St. Bernard exited the Class 1A-3A state track and field meet with a pair of shiny Red Map trophies.

The boys finished second to Falkville (126 to 74), while the girls placed behind Falkville (91.5 to 74) as well in the 1A competition following the completion of the annual event on Saturday at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium.

Both squads were nearly 30 points clear of third place.

Gracie Loyd earned silver medals in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, while Emma Powell placed second in the 3,200-meter run to help the Lady Saints claim their second Red Map — they competed in 2A in 2018 — in as many years.

Loyd capped off a remarkable four-medal performance — she finished second in the long jump and third in the triple jump on Day 1 — with a gutsy effort on Saturday.

The senior spent much of her week on crutches dealing with a nagging hip flexor issue.

"It was my senior year, and I had promised I was going to give it all I had — whether I finished fifth or whether I finished last," Loyd said. "To be able to contribute to such an amazing team is phenomenal and one of those feelings you're never going to live down.

"The group of girls we have is just phenomenal. We made a promise before state that we were going to get a map no matter what."

Guthery, meanwhile, wrapped up a superb four-medal outing of his own with first-place finishes in the 800-meter run (2:02.78) and 3,200-meter run (10:44.58) on Saturday. The junior also finished second in the 1,600-meter run and contributed to a silver-medal performance in the 4x800-meter relay Friday.

Joseph Arriaga (3,200-meter run) and John Christian Rose, Ian Sidley, Nikolas Borths and David Kim (4x400-meter relay) notched bronze for the Saints, runners-up for the second time since 2017.

"Coming into this meet, we knew Falkville was way out ahead of us," Guthery said. "But we also knew we could do something special. So we were striving for that all season. We don't have a huge team — I think we brought nine people to state — so just the fact that we were able to take home a map is just a feeling that I really can't explain at all. It's one of the best feelings."

St. Bernard coach William Calvert was proud of his team's performances.

"They only give two trophies out at the state meet," he said. "Certainly, you want to get the blue one. But with 40-plus teams competing, and you can get one of them — that's a great feeling. I'm happy for the kids, happy for the few seniors we have. We have a young team, so we're looking for even better things next year. We've had some obstacles this year with injuries, some sickness early. And then the weather, of course, has been horrible for everybody.

"But to persevere through that and do our best at state ... that's what we always shoot for and that's what we always talk about, and our kids seem to always step up and do their best at state. That's what they did the past two days."

Cold Springs' boys finished fifth in 2A, while the Lady Eagles were sixth.

Vinemont (girls) and Holly Pond (girls) placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in 3A.

See top-eight local performances from Saturday below:

Varsity Girls

St. Bernard (Class 1A)

% Gracie Loyd, second in 100-meter hurdles and second in 200-meter dash 

% Emma Powell, second in 3,200-meter run and fifth in 800-meter run

% Claire Sanders, fifth in 3,200-meter run

Cold Springs (Class 2A)

% Ashleigh White, third in 800-meter run

% Reagan Parris, sixth in 3,200-meter run

% Brooke Crider, Ava Akridge, Katie Jewell and Ashleigh White, sixth in 4x400-meter relay

% Brooke Crider, eighth in 800-meter run

Holly Pond (Class 3A)

% Camilla Chambers, third in 3,200-meter run

Vinemont (Class 3A)

% Emily Cheatwood, fifth in 100-meter hurdles

Varsity Boys 

St. Bernard (Class 1A)

% Caleb Guthery, first in 3,200-meter run (10:44.58) and first in 800-meter run (2:02.78)

% Joseph Arriaga, third in 3,200-meter run

% John Christian Rose, Ian Sidley, Nikolas Borths and David Kim, third in 4x400-meter relay

% Joey McCarthy, fourth in 3,200-meter run

% Nikolas Borths, fifth in 300-meter hurdles

Cold Springs (Class 2A)

% Mason Harris, second in 110-meter hurdles and third in 300-meter hurdles

% Trentan Williams, third in 800-meter run

% Seth Walker, sixth in 3,200-meter run

% Cole Akridge, Trentan Williams, Aaron Spurger and Mason Harris, sixth in 4x400-meter relay

% Jonathan Collett, seventh in 3,200-meter run

% Cole Akridge, eighth in 800-meter run

Class 4A-7A State Meet (Gulf Shores)

See top-eight local performances from Saturday below:

Varsity Girls

Cullman (Class 6A)

% Caroline Hollingsworth, seventh in long jump

Varsity Boys

Cullman (Class 6A)

% Nic Glass, seventh in long jump

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at​

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