Jaguars capture indoor track and field title
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
The Spain Park High School boys’ indoor track and field team captured the Magic City Invitational, the first high school indoor track and field event in the state since 2007, after competing in a field of 22 teams Dec. 10 at the new Birmingham Crossplex Arena.
The Jaguars edged Northridge by one point to claim the championship in the event, which marked the official return of indoor track and field as an Alabama High School Athletic Association sport after a three-year absence.
Three Spain Park athletes on the boys’ team captured individual championships.
The Jaguars’ Myles Charley won the boys’ triple jump competition with his jump of 46 feet, 10 inches, which edged Barclay Angle of Madison Central by more than six inches. Charley also finished second overall in the boys’ long jump event with his leap of 23 feet, 10.75 inches.
Joseph Williams of Spain Park claimed the boys’ shot put title with his toss of 53 feet, 10 inches.
Steven Crain of Spain Park claimed the boys’ 1600-meter run with his time of 4:31.34, which edged Ian Carter of Hewitt-Trussville by just less than one second. Crain also finished second in the boys’ 3200-meter run with his time of 9:52.02.
Brandon Hazouri of Spain Park finished second in the boys’ 800-meter run with his time of 1:59.47.
The Pelham High School girls’ indoor track and field team finished sixth in the girls’ team standings.
Caitland Smith and Taylor Davis led the Panthers with a couple of second-place finishes in individual events.
Smith finished second overall in the girls’ long jump competition with her leap of 16 feet, 9.75 inches. Smith also came in second overall in the girls’ 60-meter dash with her time of 7.82 seconds.
Davis finished second overall in the girls’ high jump competition with her jump of 4 feet, 10 inches.
Spain Park finished ninth in the girls’ team standings.
The Jaguars were led by Simone Charley, who captured a pair of individual titles.
Charley claimed the girls’ long jump championship with her jump of 17 feet, 9.5 inches. Charley also won the girls’ triple jump event with her leap of 40 feet, 1.25 inches.