St. Paul’s Shelley Spires Captures 2013 Heptathlon Championship


HOOVER, Ala. – St. Paul’s High School junior Shelley Spires totaled an AHSAA Heptathlon  state-record 1,979 points on the second day of competition Tuesday to finish with 4,776 points to capture the 2013 individual championship.
    Spires, who finished second to St. Paul’s teammate Lacey Dent in 2012, won the long jump Tuesday with a leap of 18 feet, 1 inch, was second in the javelin competition and fourth in the 800 meters to win the title by 452 points. Amanda Dean, a senior at Mortimer Jordan, was second with 4,324 points. Dean was fourth last year.
    Rounding out the top five finishers were Taylor Young of Altamont (3,933), Chanel Krause of St. Paul’s (3,924), and Sarah Stanford of Hoover (3,866).
    Hoover’s Presley Weems won the 800 meters event with a time of 2:20.4 Tuesday, and Chloe White of Hoover won the  javelin with a toss of 116-06.