18 STATE RECORDS FALL!
February 2, 2013By Redd Rider of Good Hope High School
18 State Records Fall In First Day Of 34th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A total of 18 AHSAA State Indoor Track Meet records fell Friday as the 2013 championships got underway at the CrossPlex here. The 34th meet dating back to the first one in 1966 concludes today with final events beginning at 9 a.m.
Ten girls individual records were set and one team relay record fell. Five boys individual records and two relay marks were broken as well including the 4x200-meter relay time record set by Auburn in the final event of the day. The Tigers clocked 1:28.70 – the fastest prep time in the nation this indoor season – and broke the previous mark set by Smiths Station in 2012 of 1:30.23.
UMS-Wright’s Kathryn Lazarchick set two marks in the 1A-4A 3,200 and 800-meter runs, and McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Carmen Carlos ran the third fastest time in the nation this year to set a new 6A and overall record in the 800 meters.
A three-team race has developed after day on in Class 5A where only four points separate the top three girls teams. St. Paul’s leads heading into Saturday with 42 points after five final event followed by Homewood and Scottsboro with 37 each. On the boys’ side, four teams are clustered at the top with Homewood leading after Friday’s competition with 43 points after six final events. Scottsboro and Central-Tuscaloosa were tied with 33 each and St. Paul’s had 29.
In Class 1A-4A, UMS-Wright’s girls and boys held a commanding leads after day one’s competition. The Lady Bulldogs posted 61 points in six final events and Bayside Academy was second with 30 followed by Beauregard was third with 23.50. The Hornets picked up 10 points with a record-setting 4x200 relay win in the final race of the day in their division. Coach Pat Galle’s UMS boys scored 49 points in five final events followed by St. Bernard with 16.
Four teams emerged in Class 6A after Friday’s six final events. Mountain Brook led with 39 points, Hoover had 32, Auburn 31 and Vestavia Hills 29. Mountain Brook also had a small lead in Class 6A girls’ competition after Friday’s five events. The Lady Spartans had 44 points, McGill-Toolen 36 and Hoover 27.50.
Records set Friday include:
60-Meter Dash: Pelham junior Caitland Smith set a new mark with a prelim best 7.55 seconds – eclipsing Hoover runner Joy Maneice-Marbury’s winning time of 7.65 in last year’s finals.
800-Meter Run: Carmen Carlos, McGill-Toolen Catholic’s outstanding senior runner, clocked 2:11.28 to set a new state record in the Class 6A finals. Her record time ranks third in the nation this season. Carlos also won the 3,200 meters earlier in the day with the fastest time of the meet (10:54.53) but was well short of that record which she set last year (10:34.02). The previous record in the 800 was set by Catherine Diethelm of Mountain Brook in 2007.
Pole Vault: Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen cleared 11-0 6.50 to set a new 6A record. The previous mark of 11-06, which was tied Friday b y Mary Kathryn Chesebro of Mountain Brook and Moriah Lorge of Bob Jones, was held by two vaulters. Rhianna Jaet of McGill-Toolen was the first to clear 11-06 in 2003. Aly Goldfarb of Mountain Brook tied that height with her 11-06 performance in 2005.
Triple Jump: Simone Charley of Spain Park broke her own state record (38-09.50) set last year by almost two feet. Her winning leap was 40-04.25.
60-Meter Dash: Quanesha Burks of Hartselle and Brianna Sims of Ramsay set up what could be one of Saturday’s most exciting finals with each recording record times in the prelims. Burks broke the record of 7.83 seconds set by Northridge’s Laquinta Aaron in 2007 with a Friday time of 7.75. Sims also bested Aaron’s mark with a 7.78 time.
Pole Vault: Chanel Krause of St. Paul’s set a new 5A mark and overall state record with her winning leap of 12-04. Former St. Paul’s vaulter Neal Tisher held the 5A record (11-0) since 2007.
60-Meter Dash: Katie Brooks Bone of Westminster of Oak Mountain beat her own record set last year with a prelim time of 7.76 seconds Friday. She ran 7.81 to win the event in 2012.
3,200-Meter Run: Kathryn Lazarchick, UMS-Wright:Ran the 3,200 meters in 11:02.33 to break her own record set last year of 11:23.05.
800-Meter Run: Lazarchick set her second record of the day with a winning time of 2:16.37 in 800. She broke her own record set last year (2:19.23) by almost three full seconds.
Triple Jump: Guntersville’s Raven Stewart broke her own record (36-07.75) she set last year with a winning leap of 37-01.50 Friday.
4x200-Meter Relay: Beauregard clocked 1:50.16 to win easily the final race of the night Friday – and smashed the previous state record of 1:51.72 set by Madison County in 2005.
60-Meter Hurdles: Junior Marlon Humphrey of Hoover broke a 14-year old record (8.06) set by former Bucs runner Chris Butler. Humphrey ran 7.941 in the prelims. Mountain Brook’s Charlie Forbes also bested Butler’s record with a 7.942 time.
4x200-Meter Relay: Auburn ran the fastest 4x200 time of the season in the U.S. with a winning time of 1:28.70 – almost two seconds faster than the mark set by Smiths Station (1:30.23) at last year’s state meet.
60-Meter Hurdles: Lezyon Lagard of Central-Tuscaloosa clocked 8.30 in the 5A prelims for a new record. Barry Johnson of Wenonah ran 8.36 last year to set the mark.
Triple Jump: Tyler Boland of Vinemont broke the record set by Shaquille Williams of Beauregard (42-01.25) with his winning jump of 45 feet, 8.75 inches.
4x200-Meter Relay: Parker and Homewood bested the 5A record set by the Thundering Herd in 2012. Parker clocked 1:31.86 to win the final event of the day, and the Patriots were second at 1:33.21.
60-Meter Dash: Tyler Beard of UMS-Wright ran a 7.24 in his preliminary heat to beat the previous record (1:33.36) set by former UMS runner Rashod Bumpers in 2006.
Pole Vault: Russell Pugh of Madison County and Preston Morrison of Guntersville each bettered the previous record of 13-07 set by Joseph Callaway of Leeds in 2007. Morrison cleared 14 feet but finished second to Pugh, who set the new mark with a 14-06 vault.