CULLMAN – Winfield High School and Whitesburg Christian won state track championships for the second year in a row as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman Saturday.
Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates totaled 97 points to win the Class 3A boys ‘ title. Montgomery Academy scored 64 to finish second and Greensboro (50) was third. Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by David McConnell, won their second consecutive Class 1A outdoor title with 109 points to edge Westminster of Oak Mountain, which totaled 103. St. Bernard was third with 98.50.
St. Bernard, coached by Steven Calvert, also captured the boys’ state title with 138 points. Marion County finished second with 98, and Linden was third with 53.50. Claiming the Class 2A boys’ championship was Cold Springs, coached by Claborn Campbell. The Eagles had 139 points and runner-up Falkville had 109.50. LaFayette was a close third with 102.
Coach Corey Thornton’s LaFayette took home the Class 2A state crown scoring 110 points. Falkville had 96 to finish second and Mobile Christian was third with 83. T.R. Miller, coached by Eddie Brundidge, was the Class 3A girls’ champs scoring 89 points. Cottage Hill Christian was second with 70.75. It was the third state title for T.R. Miller since 2011.
Winfield junior Trey Cunningham shattered his own Class 3A 110-meter hurdles record (14.18) set in A015 Friday with a 13.42-second time in the prelims. Saturday, his winning time of 13.50 seconds in the finals fell just shy of the prelim time but gave the Pirates standout the best three Class 3A times in the event’s history. The 13.42 now ranks as the fastest in the AHSAA state meet in any classification.
He also breezed to the 200-meter dash win with a winning time of 21.82 seconds, and leaped 22-08 to win the long jump – giving him 40 points and four golds for the state meet.
Shades Mountain Christian senior distance runner Dylan Pausic also broke a 31-year old Class 1A record with his 9:39.78 time in the 3,200-meter run Saturday morning. Athens Bible’s Jeff Harwell set the previous mark (9:51.06) in 1985. Pausic, 5-foot-6, 135 pounds, also won the 1,600 meters on Friday to give him a sweep of the 1A distance events.
Piedmont senior Karri Green, who set the 3A state record in the 400-meter dash Friday, won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.90 – just missing the record (14.23) set in 2005 by Leeds’ Bridget Rose. She followed with another record-setting effort in the 200-meter dash. She ran 24.97 to eclipse the previous record (25.10) by Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill in 2009.
Some other highlights from Saturday’s 1A/2A/3A competition at Cullman included:
CLASS 3A BOYS
High Jump: Three jumpers tied at 6-4 with Tyrell Riley of Hillcrest-Evergreen winning on fewer misses. Dakoda Mackey of Sand Rock and Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond finished 2-3 after also clearing 6-4. The trio all missed their three attempts at 6-6.
4X100-Meter Relay: In one of the best races of the entire meet, Hillcrest-Evergreen clocked 43.52 seconds, just missing the record (43.04) set in 2015 by the Jaguars. Madison Academy clocked 43.66 and Pike County, 44-02, to finish close behind at 2-3.
800-Meter Run: Noah Karr of American Christian won with s 3A state-record time of 1:53.31 to break the previous record (1:53.76) set by UMS-Wright’s Brandon Phillips 18 years earlier in 1998.
CLASS 2A BOYS
800-Meter Run: Falkville placed three runners in the top four finishers with Brian Bradford winning with a 2:04.00 time. Teammates Blake Bradford and Drake Hamilton finished 3-4 at 2:06.70 and 2:07.41. Cold Springs’ Jared Stanley was second at 2:04.79.
CLASS 1A BOYS
200-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory): Twin brothers Conner and Cole Howell, from Enterprise, clocked 37.29 and 38.53 seconds for the Alabama School for the Blind to complete their third event of the 2016 state championships. Teammates Gerdon Carter and Curtis Taylor were their lane guides.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Triple Jump: Callie Jones, who set the 3A state meet record last year with a 38-05 leap, won the triple jump again with another record-setting performance. She beat the 2015 record twice, leaping 38-11 and 38-11.75 – the last distance becoming the new standard.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
800-Meter Run: Karri Watts of Falkville finished strong to win the 800 in 2:24.22. She also finished second in the 200-meter dash with a 27.17 time one event earlier to pick up 18 points late for the Blue Devils. Aryn Head of Holy Spirit won the 200 in 26.66 seconds.
