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Carmen CarlosJohn Dye/ESPNHSCarmen Carlos (right) tops Rachel Paul in the NBNI 2-mile as the two get tangled at the finish.


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Sometimes, all it takes is just one race to rise to national prominence.

Such is the case with McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.) junior Carmen Carlos. She won last Saturday’s Mobile Challenge of Champions 2-mile for the third consecutive year. The city is best known for producing five members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, but the versatile distance runner is on her way to being Hall of Fame material herself.

Carlos had in the past three years become a dominant state and strong regional-class performer in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, as well as cross country, and one figured it was just a matter of time before she made a breakthrough on the national level.

That breakthrough came in March at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York City.

Carlos was up against some of the best distance runners in the country in the 2-mile run, including Sachem East (Farmville, N.Y.) senior Rachel Paul and Bernards (Bernardsville, N.J.) senior Dana Giordano, who was at that time the nation’s 3,200 leader (10:24.73 from the New Jersey Meet of Champs.

Carmen Carlos
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSCarmen Carlos winning the Mobile 2-mile.
It was a hotly contested race from start to finish, and it culminated with Carlos nearly colliding with Paul at the finish line. Carlos won with a time of 10:25.30. It was 18 seconds than her previous best (outdoors) for the deuce and the equivalent of a 12-second PR over her 10:34.02 3,200 best set in February.

VIDEO OF LAST LAP OF NBNI 2-MILE

Some felt that Carlos should have been disqualified because it appeared she impeded Paul’s progress. Carlos’ coach, Drew Bentley, had a different take.

“Carmen had the inside lane,” he said. “The other runner (Paul) came out of the straightaway in lane two and literally stopped running, and then cut across to hold her back. If you watch the video, (it shows that) the other girl tried to obstruct Carmen. In fact, the third-place runner (Giordano) said the second-place runner tried to cut her off.”

Bentley said that despite the last few moments of the race, Carlos never lost focus.

“Carmen never changed her running style,” he said. “The other girl (Paul) put her hand back. But I thought it was a great finish, because when you get in a championship race, that’s what you want to see, and if anything, the other girl was in jeopardy of being disqualified.”

“I was sure that I wasn’t disqualified, but I thought about it some,” Carlos said. “I felt bad that she (Paul) fell down, but what happens, happens.”

Just like that, Carlos wound up in the national spotlight, and with that, the challenge to find enough quality competition to keep progressing and prepare for possible outdoor nationals.

“Her season has to be catered to where she can get personal bests and competition,” said Bentley. “There are so few opportunities locally for her to be challenged.”

Saturday’s Challenge 2-mile loomed as one such opportunity. Carlos was primed to challenge the meet record of 10:23.05, set by Laura Zeigle of Bingham High in South Jordan, Utah in 2002. Despite a solid field, Carlos was unchallenged for most of the race, and managed to run ‘only’ 10:44.71.

Still, she won by a substantial margin. The time was not all bad—it was just a second slower than she ran here last year and a current U.S. leader for the full two miles.

“I felt that I wasn’t at my best, but I was still determined to stay on pace,” Carlos said. “I ended up falling off the pace, but I’m happy that I won.”

“You can be up only so many times,” said Bentley. “But even in the elite field at the Challenge, she almost lapped a runner. People have to realize now that she’s at a level where you have to train and be in select meets where she can have strong performances.”

Carlos hopes she will have some more opportunities to run in more elite meets.

“Hopefully, I can go to other meets at other states and run some fast times,” she said. “Of course, I’m also looking forward to meets like the Mobile County championships and the state meet to help my team win.”
Boys 800Walter Pinion/ESPNHSThe day's best race: Tre'Tez Kinnaird (R) edges Cameron Thornton in the boys 800.


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One attends a large public school in Louisville, Ky., while the other attends a small private Christian school near Atlanta, Ga.

One is a rising junior, the other has already signed with Texas A&M University.

Yet, those are about the only differences between Butler High’s Tre’tez Kinnaird and Whitefield Academy’s Cameron Thornton.

TreTez Kinnaird
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSKinnaird at last summer's World Youth Champs.
Both of them are stars in the 800 meters, and both were teammates for the USA in last year’s World Youth Championships in Lille, France. And they’ve had a few battles, now—most recently at the Mobile Challenge of Champions.

“Even though the school that I attend (Butler) is pretty large, few guys come out for track,” Kinnaird said. “Few guys (on the team) are blessed to run those types of races (such as the Challenge).”

“Whitefield is a very small Christian school known more for basketball,” said Thornton. “In track and field, we don’t get a lot of competition during the season.”

That is, except when Kinnaird and Thornton lock horns in an 800-meter race—as they did Saturday.

Kinnaird won that battle, running a 1:51.77 to Thornton’s 1:51.80. In the first 200 meters, that race was anything was smooth, as both runners had to navigate through a very crowded field of 14. But Kinnaird took command soon after, forcing Thornton, the defending meet champion, to play catch-up.

Thornton eventually did, but Kinnaird had just enough left in the tank to secure the win. Yet, the results proved what a lot of observers said all along—the rivalry between Thornton and Kinnaird was just as intense as ever.

“The first 200, we didn’t get out as well as we wanted,” said Kinnaird. “I knew I had to sit back (to let the field sort itself out). I knew Cameron has run a 1:49, and I knew that if he was in front, he would have out kicked me.”

“Tre ran a crazy (good) race,” said Thornton. “It is what it is. The first 200 got a little ugly because there was some bumping. I know it’s going to be that way in college, so I’ll have to get used to it.”

Cameron Thornton
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSThornton at last summer's World Youth Champs.
How then, despite the vast difference in student body size, can Kinnaird and Thornton develop such a fierce, yet cordial rivalry in an event that demands not only speed and endurance, but also a killer instinct?

“I don’t know what makes this rivalry so special, but I think it all started when we competed in France,” said Thornton. “Even though we were rivals, we would up being roommates. We got a chance to hang out and do some things while we were there.”

“We’re enemies on the track, but we’re great friends off it,” said Kinnaird. “The first time we hooked up, it was at last year’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals. We were pretty deep in the 800, and then we ran at the World Youth Trials. Even though I won at the trials, Cameron and I both wound up going to France, and we really became close. I know we’re going to push each other. It’s great competition, and Cameron never backs down.”

They have faced off at least five times since last year, and there is the possibility they may face each other again.

“He’s going to be tearing it up in the 800 when he’s by himself next year,” said Thornton, who graduates this year. But I know I’ll see him again this year.”

“We may meet up at New Balance if Cameron doesn’t go to the Juniors,” said Kinnaird. I hope we do meet up again soon, because it’s a great rivalry.”
Kendell Williams and Marlon HumphreyWalter Pinion/ESPNHSDyeStat MVP winners Kendell Williams and Marlon Humphrey.


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When it was announced that Kendell Williams was part of the field at the 20th Mobile Challenge of Champions, that whoosh you heard was the DyeStat Most Valuable Performer award chances for several dozen other elite girls in the meet taking a dramatic plunge.

Williams was entered in the long jump, high jump and 100-meter hurdles and the odds of her becoming the Challenge’s first girls’ triple individual champ were very good. The Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior got a scare when Quanesha Burks exploded to a 20-foot long jump early, but she responded with a 20-6w (all-conditions national best) that set the tone for what followed: a 5-10 HJ victory, a 13.64 100H triumph and that girls’ MVP plaque.

As it turned out, had Williams not entered, there would have been quite a battle for the MVP between Burks – who also won the triple jump in 39-8 – and impressive soph Marcquita Stalbert, who announced her arrival on the national long-sprint stage with US#3 53.77 400 and #2 23.93 200 performances.

For the boys, the MVP race had considerably more contenders, such as: Tre’Tez Kinnaird, who had nipped Cameron Thornton in arguably the day’s best race, the 800; and Amba Etta-Tawo, who had anchored his McEachern GA 4x100 squad to a fast win, taken second in the open 100, and then ruled the 200. But in the end, it was Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) soph Marlon Humphrey who got tabbed, after he rocketed to a pair of US#6 hurdle victories – 14.12 over the 110s and 37.50 in the 300s – and then finished with a dramatic 48-second leg in the 4x400 that nearly took his school to a win there.

And so it was, that Williams and Humphrey held their MVP plaques next to the big electronic scoreboard featuring their names as the sun set over E.E. Delany Stadium: Another great Challenge, efficiently orchestrated by meet director Steve Schoenewald, and everyone had time to get home for Easter.

GIRLS: Kendell's moment

Kendell Williams
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSKendell finishes off her triple in the 100H.
Given that Kendell Williams does at least three individual events at almost every meet she enters, expecting an unending string of peak performances is unrealistic. However, there will inevitably be something in each competition that reminds you of what a special athlete she is.

Call it the “Kendell Williams moment.”

Saturday, that moment came early. Williams was leading through one round of the long jump with 19-7.5, when Hartselle (Hartselle, Ala.) junior Quanesha Burks – who had never jumped even 19 feet in her career – suddenly unleashed a 20-1.25. Suddenly the event, which had lost some luster when Virginia 20-footer Javanique Burruss withdrew, was the hottest thing going – and fans looked to Williams to see what she would do.

