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Siblings Marlon and Brittley Humphrey pose together after both took home state titles in hurdles events during the 2013 State Indoor Track Meet in February.
Behind siblings Marlon and Brittley Humphrey, the Hoover Buccaneers had strong showings at the 2013 State Outdoor Track and Field competition. While Marlon broke state records and led the Boys Team to a second-place finish, Brittley and the Girls Team took the title.
Earning 120 points at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state meet in Gulf Shores on May 3-4, the Girls Outdoor Track Team placed first in four of 18 events and took home the 2013 State Championship.
Brittley finished atop the board in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, posting times of 14.49 and 44.19 seconds, respectively. The Girls also claimed the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.01 seconds, and Chloe White topped the javelin throw with a distance of 39.21 meters.
Marlon claimed a state sweep of the 400-meter and shattered a 23-year-old state record by nearly half a second en route to victory in the 110-meter hurdles. His third state championship of the weekend was also a state record; his 36.33-second time in the 300-meter hurdles was .55 seconds ahead of the old record and nearly two seconds faster than second place.
“It’s pretty special to win,” he said. “To me, it always feels better to know you ran a better time than you ran previously. If I won with a pretty bad time I wouldn’t be that excited.”
Hoover’s Jordan Jones also took home this year’s title in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.93 meters.
Also, the city now owns another state record courtesy of Simone Charley, a member of Spain Park High School’s Girls Team. Charley posted a distance of 12.89 meters in the triple jump at the meet.