Hoover won both the boys’ and girls’ Class 7A titles in the 98th AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Gulf Shores. It was the Hoover boys’ fourth championship in the past five events and the girls took their ninth championship in the past 10 years.
Hoover’s boys finished with 126 points to beat defending champ Vestavia Hills with 114. Auburn was third with 104 points. The Bucs’ girls totaled 120 points. Vestavia Hills was second with 85 points, followed by Hewitt-Trussville (74) and Auburn (73).
In Class 6A, the Mountain Brook girls won their 12th championship with 116 points, edging Northridge at 111.5. Scottsboro’s boys won topped McGill-Toolen for the 6A title, 79-76.
UMS-Wright won the boys’ and girls’ crowns in 5A – the 23rd overall for the boys and 17th for the girls. UMS-Wright’s boys had 117 points, beating second-place Pike Road with 53 points. The Bulldogs’ girls had 112 points to Beauregard’s 90.5.
Brooks captured the Class 4A girls’ championship for the second straight year, outpointing White Plains and Randolph. Brooks scored 90 points to 60 for both White Plains and Randolph.
Anniston won the 4A boys’ title for the first time, nipping Bibb County 75-67. Haleyville was third with 47 points. Cobb Avenue, which joined the AHSAA in 1968 when the AIAA and AHSAA combined, won the 3A state championship in 1972 before merging with Anniston.
In Cullman, the Class 2A boys’ team title went into the final field event and the final running event with five schools bunched just 4 points apart. When LaFayette took second place in the javelin – thanks to Antavious Woody’s 160-foot, 7-inch throw – the Bulldogs claimed the championship.
Cold Springs finished as runner-up with a fourth-place finish in the javelin with Seth Williams’ 144-foot toss and its 13 points earned in the 1,600-meter race. Gaston’s Kodie Bogle won the javelin event with a 165-10 throw.
The final 2A boys’ standings showed LaFayette at 71.5 points, Cold Springs at 64.5, Westminster-Oak Mountain with 58, Altamont with 54 and St. Luke’s with 52.
Bayside Academy swept the boys’ and girls’ Class 3A team state championships, Lindsay Lane Christian won the Class 1A boys’ title. Mobile Christian was runner-up to Bayside in the 3A boys’ and girls’ championships, Holy Spirit and Westminster-Oak Mountain won the 1A and 2A girls’ state crowns.
The Bayside-Mobile Christian girls’ battle went down to the final event, too. Headed into the 4×400 race, the Leopards led 97-95. Montgomery Catholic won the race, Houston Academy was second and Bayside took third. Mobile Christian finished seventh. The 5-2 point swing gave Bayside the girls’ crown, 101-99 over Mobile Christian.
Bayside’s boys registered 132 points, followed by Mobile Christian with 93 and Dadeville with 68.5.
Lindsay Lane won the 1A boys’ championship, 97-78.5 over Winterboro. Holy Spirit’s girls won the 1A crown 74-68 over Decatur Heritage. Red Level finished third with 64 points.
Westminster-Oak Mountain dominated in the 2A girls’ competition totaling 114 points to runner-up Altamont’s 71 and LaFayette with 64.
Some of the top performances on the final day in the large-schools’ event:
– Rashni Walker of Northside won the 100-meter hurdles in Class 6A at 14.47 and followed with a first-place finish in the 3000-meter hurdles winning with a 43.54 time.
– Tia Acker of St. Michael won the 4A 100-meter dash at 12.19 and the 200-meter dash at 24.05 – setting Class 4A girls’ state meet record eclipsing the previous mark (24.64) set by Shelbi White of Lincoln in 2014.
– Shonedra Richardson of Demopolis swept the 5A girls’ 100 and 200 meters with finishes of 12.16 and 24.07 seconds, respectively. She added a third championship medal in the long jump winning with a 5A state meet record 19-02.50. The previous record (19-02.25) came in the 1991 championships by Williamson’s Petrina Williamson.
– Mountain Brook’s Lucy Benton won the 6A 800-meter run with a record time of 2:10.90. Pelham’s Katie Strozier set the previous record (2:11.77) in 2018.
– Tommy Rodriguez of Oneonta picked up two gold medals in Class 4A, winning the 200-meter dash (21.77) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (38.52).
– Christian Louis of Jackson-Olin edged Clay-Chalkville’s Jaylen Mbakwe in a photo finish to capture the 6A 100-meters title clocking 10.73. Mbakwe’s time was 10.74. The 5A boys’ 100-meters champion was Tallassee’s Jalyn Daniels (10.86) and Jackson’s Tylen Campbell won the 4A crown (10.88). Louis and Mbakwe also finished 1-2 in the 200-meter dash finals with times of 21.58 and 21.77 seconds, respectively.
– In the final race of the 2022 meet, Hoover’s boys edged Vestavia Hills in the 4×400 relay by 1/100th of a second with a winning time of 3:16.31. The Rebels clocked 3:16.32.
Complete results from the 4A-7A meets are at this link.
Some top performances from Cullman:
– Bayside’s Patrick Daves cleared 6-6 to win the 3A high jump and moved quickly into the 110-meter hurdles finals where with a time of 13.88 seconds – just 4/10ths of a second behind Winfield track legend Trey Cunningham’s winning time in 13.42 in 2016. He closed out a strong meet by breaking Cunningham’s 3A state meet record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a winning time of 37.73. Cunningham clocked 38.34 as a sophomore to set the record in 2016.
– Vinemont’s Ethan Lemons broke his record in the 3A state meet with a 9:22.62 finish in the 3,200-meter run. His previous record was 9:29.11 from last year. He set the 3A state meet record in the 1,600 on Friday with a 4:15.80 finish.
– Mobile Christian’s 4×100 relay team won in a photo finish over Montgomery Catholic in the finals. The Leopards won in 43.753 to Catholic’s 43.465 – 12/100ths of a second behind.
– In another photo finish, Dadeville’s Phil Dowdell won the 3A 100-meter dash with an 11.00 finish, edging Flomaton’s Jaxon Fillmore at 11.01. Mobile Christian’s Michael Moore was third at 11:06. Dowdell followed with a championship in the 200-meter dash finals nipping Moore at the finish with a 22.52 time.
– Winterboro’s Troy McKinney swept the 1A 100 and 200-meter dash championships with times of 11.12 and 22.61, respectively. He also won triple jump with a 43-10 leap.
– Red Level’s Miracle Wright won the 100-meter dash finals in Class 1A with a time of 12.68 seconds – finishing just a step ahead of teammate Caylee Douglas, who was second at 12.72.
– Macauley Flanagan of Houston Academy nipped Mobile Christian’s Hailey Padgett and J.B. Pennington’s Allison Bryson at the finish line to win the 3A girls’ 100-meter dash finals. She crossed at 12.39 while Padgett clocked 12.47 and Bryson, 12.50. Flanagan also won the 200-meter dash title with a time of 25.87.
– Reave Metcalf of Westminster-Oak Mountain set a new 2A girls’ state pole vault record with a winning clearance of 10-03. Altamont’s Merritt Fulmer also surpassed the old mark (9-06) established by Emee Baker of Addison in 2016.
Complete results from the 1A-3A meets are at this link.