MONTGOMERY – The South girls’ placed four runners in the top five finishers Wednesday morning to beat the North 19-36 in the third annual North-South All-Star Cross Country competition being held at Auburn-Montgomery University as part of the AHSAA All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference.
The North boys’ team won a close 27-28 victory over the South in the North-South boys’ race. All participants were rising seniors.
Leading the South, coached by Paul Agnew of Baker High School, was Samantha Rogers of Auburn. She finished fifth in the AHSAA Class 7A state championships last fall and clocked 19:22.20 at AUM’s course to win the girls’ race Wednesday. She was awarded the South Fastest Runner Award. McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Claire Bolton was second at 20:01.30, Bolton was eighth in the 7A state meet in 2018. Rounding out the top five finishers were Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal (20:28.20), Leslie Baxter of Baker (21:13.60) and the Maggie Crow of Fort Payne (21:22.20). Crow received the North Fastest Runner Award. The North team was coached by David Dobbs of Hewitt-Trussville.
Coaches for the boys’ teams were Huntsville’s Blake Borden (North) and Jonathan Fischer of Beauregard (South).
The boys’ competition was fierce with only 63 seconds separating the top 10 finishers. Guntersville’s Sam Moultrie, who was 13th in the Class 5A state championships last fall, nipped North teammate Will Thompson of Cullman by 1.6 seconds to win the North-South boys’ race Wednesday. Thompson was 14th in the Class 6A state championships.
Crossing in third place Wednesday morning 2.3 seconds behind the leader was South runner Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian with a time of 16:48.20. South runners Carson Barlow of Baker (17:11.80) and Ethan Rowe of Daphne (17:22.10) to finish fourth and fifth.
The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) hosts the North-South All-Star competition held annually at the AHSAA Summer Conference. The conference, which includes more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center through Friday.
The North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ soccer competition will be held at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at AUM today beginning with the girls’ match at 5 p.m. The boys will follow at 7. The North-South girls’ softball doubleheader will also get underway at Lagoon Park at 5 p.m. The all-star competition closes out Thursday with North-South golf and tennis for boys and girls at Montgomery Country Club. Golf tees off at 8 :30 a.m., and tennis commences at 10 a.m. The North-South Volleyball All-Star match will be at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex at 4 p.m., Thursday, and the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic closes out the all-star competition at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming. Tom Loreman is the producer with Central students Haley McDonald, Ellison Laney and Emma Spitnagel are serving as the Network crew. Stephanie Snyder of the Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP is also producing the soccer competition today.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY: The AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance will honor 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include: principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.
2019 North-South Cross Country Results
South Girls 19, North Girls 36
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Samantha Rogers, Auburn (S) 19:22.20
Claire Bolton, McGill-Toolen Catholic (S) 20:01.30
Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s Episcopal (S) 20:28.20
Leslie Baxter, Baker (S) 21:13.60
Maggie Crow, Fort Payne (N) 21:22.20
Emily Daniel, Lawrence County (N) 21:32.20
Jayda Fair, Ohatchee (N) 21:44.70
Sabina Ortiz, Mountain Brook (N) 21:53.50
Sarah Parnell, Auburn (S) 22:03.60
Sarah Lewis, Grissom (N) 22:04.60
Alex Pitts, Mountain Brook Catholic( N) 22:12.70
Katherine Rush, St. Paul’s Episcopal (S) 22:27.90
Kasey Ezekial, Colbert Heights (N) 22:59.60
Jaycee Biffle, Rogers (N) 23:04.50
Brooke DuPlantier, Fairhope (S) 23:35.90
Allison Boyd, St. Michael Catholic (S) 24:11.90
North Boys 27, South Boys 28
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Sam Moultrie, Guntersville (N) 16:44.90
Will Thompson, Cullman (N) 16:46.50
Judson Hardin, Alabama Christian (S) 16:48.20
Carson Barlow, Baker (S) 17:11.80
Ethan Rowe, Daphne (S) 17:22.10
Savian Taylor, Smiths Station (S) 17:29.80
Andrew Roberts, McGill-Toolen Catholic (S) 17:32.30
Raleigh Stamps, Rogers (N) 17:35.20
Mac Brooks, Hewitt-Trussville (N) 17:45.90
Cole Arrington, Auburn (S) 17:47.80
Tyler Rathburn, Enterprise (S) 18:23.00
Myles Cook, Bayside Academy (S) 18:33.40
Cole Akridge, Cold Springs (N) 18:57.40
Luke Larson, White Plains (N) 19:11.40
Caleb Guthery, Saint Bernard Prep (N) 19:42.60
Joseph Perrella, Beauregard (S) 20:20.30