Three jumpers later, the response thundered across the field. Williams sprinted down the runway, struck the board and flew like she had never flown before. The official stared down at the tape, shaking her head in wonderment. “Twenty feet, six inches,” she said.

The funny thing was that Williams wasn’t exactly prepared for any “moment” Saturday. She and her family vacationing for spring break in Panama City en route to Mobile and it hasn’t exactly been the most intense week of training. “I was in the lead at 19-7, and I didn’t think I would even be able to jump that well,” she said. “Now the pressure was on and I had to pull it together.”

Recalling the moment with mock indignation, she added, “I said, ‘What? I have to PR right now???’” But after a handful of Skittles and some quick coaching from Dad, Williams had jumped six inches further than she ever had before – albeit with an aiding wind of 2.6. It was the highlight of the meet.

It was all gravy after that. Williams would go on to hit 20-1.5w and 19-7.25 for her best series ever, and add the 5-10 high jump win an hour later. She then jumped on the track for a strong 13.64, just .07 off her U.S. list leader going into the day.

“I’m really happy with the whole day,” she said.

Burks, meanwhile, was hardly disappointed to see her 20-footer relegated to runner-up status. “I was shocked I could jump 20 feet,” she said. “I’m just happy for both of us.” Burks became the ninth girl to get 20-feet (indoors or out, including wind-aided) in what is becoming a landmark year in the event. In the triple jump, once she got her steps down, she produced the previously mentioned 39-8.

Marcquita Stalbert
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSMarcquita Stalbert taking the 400 to begin her double.
Another surprise was Marcquita Stalbert. As a freshman last year, she was fourth in the Challenge 400 and third in the 200. This spring, she had her bests down to 24.34 and 54.53. But Saturday’s big PRs were beyond reasonable expectation. Though she was completely unpressed in the two races, she showed power and maturity in elevating herself into the top rung of the national elite with the aforementioned 53.77 and 23.93.

“I just did what my coach told me to do,” she said after the 400. “Get to 320 and keep my form.”

In other sprint and hurdle action, Baton Rouge Magnet soph Mikiah Brisco repeated her 100 win from last year, in 12.10 (-0.2w). While defending 100H champ Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.) junior Johna Whitaker was limited to third in that event, she reigned in the 300H with a 43.31. Whitaker also helped her team win the climactic 4x400.

Fans thought the distance events might be highlighted by a Carmen Carlos meet record attempt, but the local McGill-Toolen standout, winner last month of the New Balance Indoor Nationals 2-mile, wasn’t up to chasing Laura Zeigle’s 10:23.05 from 2002 – not on a hot day when she was 30 seconds faster than any entrant coming in. So she settled for a more modest pace that led to a 10:44.21 – still winning by 16 seconds and actually a US#1, since most major meets to date have contested 3,200s for distance runners.

An exciting finish in the mile saw DuPont Manuel (Louisville, Ky.) junior Cassidy Hale overtake Carlos’ teammate Sage Blackwell in the final 100 for a 5:03.34 to 5:03.74 win, while Mountain Brook (Ala.) took the 4x800 for the fourth time here in 9:38.98.

Host St. Paul Episcopal got an individual title when junior Chanel Krause won the pole vault in 12-0. Her senior teammate Lacey Dent wasn’t victorious, but still had quite a day with runner-up finishes in the 100H (US#7 14.22) and triple jump (38-1), a third in the long jump (18-6.5) and a fourth in the 300H (45.20).

BOYS: Marlon's maturity

To watch Marlon Humphrey is to see someone who looks and performs beyond his years. Get up close and chat with him, and you get the same feeling. Maybe part of it is being part of an athletic family headed up by Alabama legend and NFL standout Bobby Humphrey; maybe it’s just part of being Marlon.

Marlon Humphrey
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSMarlon Humphrey blasts to 110H victory.
Count the sophomore boys’ DyeStat Most Valuable Performers over the years. You won’t find any. Marlon is the first.

Fans were waiting for an MVP-worthy performance to come from some of the highly touted entrants in the meet. Maybe a sub-1:50 in the Tre’Tez Kinnaird-Cameron Thornton 800 battle, or a 46 or better when Kavahra Holmes and Michael Newton took the track in the 400. Maybe a sprint double for Jeryl Brazil, a seven-foot high jump from Xavier McAllister, or a 4x400 anchor by Amba Etta-Tawo to go with his 200 win and 4x100 anchor.

But none of those things happened. What did happen was that Humphrey won the 110 hurdles in a US#6 14.12 (+0.3w), then added the 300 hurdles in 37.50 – achieving the same national ranking. Finally, after Humphrey thundered down the homestretch to finish the second leg of the 4x400, bringing Hoover from fifth to first with a 48-point circuit, the MVP selectors were sold. Never mind that Hoover was ultimately nosed out by Smiths Station, 3:18.96 to 3:19.02.

Humphrey also helped get his school’s 4x100 from Friday’s Open race to Saturday’s Invite, where they were fourth. He was nonchalant about the honor, though he admitted, “After the first hurdle race, I started thinking about it a little.” The main thing was coming through for the team and hitting his times. “I said my goals today were to get 14-low and 37.5, and I was able to achieve both of them.”

In the 4x400, Marlon “hit that last 100 and had a burst of energy …We didn’t have one of our fastest guys today; I think we can go faster.”

While Humphrey was deemed the best of all on the boys’ side Saturday, that’s not to say the previously mentioned others didn’t impress or thrill. They did – and none so more than Kinnaird and Thornton in the 800. The 2011 World Youth Champs USA teammates were unimpressive in an indoor race back in late February, but each had recently been closing in on the form that got them to France last summer, and Saturday would be a big test.

An unwieldy field of 14 took off from the line, and while no one went down, it was a physical race. Rummel’s Cyril Grayson burst into the lead down the backstretch and Thornton was one of two following within 5-10 meters, with Kinnaird behind them. Down the homestretch, Kinnaird was dissatisfied with the tempo and ready to take over. He did so at the bell, reached in 56-point.

Kinnaird was in control down the backstretch, but Thornton started coming back in the final 200, then closing with each stride to nearly even on the homestretch. But that zapped him and Kinnaird solidly maintained enough to preserve the win by .03, US#6 1:51.77 to #7 1:51.80.

Kinnaird’s relatively slow start in 2012 was due to a stress fracture in mid-January. Now, he says, he has “a lot of raw speed … But I’m still building up my distance.”

As for the race: “There was a lot of pushing and I came through the first 200 okay, but it was not really what I wanted. Then at 400 we were a little bit slow. I thought if I could get to the last 300 with the lead, that I could win it in the last 200.”

The anticipated high-octane battle between Breaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge, La.) senior Holmes and Sprayberry (Marietta, Ga.) senior Michael Newton never materialized. Oh, Holmes defended his title with 47.75, about a quarter-second faster than he ran last year, but far short of the 46.07 he clocked as the second-fastest prep in the country last summer. But Newton, who notched his first sub-47 a few weeks ago at his county meet, with a 46.93, was even further off form – running slower than 49 seconds in fifth. He cited back problems.

Holmes, meanwhile, revealed his training has been divided between football-specific workouts in preparing for LSU – he signed a scholarship offer there in February – and track. He said he hopes to be in near-PR shape next month for states, but there will be no summer track this time.

McEachern
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSAmba Etta-Tawo finishes McEachern's 4x100 win.
Another Louisiana speedster was just about at top form, though; the Loranger junior Brazil smoothly dispatched with the 100 field with a 10.48 into a slight headwind – just .07 off the US#2 mark he came in with. Brazil was entered in the 200, but scratched and fans had to be content with seeing him just once.

The 200 champ was still pretty darn impressive, though. The aforementioned Etta-Tawo had earlier appeared on the track in finishing off his school’s 4x100 – they came in at US#2 40.95 and settled for a decisive 41.69 win – and finishing a well-beaten second in the 100. But in the furlong, it was all Etta-Tawo as he blazed to a US#5 21.33. He and his teammates hoped to make it a relay sweep in the 4x400, but they were too gassed and the distance was too great.

Two more anticipated highlights were the long jump and high jump. A.J. Ward had a recent 24-9.75 leap that topped all entrants in the former, but he could never get things timed right Saturday and barely made 23. The victory went to Auburn’s consistent Cameron Luper with 23-1.5.

Newburgh Free Academy’s McAllister and Breaux Bridge’s Travin Dural both cleared 6-10 in the high jump and then took a run at seven feet. But when the height was too much and they were left tied, a jumpoff ensued. Fatigue would set in for the high flyers and it wasn’t until the bar had inched down to 6-5 that one of them – McAllister – could get another clearance and the victory.

"It was very competitive," said McAllister, though he admitted it wasn't the way he would have preferred to win.

There were a few others who might have said that, too, but with their sterling performances, Williams and Humphrey were hard models to live up to. And both could be back in 2013.
Mobile ChallengeJohn Dye/ESPNHSKavarha Holmes, Carmen Carlos and Cameron Thornton highlight the returning champions coming to Mobile.


Meet of Champions Index



MOBILE, Ala. -- For the 20th time this weekend, prep track standouts from the Southeast and beyond are converging on Mobile for the Challenge of Champions, which will take place Friday at UMS-Wright high school (Open Division) and Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal (Invitational Division). Despite the double whammy of rare competition with the Arcadia Invite and the Challenge taking place on Easter Weekend, Director Steve Schoenewald’s baby will draw nearly as large a gathering as usual from all over the region and as far away as New York.

