The Homewood Indoor Track & Field team had their final regular season meet at the CrossPlex last weekend and earned top three finishes in both the girls and the boys. The Last Chance Invitational was the largest meet in the history of Alabama and one of the largest in the country with 137 schools and 2,200 athletes. The girls placed 2nd, only three points behind Hoover, and the boys were 3rd behind Auburn and Opelika. Opelika is in the same 6A division as Homewood, so Homewood will have to be at their best next weekend to win their third straight boys championship. Pelham is expected to be the girls’ main competition, but other teams will also be in the mix.
Kiara Williams led the girls team again by winning both the long jump and the 60m hurdles. Williams also placed 2nd in the triple jump. Elysa Griffin also had a tremendous meet by placing 3rd in the long jump and breaking her own school record in the 60m dash. Griffin was also the first leg of the 4x400m relay team that broke the school record and placed third. Hunter Midgett, Kristie Looney, and Ann Mosely Whitsett were the other relay team members. The 4x200m relay team of Griffin, Williams, Christian Hill, and Midgett also broke the school record but placed 4th against tough competition.
The varsity boys were led by Alazae Hester-Taylor who won the high jump and set a new school record with a jump of 6-5. Hester-Taylor was also 2nd in the triple jump and 4th in the 60m hurdles. The 4x800m relay team ran well and placed 2nd with Logan Sadler, Davis Platt, Hunter Poole, and Alex Ngei.
The AHSAA Indoor State Championships are Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th at the CrossPlex as Homewood looks to bring home the 9th and 10th blue state championship trophies in the program’s history.