Sweet sweep: TRM boys and girls sweep state championships
Saturday in Birmingham, Brundidge got his wish as both the Tiger and Lady Tiger track teams were named class 3A state champions.
The boys track team posted back-to-back state championships and their seventh since 1991 and fifth since 2003 while the Lady Tigers earned their first ever championship.
The boys won 139-84 over Winfield while the girls won 114-98 over Bayside Academy.
T.R. Miller won boys 4A championships in 1991 and 1992 and 3A championships in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2009.
“I have been involved with sports ever since I was around eight or nine years old,” Brundidge said. “I have placed on national championship football teams and have been around some good football teams, but this has to be the highlight of my career.
“It has been great. Three or four years ago we were at the state meet in Gulf Shores and I saw Guntersville pull it off winning both boys and girls and I thought that we could do that at Miller. I have had that dream ever since and I have now been blessed. It is truly a blessing.”
T.R. Miller’s boys were paced by wins by Terez Lane in the long jump (21-7 3/4) and triple jump (44-1 1/4), and a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault led by Dakota Shultz’s 12-0 vault.
Madden McCall and Spencer Waldrep followed Shultz for the “trifecta” in the pole vault—one of only three sweeps in all six classifications over the weekend at the state championship meets in Birmingham and Gulf Shores.
T.R. Miller’s girls were led by Karisa Nelson’s 3A state meet record setting 5:13.77 in the 1600 meters and victory in the 3200 (11:38.59).
T.R. Miller’s boys placed first in four different events while the girls placed first in three.
Earning points for T.R. Miller at the state meet for both boys and girls were Keydra Shedrone in girls shot put with a fifth place finish, Johntae Brown in boys discus with a third place finish, Taylor Guthrie with a second place finish in girls long jump along with Amber Nelson in fourth place, Lane in first in the long jump and Kori Jackson in third place.
Amber Nelson took second in girls triple jump and Lane placed first in boys triple jump followed by Jackson in third and Kendrick Watson in seventh place. Mark Bryant placed third in the boys high jump and Catherine Reeves placed second in girls pole vault followed by Madison Floyd in fifth.
In boys pole vault, Shultz, McCall and Waldrep placed 1-2-3 with Leah Brundidge placing third in girls javelin.
In boys javelin, Ryland Dixon placed third and Joe McCorvey placed fifth in boys 100-meter dash.
In the boys 200-meter dash, McCorvey placed sixth and Shelby Youngblood placed sixth for the Lady Tigers in the girls 400-meter.
Wil Riggs placed seventh in the boys 400-meter dash and Guthrie placed fourth in 100-meter hurdles for the Lady Tigers.
In the boys 110-meter hurdles, Lane placed second and Anthony Herbert placed fourth.
Guthrie and Amber Nelson placed third and fifth respectively in the girls 300-meter hurdles and Herbert placed fifth in the boys.
In the girls 800-meter run, Karisa Nelson placed second and Matt Ray placed seventh for the boys.
In the girls 1600-meter run, Karisa Nelson broke the state record of 5:17.32 set in 2004 with a time of 5:13.77. Sister Katie Nelson followed in seventh place.
In the boys 1600-meter run, Brandon Nelson placed fourth and Matt Ray placed sixth.
In the 3200-meter run, Karisa Nelson placed first and Katie Nelson placed third followed by Shelby Youngblood in fifth.
Brandon Nelson placed first for T.R. Miller in the boys 3200-meter run and T.R. Miller’s 4×100-meter relay team took second place.
The Lady Tigers 4×400 relay team of Courtney Jones, Brittany Rush, Shedrone, and Youngblood placed fifth while the boys team of Jerric Woods, McCall, Shultz, and Riggs also placed fifth.
The 4×800 girls relay team of Katie, Karisa, and Amber Nelson and Youngblood took first while the boys team of Ray, Trevor Diercks, Christian Carlson, and Nelson placed fourth.