Outdoor Track

Last season (outdoor)

Spring 2018

After finishing 3rd in the outdoor season 2017 and 2nd just recently in indoor, our girls looked to finish well.  Despite injuries and other challenges, our girls finished fourth.  Senior Amber Mason repeated as State Champion in the long jump with a personal best of 17’ 5.75” and finished 3rd in javelin, leading the way for our women’s team.  Senior Mary Catherine Branyon and sophomore Catherine West finished 2nd in the 800 meter run and high jump respectively, while our women’s 4x400 meter relay also finished 2nd.  Relay members were 8th grader Leah Jha and seniors Emily Miller, Mary Catherine Branyon, and Amber Mason. 

Our young men’s team finished with our best since 2010, 6th overall. Our men’s 4x800m relay captured the State title with a 8:21.96, a new school record and 4.5 seconds shy of the 22 year State Meet record.  Relay members include senior Luke Dobbins, junior Bradley Schmidt, and sophomores Myles Cook and Ben Lane.  Senior Ahmad Al-Salem and Bradley Schmidt finished 2nd in pole vault and the 800 meter run respectively.  Our men’s 4x400 meter relay captured 3rd with 3:32.12.  Relay members include Luke Dobbins, Bradley Schmidt, Myles Cook, and sophomore Christopher Drayton.

the history of baTF (outdoor)

Team History

Since the first time both our young men’s and women’s teams cracked the top 5 at the State Meet in 2007, our men and women have averaged 8th and 4th respectively.  Our women have been State Champions in 2012 and 2013 and both programs have been State Runner-up with our young women finishing 2nd in 2010 and 2011 and our young men in 2008. 

Year

Classification

Women’s Finish

Men’s Finish

2018

3A

4th

6th

2017

3A

3rd

9th

2016

3A

9th

12th

2015

3A

7th

14th

2014

3A

3rd

10th

2013

3A

1st

11th

2012

3A

1st

18th

2011

3A

2nd

10th

2010

3A

2nd

3rd

2009

3A

3rd

6th

2008

2A

3rd

2nd

2007

2A

4th

5th

 

AHSAA All-State Runners

Since the 2007 Outdoor Track and Field season, we have had a total of seventy-two (72) All State Medalist with thirty-nine (39) of those being State Champions.  We have had twenty-eight (28) All State Relay Medalist with nine (9) of those being All State Relay Championship Teams.  State Champions by event and year are listed below:

Women’s Outdoor State Champs

  • Caroline Gill: High Jump (’07)
  • Sophie Bru: Pole Vault (’07, ’08, ‘09*)
  • Shelby Builta: Discus (’09, ’10); Javelin (’09, ’10); Shot Put (’10)
  • Alona Melendez: 100m Hurdles (’10, ’11, ’12, ’13); 300m Hurdles (’10, ’11, ’12, ’13); High Jump (’10, ’11); Triple Jump (’12)
  • Emory Builta: Discus (’11, ’13)
  • Trista Barry: High Jump (’12, ’13, ’14)
  • Lauren Chastang: Shot Put (’17)
  • Amber Mason: Long Jump (’17, ’18)
  • Women’s 4x400m Relay (’08, ’11, ’13, ’14)
  • Women’s 4x800m Relay (’11)
  • Women’s 4x400m Relay (’17 – Caroline Young, Mary Catherine Branyon, Emily Miller, Darby Kemper)

 

Men’s Outdoor State Champs

  • Stew Shoemaker: 800m Run (’08, ’09, ’10); 1600m Run (’08, ’09, ’10); 3200m Run (’07, ’08, ’09)
  • Caleb Josephs: Pole Vault (’08, ’09)
  • Men’s 4x800m Relay (’08)
  • Men’s 4x400m Relay (’10 – Stew Shoemaker, Cooter Blake, Camp Campbell, Joby Allen)*
  • Men’s 4x800m Relay (’18 – Luke Dobbins, Ben Lane, Bradley Schmidt, Myles Cook)

 

*State Meet Record

School Records

To view school records by event, use the following links that connect with our team page on Alabama Runners.  Most, if not all, are accurate records maintained by Alabama Runners.

  • Young Men’s Outdoor School Records (actual link: http://al.milesplit.com/teams/2207-bayside-academy/records#.WyfWOqdKjIV)
  • Young Women’s Outdoor School Records (actual link: http://al.milesplit.com/teams/2207-bayside-academy/records#.WyfWOqdKjIV) 


MEET HEAD COACH JOE SWAGART

Through twelve seasons as Head Track & Field coach of young men’s and women’s cross country programs, four years at Bayside Academy and eight years at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, Coach Joe Swagart has helped hundreds of young people develop a passion for track and field while also developing them in responsible young adults.

In Coach Swagart’s first two seasons with Cottage Hill, his programs competed in the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) where his young women’s team finished State Runner-Up in 2008.  During those two years, Coach Swagart had three athletes earn All-State honors (top three) nine times with six of those being State Champions and three relays earning All-State honors.   In his six seasons under the AHSAA at Cottage Hill, seven-teen athletes earned All-State honors twenty-two times, ten of those being State Champions.  Five relays earned All-State honors with two relays being State Champions.  The women’s teams finished 8th on average with a State Runner-Up finish in 2014 and the men’s teams finished 11th on average with best finish of 6th in 2011 and 2012. 

In Coach Swagart’s four seasons with Bayside Academy, eight athletes have earned All-State honors fifteen times, with two athletes having been State Champion three times (Amber Mason, long jump, 2017 & 2018; Lauren Chastang, shot put, 2017).  There have been eight relays to earn All-State honors, two of which have been State Champions: the women’s 4x400m relay in 2017 (Caroline Young, Mary Catherine Branyon, Emily Miller, Darby Kemper) & the men’s 4x800m relay in 2018 (Luke Dobbins, Bradley Schmidt, Myles Cook, and Ben Lane).  The women’s teams finished 6th on average with a best finish of 3rd in 2017.  The men’s teams finished 10th on average with the best finish of 6th in 2018. 

Coach Swagart attended college at the University of South Alabama, earning a B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics in 2004 and M. Ed. in Secondary Education in 2018.  He has been married to Nancy Swagart for nine years.  He and his wife have a seven year old son, Owen a 2nd grader at Bayside Academy, and another son, Isaac, who is three.  

 

 

 

 


Joe Swagart
Head Coach Track & Field
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