Highlighting the Invitational Divsion will be an intriguing mix of the “old” – three of the defending champions are among the best in the country in their specialties – and the new, as multi-talented superstar Kendell Williams makes her Mobile debut.

The Defenders

What do Carmen Carlos, Kavarha Holmes and Cameron Thornton all have in common?

They were all 2011 event winners at the Challenge – and all have returned to defend their titles. But each has also raised their national profiles significantly since their victories here last April.

Take Carlos. The junior from local McGill-Toolen, she’ll actually be going for her third win here in the 2-Mile. But until last month, she wasn’t really known outside of the Southeast. That changed in a hurry at New Balance Indoor Nationals, where she edged Rachel Paul of New York with a 10:25.30 for the title – concluding a winter where she lowered her PR by 18 seconds.

Though she might be hard-pressed to find anyone to push her, Carlos could chase the 2002 meet record of 10:23.05 by Laura Zeigle. She will also anchor her school’s 4x800 relay, which also has a great chance to win with a best of 9:20.36.

Consider Holmes. A year ago at this time, the Breaux Bridge (La.) then-junior had a best of 47.66 for 400 (won the Challenge in 47.98). By his state meet a month later, he lowered his best to 46.31 and in July, he clocked an eye-popping 46.07 to win the AAU JOs that elevated him all the way to #2 in the country. An LSU football signee, he’s kept a low profile so for in 2012, but Schoenewald has made sure he doesn’t think he can cruise. The 400 field will include Sprayberry (Marietta, Ga.) senior Michael Newton, who just clocked his first sub-47 at 46.93 a few weeks ago

And then there’s Thornton. When the Whitefield Academy (Smyrna, Ga.) then-junior won the Challenge last year in 1:54.28, he was carrying a 1:52.53 PR. A month later in his 1A state meet, he came out on the short end of a photo finish, but with a staggering new best of 1:49.63. He would go on to finish second at the World Youth Trials and then just missed the final at the World Youth Champs. That said, he was an unremarkable sixth at the Brooks PR 800 indoors, then got down to 1:52.71 in his county meet, putting him about where he was last year.

Like Holmes, Thornton will face a great challenge in Butler (Louisville, Ky.) junior Tre’Tez Kinnaird. As a soph last spring, Kinnaird made a dramatic three-second jump to 1:50.88 at New Balance Nationals Outdoor, then surprised Thornton in the WY Trials with a 1:50.56 win. He also bowed out in the WY semis and, like Thornton, he clearly wasn’t super fit in taking eighth at Brooks PR. The two should have a great battle here, but if either or both should falter, there’s a deep field of sub-1:55 talent waiting to spring a potential upset.

Four other defending individual champs return. Baton Rouge Magnet soph Mikiah Brisco – sister of graduated 2011 Challenge MVP Dominique – will try and repeat in the 100, while Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.) junior Johna’ Whitaker will try and win the 100H again. Brisco is also among the favorites in the 200. Huntsville (Ala.) junior Berta Amelinaite and Gulf Breeze (Fla.) junior Austin Droogsma will each go for their second discus titles.

The Newcomers

When she leapt 20-0.5 (nwi) at the Cobb County champs, Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior Kendell Williams joined a very small club of prep girls who have high-jumped 6-0 or better and gone over twenty in the long jump. Saturday will be a great opportunity for her to become the first to do it in the same meet (and get her first wind-legal 20-footer at the same time). Williams’ accomplishments are too lengthy to mention, but she was also with Team USA in France last summer, taking bronze in the 100 hurdles and 11th in the heptathon. She’s coming off a winter where she claimed her second pentathlon title at NBNI as well as winning the high jump there. She’s also currently US#1 in the 100H with a 13.57. She has a great chance there to break one of the oldest meet records: 13.60 from 1995 by Char Foster. In fact, she could top Challenge standards in all three of her events.

The two biggest obstacles to Williams’ triple hopes: The aforementioned defending champ Whitaker in the 100H, and Louisa County (Mineral, Va.) junior Javanique Burress – who has not only long-jumped 20-1 (US#4 indoors, plus third at NBNI), but also has gone under 14 in the hurdles.

Whitaker, by the way, is also the top seed in the 300 hurdles with a 43.00 best.

The Challenge also welcomes one Jeryl Brazil, joining Holmes as part of the Louisiana contingent. The Loranger junior will go for the short sprint double, currently standing US#2 with a 10.41 100 best after dashing a US#3 6.25 55 indoors. However, Brazil might be even more motivated to atone for his NBNI showing, where he false-started in the 60 semis after turning in the fastest prelim time. Could the 10.34 meet record from 1999 by the legendary Casey Combest be in jeopardy? We’ll see.

In the 200, Brazil will be pressed in battling McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) senior Amba Etta-Tawo (21.17 nwi best) and Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) senior Alexander Reese (21.20 nwi best).

Etta-Tawo’s McEachern team, incidentally, brings in the US#2 4x100 at 40.95. They have a great shot at the 41.27 meet record by Tri-Cities GA in 1999.

Some other stars and events to watch:
  • Girls’ pole vault favorite and Columbus (Ga.) senior Megan Clark has vaulted “only” 12-4 this year, but carries a 13-0 PR from 2011 indoor season. This could be the meet she breaks out. Host St. Paul’s, with a great vault tradition (grad Neal Tisher), counters with 12-7 junior talent Chanel Krause. There are four boys’ vaulters in the 16-0 range.
  • The contingent from Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh, N.Y.) features Simplot high jump champ Xavier McAllister (6-10 best) and a 4x400 team that was third at NBNI in 3:19.10. They were third in this event last year and will face the same rivals who beat them in Catholic BR (La.) and Smiths Station (Ala.) – as well as McEachern and Hoover (Ala.).
  • Clinton (Miss.) senior AJ Ward notched a dramatic 24-9.75 long jump PR at the Mississippi State Invite, but there was no wind gauge and it was more than a foot beyond his legal best. He’ll have a chance to confirm that talent here, but Auburn (Ala.) junior Cameron Luper (23-10.75 indoors; 24-0 nwi outdoors) and others will make it tough.
  • St. Paul’s stars competing on their own track have a great chance to win some medals. Besides Krause, senior Lacey Dent is the top seed in the triple jump and is entered in both hurdles and the long jump, as well.
  • Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior Jordan Chambers is favored in the shot with a 61-7 best and could challenge the 2003 record: 62-10 by Andy Fryman of Mason Co., Ky.
  • Kendell Williams’ senior brother Devon is top seed in the boys’ 110 hurdles.
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Meet Director Steve Schoenwald's Invitational Entry Notes


Girls 4x800
Mtn. Brook –Mtn.Brook,AL. - #1 Time in AL. 2011 / Defending Ch.
McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL.- 6A Indoor State Champions
Pine Forest – Pensacola,FL. – 3A State Champions
Lakeside – Evans,GA.-#1 Time in GA 2011
UMS – Wright – Mobile,AL.-4A State Champions
DuPont Manual – Louisville,KY.-6th 3A State
Hoover – Hoover,AL. - #6 Time in AL. 2011
St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL.- 5A Indoor State Champions
St.Joseph Academy – Baton Rouge,LA. - #1 time in LA. 2011
Hewitt Trussville – Trussville,AL.-4th 6A Indoor State

Boys 4x800
Houston – Germantown,TN – Defending Champions - 2nd 3A State
St.Pauls Catholic – Covington,LA. – Div 1 Indoor State Champs
Smiths Station – Smiths,AL.- #1 Time in AL. 2011
Mtn.Brook-Mtn.Brook,AL.- 6A Indoor State Champions
Walker – Jasper,AL-5A State Champion
Catholic – Baton Rouge ,LA.- Meet Record Holders/#1 Time in LA. 2011
McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL - #6 Time in AL. 2011
Hoover – Hoover,AL.- #8 Time in AL. 2011
Hewitt Trussville – Trussville,AL – 3rd Indoor 6A State
West Florida – Pensacola,FL. -- #1 Time in Pensacola Area

Girls 4x100
Auburn – Auburn,AL –
McDonogh35 – New Orleans,LA – 4A State Champions 4x200R
Murphy – Mobile,AL - #2 Time in AL. 2011
Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge,LA.- 5A 4x200 State Champs /Defending Champs
Hoover – Hoover #1 Time in AL. 2011
Scotlandville – Baton Rouge,LA.
Opelika – Opelika,AL. -#1 time in AL 2012

Boys 4x100
Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA. – Div 1 Ind 4x200 State Champs
Haughton – Haughton,LA. # 3Time in State 2012
Auburn – Auburn,AL.- #2 Time in AL. 2011
McEachern- Powder Springs,GA.- 2nd 5A State
Smiths Station – Smiths,AL -#1 Time in AL. 2011
Newburgh Free Academy –Newburgh,N.Y.
Shades Valley – Birmingham,AL- 2nd 6A State