Pole Vault: Addison’s Emee Baldwin cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to set a new Class 2A girls’ state pole vault record. The old mark of 9-03 was set by Drake McGowin of Montgomery Academy in 2013.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
4x400-Meter Relay: Whitesburg Christian’s relay team of Emily Cusker, Emily Pierce, Kayla Shoaf and Kristina Thoenes won the final running event of the meet in 4:19.00 to give the Warriors 10 needed points en route to the state championship. The Warriors won by just six points over Westminster of Oak Mountain.
CULLMAN — Montgomery Academy, LaFayette and Marion County lead the boys’ competition, and Cottage Hill Christian, Falkville and St. Bernard top the girls’ divisions at the 92nd AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships for Classes 1A, 2A and 3A completed day one of the two-state meet at Cullman High School Friday.
Montgomery held a slim 38-37 lead over defending boys’ champion Winfield in Class 3A after Friday’s events. American Christian is third with 35 points. LaFayette has a one-point lead over Cold Springs, 35-34, and Falkville is third with 27 in Class 2A. Marion County’s 56 points top the 1A Boys with St. Bernard second with 49.
In the girls’ divisions, Cottage Hill has 42.75 points in 3A, followed by T.R. Miller (33) and Pleasant Valley (30). Falkville’s girls lead 2A with 36 points. Holy Spirit is second with 25 and Altamont, third, with 23. St. Bernard (46.50) and Whitesburg Christian (41) are 1-2 in Class 1A.
At least eight records fell Friday with more expected to come in the finals of some fierce competition Saturday.
The NFHS Network is live-streaming the state championships at Cullman and Gulf Shores Saturday over its School Broadcast Platform at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Both sites kick off events Saturday at 8 a.m.
Junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield established a new Class 3A record in the 110-meter hurdles with the top time of the prelims. He clocked 13.42 seconds, almost a half second better than his winning time of 2015 (14.18). He also qualified for the 200-meter finals with a time of 21.44, just missing the record set last year by Matthew Likely of Hillcrest-Evergreen (21.26).
On the girls’ side, senior Karri Green also broke her own 3A state record in the 400-meter dash, and like Cunningham, had the fastest 2A qualifying time of the 200-meter prelims.
She won the 400 with a time of 56.59 seconds, beating her record set last year winning in 57.44 seconds.
Identical twins Cole and Conner Howell, competing for the Alabama School for the Blind, captured the crowd’s hearts with exceptional performances in the para ambulatory 400-meter dash and shot put.
Some other highlights from Friday’s meet include:
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Javelin: Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian won with a 139-10 distance – breaking the record of 136-05 she set in 2015 by 3½ feet.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
400-Meter Dash (Para Ambulatory): Paige Wilson of Cedar Bluff set the 1A record in the event with a time of 1:54.70.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Shot Put: Sidney Mims of Montgomery Academy better the record he set in 2015 (47-08) with a throw of 47-10.50. However, Devonta Fuqua of Lauderdale County topped that performance with a winning throw of 48-04.75 to win the gold and set a new 3A state record.
Pole Vault: Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian cleared 14 feet, 3 inches to break the old record by almost a foot.
CLASS 1A BOYS
Pole Vault: Dominque Paulter of St. Bernard cleared 13 feet to set s new 1A state pole vault mark. The old record (1lea2 feet) was set by Tony McGinnis of Cedar Bluff in 2011.
400-METER DASH (Para Ambulatory): Twin brothers Cole and Conner Howell of Alabama School for the Blind clocked 1:22.73 and 1:26.94, respectively. Cole’s time set the AHSAA 1A state outdoor para ambulatory record.
GULF SHORES -- Opelika and Homewood are deadlocked at 51 points each and lead Class 6A boys’ competition after the second day of the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores Friday.
The team race to the finish is almost as close in Class 7A with Hewitt-Trussville holding a 76-71 lead over Auburn in the boys’ division, and Hoover just two points ahead of Mountain Brook, 69-67, in the girls’ division heading into the final day Saturday. In the 6A girls’ competition, Pelham is on top with 58.50 points, followed by Homewood (47.50) and Opelika (40.50).
In Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal holds a four-point lead over Beauregard, 66-62, in the girls’ division, and Beauregard’s boys have a slim one-point lead over Alabama Christian, 33-32, and are just five points ahead of St. Paul’s (28). Defending Class 4A girls’ and boys’ state champs UMS-Wright hold comfortable leads in Class 4A. The Lady Bulldogs amassed 77 points through Friday’s events with Brooks (41) and Wilson (40) in second and third place. Coach Pat Galle’s UMS boys have 71.50 points with Northside second with 43.
Twenty-three state meet classification records fell Friday at Gulf Shores with eight boys’ and four girls’ standards erased in Class 7A alone. Six records were also set in para ambulatory events that were being held for the first time.
Hewitt-Trussville’s Benjamin Knox set a record in the 7A 3,200 meters (9:26.40) after setting the 1,600 record on Thursday. Three sprinters broke the Class 7A 200-meter dash record set last year by Caitlyn Little of Hoover (24.85) in the prelim race to set up what should be and even faster final Saturday. Destiny Davis of Baker had the fastest time, 24.56 seconds, and now owns the 7A state record. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman turned in the next best time (24.65) and Brittley Humphrey of Hoover was next (24.68). Little qualified for the finals with the fourth best time, clocking 25.29 – just shy of her 2015 time.
Among the records set in the Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A meets Friday:
CLASS 7A GIRLS 200-Meter Dash: Three sprinters broke the record set last year by Caitlyn Little of Hoover (24.85) in the prelim race to set up what should be and even faster final Saturday. Destiny Davis of Baker had the fastest time, 24.56 seconds, and now owns the 7A state record. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman turned in the next best time (24.65) and Brittley Humphrey of Hoover was next (24.68). Little qualified for the finals with the fourth best time, clocking 25.29 – just shy of her 2015 time. 400-Meter Dash: Myra Mack of Smiths Station and Presley Weems of Hoover both broke the one-year-old mark (56.09) set by Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain. Mack won the event with claiming the new record with a winning time of 55.54 seconds. Weems was close behind at 55.92. 100-Meter Hurdles: Brittley Humphrey’s winning time of 13.79 seconds in the prelims was just 5/100ths of a second off the Class 7A record she set last year (13.74). She heads into the finals Saturday with the top time and a chance to break her own record again. 4x800-Meter Relay: Hoover eclipsed its 7A record set in 2015 by seven seconds clocking 9:16.77 to win the event Friday. The Bucs ran a 9:23.02 last year. CLASS 4A GIRLS Shot Put: Esherika Hankins, Munford, broke a 23-year old record with a winning throw of 42.08.50. Erin Jewel of Brooks also beat the old mark with her second-place toss of 40-01.50. Nykita Burnette of Lincoln held the previous record (38-11.50) since 1993. Javelin (Para Ambulatory): Emily Frederick, Hokes Bluff, 37-01. 4x800-Meter Relay: Wilson broke its own record set in 2015 by 11 seconds, recording a winning time of 9:44.09 to win the 2016 event.
CLASS 7A BOYS 110-Meter High Hurdles: Thompson’s Emmanuel Taite bettered the record (14.12) he set last year in the first-ever 7A competition with a winning time of 13.90. 400-Meter Dash: Charles Lewis of Sparkman set the 400-meter record with a winning 47.94 time, erasing the 48.22 clocked by Joshua Hall of Hoover in last year’s state meet. 3,200-Meter Run: Three runners broke the 7A record with Benjamin Knox and John Ngaruiga of Hewitt-Trussville finished 1-2. Knox’s winning time was 9:20.50. Ngaruiga also ran 9:26.50. 4x800-Meter Relay: Auburn won with a 7A state-record time of 7:58.18. Hoover clocked 7:59.21 to finish second and also bettered the record set last year by Auburn (7:59.62). Discus: Auburn’s Michael Robinson had a 7A-record winning throw of 167-06. High Jump: Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones and Melvin Hill of Baker each tied the 7A record of 6-06 set last year by Hill, but Fiddler finished first Friday with fewer misses. Both jumpers missed all three tries at 6-08. Triple Jump: Michael Wiggins’ winning leap of 48-07.75 set a new 7A state meet record for the Huntsville standout. Javelin (Wheelchair): Colin Lafon of Hewitt-Trussville throw the javelin 20 feet, 9 inches. CLASS 6A BOYS Pole Vault: Nick South of Muscle Shoals didn’t set a record but had an outstanding performance to win the event Friday clearing 15-08.25. The 6A record is 16-02 set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen in 2014. CLASS 5A BOYS Javelin: Ashton Dominique of Briarwood Christian set a new 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 190-09. CLASS 4A BOYS 400-Meter Dash: Montgomery-Catholic’s Patrick O’Mara ran 48.42 seconds to win the event and beat Larry Powell’s mark of 48.89 set 25 years ago in 1991 for T.R. Miller. 3,200-Meter Run: Ryan Ford of Westminster Christian James Patrick Brinyark each bested the old record of 9:40.42 with times of 9:25.26 and 9:30.29, respectively, to finish 1-2. 4x800-Meter Relay: Northside’s relay team won the event in a 4A-record 8:10.89 time. The old mark (8:20.30) was set by Madison County 18 years ago in 1999. Javelin (Para Ambulatory): Logan Langley of Hokes Bluff set a record with a throw of 104-03.
