WATCH: Vestavia Hills Comes Out Of Nowhere To Win 4x800


Ethan Strand wasn't going to let Vestavia Hill (AL) High School lose on Friday at the Alabama State Track and Field Championships. 

Facing a seven-second deficit on the final handoff of the Class 7A boys 4x800 state title-race, Strand would not be denied as he led VHHS to an incredible season-best and US No. 5 performance of 7:52.23.

A total of five teams were separated by just four seconds and the state's top three finishers were all within a second of one another.

Oak Mountain's boys were state runner-ups in 7:52.41, while Hewitt-Trussville was third in 7:52.43. Huntsville was fourth in 7:54.04, while Hoover was fifth in 7:56.50.

The squad included Strand, sophomore Alex Leath, Strand's brother, Henry, and junior Jared Eudy

All together, it has been part of a very fruitful extended weekend for Ethan.

His anchor leg led to his third state title.

On Thursday, he won the Class 7A 1,600m in 4:11.77, which was a new class record, and then followed on Friday with his second win in the 3,200m in 9:12.88. That was also a new record. 

The 800m remains for Strand on Saturday.