Girls Mile
Karisa Nelson – T.R.Miller – Brewton,AL.-3A State Champion
Kaitlin Snapp –Danville – Danville,KY. – 8 Time KY. State Champion
Cassady Hale–DuPont Manual–Louisville,KY.- KY.Gatorade X-C of Yr. 3A St.XC Ch
Sage Blackwell – McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL- 2nd 6A State
Rachael Reddy – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL.- 3rd 6A State
Ann Sisson – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL.-4th 6A State
Rachael Wooten – Franklin – Franklin,TN.- 3rd 3A X-C State
Maddie Wetterhall – Chamblee-Chamblee,GA.
Morgan Ilse – Marist-Atlanta,GA – 4A All State X-C
Nicole Durham- Fontainebleau-Mandeville,LA.- 5A state X-C Champ
Angelica Dickson – Mandeville – Mandeville,LA.- 2nd 5A State X-C
Christina Rucinski- Dupont Manual – Louisville,KY.
Sam Pavolich –Sam Houston – Lake Charles,LA.-Open Winner 2011/Div 1 Ind State 3200m Champ

Boys Mile
Scott Brewster – St.Pauls Catholic – Covington,LA.- 2nd 5A State
Adam Jones – Columbus – Columbus,GA. – 5th 3A State
Zachary Albright – St.Pauls Catholic – Covington,LA.- 5A All State X-C
Ronald Boyett – Houston – Germantown,TN - 5th 3A State
Nathan Thomas – Brentwood – Brentwood,TN.
Daniel Navaro – Marist – Atlanta,GA. –
Matthew Rice – Runnels – Baton Rouge,LA.- 2nd 2A State 3200
Dan Drew – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL.- 3rd 5A State
James Brown – Bell County – Pineville,KY.- 2A Indoor State Champion
Nicolas Horten – Niceville – Nicville,FL.
Jack Monaghan – Mtn.Brook –Mtn.Brook,AL – 6A All State X-C
Brady Warren – Walker – Walker,LA.
Josiah Jenkins – Athens Christian - Athens,GA.- 2nd World Youth Trials Steeplechase
Tommy Brocato – St.Thomas Aquinas – Hammond,LA.-2nd Div.1 Indoor State
Jack Miller – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL. – 5th 6A Ind. State
Will Short – DuPont Manual-Louisville,KY.- 2nd 3A Indoor State

Girls 400
Nique Griffin – Hamilton Christian – Lake Charles,LA. – 2nd Div 2 Indoor State
Chelsea Caldwell – MLK – Lithonia,GA. – 2nd USATF Youth Championships
Cierra Dunston – McEachern- Powder Springs,GA. – Made 5A finals in 2011
Jasmine Ducre – Picayune – Picayune,MS. – 5A State Champion
Marquita Stalbert-McDongh 35 – New Orleans,LA.-2nd 4A State
Kourtney Keller – Hillgrove – Powder Springs,GA. –
Katie Brooks Boone – Westminster@Oak Mtn. – Birmingham,AL.-1A-4A Ind St.Champ

Boys 400
Nigel Cribbs – Hoover-Hoover,AL.- 3rd 6A State
Alexander Reese – Lassiter- Marietta,GA.- 5A State Champion
Cyril Grayson – Arch Bishop Rummel – Metairie,LA. – 2nd 5A State
Kavarha Holmes – Beaux Bridge ,LA-4A StateChamp/Defending Champion
Michael Newton – Sprayberry – Sprayberry,GA – 4A State Champion
Quincy Smith – Smiths Station – Smiths,AL- 6A State Champion
Jakaryus Redwine – Oak Mtn. – Birmingham,AL – 2nd 6A State

Girls 100
Anissa Lewis – Opelik – Opelika –AL. -6A State Champion
Takara Beverly – Scottlandville – Baton Rouge,LA. - #4 Time in LA 2012
Fredricka Jordan – Anniston – Anniston,AL. – 4A State Champion
Mikiah Brisco – Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge,LA.- Defending Champ
Aleia Hobbs – McMain – New Orleans,LA. – 3A State Champion
Joy Maneice-Marbury – Hoover – Hoover,AL- 4th 6A State
Quanesha Burks – Hartselle-Hartselle,AL.- 5A State Champion
Janisha Davis – Smiths Station – Smiths,AL – 3rd Indoor 60m 6A State

Boys 100
David Johnson-Shades Valley – Birmingham,AL- 3rd 6A State
Amba Etta – Tawo – McEachern – Powder Springs,GA. –Competed 5A State
Micah Larkins – Haughton – Haughton,LA. -6th 5A State
Jeryl Brazil – Loranger – Loranger,LA.- Indoor All Am
Devante Washington – Lafayette – Lafayette,LA – 5th 400 State
Ty Shilling – Haughton – Haughton,LA.
Tracy McKinney – Smiths Station – Smiths, AL. – 6A Indoor 60m State Champ
Jaalen Jones – Thompson – Alabaster,AL. #1 Time in State 200 2012

Girls 100h
Alberta Lucas – Escambia – Pensacola,FL. #1 Time in Pensacola Area 2012
Chalandra Gooden-Hoover – Hoover,AL.-6A State Champion
Johna Whitaker – Pine Forest – Pensacola,FL.- Defending Champion
Kendall Williams – Kell – Marietta,GA. – All American
Javanique Buress – Louisa County – Mineral,VA. – VA. Indoor 55h Record Holder
Lacy Dent – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL.- 5A State Champ
Raven Stewart – Guntersville – Guntersville,AL – 4A State Champion
Elizabeth Coleman – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL.- 3rd 6A State

Boys 110h
Scottie Hearn – Meridian – Meridian,MS.- #1 Time in MS. 2011
Ken Ward – Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA.- 3rd 5A State
Devon Williams – Kell _ Marietta,GA.- 2nd 4A State
Morgan Cormier–Brother Martin–New Orleans.LA –Div1 Ind St Champ 55h
Marlon Humphrey – Hoover – Hoover,AL.- 6A Indoor 60mh Champion
Kalan Reed – Briarwood Christian – Birmingham,AL – 2nd 5A State
Steven Beasley – Sidney Lanier – Montgomery,AL - #1 Time in AL 2012

Girls 800
Destiny Jenkins – Athens Christian – Athens,GA.-1A State Champion
Kathryn Lazarchick – UMS – Wright – Mobile,AL. -4A State Champ
Veronica Lyles – Hewitt Trussville – Trussville,AL. – 3rd 6A Indoor State
Camille Barnett – Newman – New Orleans,LA.-#3 Time in LA. 2011
Sara Sanford – Hoover – Hoover,AL- 5th 6A Indoor State
Kendall Reed- Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL.- #4 Returner in 2012
Anna Braswell – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL. – 5A State Champion
Lane Porter – Metairie Park Country Day-Metairie,LA.-Div2 Ind St Champ /#1 time
Kaylei Esfeller – Lafayette – Lafayette,LA – Div 1 Indoor State Champion
Taylor Gerard – Montgomery Academy – Montgomery,AL.- 2nd 1A – 4A Ind. State
Leanne Zimmer – Lambert – Suwanne,GA. – Forstyhe County Champion
Kaitlyn Tunks – Westlake – Westlake,LA - 2nd Div1 Indoor State

Boys 800
Cameron Thorton -Whitfield Academy -Mableton,GA.-Member Defending Champ
Tretez Kinnaird – Butler – Louisville,KY. –Member US World Youth Team
Carson Chambliss- Hewitt Trussville – Trussville,AL -2nd Indoor 6A State
Donnie Lee-Tuscaloosa County – Northport,AL.- 6A State Champion
Andrew Harris – Walker – Jasper,AL.- 5A State Champion
Blair Henderson – St.Louis Catholic – Lake Charles,LA. - #1 Time Indoors LA.
Payton Ballard – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL. – 6A Indoor State Champion
Cyril Grayson – Rummel – Metairie,LA.- 5A State Champion
Hunter Hawkins – Walker – Jasper,AL. – Open Division Winner 2011
Adrian Malik Epps – North Atlanta – Atlanta,GA – 2nd 3A State
KP Weeks – Smith Station – Smiths,AL. – Member of 2nd place 6A 4x8 team
Buddy Soto – Baker – Mobile,AL. – 6A All State X-C
Wes Morris – Daviess County – Owensboro.KY. – 7th 3A State
Ben Ross – Catholic – Catholic – Competed 5A State Finals

Girls 200
Aleia Hobbs – McMain – New Orleans,LA – 2nd 3A State
Vanessa Williams –H.L.Bourgeois – Gray,LA. – 3rd 5A State
Cierra Dunston – McEachern – Powder Springs ,GA.
Stalbert- McDonogh35 – New Orleans,LA.-2nd 4A State- 24.33
Mikiah Brisco-Baton Rouge –Baton Rouge,LA.- 5A State Champion
Fredricka Jordan – Anniston – Anniston,AL. – 4A State Champion
Joy Maneice – Marbury-Hoover – Hoover,AL-6A State Champion

Boys 200
Jakaryus Redwine – Oak Mtn.-Birmingham,AL. – 4th 6A State
Kyonz Smith – Haughton – Haughton,LA- 3rd 4A State
Jeryl Brazil – Loranger-Loranger,LA-3A State Champion-
Amba Etta Tawo – McEachern – Powder Springs - #1 Time in GA, 2012
Alexander Reese – Lassiter – Marietta,GA.- 5A State Champion -
Michael Newton – Sprayberry – Sprayberry,GA. – 4th 4A State
Cameron Luper – Auburn-Auburn,AL.- 3rd 6A State