GULF SHORES – Senior Margaret Ollinger shattered her own AHSAA outdoor girls’ pole vault record Thursday clearing 13 feet, 6¼ inches to win the Class 7A state title at Gul Shores Sports Complex. Ollinger set the record last year with leaping 12 feet, and set the indoor state record last February with a winning 13-foot,1¼ height. Eleven classification state meet records fell Thursday, including one that was wind aided, as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores for Classes 7A, 6A, 5A and 4A. Classes 1A, 2A and 3A commence at Cullman Friday. The meets will conclude Saturday. Ollinger’s performance helped McGill-Toolen take a three-point Class 7A girls’ lead over defending champion Hoover, 31-28, after day one of the girls’ competition, now in its 45th year. Mountain Brook was a close third at 27 points. Pelham and Homewood were 1-2 in Class 6A, with 23.5 and 18.50 points, respectively, defending 5A girls’ champion Beauregard had 25 points and a three-point lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal (22). In Class 4A, defending champion UMS-Wright led Wilson 30-25. Hewitt-Trussville long jumper Noah Igbinoghene shattered the 7A outdoor state record set last year with a winning leap of 24-07.50. Alex Evans of Auburn set the mark last year with a 22-10.25 leap. The Huskies also totaled 39 points Thursday and held an 11-point lead over Auburn (28) and Vestavia Hills (28) heading into Friday’s second day of competition. Homewood was the 6A leader with 20 points with Northridge (15) second. Alabama Christian led Class 5A with 22 points, followed by defending champ St., Paul’s (19) and Anniston (16), and UMS-Wright’s 47.5 points gave the defending 4A state champions a 25-point lead over Brooks (22) with Northridge (19) third at the end of Thursday’s events. Vestavia Hills shot putter Walter Thomas set a new 7A state record in that event with a 59-00.50 toss. Damon Wright of Spain Park (54-08.00) and Robert Moore of Auburn 54-04.00) also broke old record of 52-10 set last year. St. Clair County’s Tristan Hawkins also set a new Class 5A record with a 55-09.50 distance. First-day event winners at Gulf Shores are listed below.
CLASS 4A 1,600-Meter Run: Ryan Ford of Westminster Christian ran 4:17.67 (new record) and runner-up James Patrick Brinyard of Northside (4:17.88) was a close second also breaking the old record (4:20.44) held by Alex Gilliland of Oneonta since 2010. Pole Vault: Patrick Howze, UMS-Wright,13-01.50. Discus: Cade Finley, Wilson, 165-05 (new record); old record, Heath Batchelor, Haleyille, 160-06 (2006. Javelin: Lazarius Decatur, Brooks, 164-00. Shot Put (Para Athlete): Logan Langley, Hokes Bluff, 29-10.00 Shot Put (Para Athlete): Nick Walls, Crossville, 14-10.
CLASS 5A 1,600-Meter Run: Micah Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian, 4:25.03. Javelin: Zach Gaines, Calera, 172-03. Shot Put: Tristan Hawkins, St. Clair County, 55-09.50 (new record); old record, Devon Lockhart, Central-Tuscaloosa, 55-0, 2012. Long Jump: DaMonta Miller, Anniston, 22-06.00.
CLASS 6A 1,600-Meter Run: Andy Smith, Homewood, 4:20.07. Discus: Seth Gipson, Northridge, 153-02. High Jump: Tashawn Green, Scottsboro, 6-08.
