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May 2023

Just an update. This site (entirely created and paid for by a volunteer) was replaced a few years ago
When a new volunteer offered to run it (YEA!!).

It was moved to
After being dark for a bit, that site is NOW BACK UP and RUNNING! I will continue to pay for THIS site and web URL as a place to archive past Sparkman performances but it may not be updated unless a new volunteer can be found.

The school system page for the Sparkman Track program is –

I believe you can find current contact info there but better info is located at the other web site. Thank you for your interest in the Sparkman High School Track and Cross Country program!

2019 Cross Country

Cross Country (Updated 2019)
Girls Boys
Katie Huston 17:58.5220075KOmar Myers16:09.092019
Adriana Poole18.43.672007 Jacob Russell16:28.862016
Jessica Thornton19:30.372005 Seth Graham16:35.122015
Nicole Davis19:32.432001 Anthony Parameswaran16:35.602013
Kaylee Stewart19:55.802017 Parris Heilman16:40.602005
Kelsey Johnson20:31.352014 Harrison Miller16:44.162016
Hailey Brown20:32.692015 Stephen Simpson17:04.582011
Lauren White20:37.042019 Aaron Yarnell17:06.022001
Renita Vander Schaaf20:50.302013 Cedric Austin17:17.602005
Samantha Menikheim20:59.002019 Bailey Herfurth17:23.122014
Domineque Warner21:01.922001 William Lehmann17:28.682001
Annette Wilson21:03.842001 Jake Maier 17:30.282017
Jasmyn Woods21:06.552011 Justin Halley17:37.292007
Bailey Mehok21:27.812010 Joseph Jones17:41.432011
Makayla Tomaino21:33.462016 Archie Scott17:44.102019

2017 Bob Jones Invitational

Our SHS Cross Country team had great showing at Saturday’s Bob Jones Invitational.

Eight Senators set new Personal Records (PRs) today.
Senior Alex Hendrix, Juniors Miysteriey Anderson, Diana Baskin, Abby Wallace, Sophomores Brian Austin and Alaric Jack set new PRs in their Varsity 5K events. MMS 8th graders Austin Al-Dijaili and McKenna Kjelshus set new PRs at the 2.1 mile distance.

Junior Varsity Boys team continued to impress bringing home the FIRST place trophy, while the Varsity Boy’s and Junior Varsity Girls teams finished SECOND in their divisions.

Placing in the Boys Varsity were Seniors Jake Russell and Harrison Miller with Sophomore John David Ray, finishing second, third and ninth respectively. Senior Hailey Brown led the Varsity Girls with another great race finishing with a solid fourth place. JV Boys had FIVE top ten finishers, Austin Al’Dijaili coming home first, Freshmen Matthew Livingston and Omar Myers placing third and fifth, MMS seventh grader Patrick Moody seventh and Freshman Noah Terry tenth. Three JV Girls had top ten, Freshman Elisha Jones led the team with a second place, followed by MMS 8th graders McKenna Kjelshus and Baily Wallace placing eighth and tenth.

The team’s next meet is the Chickasaw Trails Invitational on Saturday, September 10th.

Good Luck Senators!

… And They’re Off !!!

Senator’s Cross Country team started their season Saturday at the Pepsi XC Challenge in Moulton!


Six members of the team placed in top 15 in their respective events.
Senior Hailey Brown turned in very respective 11th in the Varsity Girl’s 5K.
Seniors Jake Russell and Harrison Miller led the Varsity Boys to an overall 5th place team finish by placing 4th and 5th in their event.

Freshman Elisa Jones’ season started with a visit to the podium finishing 11th in the Girl’s JV 2 miler.
Monrovia Middle School 8th grader Austin Al’Dijaili and Freshman Matthew Livingston finished 10th and 13th leading the JV boys to a 3rd place finish in their race. It was a great showing for the Thomas’ brothers, Sophomore Adam and Freshman Isaac , both set Personal Records today.
Congratulations Senators!

