James Clemens senior track star Dylan Dryer shows off his gold medal by winning the 800-meter in a photo finish at the Cullman Classic. His effort leads the weekly AHSAA Track & Field Spotlight. Photo- AHSAA

Jets’ Dryer Leads AHSAA Track Spotlight

Cullman- James Clemens High School senior Dylan Dryer accomplished something rare at the 1A-7A Cullman Classic track and field championships last week when he beat Cold Springs senior Ethan Edgeworth.
Dryer clocked 1:55.66 in the 800-meter dash at Cullman’s Oliver Woodard Stadium, beating Edgeworth, a University of Tennessee signee, in a photo finish to put him in this week’s AHSAA Outdoor Track Spotlight. Electronic timing also clocked Edgeworth with an identical time of 1:55.66.
Dryer, an Alabama-Huntsville signee, excels in the 800-meter dash, having won individual 800 titles at the James Clemens Early Bird Invitational, James Clemens Invitational and 1A-7A Cullman Classic this season. He finished fourth in the 800 meters in Class 7A at the 2024 AHSAA Indoor Track Championships in early February.
Edgeworth, a senior making his outdoor season debut, won virtually every cross country and indoor race he had competed in during the current school year. He set the all-classification AHSAA individual cross country record by clocking 14:34.29 at the 2023 AHSAA Cross Country Championships. He also won Class 1A-3A 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter individual titles at the 2024 AHSAA Indoor Track Championships.
Interestingly, the time of 1:55.66 turned in by Dryer and Edgeworth ties the state’s best 800-meter outdoor performance so far this season. Hoover’s Cannon Peters also clocked 1:55.66 at the Vestavia Hills King of the Mountain meet earlier this month.
Peters delivered the state’s best 1,600-meter time of the season so far at last week’s Homewood Invitational, clocking 4:17.36.

Additional track spotlights from the AHSAA include:

ZARIA PARKER, JAMES CLEMENS: Clocked 12.08 seconds to win the 100 meters at the 1A-7A Cullman Classic at Oliver Woodard Stadium in Cullman. It’s the fastest 100-meter time for an AHSAA female sprinter this season.

CHARITY COLLIER, SPARKMAN: Finished third in the shot put at the Homewood Invitational with at throw of 37 feet, 4¾ inches.

JOE QUEZ KEITH, SPARKMAN: Ran third in the 300-meter hurdles at the Homewood Invitational with a time of 39.42 seconds.

COLE ROBINSON, JAMES CLEMENS: Won the 3,200 meters at the 1A-7A Cullman Classic with a time of 9:29.63.

 

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