CLASS 7A 1,600-Meter Run: Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville, clocked 4:17.82 to set a new 7A record. Tommy McDonough of Hoover was second (4:18.84), also beating the old mark (4:20.74) set last year by Auburn’s Paul Barlow, who finished fifth Thursday. Shot Put: Walter Thomas, Vestavia Hills, 59-00.05 (new record); Damon Wright, Spain Park, 54-08.00 – also broke old record; Robert Moore, Auburn, 54-04.00, also broke old record of 52-10. Long jump: Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville, 24-07.50 (new record); old record, Alex Evans, Auburn, 22-10.25, 2015. Pole Vault: James Henry Barrett, Vestavia Hills, 15-06.| Shot Put (Wheelchair): Colen LaFon, Hewitt-Trussville, 13-06. 4x100 Relay (prelims): Auburn broke the 7A record (41.66)it set last year clocking a 40.74 in the Tigers’ prelim heat.
CLASS 4A 1600-Meter Run: Eighth grader Amaris Tynnismaa, Montgomery Catholic, 5:04.90. High Jump: Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright, 5-02.00. Shot Put: Aryn McDowell, UMS-Wright, 36-08.00. Shot Put (Para Athlete): Emily Frederick, Hokes Bluff, 19-03.00.
BIRMINGHAM – Auburn, Opelika, Northside and Winfield claimed boys’ championships and Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian captured girls’ championships as the 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Eighteen state records were broken Saturday – including three by junior track sensation Trey Cunningham of Winfield, who won four events for 40 points as Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates won their second consecutive Class 1A-3A state boys’ indoor title.
Winfield posted 122 points to beat runner-up American Christian by 26.50 points. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots tallied 93.50 point and his girls captured their second straight 1A-3A crown with 86.33 points. Bayside Academy finished second in the girls’ competition with 58.50 points, and Winfield was a close third with 54.50.
Auburn and Hoover repeated as Class 7A boys’ and girls’ state champs, respectively. Coach Johnny Johnson’s Tigers totaled 110.50 points to runner-up Hoover’s 64. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs won their third state crown in a row and fourth in five years with 126 points – 43 better than runner-up James Clemens’ 83.
Pelham’s girls captured their second Class 6A title in a row posting 98 points to beat runner-up Homewood (88). Opelika won its first boys’ 6A indoor championship with a meet-high 138.50 points. Northridge was second with 62.
Northside won its first boys’ state indoor title winning the Class 4A-5A championship with 70.50 points. Ramsay was as close second with 65. St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 4A-5A girls’ crown with 108 points. It was the 23rd overall for Coach Jim Tate’s Saints, an AHSAA state record.
Cunningham continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book with 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 edge American Christian’s Noah Karr (50.58) at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash to start his day Saturday. Maurice Holt of St. Paul’s held the old record (50.55), setting the standard 33 years ago in 1984.
Cunningham won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record on Friday in the 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 incredible 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.
In the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter dash, three runners bettered the classification record in what turned out to be one of the top races of the 2016 meet. Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne clocked 55.25 seconds to win the event – setting a new Class 7A Indoor State record (58.63) established by Hoover’s Sydney Steely at last year’s state meet. Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey was second with a season-best time of 56.35, and Steely bettered her own record finishing third with a 58.39 time. Ten records fell in Class 7A Saturday and 13 were broken on Friday.
Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland won two events in the Class 6A competition including the 400-meter dash (56.31) and 60-meter dash (7.54). Even though she holds the 6A state and CrossPlex records in each, her times came up just a little short of her career bests.
Karri Green of Piedmont set a 1A-3A 400-meter dash record (57.19) Saturday and followed with a near-record in winning the 60-meter dash 7.98) and 60-meter hurdles (9.22) to earn 30 points for the Bulldogs Saturday. She ran a 7.98 time and just missed the 7.70 record ran by Katie Brooks-Boone of Westminster-Oak Mountain in 2014.
Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won the 400-meter dash in 48.16, just 5/100ths of a second off the state record set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. Huggins’ Bulldogs teammate Kacey Spinks was second at 49.66. He also won the 60-meter dash with the overall and 6A state record 6.85 time – breaking his own mark (6.87) set last year.
