Local athletes shine in state track and field meets


Pictured left to right are medalists from the AHSAA 4A-7A State Track and Field meet, which took place in Gulf Shores last weekend: Cullman's Anna Franklin, West Point's Hunter Appling, Cullman's Caroline Hollingsworth and Cullman's Will Kress. (Photos courtesy of Kim Hall)

CULLMAN – Several local schools and athletes collected hardware at the AHSAA State Track and Field meets last week. The 1A-3A meet was hosted at Cullman High School and the 4A-7A meet in Gulf Shores.

In class 1A, Addison’s girls took fifth place and Meek’s girls finished 21st. Meek’s boys placed ninth with Addison’s boys came in 19th. On the 2A side, St. Bernard’s girls took home the silver, Cold Springs’ girls finished fifth, St. Bernard’s boys placed fifth and Cold Springs’ boys landed just behind them in sixth place. In class 3A, the Lady Eagles of Vinemont took 15th place and Hanceville’s boys finished 24th.

State champions!

Several area athletes brought home gold medals, finishing first in the state in their respective events.

1A-3A Meet winners:

  • Addison’s Emee Baldwin set a new 1A state record for pole vault Friday morning with a mark of 10-08.
  • Addison's Abbie Chambless took silver in the high jump.
  • St. Bernard’s Leahrose Mami had a big day as well, pulling off a clean sweep in her individual events, taking home gold in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs; she also helped the Lady Saints’ 4×800 meter relay team finish with a gold medal.
  • Cold Springs’ Grace Chambers placed first in the 2A discus throw with a throw of 30.65m.
  • St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs as well as helped the Saints’ 4×800 meter relay team make first place.
  • St. Bernard’s Elijah Price won gold in the high jump.
  • Meek’s John Mark Abercrombie took first place in the javelin throw.

At the 4A-7A Meet in Gulf Shores, Good Hope’s boys placed 33rd overall in 4A and the Lady Raiders took 21st. West Point and Fairview’s girls finished 25th and 29th, respectively, and the boys’ squads placed 12th and 27th. Cullman’s boys managed to finish 18th on the weekend and the Lady Bearcats finished highest amongst local teams at the meet in ninth place.

More state champions!

4A-7A Meet winners:

  • Multiple local athletes took home hardware, but West Point’s Hunter Appling took home a new state record as well. Appling placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a new state-best time of 14.10, beating a 21-year-old record time of 14.13. Appling also snagged the gold in the 300-meter hurdles.
  • Cullman’s Caroline Hollingsworth also put on a gold medal performance over the weekend, finishing first in the high jump with a mark of 5-04.00.
  • Two more Bearcats, Will Kress and Anna Franklin, claimed silver medals in the 110-meter hurdles and pole vault events, respectively.

All local top eight performers. Top eight finishers received points.

Addison (1A)

Abbie Chambless, High Jump – second place

Girls 4×100 Meter Relay Team – fourth place

Emee Baldwin, Pole Vault – first place. 100 Meter Hurdles – fourth place

Destiny Walker, Long Jump – sixth place

Amanda Erb, Shot Put – seventh place

Brianna Chandler, Discus Throw – seventh place

Hayden Ray, Shot Put – sixth place

Ben Robinson, Triple Jump – sixth place

Weston Smith, Discus Throw – sixth place

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay Team – sixth place

Meek (1A)

Jaycey Bowling, Pole Vault – third place

Caleb Aaron, 110 Meter Hurdles – fifth place

John Mark Abercrombie, High Jump – second place. Javelin – first place. Shot Put- eighth place

Kenneth Sherer, High Jump – sixth place

St. Bernard (2A)

Leahrose Mami, 800, 1600, 3200 Meter Run – first place

Girls 4×800 Meter Run – first place

Gracie Loyd, 200 Meter Dash – fifth place. 100 Meter Hurdles – third place. Long Jump – fourth place. Triple Jump – fifth place

Anna Faulk, Pole Vault – third place. 300 Meter Hurdles – eighth place

Claire Sanders, 800 Meter Run – third place

Eva Barck, 3200 Meter Run – seventh place

Ashley Duke, Javelin Throw – fifth place. Discus Throw – eighth place

Andrew Sweeney, 1600 and 3200 Meter Run – first place. 800 Meter Run – third place

Caleb Guthery, 800 Meter Run – fifth place. 1600 Meter Run – fifth place

Boys 4×800 Meter Relay Team – first place

Elijah Price, High Jump – first place

Cold Springs (2A)

Ava Akridge, 800 Meter Run – eighth place. 1600 Meter Run – fifth place. 3200 Meter Run – fifth place

Girls 4×800 Meter Relay Team – fifth place

Lily McSpadden, High Jump – fourth place. Long Jump – eighth place

Emi Harbison, High Jump – eighth place

Zoe Strawbridge, Pole Vault – fifth place

Grace Chambers, Discus Throw – first place. Shot Put – seventh place

Aubrey Negron, Discus Throw – fifth place. Shot Put – sixth place

Kinley Campbell, Discus Throw – fourth place. Javelin – fourth place

Mason Harris, 400 Meter Dash – third place. 110 Meter Hurdles – third place. 300 Meter Hurdles – fifth place

Trentan Williams, 800 Meter Run – fourth place. 1600 Meter Run – eighth place

Jonathan Collett, 3200 Meter Run – sixth place

Seth Walker, 3200 Meter Run – seventh place

Brian McAnnally, Discus Throw – sixth place. Shot Put – sixth place

Vinemont (3A)

Emily Cheatwood, Triple Jump – fifth place

Kanasta Daniel, Javelin – fourth place

Hanceville (3A)

Aaron Brown, 3200 Meter Run – fifth place

Good Hope (4A)

Bijou Phillips, 800 Meter Run – eighth place. 1600 Meter Run – sixth place. 3200 Meter Run – fifth place

Tommy Fetters, Pole Vault – fifth place

West Point (5A)

Hunter Appling, 110 and 300 Meter Hurdles – first place

Sadie Junkins, 100 Meter Hurdles – fifth place. 300 Meter Hurdles – eighth place

Fairview (5A)

Abby Schnittker, Triple Jump – sixth place

Lorin Zehr, Discus Throw – eighth place

Dylan Garner, Discus Throw – fourth place

Cullman (6A)

Caroline Hollingsworth, High Jump – first place

Girls 4×800 Meter Relay Team – seventh place

Anna Franklin, Pole Vault – second place

Ragan Carter, Discus Throw – fifth place

Eli Wilhite, 3200 Meter Run – sixth place

Jackson Tucker, 3200 Meter Run – seventh place

Will Kress, 110 Meter Hurdles – second place

Boys 4×800 Meter Relay Team – sixth place

Colby Hutson, Pole Vault – eighth place

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