Justin Porterfield, Zion Chapel (S) 20:57.50
Guy Greenhaw, Athens (N) 21:17.10
2019 North-South All-Star Results
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)
Soccer (at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, AUM, July 17)
North-South Girls’ match, 5 p.m. (North leads series 15-2-1)
North-South Boys’ match, 7 p.m. (North leads series 11-4-1)
Softball (at Lagoon Park, July 17)
North-South doubleheader, 5 & 7 p.m. (North leads series 25-21-3)
Golf (at Montgomery Country Club, July 18)
North-South Boys’ & Girls’ matches, both tee off at 8:30 a.m. (first in the series)
Tennis (at Montgomery Country Club, July 18)
North-South Boys’ & Girls’ matches, both start at 10 a.m. (first in the series)
Volleyball (at Cramton Bowl Multiplex, July 18
North-South match, 4 p.m. (North leads series 14-7)
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)
60th North-South Game, 7 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)
MONTGOMERY – The 63rd AHSAA State Cross Country Championships get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m., at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa will be vying for her fifth straight state championship in the Class 4A race which is scheduled to kick off the competition in the first race of the day. Homewood senior Will Stone will by chasing his third straight Class 6A cross country title as well.
Tyynismaa won her first Class 4A title in 2014 as an eighth grader – running the 3.1-mile course in 17:03.03 to set the all-time record for the girls’ state championships. She has not topped that mark since but did win last year with a time of 17:14.37, which ranks second best all-time. Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright holds the state record for most individual state titles with six – winning from 1977-82 in the Class 1A/2A division. Holly Holman of St. Paul’s Episcopal (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller (2009-2013) each have five state championships.
Stone clocked 15:46.20 last year to win the 6A individual medalist honors – the second fastest time of all 2017 class champions. He won the 6A title in 2016 with a time of 16:01.40. Only two runners in the 62-year history of the cross country championships have won three state titles. Barry Fitts of Brooks was the first, winning in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Steve Allen of Haleyville won three in a row from 1983-85.
Defending Class 7A boys’ champion Mountain Brook captured the school’s 14th state crown last year – just one behind the record of 15 held by Hoover. Class 5A Scottsboro’s boys are also going for their 13th title overall and Class 6A Homewood’s boys come in riding a six-year winning streak.
Scottsboro won the 5A girls’ title in 2017 – the school’s 21st overall. Mountain Brook holds the girls’ state record with 23. The Spartans last won in 2015.
The schedule of events Saturday:
8:30 a.m.: Class 4A Girls
8:50 a.m.: Class 3A Boys
9:10 a.m.: Class 6A Girls
9:30 a.m.: Class 4A Boys
9:50 p.m.: Class 3A Girls
10:10 a.m.: Class 6A Boys
10:30 a.m.: Class 5A Girls
10:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Boys
11:10 a.m.: Class 7A Girls
11:30 a.m.: Class 5A Boys
11:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Girls
12:10 p.m.: Class 7A Boys
A total of 203 girls competed in the race. Pleasant Valley was second in the team competition with 83 points.
MONTGOMERY— Auburn’s girls turned in a dominating performance at the Warhawk Challenge invitational cross country race held at Auburn-Montgomery’s course Sept. 29 to capture this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
Six Tigers placed in the top seven of the race featuring 165 runners. Junior Harper McGowan crossing first with a winning time of 19:47.56. She won over teammate Samantha Rogers, who also clocked the same time in the photo finish.
Freshman Lily Bachi of Montgomery Catholic was third with a 19:57.06 time, followed, in order by Auburn runners Sarah Parnell, Sara Pacer, Hallie Stewart and Sangie Lincoln-Velez. Auburn Coach Naomi Bergh’s team totaled 18 points to run away with the team title. Central-Phenix City was second with 68.
The Auburn performance edged out a strong boys’ team effort by Grissom to win the Arab Invitational, and a powerful 1-2 finish by Thompson High School’s duo of Brandon DeMarcus Lee and Jace Jones at the Daphne Invitational.
The Tigers used the Warhawk Invitational to prepare for defense of its 2017 title this Saturday at the 18th annual Jesse Owens Classic – the largest invitational meet of the year in the AHSAA. Defending individual champions Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa and Homewood senior Will Stone will be in the field of the featured Gold race at the Jesse Owens Classic at Oak Hill Indian Mounds and Museum course. Both races will feature approximately 500 of the Southeast’s top prep cross country runners and more than 35 of the top high school teams.