Our State Qualifiers!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Sparkman qualifiers for this year’s State Indoor Track Meet!
For the Girls –

Soph- Lauryn Hall and Alessea Rice in the 60m dash
Soph- Zariah Trammell in the 400m
Jr- Hailey Brown in the 800m AND the 1600m
Soph- Makayla Tomaino in the 1600m
Jr- Gabrielle Griner in the Pole Vault.
and our Girls 4x200m Relay team of Soph- Lauryn Hall, Sr- Brela Bradley, Soph- Zariah Trammell and Alessea Rice

For the Boys –

Soph- Jackie Gibson and Fresh- Amerrit Pettus in the 60m dash
Soph-Justin Walker in the 60m Hurdles
Fresh- Hanif AND Shafi Muhammad in the 400m
Jr- Jake Russell in the 800m AND the 1600m
Sr- Bailey Herfurth in the 800m
Sr- Seth Graham in the 1600m AND 3200m
Jr- Daryl Bowden Jr. in both the Long Jump AND the Triple Jump
Our Boys 4x200m Relay Team of Fresh- Hanif Muhammad, Amerrit Pettus, Soph- Jackie Gibson, Justin Walker , Jr- Daryl Bowden Jr.
and our Boys 4x800m team of Fresh- Shafi Muhammad, Sr- Bailey Herfurth, Jr- Jacob Russell, Sr- Seth Graham

Record Result at the Regional Qualifier!

Congratulations to all of our Sparkman Cross Country Team runners on their performances in the Regional Qualifying meet.

We had individual State Qualifiers, A NEW SPARKMAN BOYS RECORD, a Boys Team finish of 3rd and for the first time in 16 years … our Sparkman Boys qualified a TEAM for State!

For the girls, Junior Hailey Brown not only PR’d in the 5k, she made the “All Section Team” and individually qualified to compete at State!!!
Also setting new “personal record” times in the 5k were, Soph. Makayla Tomaino, 7th grader Baily Wallace and Sr. Kaitlyn Williams.

For the Boys team It was Senior Seth Graham leading the way! Seth took an Individual 2nd PLACE, made the “All Section Team” and set a NEW SPARKMAN BOYS RECORD in the 5k distance! That’s the way to leave your mark as a Senior!

Also making the “All Section Team” was Jr. Harrison Miller who finished 10th with a new PR time!

We had another 4 Senators finish with PR times in the 5k Distance.
These were – Sr. Bailey Herfurth, Soph. Jake Maier, Fresh. Shafi Muhammad and Monrovia Middle 7th grader Austin Al-Dajaili.

Our State Qualifying Team was made up of – Seth Graham, Harrison Miller, Jake Russell, Bailey Herfurth, John-David Ray, Shafi Muhammad and Jake Maier.

While we have had several, State Qualifying runners over the past few years, to qualify as a team you must have at least 5, top point scoring runners in the event. We had 5 PLUS two more alternates.

It’s been a GREAT season for all our CC runners and we look foreword to seeing our Senators compete at STATE!

The Team Motto: I don’t stop when I’m tired, I quit when I’m done!! GO SENATORS!!

St. Bernard’s Oktoberfest Invitational

(shared from Facebook)

 On Saturday the Senator’s Cross Country team competed in the St. Bernard’s Oktoberfest Invitational in Cullman.

Though the course was the same as in the past, the race directors reversed the direction putting tougher hills towards the end of the race. But that didn’t stop many of our runners from shaving up to three minutes off their times from last year.

The Varsity Boys team finished an amazing third out of 18 teams to bring home another trophy. Placing in the 5K event were Seniors Seth Graham (8th), Bailey Herfurth (22nd) and Junior Jake Russell (9th). Setting PRs for the distance were Sophomores Jake Maier and Chris Meininger.

The Varsity Girl placers were Junior Hailey Brown (19th) and Sophomore Makayla Tomaino (23rd), both girls cutting about two minutes off their time from last year.

