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Fri-Sat, April 3-4, 2009 - OPEN DIVISION @ UMS-Wright Prep - INVITATIONAL DIVISION @ St. Paul's Episcopal
DyeStat on-site for 10th consecutive year with SteveU, Arthur Mack, and photos by Walter Pinion

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Chalonda Goodman and Tavaris Tate with their DyeStat MVP Awards.  Photo Walter Pinion

Saturday - Chalonda Goodman GA (US#1 100-200 double) and Tavaris Tate MS (US#1 200-US#2 400 double and 46.4 4x4 relay leg) earn DyeStat MVP Awards- RESULTS
  • Newnan GA sr Chalonda Goodman blazes two US#1s - 11.64 100 (-1.4w) and 23.69 200 (-0.2w) - to dominate the dashes and repeat as girls DyeStat MVP.
  • Mississippi speedster Tavaris Tate (Starkville MS) gets his own DyeStat MVP double, burning a US#2 46.74 in the 400 to turn back Andre Carter's (Alexander GA) 46.97, then ripping a US#1 20.89 200 (1.6w) to set a meet record.
  • In front of the home crowd, St. Paul's Episcopal AL vaulter Neal Tisher wins the girls PV with a meet record clearance of 12-6.50, defeating Merritt VanMeter (Country Day LA jr) on misses, then rules the 100H in 14.49 (+1.4w).
  • Stonewall Jackson's Damien Thigpen scorched an impressive US#2 36.75 in the 300H.
  • Jumping in a familiar environment, St. Paul's Episcopal's Katherine White scales a meet record 5-09.25 for the victory in the girls high jump
  • The Catholic Baton Rouge LA boys win all three relays, speeding to a meet- and all-time Lousiana state record 7:53.45 4x800, zipping to a 42.07 4x100 win, and then finishing off the meet with a 3:20.03 4x400 victory
  • St. Louis LA sr Thomas Reinecke scares the meet record in the PV, finally winning in 16-01.
  • Damar Forbes (Martin Luther King GA) spans 24-00.00 (-1.5) on his final leap to secure the boys LJ win
  • Pass Christian MS jr Cory McGee drops down to take the girls 800 in 2:12.73, while UMS-Wright's Robert Willett comes from behind to take the boys 800 in 1:55.27
  • Hoover AL sr Patrick McGregor, owner of two sub-4:10s indoors, takes the boys mile in 4:18.13
  • Georgia sweeps the deuce:  Grayson GA jr Kirubel Erassa wins the 2M with a stunning come-from-behind 9:16.82, while Collins Hill GA sr Amanda Winslow pulls away to decisive 2M win in 10:45.06
  • Brittany Porter (Tower GA) scores the horizontal jumps double with a 19-04.00 (0.0) LJ win and 37-10.50 (0.0) TJ victory
  • Port Allen LA's Jonathon Johnson wins a close 100 in 10.53 (+0.4w), .03 up on Opelika AL's Corey Grant.
  • American Christian AL sr Bekah Hoppis successfully defends her javelin title with a 131-10 heave
  • Hoover AL sr Anthony May moved up from 2nd last year to take the HJ in 6-08

FRIDAY - Open Results - Open Athletes rise to the challenge: Arthur Mack Story

Goodman, Tate, McGee form a "Big Three" of returning talent - SteveU Preview
Tisher, McGregor lead Alabama charge vs. elites - Arthur Mack Preview

Among those returning this year to Mobile: (left) 2008 200/400 champ and new NIN 400 champ Tavaris Tate; (center) two-time mile champ Cory McGee; (right) DyeStat 2008 MVP and 6-time Nike National sprint champ Chalonda Goodman.  Amanda Winslow (getting nipped by McGee) is top seed in 2-mile. 2008 COC photos by John Nepolitan

Monsters of Mobile Pasts
2003.................................................2005 ........................................2007

Sprint doubles give you a great shot at an MVP Award. At left, it was the X-Man going 200/400
in 2003; center, Francena McCorory won the 100/200 in 05; At right, Sean Holston won the 200
and 400 in 07. Photos by John Dye (03 and 05) and John Nepolitan

Alabama athletes rise to the challenge again


Mobile, Ala., Saturday, April 4—Chalonda Goodman of Newnan (Ga.) and Tavaris Tate of Starkville, Mississippi lived up to their billings as two of the nation’s top track and field athletes when they were chosen as Most Outstanding Performers in the Mobile Challenge of Champions.

Certainly, Goodman’s double victory in the 100 and 200 meters (11.64/23.69) and Tate’s sweep of the 200 and 400 (20.89/46.79) were noteworthy.  But perhaps just as remarkable were the performances of Alabama athletes.

Twelve events were won by athletes from the state.  Just as impressive was that seven of them were won by Mobile-area athletes.  It apparently proved one thing—in a major national meet such as the Mobile Challenge of Champions, competition brought out the best in many performers.