As for last week’s top efforts, Lee, a Thompson senior, ran 16:08.60 to win the Daphne meet held at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. Teammate Jones was second at 16:31.66. Lee’s time was the best of the week among AHSAA boys’ runners and was one of the best of the year. Hartselle senior Carson Levario-Slaten was third in the race clocking 16:42.48 to spark the Tigers to the team championship. Hartselle totaled 81 points and Baker was second with 86. The field included 198 participants.
Grissom runners took the top four places to win the Arab Invitational cross country meet Class 5A-7A race held at Arab City Park. Junior Dustyn Lewis finished first with a winning time of 16:38.68. Allan Anderson was second at 17:02.16, followed by Louis Levesque (17:02.78) and Heath Varnette (17:55.11). The Tigers posted 17 points to win the team title. Arab was second with 40. The field had 38 runners.
Fairview totaled 62 points to win the 1A-4A division over runner-up St. Bernard, which had 75 points. St. Bernard Junior Caleb Guthery won the individual title clocking 18:06.95. Kyle VanKirk of Westminster Christian finished second at 18:12.11 in the race that featured 143 participants.
In the girls’ competition at the Arab Invitational, senior Julianne Hill of Madison Academy won the Class 1A-4A division with a winning time of 20:51.46. Ashville won the team championship edging St. Bernard 43-46 with sophomore Meghan McCarthy clocking 22:08.02 to finish third overall. Kathleen McCarthy was eighth in the 86-runner field at 23:07.88 for Ashville.
Arab senior Megan Schwarze won the 5A-7A large-school competition with time of 20:24.79. Sarah Lewis of Grissom was second at 21:29.93. The Knights won the team title with 26 points.
Other highlights reported include:
EVAN CRAWFORD, ENTERPRISE: The senior runner won the Oak Mountain Invitational cross country meet at Heardmont Park with a 16:31.50 time. Florence senior Bennett Blake was second at 16:32.41 and Jonah Barrett of Oak Mountain was third with a 16:34.08 time. The trio closed out an exciting finish in a race that totaled 264 participants and 24 teams. Hoover won the team title with 55 points. Oak Mountain was second with 67.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: The Warriors’ junior crossed the finish line first at the Shelby County Championships with a 16:53.35 time over the Veterans Park course in Alabaster. Pelham senior Adam Keller was second at 17:04.29, and Thompson senior Brandon DeMarcus Lee, who set the course meet record in 2016 running 16:32.77, finished third with a time of 17:07.36. Seven schools and 135 runners competed with Oak Mountain posting 38 points to take the boys’ title. Thompson was second with 65.
JEAN PIERRE LeROUX, BOB JONES: Captured first place at the Warriors Invitational cross country meet hosted by Wilson High School with the only sub-17-minute time (16:52.35) in the 84-runner field. Raleigh Stamps, a junior, was second at 17:45.08 for Rogers, which won the team title with 51 points. Muscle Shoals was second with 61 and Bob Jones third with 65. Stamps also clocked 17:34.57 on Oct. 2 to win the Elkmont Invitational cross country meet over Nicolas Ulrich of Athens Bible, who finished second with a 17:39.28 time. Rogers posted 48 points to beat Deshler (62).
NICOLAS ULRICH, ATHENS BIBLE: The junior won the Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division competition at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational clocking 17:40.19 over the 5,000-meter course. Ninety-four runners participated. Hatton won the team title with 49 points.
WILL THOMPSON, CULLMAN: The Bearcats junior was first in the 199-runner field at the Cold Springs Kudzu Invitational Class 4A-7A race held at Cold Springs High School with a time of 16:43.31. Sophomore Matthew Hill of James Clemens was second crossing at 15:59.81. The Jets finished first in the team standings with 54 points and Cullman was second with 61. Eighteen teams competed.
JONAH MORRIS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Won the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational boys’ 1A-3A division race at Cold Springs High School with a time of 17:07.67. Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield was runner-up in the race featuring 133 runners with a close-second time of 187:0818. Cold Springs won the team championship with 66 points. Altamont was second with 71.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: The senior ran the AUM course 5K distance in 17:08.35 to finish first in the field of 270 runners competing in the Warhawk Cross Country Challenge. The Tigers won the team title as well, posting 30 points in a dominating showing placing all five scorers in the top 13 finishers. Montgomery Catholic was second with 69 points.
