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McGill-Toolen’s Collins, Huff sweep decathlon, heptathlon titles; Oxford’s Denman, Anniston’s Rouse lead Calhoun County athletes

By East Alabama Sports Today

HOOVER – McGill-Toolen’s Graham Collins and Caroline Huff swept the AHSAA Decathlon and Heptathlon titles Tuesday at Hoover High School.

Collins was solid throughout and scored 6,914 points to win the 55th annual State Decathlon Championship. Hewitt-Trussville junior Stone Shellnutt finished second with 6,368.

Huff closed strong to score 4,339 points and won the 31st Heptathlon. Hoover’s Genesis Jones led after day one but slipped to fourth. Pelham’s Erin Long, third after the first day, rose to second place with 4,294 points.

Oxford’s Shane Denman was the highest-finishing Calhoun County athlete in the decathlon; he finished seventh (5289). Anniston’s Hunter Rouse jumped six spots into tenth (4980), Oxford’s Andrew Halpin was 14th (4842), Oxford’s Reed Robinson jumped 11 spots to 21st (4484), White Plains’ Matthew Moore 32nd (3846), Ohatchee’s Blake Noah 35th (3769), White Plains’ Jordan Singleton 36th (3720) and Ohatchee’s Tyler Hester 38th (3535).

Ohatchee’s Laura Hurst was the highest-finishing Calhoun County athlete in the heptathlon; she finished 21st (2969). Oxford’s Haley Dempsey was 24th (2821), White Plains’ Jordan Sabree was 35th (2254), White Plains’ Rian Chandler was 38th (1613) and White Plains’ Chasity Nelson was 40th (1441).

Rounding out the boys’ top five finishers in the 47-member field were senior James Courson of Hoover (6,229), Winfield junior Walker Junkin (5,671) and Hewitt-Trussville junior Caleb Young (5,518).

Collins won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.99 time Tuesday. Other event winners on the day were Junkin in the discus (135-06), Courson in the pole vault (15-5), Miguel Cortes of James Clemens in the javelin (165-8) and Homewood’s Logan Justice in the 1500 (4:33.07).

James Clemens’ Ashlee Osaji finished third in the heptathlon with 4,137 points, followed by Hoover’s Jones (4,111) and Hewitt-Trussville’s Sydney White (4,082).

The girls had three events Tuesday with Huff winning the long jump (17-11.75), Long capturing the javelin (122-04) and James Clemens’ Sylvia Cortes winning the 800 (2:22.42).

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