Girls 300h
Alberta Lucas – Escambia – Pensacola ,FL. -#1 Time in Pensacola Area 2012
Akino Harvey – Lafayette – Lafayette,LA.- 3rd 5A State
Kourtney Keller – Hillgrove – Powder Springs,GA.- 4th 5A State
Johna Whitaker – Pine Forest – Pensacola,FL. 2nd 3A State Champion
Chalandra Gooden – Hoover – Hoover,AL- 6A State Champion
Elizabeth Coleman – Mtn.Brook –Mtn.Brook,AL.- 3rd 6A State
Lacy Dent – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL- 5A State Champion

Boys 300h
Jarvis Sumler – Pensacola – Pensacola,FL - #1 Ranked in Pensacola Area 2012
Craig Rock – St.Thomas Aquinas – Hammond,LA. -#1 time in LA- 2012
Morgan Cormier –Brother Martin – New Orleans,LA.- Competed 5A State Finals
Scottie Hearn – Meridian – Meridian,MS. – 6A State Champion
Marlon Humphry- Hoover –Hoover,AL.-3rd 6A State
Devon Williams – Kell – Marietta,GA.- 3rd 4A State
Shuan Lowe – Walker-Walker,LA.- 2nd 5A State

Girls 2 Mile
Carmen Carlos-McGill Toolen Catholic –Mobile,AL-6A State Ch/ Defending Ch
Claire Kennedy – UMS-Wright-Mobile,AL- 4A State Champion
Gaberielle Jennings – 1st Baptist – Slidell,LA.-Class C State Champion
Marcie Merriman – Lassiter- Marietta,GA.- 2nd 5A State
Sarah Bowels-Lakeside-Evans ,GA.- 3rd 4A State 1600
Rachel Roberts – John Carroll Catholic – Birmingham,AL – 5A State Champion
Kristen Hale – Dupont Manual – Louisville,KY.- 3rd 3A State
Katie Lever –John Hardin – Elizabethtown,KY.-3A All State X-C
Alex Cameron – Dunwoody-Dunwoody,GA- 4A All State X-C
Analise Patrick –American Christian –Tuscaloosa,AL-1A/2A StateX-C Ch
Emily Bedell – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL.- 6A All State X-C
Ellie Carter – UMS – Wright – Mobile,AL. – 3rd 1A -4A Indoor State
Mary Laville – St.Joseph Academy – Baton Rouge,LA.- 5A State Champions
Kassidy Noto – St.Joseph –Baton Rouge,LA.-3rd Div. 1 Indoor State
Mary Catherine Ellard – Mtn. Brook – Mtn. Brook,AL – 6A All State X-C
Ashley Erwin – Mandeville – Mandeville,LA. – 2nd Div 1 Indoor State

Boys 2 Mile
Paul Stuart – Brentwood – Brentwood,TN. – 2nd 3A State
Thomas Howell – Niceville – Nicville,FL. #1 Time Northwest FL.
Sid Vaughn –Lakeside –Evans,GA.- 4A All State X-C
Cole Stafford-Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA.- 5A State Champ
Mitch Landry – Haughton – Haughton,LA. – 2nd 5A State
Ian Carter – Hewitt Trussville – Trussville,AL. – 3rd 6A Indoor State
Trevor Grant – Lambert –Suwanee,GA. – 5th 4A State
Joseph St.Cyr –Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA – 3rd 5A State
Zach Capello – Ascencion Catholic – Donaldsonville ,LA.- 1A State X-C Champion
Cordaryl Whitehead – Opelika – Opelika,AL. 6A State Champion
Enrique Soto – Lakside – Silby,LA. – 2A State Champion
Chase Fowers – Lakeside –Evans,GA. -
Jack Grundy – duPont Manual – Louisville,KY.-
Robert Hope – UMS – Wright – Mobile,AL. – 4A All State
Reid McClenny – Smith Station – Smiths,AL. – 6A All State X-C
Neal Fitzpatrick – Jesuit – New Orleans,LA. – 5A All State X-C
Patrick Jaegar – Houston – Germantown,TN.
Kraemer Jackson – St.Paul Catholic – Covington,LA. – 5A All State X-C
Nick Halbach – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL. – 6A X-C All State
Harrison Edwards – Washington – Pensacola,FL. -
Andrew Fix – Mtn.Brook-Mtn.Brook,AL.-6A X-C All State
Corbett Ourso – St.Thomas Aquinas-Hammond,LA.- 2nd Div 2 State Indoor
Preston Jones – Columbus – Columbus,GA. – 3A All State X-C
Jordan Travis – Poplarville – Poplarville,MS. – Gatorade MS. X-C Athlete of Year
Ryan Archie – Baker-Mobile,AL -6A All State X-C

Girls 4x400
H.L. Bourgeois – Gray,LA. - #2 Time in LA. 2012
Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge,LA.-#3 Time in LA. 2011
Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL.-#1 Time in AL.
Hoover – Hoover,AL. – Open Winner 2011
Pine Forest – Pensacola,FL. –Made 3A State Finals
Lafayette – Lafayette,LA – 2nd 5A State
St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL. - #4 Time in AL. 2011

Boys 4x400
Hoover,AL- 6A Indoor State Champions
Newburgh Free Academy – Newburgh,N.Y. – 3rd New Balance Indoor Nat’l
Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA- #1 Time in LA 2011/Defending Ch
McEachern – Powder Springs,GA
Smiths Station – Smiths,AL.-#1 Time in State 2011
B.T.Washington – Pensacola,FL. #1 Time in Pensacola Area
Beaux Bridge – Breaux Bridge,LA. – 4A State Champions

Girls Long Jump
Miciah Brisco–Baton Rouge Baton Rouge,LA.-Div 1 Ind State Champ
Starr Taylor – Auburn – Auburn,AL
Marneska Boler – Auburn – Auburn,AL
Karla Jackson – Long Beach – Long Beach,MS.- 2nd 5A South State
Aleia Fortenberry – West Jefferson – Harvey,LA.-2nd Div 1 Indoor State
Nique Griffin – Hamilton Christian – Lake Charles,LA. – Div 2 Indoor State Champion
Abby Lazzard – Central Lafourche – Raceland,LA. – 4th 5A State
Raven Stewart – Guntersville – Guntersville,AL. – 4A State Champion
Jermica Edwards – Warren Easton – New Orleans,LA.- Div 1 Indoor HJ State Champion
Quanesha Burks – Hartselle – Hartselle,AL.- 5A State Champion
Lacy Dent – St.Paul’s Epsicopal – Mobile,AL.-2nd 5A State
D’Lacia McKinley – Scotlandville – Baton Rouge,LA. -5A State Champ
Javanique Buress – Louisa County – Mineral,VA. - #3 in U.S. Indoors
Kendall Williams – Kell – Marietta,GA.- #1 Jump in GA 2011

Boys Triple Jump
Markius Wright –Hoover –Hoover,AL.-Open Division Ch. 2011
Greg Coleman – McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL. - #1 Jump Mobile Area 2012
Nick Benton – Navarre – Navarre,FL. - #1 TJ in Pensacola Area
Jordan Jones – Hoover – Hoover,AL
Daijion Macklien – Auburn-Auburn,AL.- Made 6A Finals
Deonta Ward – H.L.Bourgeois – Gray,LA. – 5A District Champ
Nick Benton – Navarre – Navarre,FL - #1 Jump in Pensacola Area 2012
Quin Nalls– Auburn– Auburn,AL- Open Winner 2011
Jarell Aaron – Poplarville – Poplarville,MS – 2nd 4A State
Darrian Thomas – Breaux Bridge – Beaux Bridge,LA – Div 1 Indoor State Champion
Pydrae Carroll – Fairhope – Fairhope,AL- #2 Jump in AL. 2011
Adaus Barnes – Port Gibson – Port Gibson,MS – 4A State Champion
Daniel Hardge – Smith Station – Smiths,AL.