Cases in point:
  • Neal Tisher and Katherine White, both of Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal, set new meet records—Tisher flying 12-6 ½ in the girls’ pole vault, breaking the record of 12-6 set by Lacy Janson of Sarasota (Fla.) Cardinal Mooney in 2001, and White clearing 5-9 ¼ in the girls’ high jump, breaking the old record of 5-9 set on 2004 by Carmia Carrol of Southern Lab.  Tisher also won the 100-meter hurdles, running away from the field with a personal best of 14.49.
  • Hoover’s Patrick McGregor, the nation’s #2 miler indoors, defeated a strong regional mile field, winning in 4:18.13.  Although his time was not exactly blazing, he made one very valid point, especially after performing so dismally (14th in 4:43) at last year’s Challenge of Champions meet: “You’d like to think that you can PR every week, but you got to pick your battles.  Last year’s performance was in the back of my mind, but that’s nothing I can do anything about.  Right now, I have nothing to prove; I just go out there and do the best I can.”
  • McGregor’s teammates, Anthony May and Matthew Braswell, certainly did the best they could.  After last year’s heart-breaking loss in the high jump in the Challenge of Champions, May came back and won it this year, clearing 6 feet 8 inches.  Braswell won the javelin with a 184-6 throw, upsetting fellow Alabamian Ben LaPane of Mobile’s Murphy, who came into the meet with the best throw in the state.
  • UMS-Wright’s Robert Willett solidified his standing as a nationally-ranked 800-meter runner, outlasting Grayson, Georgia’s Billy Kovallczyk 1:55.27 to 1:55.53.  Willett, who had earlier ran on the Bulldogs’ third-place 4 X 800 meter relay team—which clocked 8:01.01—had to come from behind in the race and run down early leader Quatez Rodgers of Starkville in order to get the win.  Said Willett later: “I just wanted to get into a good position to win.  The leader (Rodgers) looked like he was tiring, and I wasn’t feeling that bad.  At first, I though I was going to be too tired from the 4 X 800, but I was able to make a move.” 
  • Willett’s teammate, Sidney Jordan, one of the state’s best discus throwers, continued his success in that event, winning with a 164-4 toss.
  • Two Mobile girls’ relay teams—McGill-Toolen’s 4 X 800 meter relay team, consisting of Sage Blackwell, Emily Dolan, Megan Hawkins, and Carmen Carlos, and Murphy’s girls’ 4 X 100, consisting of Janae Jones, Alexandria Montgomery, Talisha James, and Amiracle Watson—scored convincing victories.  McGill-Toolen won the 4 X 800 in 9:41.21, defeating Pensacola, Fla.’s Pine Forest (9:46.10) and Collins Hill, Ga. (9:50.04).  Murphy ran the fastest 4 X 100 relay time of a Mobile-area team in more than 20 years, winning with a spiffy 47.59, well ahead of Pine Forest (48.14) and another Mobile area team, Prichard Blount (48.51).
  • And another McGill-Toolen athlete, Quinten Petty, won the triple jump with a 47-2 effort that was a new personal best for him in that event.  For Petty, who finished seventh in that event a year ago, the win was especially satisfying: “Coming into the meet, I wanted to do my best, get a personal record and impress everyone.”
For meet record breakers Tisher, who came in with the second best outdoor clearance in the country (13-1), and White, the victories were especially sweet.

“It was a little windy out there, but it was a gorgeous day,” Tisher said of the pole vault competition, which included Merritt Van Meter of Country Day, La., who wound up clearing 12-6 ½ but finished second because of more misses.  “My run was a little off, and I didn’t get many workouts because of field trips and the rainy weather.  But it’s time to get back to work on the 14-foot poles.  I’ve got three or four meets left, and I want to see 13 feet again this year.”

As for White, a sophomore whose main competition came from several other Alabama jumpers—Hoover’s Brionne Williams and Murphy’s Alexis Paine (5-6) and Sparkman’s Katie Huston (5-4)—she felt the best was yet to come.

“I slowed down on my approach on 5-6, but I picked it back up at 5-8 and 5-9 ¼,” she said.  “Right now, I’m trying to get to 5-10, and after that, 6-0.”

The Alabama crew showed it was at its best on the national stage with several other performances:
  • Auburn’s Chance Jackson’s win in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.75)
  • American Christian’s Bekah Hoppis’ repeat win in the girls’ javelin (131-10) and Murphy’s Lizzie Clough finishing 2nd (131-1)
  • Auburn’s Howard Graves finishing a close second in the 2-mile to Grayson, Ga.’s Kirubel Erassa (9:16.82 to 9:19.18), and Mobile St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Stuart Graham finishing fourth (9:25.76)
  • St. Paul’s Angel Watson notching a pair of runner-up finishes in the girls’ 100 and 200 (12.14/24.53)
Clough, a senior who was participating in her first full season of track, said this about competing in the Challenge of Champions: “It’s always good to come out and throw against people you never threw against before.  What makes it even more interesting is how the weather can affect throws.  It can help you or hurt you, and that adds to the excitement.  When you get that good throw, it’s really worth it.”

