was Helena senior Jonah Hyde, who cleared the winning height on his first jump. Tony Toney of Mae Jemison, Josh Thomas of Homewood and Stephon May, also of Homewood, all cleared 6-06 but finished 2-3-4 in order based on misses.
CLASS 7A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won the 7A event in 4:18.63, only 81/100th of second off the 7A state record time (4:17.82) set by Benjamin Knox of Hewitt-Trussville in 2016. Nick Cici of Huntsville, a senior, finished second to Strand with a very fast 4:19.96 time.
100-METER DASH: Senior Charles Lewis of Sparkman nearly equaled the Class 7A record he set at last year’s state championships sprinting 10.55 Thursday. His record time last year was 10.53 seconds. Kamaron McDaniel, a Spain Park senior, qualified second with a 10.68 time – setting up what could be an exciting finish in the finals.
POLE VAULT: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan made it a sweep winning the Class 7A pole vault by clearing 15-06 Thursday. He won the indoor state title clearing the same height at the CrossPlex last February.
SHOT PUT: Spain Park senior Matthew Gray won the event with a winning toss of 58-08, just 4 ½ inches shy of the 7A state record (59-0.50) set by Vestavia Hills’ Walter Thomas in 2016.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte had a time of 12.49 seconds and completed the 200-meter dash in 25.32. Whyte, competing in his third event Thursday, threw the shot 29 feet, 1 inch and earned three points for the Tigers for his efforts in all three events.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Ayan Merchant completed the race in 14.92 seconds and finished the 200 in 31.47. He also had a shot put toss of 26-02.50 and also earned three points in the three events for Auburn.
LONG JUMP: Hewitt-Trussville sophomore Julian Collins had a winning jump of 23-05. Hoover’s J’Marri McCall was second at 23-00.25.
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