Highlights: Rocket City Showcase

High energy and high marks were abundant at the first ever Rocket City Showcase.  Over 40 teams from across 4 states attended this first year meet hosted by Huntsville High School in partnership with RunningLane Track Club.  The weather was nearly perfect all weekend, with a little wind during the afternoon events, but that didn't slow some of the best in the state.

Ethan Edgeworth of Cold Springs continued his impressive senior campaign posting a 4:08.12 for the full mile.  This moved Ethan up to #4 all time in the state of Alabama.  According to Milesplit's database Ethan is 4th behind Patrick McGregor, Steve Bolt, and Ethan Strand in that order. With that being said there is more history behind Steve Bolt than the database contains.

The boys of Huntsville High School took down the Alabama Distance Medley relay record by 7 seconds clocking 10:18.74 which is also good for US #1 in 2024.  This took down the old record held by Mountain Brook in 2016 of 10:25.88.  Jack Gruber led off for HHS opening up with an impressive 3:14.25 1200m leg and passing the baton onto Brayden Watson, where he clocked a 51.84 in his 400m leg.  Owen Otto then took out quickly opening his 800m leg with a 57.7 split before closing out in 2:00.8.  With one leg to be run the record was certainly in sights, but the standout junior Eric Moore would not be able to to relax if they wanted the record.  Eric took the baton for the final leg with no competition in sight as he ripped a 59.92 opening 400m.  Moore would slow to 65s for the middle half of his 1600m leg before sealing the deal by closing in 1:01.21.  Eric's 1600m split, as captured by Xpress Timing, was an impressive 4:11.88! 

The Boy's Shot Put saw a tremendous 3 way battle between Patrick Adcock of Cullman, Nohyjah Taylor of Hazel Green, and Amir White of Whitehaven in Memphis, TN.  Both Amir and Patrick started the day off hot with their best throws coming on their first throw.  Amir threw an impressive 51-10.25, only to be bettered by Nohyjah moments later with his throw of 52-5.50.  These two marks would sit at the top of the leader board through most of the competition until Adcock made his 5th throw of the day.  Patrick then unleashed an impressive throw of 52-6, which would seal the boy's shot put competition. Patrick and Nohyjah are now ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively in Alabama in the shot put.  William Numnum of Northridge had a big day in the pole vault matching is indoor best by clearing 14-7, this moved William into Alabama #2!

In the boys 400 we saw Jaden King of Calera drop a new Alabama #1 with his 48.51, but it was all Austin McCall of Crosstown High School as he cruised to a new PR with his 47.28, which lowered his own Tennessee #1, but also moved him up nationally to #21 in the boys 400m.

On the ladies side at the RCS, we saw Zariah Parker of James Clemens drop the 2nd fastest time of the year in the state with her 12.09.  What made this impressive is that she was running into the wind to achieve this mark in the finals!  Alivia Urrutia of Bob Jones continued to show her talent as she posted an impressive 57.17 in the 400m finals, which ties her for Alabama #3.

In the field events Caroline Sanders did what Caroline Sanders does and racked up big points for Scottsboro in long, triple, and high jump.  Caroline placed 1st in the triple leaping 38-03, 1st in the long jump with a 19-01, and 4th in the 200. Caroline was also joined Ceaira Wine of Northridge and Jasmyne Rochelle of Bob Jones in clearing 5-04 in the high jump.  In javelin Kyla Sisulak of Huntsville showed her versatility as she threw 123-04.  Kyla also competed in the 800m and full mile, where she managed to pr in the 800 and was only 1 second shy of a 1600m pr.

In the ladies 4x100m race the Lady Jets of James Clemens set their mark on the state by posting an impressive 47.93, which is good for Alabama #2.

In the team competition it was a Huntsville Sweep, as Huntsville High and Middle took home the team title on both the girls and boys side.