HOOVER — A pair of local tracksters led a competitive pack of contenders at the first day of the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Decathlon Monday at Hoover High.
Fairview's Caine Robinson completed the first five events as the Day 1 leader with 3,235 points. Cullman's L.J. Patterson was a close second with 3,189.
Robinson blazed his way to the top with a win in the high jump. He cleared the bar at 6'3.5” — no one else was closer than 5'11.5” — to tie the meet record.
Robinson rounded out the day with sixth in the 100-meter dash and shot put, seventh in the long jump and 13th in the 400-meter dash.
Patterson put himself in prime position entering the final day of competition by flirting with victory in three different events. The multi-sport stud was second in the high jump and third in the long jump and shot put. Patterson picked up eighth in the 100-meter dash and tied for 10th in the high jump.
The boys will wrap up the decathlon Tuesday with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500-meter run.
Addison's Kayla Pruitt made her mark with top threes in two events of the girls state heptathlon.
The Lady Bulldog tossed the shot put 36'2” — three feet further than any other female — and tied for third in the high jump
The heptathlon will conclude Tuesday with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.