BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Athletes from Hoover and Homewood spent a lot of time on the winners' platform Saturday at the Holiday Track and Field Invitational at Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Lady Bucs dominated the women's events, taking first place with more overall points (86.5) than the second and third place teams combined. James Clemens of Madison finished second with 44 points, and Homewood was third with 41.
On the men's side, the team competition was much closer. Auburn edged Hoover by four points, 85-to-81. Homewood's men finished third with 59.5.
The 60-meter hurdlers were first on the track. Hoover High School's Brittley Humphrey led the field of varsity women with an 8.89-second finish in the preliminary rounds. She finished with an 8.88 in the finals, taking first place, followed by Camille Franks of Auburn at 9:09 and Caitlyn Little of Hoover at 9.12.
Among the varsity men, Emmanuel Tait of Thompson took first place with an 8.22. Auburn took second place with an 8.32 from Alex Evans. Winfield's Trey Cunningham finished third at 8.34.
In the 60-meter dash, Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn High School had a record-setting sprint in the field of varsity women. She broke a track record set in 2012 with a 7.47 sprint, shaving a tenth of a second off the record she set at the Holiday Invitational last year. Antoinette Jordan of Austin (7.75) and Evelyn Posey of Vestavia Hills (7.84) rounded out the Top 3.
It was another strong showing for Auburn in the 60-meter finals for varsity men. Deante Tolbert blazed a 6.91, followed by Ojay Gibson of Northridge at 6.99 and Joshua Burks of James Clemens at 7.03.
The Pelham women picked up big points with a first-place finish from Mary Grace Strozier at 2:16.66. In second place at 2:18.90 was Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic, who recently broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association cross country record. And, it was back to the winners' platform for Hoover: Lady Buccaneer Presley Weems finished third at 2:19.43.
The men's heats saw five finishes in less than two minutes, but only three could land on the platform – and two of those slots went to Mountain Brook High School. Drew Williams of Mountain Brook was first at 1:58.17. Teammate Griffin Riley finished third at 1:58.56. Auburn's Paul Barlow had the second fastest time at 1:58.27.
Montgomery Catholic's Tyynismaa, the previously mentioned AHSAA cross country record-holder, took first place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:37.10. She beat a meet record that was set in 2011, and she was just a few seconds from setting the CrossPlex record of 10:34.02. Huntsville High picked up a second place finish with an 11:19.62 from Abbey Weitenbeck, and Winfield took another trip to the winners' platform after Emma Kate Holdbrooks finished third at 12:02.74.
Hoover men dominated the 3,200. Tommy McDonough finished first at 9:49.30. Hoover teammate Carson Tullo finished third at 10:02.11. Marshall Smith of Mountain Brook finished second at 9:59.76.
A strong anchor leg propelled Mountain Brook past Hoover in the 4x400-meter relay for women. The Spartans edged the Bucs by less than one second with a time of 4:06.85.
Both Mountain Brook and Hoover men found their way to the winners' platform, but those teams had to bow down to Hewitt-Trussville. The Hewitt-Trussville men finished at 3:28.89, followed by Hoover at 3:31.78 and Mountain Brook at 3:35.91
Hoover women got the best of Mountain Brook in the 4x800. Both Hoover and Huntsville High broke the meet record – Hoover in first place at 9:42.79 and Huntsville in second with a time of 9:51.57. The Lady Spartans of Mountain Brook came in third at 10:30.22.
On the men's side, Auburn finished first at 8:15.18, Hewitt-Trussville at 8:33.33 was second, and another strong showing for Hoover, finishing third at 8:33.59.
The Hoover women took the 4x200 with a first place time of 1:44.74. The Lady Patriots of Homewood High took second with a time of 1:45.38. Vestavia Hills was third at 1:49.10.
The Hoover men also finished first, but it was very close. The distance between the top four finishers was less than one second. Hoover timed in at 1:33.07, followed by Auburn at 1:33.72. Pelham took third at 1:33.76, edging fourth-place Homewood's 1:33.77.
Jayla Kirkland, the previously mentioned champ in the 60-meter dash, took first place here, too. She had the only sub-minute time among women, finishing in 58.22. Cheyenne Ponder of Center Point was second at 1:00.34. Sarah Mohan of Huntsville finished third at 1:01.63.
The men burned up the track. Trevian Jenkins of Hewitt-Trussville took first place with a 50.17, more than two seconds off the CrossPlex record of 48.11 set by former Hoover athlete Marlon Humphrey last year. Auburn's Triaon Pollenitz was second at 50.70, and Huffman's NeAndra Howard finished third at 51.20.
For the women it was like a repeat of the 800: Strozier and Tyynismaa finishing No.1 and No. 2, with times of 5:03.41 and 5:07.45. Abbey Zane of Huntsville took third at 5:24.64.
A Homewood man took first place. Andy Smith ran a 4:31.94, followed very closely by previously mentioned 3,200-meter champ Tommy McDonough of Hoover at 4:31.96, and Southside-Gadsden's Hunter Nails at 4:32.52.
Impact of Field Events
On the women's side, Homewood picked up big points in the long jump and triple jump. Lady Patriot Kiara Williams finished first in both events. But Hoover's Velencia Johnson also gave her team points with Top 8 finishes in the long and triple jumps. Three Hoover women – Madelyn Foster, Angelika DeRubbo and Genesis Jones – finished in the top eight of the high jump competition, bringing valuable points to their team.