By Lee Davis
While the weather outside the Birmingham Crossplex was cold during the Alabama High School Association indoor track meet last Saturday, the Hoover girls and boys teams were red hot.
The Lady Bucs won their fourth consecutive Class 7A championship with 123 points. Mountain Brook finished in the runner-up spot with 78.5 points. In boys competition, Hoover scored 111 points to overwhelm second place Hewitt-Trussville’s 58-point effort.
In Class 6A action, Homewood won the girls bracket, easily overcoming runner-up Opelika 151-62. The Patriots boys team, earning 73 points, finished second to champion Opelika, which totaled 89.
In Class 7A girls individual performances, Caitlyn Little won the 60-meter hurdles for the Lady Bucs, and Hoover took victories in the 4×800 and
4×400 relays. Genesis Jones of Hoover tied the Class 7A
record in winning the high jump, at five feet, four inches.
Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan won the 1,600-meter run in a record time of 4:59.96.
Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain won the 400-meter dash, breaking her own state record by completing the course in a time of 55.24 seconds.
In Class 7A boys individual efforts, Hoover’s Christian Strong won the 60-meter hurdles, while Trent Hamner took first place in the 400-meter dash and Tommy McDonough had the best time in the 1,600-meter run.
The Hoover boys also won the 4×800 meter relay.
In Class 6A girls, Homewood’s Ann Mosely Whitsett won the 400-meter dash and the Lady Patriots’ Caroline Lawrence earned first place in the high jump. Homewood also won the 4×400 meter relay.
The Patriot boys team won the 4×800 meter relay.
In Class 1A/3A girls competition, Payton Metcalf of Westminster-Oak Mountain won the final heat of the 60-meter dash. Westminster also won the 4×800 and 4×400 meter relays.
The Westminster boys also took first place in the 4×800 meter relay.