Girls Pole Vault
Mary Kathryn Chesebro – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL. – Open Division Winner 2011
Valeria Noguera – Lafayette – Lafayette,LA. – Competed Div 1 Indoor State
Brittany Washington – West Feliciana – St.Francisville,LA.- 2nd 3A State
Deborah Markel –Lafayette – Lafayette,LA. – Competed Div 1 indoor State
Charlee Beckett – Navarre – Navarre,FL. – #1 PV in Pensacola Area
Krystyn Leleux – Catholic – New Iberia,LA. - 2nd Ind State Div 2
Bailey Daigle – Assumption – Napoleonville,LA. – 2nd 5A District
Hailey Deichmann-Mt.Carmel – New Orleans,LA.- Competed 5A State Finals
Maggie Waites – St.Aloysius – Vicksburg,MS. -1A State Champion
Meg Simon – North Vermillion – Maurice,LA. – Div 2 Indoor State Champion
Elizabeth Coleman – Mtn.Brook-Mtn.Brook,AL. 6A State Ch.
Madison Heath – Fontainebleau – Mandeville,LA. – 2nd Div.1 Indoor State
Emily Tarlton – McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL.- 2nd 6A State
Sharon Orso – Mandeville-Mandeville.LA.- 2nd 5A State
Chanel Krause – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL.-5A State Champion
Megan Clark - Columbus -Columbus,GA

Boys High Jump
Matthew Trammell – Arch Bishop Rummell – Metairie,LA. – 4th Div 1 Indoor State
Jarell Aaron – Poplarville – Poplarville,MS. -2nd 4A State
Devin Jones – Hewitt Trussville – Trussville,AL. – 6A Indoor State Champion
Deonta Johnson – Hoover – Hoover,AL -2nd 6A Ind. State
Michael Flanning – Murphy – Mobile, AL.- 6A Section Champion
Nick Brown – East Ascencion – Gonzales,LA.- 3A State Champion
Quin Nalls – Auburn – Auburn,AL.- Winner Open Divison 2011
Malachai Dupree – John Curtis – John Curtis – River Ridge,LA. – Div2 Ind State Champ
Xavier McAllister – Newburgh Free Academy – Newburgh,N.Y.
Travin Dural – Breaux Bridge – Breaux Bridge,LA – 4A State Champion

Girls Shot Put
Sarah Petty – 1st Baptist Christian – Slidell.LA.- 3rd Class A State
Jamisha Frazier – Bonnabel – Kenner,LA. – 4th 5A State
Erin O’Neal – Lafayette – Lafayette,LA. – 2nd Div 1 Indoor State
Shakeela Webb – Auburn –Auburn,AL.- 6th 6A State
Bianca Brown – Pensacola – Pensacola,FL.-5th 3A State
Lamia Miller – Pine Forest-Pensacola,FL- Competed 3A State
Amber Fling – Niceville – Nicville,FL.

Boys Discus
Jared Holloway – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL. -#1 throw Mobile Area 2012
Warren Wells – Houston – Germantown,TN.
Jordan Chambers – Kell – Marietta,GA. – 5th 4A State
DeShuan Allen – Clinton – Clinton,MS – 6A State Champion
Tony Philpot – Opelika – Opelika,AL. – 3rd 6A state
Herbert Harris – Clinton – Clinton,MS. – 2nd 6A State
Brian Hill – Hutsville – Huntsville,AL.- 4th 6A State
Austin Droogsma – Gulf Breeze – Gulf Breeze,FL.- 6th 3A State
Grant Hill – Huntsville – Huntsville,AL.- 2nd 6A State
Hunter Harrison – Houston – Germantown,TN. – 3A State Champion

Girls Javelin
Allison Bourdon – McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL. -#1 Throw in MobileArea 2012
Jessica Matthews – Hartselle – Hartselle,AL.
Chloe White – Hoover – Hoover,AL. – Competed 6A State
Sarah Petty –First Baptist – Slidell.LA.- Class C Region State
Mica Lowe – Walker – Walker,LA.- 3rd 5A District
Jamisha Frazier – Bonnabel – Kenner,LA.
Ashton Pennington – Hartselle – Hartselle,AL. -5A State Champ
Catherine Hodson – St.Joseph Academy – Baton Rouge,LA.

Boys Long Jump
Pydrae Carroll – Fairhope – Fairhope,AL. -2nd 6A Ind. State
Zayquan Rhoulac – Smiths Station – Smiths,AL-Competed 6A State
Devon Williams – Kell – Marietta,GA.
Ed Eagin - Holy Cross – New Orleans,LA.
Nathan Vardaman – Huntsville – Huntsville,AL. - 4th 6A State-23’1-1/2”
Donald Gage -Redemptrist-Baton Rouge,LA.-AAU Nat’l JR. Olympic Champ
Quin Nalls – Auburn – Auburn,AL
Travin Dural – Breaux Bridge – Breaux Bridge,LA. -2nd 4A State
Devon Scott – West Jefferson – Harvey,LA- Div 1 Indoor State Champion
Chad Cook – Long Beach -Long Beach,MS.- 5A State Champion
Lawrence Lee – West Florida – Pensacole,FL. - #1 Jump in Pensacola Area
Cameron Luper – Auburn – Auburn,AL. - 6A Indoor State Champion
AJ Ward – Clinton – Clinton,MS. - #1 Jump in U.S. 2012

Girls Triple Jump
Karla Jackson – Long Beach – Long Beach,MS. – 2nd 5A South State
Camille Franks – Auburn – Auburn,AL, - 5th 6A State
Jasmine Ducre – Picayune –Picayune,MS.- 5A State Champion
Breona Humphrey – Hoover – Hoover,AL- 5th 6A State
Ashley Williams – Auburn – Auburn,AL.-Competed 6A State
Pershawana Williams – Pensacola-Pensacola,FL.- 6A State Champion MS.
Jaykala Hand – Opelika – Opelika,AL – 3rd 6A State
Passion Gamble – McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL -2nd Indoor 6A State
Raven Stewart – Guntersville – Guntersville,AL – 4A State Champion
Quanesha Burks – Hartselle-Hartselle,AL- 2nd 5A State
Abby Lazzard – Central Lafourche – Raceland,LA. – Div 1 Indoor State Champion
Lacy Dent – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL.- 3rd 5A State

Boys Pole Vault
Sam Snell – Hoover – Hoover,AL -2nd 6A State-
Wes Toner – Hoover – Hoover,AL.-Competed 6A Indoor State
Randy Tumminello – Fontainebleau – Mandeville,LA.- 5th Div 1 Indoor State
Alex Pond –McGill Toolen Catholic– Mobile,AL.-Competed 6A State
Tony Miller – St.Thomas Aquinas – Hammond,LA. – 5th Div 2 Indoor State
Jacob Sheehen – Houston – Germantown,TN – 3A State Champion
Johnny Steigler – McGill Toolen Catholic – Mobile,AL-6A Indoor State Champion
Devin King - Jules Sumner – Kentwood,LA. – 2nd 3A State
Cameron Robicheaux – St.Pauls Catholic – Covington,LA. – 3rd DiV 1 Indoor State
Gavin Gauteau – Catholic – New Iberia,LA. – 4th Div 2 Indoor State
Caleb Bertrand – Elton- Elton,LA.- 2nd 1A State
Richard Conner Foxworth- St.Patrick–Biloxi,MS.- 3A State Champion
Austin Eckenroth – Flowery Branch – Flowery Branch,GA. – 4A State Champion

Girls High Jump
Mallory Mire – St,Joseph Academy – Baton Rouge,LA.-2nd 5A State
Alona Melendez – Bayside- Daphne,AL.- 3A State Champion
Julia Leonard – Mtn.Brook – Mtn.Brook,AL – 2nd 6A Indoor State
Abby Lazard - Central Lafouche – Raceland,LA – 3rd 5A State Meet
Pershawana Williams – Pensacola – Pensacola,FL.- 2nd 6A State MS.
Savannah Smith – Lambert – Suwanee,GA.- Forsyth County Champion
Alexia Fortenberry – West Jefferson – Harvey,LA. -
Bretta Hart – Poplarville – Poplarville,MS. – 4A State Champion
Mary Grace Gitz – St.Scholastica – Covington,LA.-3rd 5A State
Mattie Schmolke – Lakeshore – Mandeville,LA.- 3rd 4A State
Jermica Edwards – Warren Easton – New Orleans,LA.-Div Indoor State Champion
Shelly Spires – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL.- #4 Jump in AL. 2011
Chardonae Fuqua – Hoover- Hoover,AL – 6A State Champion
Kendall Williams – Kell – Marietta,GA. – 4A State Champion

Boys Shot Put
James Burgess – Vigor – Pritchard,AL. – 3rd 6A Indoor State
Harry Eldred – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL
Spencer Hezat – Hewitt – Trussville – Trussville,AL – 4th 6A Indoor State
Wade Wells – Houston – Germantown,TN.
Herbert Harris – Clinton – Clinton,MS. – 2nd 6A State
DeShuan Allen – Clinton – Clinton,MS. – 4th 6A State
Bryan Slater – St.Paul’s Episcopal –Mobile,AL- #4 Throw in AL. 2011
Hunter Harrison – Houston – Germantown,TN – Made 3A State Finals
Raphael Mozie – Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA.
Phillip Stephens – Newman – New Orleans,LA- Made 2A State Finals
Tony Philpot – Opelika – Opelika,AL. Made 6A State Finals
Garrett Broussard – Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA.
Eric Thomas – John Curtis – River Ridge,LA. -2nd Div 2 Ind State
Grant Hill – Huntsville- Huntsville,AL.- 3rd 6A State
Austin Droogsma–Gulf Breeze –Gulf Breeze,FL.–Longest Throw in P’cola 2011
Anthony Taylor – John Curtis – River Ridge,LA.- Div 2 Ind State Champion
Jordan Chambers – Kell – Marietta,GA.- 4A State Champion

Girls Discus
Moeshia Miles – Hoover – Hoover,AL. – Made 6A Finals
Rasika Cooper – Pine Forest – Pensacola,FL.
Sarah Petty – 1st Baptist – Slidell,LA. Class C State Champion
Sophie Bergman - Niceville – Niceville,FL.
Emory Builta – Bayside- Daphne,AL.- Open Winner 2011
Lamia Miller – Pensacola – Pensacola,FL -#1 Thrower in P’cola Area
Nannette Weitzman – St.Paul’s Episcopal – Mobile,AL. – 4th 6A 2010
Shakeela Webb –Auburn – Auburn,AL.- 2nd 6A State
Berta Amelinaite- Huntsville – Huntsville,AL – 6A State Champion

Boys Javelin
Charles Collins – McGill Toolen Catholic – Competed 6A State
Jordan Donald – Mtn.Brook – Mtn. Brook,AL. – Made 6A State finals
Nigel Cribss – Hoover – Hoover,AL.- Tied #4 Thrower in AL. 2012
Quamaine Kimble – Hoover – Hoover,AL. – Tied #4 Thrower in AL 2012
Matthew Venable – Catholic – Baton Rouge,LA.
James Olin – H.L.Bourgeois – Gray.LA.
Tyler Villavso – East Ascension – Gonzales,LA – Ranked in top 10 in State 2012.
Austin Bertrand – Elton – Elton,LA – 4th 1A State
Serdarryen Pullian – Dadeville – Dadeville,AL. – 4A State Champion
Ty Shilling – Haughton – Haughton,LA. – 6th 5A State

Carlos smashes Alabama 3,200 record

February, 4, 2012
2/04/12
2:25
PM ET
The Alabama State Indoor Track and Field Championships returned with a splash on Friday.

