St. Paul’s Janie Ford and Northridge’s William Numnum Set Records at AHSAA Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships

Hoover, AL – Defending state heptathlon champion Janie Ford of St. Paul’s Episcopal set a new AHSAA points record on Thursday, winning the 2024 State Heptathlon Championship. Northridge High School junior William Numnum delivered a strong performance, claiming the discus and pole vault competitions to secure the 2024 AHSAA Boys’ State Decathlon title.

Ford accumulated 5,257 points, surpassing her previous record of 5,118 set during the 2023 state championships. She dominated the long jump with an 18-09.75 leap and excelled in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.60. Remarkably, Ford won six out of the seven events over the two-day meet.

Sara Cothran of Oak Mountain secured second place overall in the heptathlon by winning the javelin throw with a 123-04 throw, finishing with 4,062 points. Auburn’s Katherine Lee placed third with a total of 4,024 points.

In the boys’ decathlon, Numnum finished with 6,494 points after winning the discus and pole vault events. He edged out runner-up Benjamin Thomason of James Clemens, who finished with 6,341 points, by a margin of 158 points. Thomason’s standout performance included a victory in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.64 seconds.

Decathlon Top 5: From left: 5th place: Brody Hamilton, Smiths Station; 4th place: Shaw Helfrich, Hewitt-Trussville; 3rd place: Isaac Pollard, James Clemens; 2nd place: Benjamin Thomason, James Clemens; 1st place: William Numnum, Northridge.
(AHSAA PHOTO | Jeff Segars)

James Clemens’ Isaac Pollard finished third overall with 6,063 points. Brody Hamilton of Smiths Station won the javelin throw with a distance of 159-10, while Dadeville’s Phillip Baker triumphed in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:49.89.

A total of 50 boys and 44 girls competed in the 2024 event, held at Hoover High School.

Top 10 Finishers: AHSAA Girls’ Heptathlon

  1. Janie Ford, St. Paul’s Episcopal – 5,257 (new AHSAA state record)
  2. Sara Cothran, Oak Mountain – 4,062
  3. Katherine Lee, Auburn – 4,024
  4. Emma Grace Howard, Pelham – 3,928
  5. Christiana Belcher, Vestavia Hills – 3,905
  6. Meg Wiginton, Hamilton – 3,749
  7. Brianna Stephens, Columbia – 3,718
  8. Emily Spooner, Vestavia Hills – 3,712
  9. Hallie Harrell, Jasper – 3,701
  10. Hailey Padgett, Mobile Christian – 3,637

Top 10 Finishers: AHSAA Boys’ Decathlon

  1. William Numnum, Northridge – 6,494
  2. Benjamin Thomason, James Clemens – 6,341
  3. Isaac Pollard, James Clemens – 6,063
  4. Shaw Helfrich, Hewitt-Trussville – 6,011
  5. Brody Hamilton, Smiths Station – 5,828
  6. Antonio Hicks, Oxford – 5,504
  7. Nic Fallin, Cold Springs – 5,436
  8. RJ Torbor, Hoover – 5,325
  9. Isaiah Mark, McGill-Toolen – 5,226
  10. Austin Abney, James Clemens – 5,198

Cover Photo: Heptathlon Top 5: From left: 5th place: Christiana Belcher, Vestavia Hills; 4th place: Emma Grace Howard, Pelham; 3rd place: Katherine Lee, Auburn; 2nd place: Sara Cothran, Oak Mountain; 1st place: Jane Ford, St. Paul’s Episcopal.  (AHSAA PHOTO | Jeff Segars)

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