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Girls Track & Field Win 4th Straight, Boys State Runners-Up

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Girls Team Pic Outdoor State 2017

Boys Team Pic Outdoor State 2017  Boys and Girls Team Pic Outdoor State 2017

The girls team won their fourth consecutive Outdoor Track & Field State Championship this weekend in Gulf Shores, and the boys earned the runner-up trophy.  The Homewood girls scored 128 points, and Opelika came in 2nd with 80 points.  The Homewood boys were ahead after two days of competition but ended up losing to Opelika by 19 points.  The championship is Homewood’s 10th championship in track and field and the 16th for the track and field and cross country program.  Additionally, the girls program won a triple crown, which is when a team wins championships in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field in a school year.  This is a rare feat, and it was accomplished by the boys team in 2013-14.

Jasmine Griffin had an incredible weekend and won four gold medals.  Griffin won the 100m, 400m, and 300m hurdles in her individual events, and she was also on the 4x400m relay team that won.  Ann Mosely Whitsett, Caroline Lawrence, and Lainey Phelps were also on the 4x400m relay team that won the gold.  Celie Jackson led the distance runners by winning the 3200m and placing 2nd in the 1600m.  Caroline Lawrence continued her dominance in high jump and won the event, and she also placed 3rd in the 800m.  Ann Mosely Whitsett won her 4th career individual state title by winning the 800m, and she was also 6th in the 400m.  Lainey Phelps added her 6th career individual state title by winning the 1600m.  Christian Hill earned All-State honors in long jump by placing 2nd.  The girls 4x800m relay team (Edie Smith, Adah Allen, Hanna Brook Gibbons, Celie Jackson) earned All-State honors by placing 2nd.

Will Stone, Jackson White, and Paul Selden led the boys team and all earned All-State honors.  Will Stone finished off his outstanding year by placing 2nd in the 3200m, 3rd in the 1600m, and 6th in the 800m.  Jackson White completed his impressive career with Homewood by finishing 2nd in the pole vault with a jump of 14 feet, which tied his personal best.  White also finished 4th in javelin after breaking the school record in the event earlier in the year.  Paul Selden also capped off a stellar career by placing 3rd in the 3200m and 5th in the 1600m.  The 4x800m relay team (Pierce Jackson, Paul Selden, Brady Cassell, Will Stone) earned All-State honors by finishing 2nd.

Here is the full list of those who were individual/relay state champions, All-State performers, and point scorers.

State Champions

Jasmine Griffin – 100m, 400m, 300m Hurdles

Celie Jackson – 3200m

Caroline Lawrence – High Jump

Lainey Phelps – 1600m

Ann Mosely Whitsett – 800m

4x400m – Jasmine Griffin, Ann Mosely Whitsett, Caroline Lawrence, Lainey Phelps

All-State (Top 3)

Celie Jackson – 2nd 1600m

Christian Hill – 2nd Long Jump

Will Stone – 2nd 3200m, 3rd 1600m

Jackson White – 2nd Pole Vault

Caroline Lawrence – 3rd 800m

Paul Selden – 3rd 3200m

4x800m Girls (2nd) – Edie Smith, Adah Allen, Hanna Brook Gibbons, Celie Jackson

4x800m Boys (2nd) – Pierce Jackson, Paul Selden, Brady Cassell, Will Stone

Points Scored (Top 8)

Pierce Jackson – 4th 800m, 6th 1600m

Jackson White – 4th Javelin

Aiya Finch – 5th Triple Jump, 7th Long Jump

Paul Selden – 5th 1600m

Stephon May – 5th High Jump

Eli Brooks – 5th Pole Vault

Ann Mosely Whitsett – 6th 400m

Will Stone – 6th 800m

Madison Kirkwood – 8th 100m Hurdles

Edie Smith – 8th 1600m

Alex Brooks – 8th Pole Vault

Kayla Mikula – 8th Triple Jump

Josh Thomas – 8th Triple Jump

4x100m Girls (4th) – Christian Hill, Makiyah Sills, Sh’Nyah Wayne, Briana Rapley

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