The Junior Varsity Boys finished fourth out of eight teams. Placing in the 2 mile event where Freshmen Kyler Waters (13th) and Hanif Muhammad (20th), who set a Personal Record for the distance.

Junior Varsity Girls finished fifth out of eight teams with two runners placing, Freshman Mary Frances Burch (4th) and MMS 8th grader Elisha Jones (9th). The team is looking forward to the final meets of season leading up to State Qualifying.

Come out Tuesday afternoon to John Hunt Park to cheer on the team, first race is at 3:00.

UAH Mud Run!

The Senator’s Cross Country team competed Tuesday in the Randolph Cross Country Classic at UAH. This meet is a favorite of runners and is called the “mud run”. Again Sparkman had some great times with 16 runners setting person records and six placing for awards.
–The JV boys team place FIFTH out of 21 teams with Freshman John-David Ray leading the way with a PR and fourth place finish, Freshman Shafi Muhammad placed 13th also setting a PR for the distance. Other PRs were set by Freshman Hanif Muhammad and Riley Edwards and MMS 8th graders Hayden Miller and Ryan Wilson.

JV girls place SEVENTH overall of 19 teams, led by 15th place Freshman Mary-Frances Burch.

–The Varsity boys, finishing FIFTH of 21 teams, and saw Senior Seth Graham taking home sixth place while Junior Jake Russell placed eighth both with new PRs for the distance. Also setting PRs for Varsity boys were Seniors Bailey Herfurth and Alex Walker, Sophomores Elijah Vargas, Jake Maier, Zack Brooks and Freshman Tyler Dixon.

Varsity girls were led by Junior Hailey Brown in 13th giving her a new PR. Sophomore Makayla Tomaino also recorded a new PR at the event. Congrats Senators on a job well done!!!

(article shared from Facebook)

A NEW Sparkman RECORD!

On Saturday, Sparkman’s Cross Country Team competed in the Chickasaw Trails Invitational, the largest meet the team participates in during the season with 100 teams registered.

While many of our runners saw NEW PR’s, the highlite would be the 2nd PLACESHS RECORD of Fresh John David Ray in the JV Boys 2.1 mile race!  John David ran an 11:14.7 in that race. Fresh Shafi Muhammad finished 14th and 7th grader Austin Al’Dijaili came in 28th.
Varsity Boy’s saw Jr Jake Russell placing with a 28th place finish.

Setting new personal records for the meet included Varsity Girls Jr Hailey Brown, Kirby Brown and Megan Mullins and Varsity Boys Jr Jake Russell; Soph Jake Maier and Liam Nelson.
Junior Varsity Boys setting new PRs were Fresh John David Ray, Riley Edwards, Hayden Miller and Kyler Waters along with 8th graders Ryan Wilson and Isaac Thomas.

Another Win for Sparkman Cross Country!

The Sparkman XC Team continued to shine with their STRONG performance at the Warriors Invitational  in Florence.

Varsity Boys finished in 1st PLACE led by Sr. Seth Graham who scored an individual 1st PLACE FINISH.
Jr. Jake​ R​ussell was hot on Seth’s heals with a 5th place finish and finishing just outside the top 10, in a field of 150 runners, was Jr. Harrison Miller in 11th and Sr. Bailey Herfurth in 12th.

JV Boys were also showing their strength with a 2nd Place Finish!
Sparkman was again represented strongly in the top finishers with (7th) Austin Al-Dijaili finishing in 3rd Place! Less than 6 seconds behind him on this 3200m course was Fresh. Shafi Muhammad who earned himself 4th Place. Rounding out the top 10 was Fresh. Isaiah Vasquez and not far behind him was (8th) Omar Myers in 12th.

Our Varsity Girls finished with a team, 8th place with our top finisher being Jr. Hailey Brown followed Soph. Makayla Tomaino  just 6 seconds behind her!

Fresh. Mary-Frances Burch lead the way for the JV Girls 5th place finish, with a very strong, individual 4th place finish. Scoring her first Top Ten finish was (8th) Elisha Jones who finished 8th.