Emmanuel Tait of Thompson set two records in Class 7A, winning the 60-meter dash in 6.91 seconds and the 60-meter hurdles in 7.81.
Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the Class 7A indoor state record with a leap of 48 feet, one inch to win the triple jump competition. His distance beat the previous mark (45-01 ¾) set by Miles Strickland of Bob Jones last year by three feet. Strickland also broke his previous record with a 46-10 ½ effort to finish second.
A quick look at the records that fell Saturday are below.
Saturday’s Indoor Records
Triple Jump: Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (48-01); old record (45-01 ¾), Miles Strickland, Bob Jones, 2015.
Shot Put: Robert Moore, Auburn (54-02); old record (53-02), Christian Bell, Hoover, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (6.91); old record (6.93), Joshua Burks, James Clemens, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (7.81); old record (8.02), Tait in 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Drew Williams, Mountain Brook (4:17.06); old record (4:29.84), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Mountain Brook (7:57.93); old record (8:07.28), Auburn, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika (6.85); old record (6.87) Huggins, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Shaquawn Vandergrift, Moody (6.95); old record (6.99), Harrison Dudley, Paul Bryant, 2014.
4x800-meter Relay: Northside (8:16.55); old record (8:19.17), Homewood, 2014.
Long Jump: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (23-04); old record (22-3 ¾), Derrell Washington, Calhoun, 1980.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (6.98); old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude. 2014, and Cunningham, 2016 prelims.
400-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (50.30); old record (50.55), Maurice Holt, St. Paul’s, 1984.
1,600-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (4:30.59); old record (4:31.74), Wade Martin, Good Hope, 2003.
400-meter Dash: Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain (55.25); old record (58.63), Sydney Steely, Hoover , 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (5:07.88); old record (5:10.61), Abbey Zane, Huntsville, 2015.
4xs400-meter Relay: Central-Phenix City (3:59.53); old record (4:01.91), Hoover, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Hoover (9:26.76); old record (9:31.97), Hoover, 2015.
400-meter Dash: Karri Green, Piedmont (57.19); old record (57.89), Shelbi White, Lincoln, 2014.
Class 6A and Class 4A-5A
No records set.
Final Team Scoring
James Clemens 83
Mountain Brook 64
Oak Mountain 25
Central-Phenix City 24
Smiths Station 18
Spain Park 9
Bob Jones 8
Vestavia Hills 7
Hazel Green 4
Fort Payne 28
Paul Bryant 22
John Carroll 18
Center Point 9
St. Paul’s Episcopal 108
West Limestone 23
Mortimer Jordan 8
Trinity Presbyterian 4
St. James 3
White Plains 3
JB Pennington 1
American Christian 86.33
Bayside Academy 58.50
Cottage Hill Christian 52
Piedmon t 46
Westminster-Oak Mtn 42
Whitesburg Christian 38
Montgomery Academy 31
Madison Academy 28
St. Bernard 20
Mobile Christian 15.33
Providence Christian 9
Coosa Christian 5
Pleasant Valley 4
Cold Springs 0.33
Mountain Brook 52
Spain Park 44
Central-Phenix City 43
Vestavia Hills 35
Oak Mountain 20
Smiths Station 19
Bob Jones 18
Gadsden City 17
James Clemens 8
Paul Bryant 38.50
Stanhope Elmore 24
Shades Valley 8
Center Point 4
Fort Payne 2
St. Paul’s Episcopal 53
Alabama Christian 34
St. Clair County 20
Elmore County 9
Sipsey Valley 3
Mortimer Jordan 2
BIRMINGHAM – The 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships get underway Friday morning at the Birmingham CrossPlex and will conclude Saturday.
Action starts at 9 a.m. for field and running events Friday. Saturday’s schedule has field events getting underway at 8 a.m., and running events at 9 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream Saturday’s final day of competition at the CrossPlex with Jerry Young and Jon Lunceford handling play-by-play commentary and Taylor Narewski serving as color commentator. The live timing results are being provided by Xpress Timing will be available online at www.ahsaa.com.
Defending girls’ state champions are Hoover in 7A, Pelham in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal in 4A-5A and American Christian in 1A-3A. Coach Tim Tate’s St. Paul’s girls won their 21st team state title overall and fourth in a row since indoor track moved to the CrossPlex in 2012.
Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), UMS-Wright (4A-5A) and Winfield (1A-3A).
