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HT’s Shelnutt, Long finish first, second in state championship

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

HOOVER — Hewitt-Trussville seniors Stone Shelnutt and Caleb Long finished 1-2 in the final standings of the 56th AHSAA State Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School Football Stadium.

Shelnutt finished the first day with 3,594 points and totaled 6,481 after Tuesday’s final events to claim the 2019 Decathlon state title. Long, 176 points back at 6,305, took second. Rounding out the top five were Bob Jones junior John Murray (6,241), Mountain Brook senior Baynes Autrey (5,975) and Thompson senior Dominique Hall (5,701).

Shelnutt won the 100-meter dash with a state decathlon record 10.88 time on Monday and also captured the long jump with a leap of 22-01 and the 400-meter dash in 49.52 seconds.  He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.85 on Tuesday, finished third in the pole vault clearing 13-05.25 and was seventh in the discus.  Long won the javelin throw with a 179-02 toss.

Photo by ASHAA

David Dobbs, who is the head coach for Hewitt-Trussville’s boys cross county, as well as boys indoor and outdoor track, was very pleased with how well these two student athletes represented themselves, their community and Hewitt-Trussville High School.

“(I’m) very proud of Stone and Caleb for finishing 1-2 on Decathlon this year,” said Dobbs. “Ten events over two days is very taxing on the body and to have it at the end of a very long season makes it even tougher. Auburn and Montevallo are both getting athletes with a very strong work ethic and it showed over the last two days. They both represented Hewitt-Trussville HS with class. Our other two athletes, Caleb Kettering and Ethan Womack, represented well for their first decathlon and will do well for us next year.

A total of 50 participated in the decathlon competition this year.

Top 10 / Final Standings

1-Stone Shelnutt, Hewitt-Trussville           6,481
2-Caleb Long, Hewitt-Trussville                  6,305
3-John Murray, Bob Jones                           6,241
4-Baynes Autrey, Mountain Brook            5,975
5-Dominique Hall, Thompson                     5,701
6-Trey McFarland, Randolph County        5,521
7-David Dolan, McGill-Toolen                     5,414
8-Trevor Hunziker, James Clemens           5,378
9-Edwin Rainey, Northridge                        5,356
10-Eli Brooks, Homewood                           5,151

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