It had been five years since the state of Alabama held an indoor track and field championship meet, and at Birmingham’s Crossplex Athletic Facility, Mobile’s McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Carmen Carlos provided the highlight — a blazing 10 minute, 34.02 second time in the 6A girls 3,200-meter run. That time not only broke the old state meet record of 10:42.83 by Decatur Austin’s Jennifer Dunn, it was also a new US#1.

Last week, at the Last Chance Invitational, Carlos ran 10:45.04, giving her two of the four fastest times this season. She lapped the field in Friday’s 3,200. Her teammate, Sage Blackwell, was second in 11:13.71.

“I was looking to go around 10:30, just like last week,” Carlos said. “I’ve finally gotten to the point where I like to push myself. I felt pretty good in the beginning, but in the second half of the race, I was just focused on keeping my pace. I was really surprised when they told me that I had the fastest time in the country.”

Carlos’ 800-meter win was almost as impressive. She was in fourth with about 200 meters to go, but picked up her pace and blew past frontrunner Veronica Lyle of Hewitt-Trussville in the final turn. Carlos’s 2:14.96 just missed the state mark of 2:14.46 set by Mountain Brook’s Catherine Diethelm in 2007.

“She set a strong pace for the first three laps,” said Carlos of Lyle. “I didn’t want her to get too far away. When I got close to her, I said, 'Okay, I’m going to try to kick.'”

Another 6A girls record fell in the 4 x 800-meter relay. Hoover ran a 1:42.25, besting the old record by almost three seconds. Hoover’s Joy Maniece-Marbury set a new state meet record in the 60-meter dash, running 7.73 in the prelims. Going into Saturday’s finals, McGill-Toolen Catholic held a slim 40-36 lead over Mountain Brook in 6A girls competition, while Spain Park — which got wins from Brandon Hazouri in the 3,200 (9:25.57) and Joseph Williams in the shot put (58 feet, 5 inches) — led 6A boys competition with 43 points, while Mountain Brook, which got a win from Payton Ballard in the 800 (1:55.89) and Hewitt-Trussville were tied for second with 22 points apiece.

In the 6A boys 60-meter dash prelims, four runners — all in different heats — equaled or went under the old mark of 7.00 set by Tuscaloosa County’s Titus Ryan in 2002. Jakayrus Redwine of Oak Mountain ran 7.00, Tracy McKinney of Smiths Station ran 6.97, and Jamarcus Howard and Derrick Johnson, both of Northridge, ran 6.98 and 6.96 respectively to set up an explosive final.

The most exciting race of the day, though, was in the 6A boys 4 x 200 meter relay. Four teams broke the record of 1:32.12 set by Montgomery’s Jeff Davis in 1995.

Smiths Station, anchored by Quincy Smith, ran 1:30.23. Smith teamed with Tracy McKinney, Antonio Morgan and Terrance Nellon to set the new mark.

Smith made a strong push near the finish to secure the win, edging Hoover (1:30.40), Northridge (1:30.45) and Auburn (1:31.20).

Several records fell on the first day of 5A competition as well. In the 60-meter dash prelims, Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Kylen Towner ran 7.02 to break the old record, while Central-Tuscaloosa’s Brandon Bell set a new state record mark of 8.36 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims.

St. Paul’s, however took a 38-28 lead over Walker on the first day of competition, while Scottsboro, aided by Evan McGee’s win in the 3,200 (9:49.74) was third with 25.

Walker got a strong 1-2 finish from Andrew Harris and Hunter Hawkins in the 800-meter run. Harris’s time was 1:54.17, while Hawkins ran 1:56.11.

“I’m hoping to get three more medals,” said Harris, who is also scheduled to run the 1,600 as well as the 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 meter relay. “Hunter is just now running under 2 flat, and he PR’ed by a second. I’m fortunate to have somebody to push me.”

In 5A girls competition, St. Paul’s used three first place finishes to take a 60-34 lead over Scottsboro, with Central-Tuscaloosa third with 32 points. Anna Braswell won the 800 (2:19.47), Shelly Spires won the high jump (5-6 ), and Katy Bodet the pole vault (9-0).

A 5A girls record fell in the 4 x 200 meter relay. Birmingham Parker, comprising of Iris Robinson, Tiffany Holloway, Rochelle Knight and Kia Dowdell, ran 1:47.91, breaking the old record of 1:48.63 set by Northridge in 2002. Central-Tuscaloosa was also under the old record, running 1:48.28.

Mobile’s UMS-Wright led in the 1A-4A boys and girls competition. The boys led Beauregard 32-24, with the highlight for UMS-Wright coming on Robert Hope’s win in the 3,200 (10:00.00). Beauregard got firsts from Shaquille Williams in the triple jump (42-1 ) and Jadarius Sims in the high jump (5-10).

It was in 1A-4A girls, though, where another meet record was broken. UMS- Wright’s Kathryn Lazarchick, who started the day with a win in the 3,200 (11:23.55), came back a few hours later to win the 800 in 2:19.23 — breaking the state meet record in the process.

Lazarchick’s two wins boosted the Bulldogs to a huge 71-37 lead over Montgomery Academy, while Bayside Academy was third with 26 points.

“In the 3,200, I was just trying to pace myself, and in the 800, I just didn’t have the kick (I’m accustomed to having),” she said. “I was trying to go for the place more than anything else. I didn’t even realize what the old record was.”
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Coverage of the 2012 AHSAA Indoor State Track Champs
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 2-3, 2012 - Birmingham Crossplex, Birmingham AL

LINKS: AHSAA Site | Schedule |

Carmen Carlos stars on Day One, by Arthur L. Mack | 17 records tumble on Day Two, by Arthur L. Mack

FULL RESULTS: 1A-4A | 5A | 6A

DAY TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toolen completed her distance triple by taking the 1,600 on Saturday in US#3 4:57.42. McGill-Toolen also won the 4x800 in US#10 9:26.01. However, Hoover topped McGil-Toolen 112-104 for the girls team title.
  • Brandon Hazouri of Spain Park swept a distance double in the 6A boys meet, running US#10 4:21.11 in the 1,600 and US#13 9:25.57 in the 3,200. Spain Park won the boys meet with 77 points. Hoover was next with 71.5.
  • Hoover's boys won the 4x400 relay with US#8 3:21.76, holding off Spain Park's US#11 3:23.01.
  • In the 5A boys meet, Hunter Hawkins of Walker turned in an impressive 400-800 double. He won the 400 in 49.97 and placed second in the 800 (1:56.11).
  • Sophomore Shelley Spires of St. Paul Episcopal cleared 5-6.25 in the high jump for US#15. St. Paul Episcopal swept the 5A team titles.
  • UMS-Wright swept the 1A-4A boys and girls team titles. Raven Stewart of Guntersville won the 60 hurdles (9.10) and also the triple jump (36-7.75).

DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toole ran a new US#1 10:34.02 in the 3,200 meters to break the 6A meet record and also came within a half second of breaking the 800 record as well (2:14.94).
  • Derrick Johnson of Northridge led four boys under the 6A record in the 60 in the prelims. Johnson ran 6.96 seconds to lead Saturday's qualifiers.
  • Smiths Station's boys won the 6A 4x200 relay in a meet record 1:30.23, anchored by Quincy Smith.
  • Joy Maneice-Marbury of Hoover ran 7.73 in the 6A girls 60 to break the meet record. She signed with the University of Alabama earlier in the week.

Preview: State meet returns after 5-year absence

By Arthur Mack


It’s baaack!!!!!!

The state of Alabama has a prep state indoor track and field championship meet again after a five-year absence. The last time there was an indoor state championship was in 2007, when it was held at Celebration Arena in Priceville.

On Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, more than 1,000 athletes in classifications 6A, 5A, and 1A-4A will compete at Birmingham’s Crossplex Athletic Facility—a state-of-the-art complex, with a banked 200-meter oval, that is sure to yield some very outstanding performances.

