Heptathlon and Decathlon Recap: Janie Ford!!!!

The AHSAA Heptathlon and Decathlon showcased outstanding athletic prowess from high school students across Alabama.  Janie Ford for those that aren't aware or have been living under a rock is perhaps one of the best all around athletes the state has ever seen and she is only a JUNIOR!  Janie put up 5257 points in the Heptathlon last week, winning 6 of the 7 events outright and setting a new state record! Sara Cothran of Oak Mountain had a strong performance battling with Katherine Lee of Auburn for 2nd overall.  Sara was also the only lady to edge out Janie in a single event, which came in the Javelin Throw!

Here are the key highlights and final standings from the events.

Women's Heptathlon

Overall Finals

  1. Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) - 5257 points
  2. Sara Cothran (Oak Mountain HS) - 4062 points
  3. Katherine Lee (Auburn) - 4024 points
  4. Emma Grace Howard (Pelham) - 3928 points
  5. Christiana Belcher (Vestavia Hills HS) - 3905 points

Event Highlights

  • 100 Meter Hurdles: Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) dominated with a time of 14.41 seconds.
  • High Jump: Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) reached the highest mark of 1.69 meters.
  • Shot Put: Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) led with a throw of 9.70 meters.
  • 200 Meter Dash: Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) was the fastest with a time of 24.69 seconds.
  • Long Jump: Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) achieved the longest jump at 5.73 meters.
  • Javelin Throw: Sara Cothran (Oak Mountain HS) threw the farthest at 37.60 meters.
  • 800 Meter Dash: Janie Ford (St. Paul's Episcopal) finished first with a time of 2:17.60.

It was consistency for William Numnum that allowed him to edge out his competitors in the Decathlon.  William was able to win 2 of the 10 events outright, but it was his other performances over the two days which helped him edge out Benjamin Thomason of James Clemens!

Men's Decathlon

Overall Finals

  1. William Numnum (Northridge High School) - 6494 points
  2. Benjamin Thomason (James Clemens) - 6341 points
  3. Isaac Pollard (James Clemens) - 6063 points
  4. Shaw Helfrich (Hewitt-Trussville HS) - 6011 points
  5. Brody Hamilton (Smiths Station) - 5828 points

Event Highlights

  • 100 Meter Dash: Antonio Hicks (Oxford High School) led with a time of 11.02 seconds.
  • Long Jump: Benjamin Thomason (James Clemens) and Mekhi Brown (Center Point High School) both reached a distance of 6.65 meters.
  • Shot Put: RJ Torbor (Hoover) excelled with a throw of 13.15 meters.
  • High Jump: Christopher Lawley (Hoover) achieved the highest mark at 1.87 meters.
  • 400 Meter Dash: Brody Hamilton (Smiths Station) finished first with a time of 50.88 seconds.
  • 110 Meter Hurdles: RJ Torbor (Hoover) won with a time of 14.57 seconds.
  • Discus Throw: William Numnum (Northridge High School) threw the farthest at 35.85 meters.
  • Pole Vault: William Numnum (Northridge High School) achieved 4.55 meters.
  • Javelin Throw: Brody Hamilton (Smiths Station) led with a throw of 48.72 meters.
  • 1500 Meter Run: Isaac Pollard (James Clemens) finished first with a time of 4:38.58.