Meet Schedule/Records

Invitational Division - Saturday,April 4, 2009

St. Paul's Episcopal School




Running Events Meet Records


Girls 4x800

Wilson-Long Beach, CA.-9:04.54-2003


Boys 4x800

West Charlotte-Charlotte, N.C.-7:55.5-1998


Girls 4x100

J.W. North -Riverside, CA. -46.06-2003


Boys 4x100

Tricities-East Point, GA.-41.27-1999


Girls Mile

Cory McGee-Pass Christian,MS.-Pass Christian,MS.-4:50.67- 2008


Boys Mile

Anthony Chuilli- Christian Brothers- Memphis, TN. -4:14.27-2003


Girls 400

Stephanie Smith-N.E. Macon-Macon, GA.-52.98-2001


Boys 400

Xavier Carter-Palm Bay- Melbourne, FL.-45.88-2003


Girls 100

Erica Whipple-Suncoast- Riviera Beach, FL-11.24-1999


Boys 100

Casey Combest-Owensboro-Owensboro, KY.-10.34-1999


Girls 100 Hurdles

Char Foster-Clearwater Catholic-Clearwater, FL.-13.60-1995


Boys 110 Hurdles

DeAndre Eiland-Tupelo-Tupelo, MS.-13.66-2000


Girls 800 Meters

Brittany Hall- Meadowcreek- Norcross, GA.- 2:10.19- 2006


Boys 800 Meters

Brendon Mahoney-Marist-Atlanta, GA  .-1:50.8-1999


Girls 200 Meters

Erica Whipple-Suncoast-Riviera Beach, FL.-23.24-1999


Boys 200 Meters

Fernando Blakley-Blount-Pritchard, AL.-21.03-2000


300 Hurdles

Bianca Blair-Austin East-Knoxville, TN.-42.11-2007


300 Hurdles

Bershawn Jackson-Miami Central-Miami, FL.-36.33-2001


2 Mile

Laura Zeigle- Bingham- South Jordan , UT. -10:23.05-2002


2 Mile

Scott Fuqua-Oak Mountain-Birmingham, AL.-9:03.7-2001


Girls 4x400

Wilson-Long Beach, CA.-3:40.41-2003


Boys 4x400

J.W.North-Riverside, CA.-3:15.74-2007



Dyestat Most Outstanding Meet Performers                                     



Girls - Cholanda Goodman-Newnan - Newnan,GA.- 2008

    Boys - Tyler Campbell - Cordova - Cordova AL . 2008 




Field Events Meet Records


Girls Long Jump

La Clair Carter-Sidney Lanier-Montgomery, AL.-19'7-1/2"-2002


Boys Triple Jump

Phelon Jones- McGill Toolen- Mobile, AL.- 50'4-1/2"- 2006


Girls Pole Vault

Lacy Janson-Cardinal Mooney-Sarasota, FL.-12'6"-2001


Boys High Jump

Donte Nall-Chapel Hill-Douglasville,GA.- 7'0" -2006 /Tyler Campbell -Cordova -Cordova, AL.-7'0" -2008                       


Girls Shot Put

Khadija Talley-Columbus- Columbus ,GA.-45'8-1/2"-2004


Boys Discus

Zach Clayton- Opelika- Opelika, AL. - 190'3" -2006


Girls Javelin

Bekkah Hoppis- American Christian - Tuscaloosa, AL.-134'9" -2008


Boys Long Jump

Jonathon Brown Union County-Morganfield, KY.-24'3"-1999


Girls Triple Jump

Gayle Hunter-J.W.North-Riverside, CA.-41'1-1/4"-2004


Boys Pole Vault

Jordan Scott-Oconee County- Watkinsville, GA.-16'6"- 2006


Girls High Jump

Carmia Carrol-Southern Lab-Baton Rouge,LA.- 5'9"-2004


Boys Shot Put

Andy Fryman Mason County-Maysville, KY.-62'10"-2003


Girls Discus

Khadija Talley-Columbus-Columbus, GA.-140'2"-2004


Boys Javelin

Preston Chatham- St. Paul- Covington, LA.- 200'5" -2005

Friday's Open Meet

Field Events Schedule





Boys Shot Put

Girls Shot Put

Boys High Jump


Girls Discus

Boys Discus

Girls Javelin

Boys Javelin

Girls Long Jump

Boys Long Jump

Boys Pole Vault

Girls High Jump

Boys Triple Jump

Girls Triple Jump

Girls Pole Vault


Running Events Rolling Time Schedule
(Start - 3pm)

3200m unseeded - Girls/ Boys

4x100m Relay-Girls/Boys








3200m- seeded-Girls/Boys

4x400m Relay-Girls/Boys

Southeast Region Index