Among the standouts in this year’s championships is junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield. He helped the Pirates claim the Class 1A-3A state title in 2015 with a record-setting performance. Cunningham scored the maximum 40 points in the Class 1A-3A boys division with individual wins in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, long jump and triple jump to help the Pirates win the state title.
Cunningham turned in a 7.76-second time in the 60-meter hurdles at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend at the CrossPlex – a time that betters the state-record 7.80 mark set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover at the 2013 state meet.
Junior Deante Tolbert led Auburn the first Class 7A title in AHSAA history last year with the fastest indoor 400-meter time (48.09 seconds) in the 46-year indoor state meet history. Opelika senior Nathanaiel Huggins also returns after setting the 60-meter dash indoor record last year running a 6.87 time in the Class 6A prelims. He has beat that time this season running 6.84 at the Ice Breaker Invitational in early January at the CrossPlex. He also has the fastest time of the season in the 400-meter dash (48.12), just 3/100ths off the state mark, in the same meet.
Junior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville leaped 24 feet, 7½ inches in the long jump at the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex in January. That leap is just ¼ inch off the state mark set by Murphy’s Anthony Carter in the 1971 state meet at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum. That 45-year-old mark is the current standing state record in the AHSAA. Senior Michael Wiggins of Huntsville also jumped a state-best 49 feet, 3½ inches at the USATF Galleria Games in December, more than 15 inches better than the current state meet record (47-11¼) set by Spain Park’s Myles Charley in 2012.
In the girls’ competition, Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic, an eighth grader in 2015, set the 4A-5A state record in the 1,600 meters (5:01.36) and the state’s overall record in the indoor 3,200 (10:32.94). She returns this year as a freshman to lead the Lady Knights.
Junior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn has run 7.46 seconds in the 60-meter dash this season to better her own state-meet record 7.49 time set in 2014 and equaled in 2015. Hoover senior Brittley Humphrey has also bettered her 60-meter hurdles state-meet record (8.54) set in 2014 with a winning time of 8.44 seconds in the Martin Luther King Classic last month.
McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Margaret Ollinger appears on pace to beat her own AHSAA state indoor pole vault record as well. She set the mark in 2015 clearing 12 feet, 4½ inches. Her season best so far in 2016 is 13-2¼ at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend.
Current AHSAA Indoor state-meet records can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the Indoor Track link.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.
The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”
Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.
Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.
In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.
Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.
Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.
The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.
Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.
HOOVER – Stanhope Elmore High School’s Jon Waarvik compiled 3,338 points through five events Monday to take the first-day lead in the 62nd annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
Waarvik clocked 11.77 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which tied for third fastest behind Auburn’s Timothy McCloud (10.63) and McGill-Toolen Catholic pole vaulting champion Sean Collins (11.67). Waarvik won the long jump (21-04), was third in the shot put behind winner Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond,
and cleared 6 feet 4 ¼ inches in the high jump to finish second behind Drew Williams of Mountain Brook, who cleared 6-5 ½.
McCloud also won the 400-meter dash Monday in 52.12 seconds and ranked second after day one with 3,105 points. McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor is third heading into Tuesday’s final five events with 3,069 points and Collins, who set the AHSAA indoor state pole vault record last February and then shattered the outdoor record with a 17-00 leap earlier this month, is fourth (3,050). Auburn’s Mohamed Eljack is fifth at 2,954.
More than 40 participants are in the field. Day two resumes Tuesday at Hoover High School at 9 a.m., with the boys competing in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500 meters.
Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey leads Homewood’s Kiara Williams by 25 points in the heptathlon competition after the first day’s four events. The ladies are competing in seven events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash Monday. Tuesday’s competition gets underway at 10 a.m., with long jump, javelin and 800 meters closing out the girls’ events.
Humphrey turned in the fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35) and 200-meter dash (25.18) to amass 2,841 points. Williams, who had 2,816 points, was second in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-dash.
Erin Hines of Pelham is third with 2,621 points heading into Tuesday’s final day and Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s, who cleared 5-5 ¼ in the high jump, is fourth with 2,580. Rounding out the top five is Bob Jones’ Anna Gierow with 2,538. Thirty-seven girls competed Monday.
The complete girls’ first-day results can also be found at www.ahsaa.com/sports/outdoor-track-field/
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