Photo by Jeff Thompson.
Bucs 2014 Indoor Track State Champion, State Records
Coach Devon Hind introduces senior runners from the Lady Bucs who accepted scholarships Feb. 5. From left are Shaina Cadet, Errin Perry, Sarah Sanford and Chloe White.
Hoover High swept the Alabama Indoor Track Championships in February, taking home top honors for both the boys' and girls' teams.
According to the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), the Lady Bucs won the 6A state title for the first time since 2006. The event concluded Feb. 4 at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
Hoover scored 130 points, and runner-up Pelham scored 72. The Lady Bucs' 4x400 relay team set a new state record with a winning time of 3:56.58.
"With these records, we’re talking about 40 to 50 years of history," Coach Devon Hind said in describing relay team member Shaina Cadet. "And she was on a relay team that bettered any team in the state in the last 40 to 50 years."
Brittley Humphrey and Sarah Sanford finished first and second place in the 60-meter hurdles. Humphrey held the previous state record in the event, and first broke it during preliminary competition on Feb. 3 with an 8.71. The next day, she ran the event 8.54 to set another record.
Hind said Humphrey's time in the 60-meter hurdles now ranks her as No. 1 in the nation in the event.
"It just makes me want to get better for next year," Brittley said.
Sanford finished the same event with 9.0 time, which the AHSAA reported bettered the state record times in all other Class competitions.
"All my competitive coaches wondering when the heck she’s going to graduate," Hind said of Sanford. "She's been a thorn in their sides for four years.
In the boys’ championship, Hoover won with 90 points without Marlon Humphrey, who AHSAA reported was injured in preliminary competition on Feb. 3 and did not compete in the finals. Auburn was second with 71 points and Opelika third with 64.