There have been at least five meets held at the Crossplex, and it’s a safe bet that this weekend’s state championships will see performances out of this world.

Let’s take a look at what to expect this weekend:

Class 6A—The Birmingham-area schools seem to have the home advantage because they were able to participate in a lot of meets.

Hoover’s boys and girls swept the Last Chance Meet last weekend, and as such may well be the meet favorites. However, schools such as Mountain Brook, Mobile’s McGill-Toolen Catholic, Oak Mountain, Auburn, and Spain Park may very well make things interesting.

One race to watch is the boys’ 1,600 meter run, where Mountain Brook’s Peyton Ballard and Spain Park’s Brandon Hazouri are the co-favorites. Hazouri, last fall’s 6A cross-country champ, is also favored in the 3,200-meter run.

Another interesting race is the 400 meters, where two of the favorites are Smiths Station’s Quincy Smith and Oak Mountain’s Jakayrus Redwine. They finished 1-2 in the Last Chance Meet, both with times of 49.17 seconds.

In 6A girls, the athlete to watch is McGill-Toolen’s Carmen Carlos. Carlos has the Crossplex record in both the 1,600 (5:00.04) and 3,200 (10:45.04), set at the Last Chance Meet, and has been the state’s dominant long-distance runner the past few years. Another athlete who will make a big splash is Joy Maniece-Marbury, who has the state’s fastest timed in the 60-meter dash (7.65) and 400 (57.00).

Class 5A—The 5A boys and girls battles could very well each be played out between Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal, Scottsboro, and Central-Tuscaloosa.

The 5A boys features what could shape up to be a very interesting 800-meter battle between Walker’s Andrew Harris and his teammate Hunter Hawkins, St. Paul’s Dan Drew, and Scottsboro’s Evan McGee.

Drew and Jorim-Albrecht Frueh are expected to carry the distance load for St. Paul’s, while Central-Tuscaloosa will be paced by shot putter Devon Lockett, 400-meter runner Donnie Lee and 60-meter hurdler Brandon Bell.

In the 5A girls division, St. Paul’s Lacey Dent is favored in the 60-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump, and triple jump. Dent has the state’s best mark in the high jump (5 feet, 5 inches), and is the overwhelming favorite in the other events she’s entered in. Other St. Paul’s athletes expected to do well include distance runner Anna Braswell and pole vaulter Chanel Krause.

Latasha Russell (60-meter hurdles) and Sharday Branch (long jump) are expected to score big points for Central-Tuscaloosa, while Scottsboro will rely on its usually strong distance corps, paced by Maggie Thompson.

Class 1A-4A: Mobile’s UMS-Wright, a perennial 4A powerhouse, is the odds on favorite to sweep the boys and girls in this combined division.

The UMS-Wright boys, as always, will count on a strong distance group led by Chase Tan and Robert Hope. Other boys’ teams expected to place in the top 10 include Altamont, Bayside Academy, Randolph, Guntersville, American Christian, and Winfield.

On the girls’ side, Kathryn Lazarchick, Claire Kennedy, and Ellie Carter provide a powerful distance punch for UMS-Wright.

Others to watch are sprinter/hurdler Katie Brooks Boone of Westminster and hurdler Raven Stewart of Guntersville.
Earlier this week, the USTFCCCA (that's the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association) recognized the NCAA Division I all-region teams, revealing cream of the college crop for 2011. It also offered a chance to examine where those athletes went to high school -- and which states are contributing the most Division I talent.

Making the all-region is a byproduct of placing in the top 25 in one of the nine regional meets across the country last Saturday.

That means 450 athletes make the all-region teams, a list that skims the cream off the top of Division I cross country. And while it may not be exactly the 450 best ( because not all of the regions are equal), there is information here that may be eye-opening for high school athletes and coaches thinking about the next level.

The West Regional produced the fastest winning times, the fastest 20th place finishes and fastest 50th place finishes. That could be an indication that it was held on the easiest course, but it also indicates the level of talent in the West. Six women's teams from the West are ranked in the Top 30 nationally as well as four men's teams.

The deepest region for women may be the Great Lakes, where the top 50 finished within 81 seconds. The region with the fewest spaces up front for the men was the Mid-Atlantic Region, where the first and 50th finisher were separated by 84 seconds.

So where do the 450 all-region runners come from? Where is the fertile recruiting ground?

It may not come as a surprise that there are more Kenyans on the list (35) than there are Texans (30) or Californians (27). Additionally, 40 of the runners (or close to one-tenth) come from European countries. And 25 more come from Australia, New Zealand or Canada.

Would you believe that Pennsylvania produced more men on the list (12) than New York (8) or Illinois (8)? It's true. The Keystone state trails only California (15) and Texas (15). Also, 10 come from Indiana and nine hail from Georgia.

The women's list doesn't follow the same pattern. Texas (15) produces the most, which may seem odd because the state only runs 3,200-meter races for high school girls. Twelve of the 15 go to universities within Texas.

Ohio, the source of three of the men on the list, produces the same number of women (12) as California.

After Ohio and California, New York (11) and Michigan (11) are next, followed by New Jersey (10).

Pennsylvania, represented by 12 men, has just five women on the list. Iowa has six women, no men.

Here is a combined (men and women) breakdown by state or country where the athlete went to high school. Five states that did not make this list are Hawaii, Vermont, Delaware, Arkansas and Montana.

Kenya 35, Texas 30, California 27, New York 19, Michigan 17, Pennsylvania 17, Indiana 16, Ohio 15, New Jersey 15, Illinois 15, England 13, Georgia 11, Colorado 10, Utah 10, Virginia 10, Canada 10, Arizona 9, Connecticut 9, Australia 8, Minnesota 8, New Zealand 8, Missouri 7, Massachusetts 7, Florida 7, Tennessee 6, North Carolina 6, Washington 6, Iowa 6, Wisconsin 5, Ireland 5, Maryland 5, New Mexico 4, New Hampshire 4, Alabama 4, Germany 3, Uganda 3, West Virginia 3, Nevada 3, Norway 3, Kansas 3, South Carolina 3, Oregon 3, Wyoming 3, Nebraska 3, Kentucky 3, France 2, Belgium 2, Sweden 2, Idaho 2, Oklahoma 2, South Dakota 2, Mississippi 2, The Netherlands 2, Scotland 1, Maine 1, Czech Rep. 1, Rhode Island 1, Ethiopia 1, Venezuela 1, Zambia 1, Alaska 1, North Dakota 1, Portugal 1, Louisiana 1, South Africa 1, Estonia 1, Serbia 1 , Switzerland 1.
The cross country season continued to pick up steam over the weekend from coast to coast, with some of the nation's top teams and individuals getting their first taste of the competitive season.

Here is a recap, with links to specific meet pages with additional highlights and results:

Dyestat Cal editor Rich Gonzalez filed a thorough report on the Seaside Invitational, detailing the performances of several of the Golden State's top teams -- Palos Verdes and Trabuco Hills on the boys side, and the perennially strong Saugus girls. Jonah Diaz was impressive in victory.

Also on the west coast, North Central's boys from Spokane and the Bozeman (MT) girls made splashy debuts at the Tracy Walters Invitational in Spokane. (For those of you who don't know, Tracy Walters was Gerry Lindgren's coach at Rogers High back in the 1960s and a legend in his own right). Anthony Armstrong and Katie Knight got impressive individual wins.

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Pat Cooper/no_sourceFreshman Allie Ostrander leads the pack at a recent meet in Alaska.

Way up to the north, Kenai Central's fab frosh Allie Ostrander won meets on back-to-back days. She won a 3,000-meter race on Friday and then went sub-18 for her third straight win at 3 miles or 5K, this time at Alaska's Palmer Invitational.

In Utah, the Davis boys rolled to a big victory at the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo.

In Missouri, Rockhurst's Zach Herriott flipped the script on Rock Bridge's Caleb Wilfong at the Forest Park Festival. A year ago, it was Wilfong first, Herriott second. There was also a sparkling debut from freshman Hannah Long of Eureka in the girls race.

In Alabama, Carmen Carlos and Griffin Lee picked up individual honors, at the Mobile Challenge of Champions. Plus, Arthur Mack provides details of the team titles won by McGill-Toolen's girls (AL) and Brother Martin's boys (LA).

In Illinois, the New Trier girls rolled and the Niles North boys got a big lift from their No. 5 at the Peoria Woodruff Invitational. Amanda Fox dipped under 17 minutes for 3 miles and Garrett Sweatt got a big win on the boys side.

In Indiana, the Columbus North boys went 1-5-7-12-15 to win the 17-team Brown County Eagle Classic.

At the Mason Invitational in Ohio, the girls from Carmel IN made themselves at home, going 1-3-5-6-7 to make a strong statement. Meanwhile, at the always huge Tiffin Cross Country Carnival in Ohio, Tsehaye Hiluf (15:19.58) and Jacquelyn Crow (18:23.14) put up impressive early season times.

In New York, Lizzie Predmore demonstrated her might with a 61-second win on the tough Guilderland course.

And in New Jersey, Bronxville's Mary Cain's star continued to rise with a big PR at the Randolph Invitational, where she won by a whopping 82 seconds.

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