This weekend’s Mobile Challenge of Champions meet could be very interesting, indeed.
Aside from the usual high number of participants in the Open Division — which will be held at UMS-Wright on Friday — there are some strong local and out-of-town participants in the Elite Division, which will be held at St. Paul’s on Saturday.
Friday’s Open Division will start at Erwin S. Cooper Stadium at 3 p.m. with the running events, while the field events begin at 3:30. Saturday’s Elite Division, which is held at St. Paul’s E. E. Delaney Stadium, starts at noon with the field events. The running events are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Meet director Steve Schoenewald said that sometimes, if there is an opening in an event in the Elite Division in case of a late scratch, an athlete in the Open Division can be moved up into the Elite Division depending on his or her marks.
“It seems like we have a few scratches here and there (in the Elite Division) each year,” he said. “We’ve had that to happen over the last few years. In the Open Division, there always seems to be some strong performances.”
Some of the events in the Elite Division are pretty loaded — especially in the girls’ pole vault. Three Fairhope vaulters — Savannah Morgan, the Class 7A state indoor champion, Anna Lineberger, and Holly Foley — along with McGill-Toolen’s Bradlyn Coursey and Spanish Fort’s Clara Sabo — highlight a strong field.
The high jump is headlined by Helena’s Jonah Hyde, the 6A state champion; along with Class 6A runner-up Stephon May of Homewood. In the girls’ shot put, McGill-Toolen’s Hannah Daffin, the Class 7A indoor champion, along with UMS-Wright’s Jill Coffee-Jackson (last year’s Class 4A outdoor runner-up) and Robertsdale’s Darrice Jackson headline a very solid field.
Other events to watch include:
Boys’ 4X100-meter relay where two-time state 5A champion Vigor will do battle with the likes of Central-Phenix City and Auburn.
Girls’ 4X800-meter relay where St. Paul’s will do battle with Hoover, the defending meet champion in the event; along with St. Joseph’s of Baton Rouge, La., and Catholic-Montgomery.
Girls’ mile where it should an interesting field that includes defending meet champion Amaris Tyynissmaa, Mississippi 5A state champion Brooklyn Biancamo of Long Beach and Alabama Class 7A defending state champion McKenzie Houge.
Girls’ 100-meter hurdles where the talented Baker duo of Aaliyah Brown-Muhammad and Kelsey White face among others, a pair of state champions — London Kennedy of West Feliciana, La. (3A state champion) and Jahnelle Saunders of Hampton, Va.