SETH LORD, PINSON VALLEY: The junior clocked 18:17.92 to capture the Hueytown Invitational meet individual title over a field of 81 runners. Freshman Jack Lowe was second at 18:29.97 to lead Pell City (40 points) to the team crown. Pinson was second with 54.
JENSEN HAMMONS, DEMOPOLIS: The junior finished fourth at the Northeast Lauderdale meet held in Mississippi with a time of 18:41.33. The Tigers were third in the final team results.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: The senior captured first place at the Shelby County Championship meet with a time of 19:45.99. Evie Bell, a junior at Oak Mountain, was second at 20:47.11 in the field of 105 participants to lead the Eagles to the team title. Oak Mountain had 38 points, runner-up Pelham scored 59 and Thompson was third with 69. Hogue also finished second at the Daphne Invitational meet run at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. She clocked 18:25.56 to finish behind Long Beach (MS) freshman Brooklyn Biancamano, who crossed first at 18:06.33. Baker won the team title with 47 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 66. Thompson (104) finished third.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The Trojans sophomore beat a field of 103 runners in the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational meet Class 1A-3A division with a dominating time of 18:24.10. Holly Pond sophomore Camilla Chambers was second at 20:43.99. Cold Springs (65 points) edged out Saint James (67) to win the team title by two points.
EMILY DANIEL, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The junior finished 10 seconds ahead of Lawrence County teammate and eighth grader Savannah Williams to claim the Class 4A-7A division individual title at the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational. Daniel clocked 20:22.43 and Williams 20:32.94. The competition included 117 runners and 12 teams. The duo helped Coach Stanley Johnson’s Red Devils post a strong score of 22 to win the meet. Cullman was second with 47.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: The Patriots junior ran the Heardmont Park cross country course in 18:59.83 to beat a field of 185 runners at the Oak Mountain Invitational meet. Evie Bell of Oak Mountain was second at 20:25.70. Hoover had 46 points to take the team title. Oak Mountain was second with 66.
HANNAH THUSS, BOB JONES: Clocked 20:42.55 to win the Warriors Invitational cross country meet Class 4A-7A division race hosted by Wilson High School. The sophomore finished 14 seconds ahead of runner-up, junior Jaycee Biffle, who crossed at 20:56.67 to help Rogers High School win the team competition. Rogers had 62 points to edge Florence, which had 65. Biffle won the Elkmont Invitational on Oct. 2 with a winning time of 20:51.34. Deshler won the team competition over Rogers, 56 to 87.
KASEY EZEKIEL, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Crossed the finish line first clocking 21:31.68 at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division race. Ally Amerson was third at 22:02.80 to lead Hatton to the team title with 59 points. The junior finished just ahead of teammates Neidyn Lopez and Maey Kate Sapp, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race featuring 70 runners.
JAYCEE DILL, GARDENDALE: The senior won the Hueytown Invitational with a time of 23:02.28. Chloe Brown, a Pell City junior, was second in the 43-runner field with a 23:27.50 time to pace the Panthers to the team win. Pell City had 31 points and Gardendale was second with 58.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School senior McKenzie Hogue turned in the fastest 5,000-meter time of the 2018 AHSAA cross country season last weekend winning the prestigious Scottsboro Classic Invitational girls’ Class 5A/7A championship race with a time of 18:13.66. The impressive victory earned the Thompson runner this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
A field of 292 girls competed in the race held at the John R. Esslinger Trail, aptly named for the legendary former Scottsboro High School track and cross country coach who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Hogue, who was the only runner to earn www.alabamarunners.com Golf Elite Status at the Classic, trimmed 50 seconds off her 2017 time that earned her runner-up. She captured two firsts in the Class 7A 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the 2018 AHSAA Indoor and Outdoor State Track Championships last school year as a junior and was second to McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen at the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A State Cross Country Championships. Hogue clocked her best overall time in that race (18:12.57) and was only a second off that time last weekend.
Junior Lily Hulsey of Mountain Brook was second at 19:03.27 and Huntsville senior Abby Weitenbeck third with a 19:04.33 finish. The Spartans won the girls’ team title in the 5A/7A division with 29 points. Homewood was second with Huntsville third with 118 points in the 25-team field.
Rogers junior Jaycee Biffle crossed the finish line in 21:28.44 to win the Class 1A/4A division title in the field of 156 runners. In all, 448 girls’ runners competed in the Scottsboro Classic.
The boys’ Class 5A/7A race that featured 441 participants came down to just three as Will Pinson of Huntsville edged Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook and Sam Moultrie of Guntersville to win the race. Only five seconds separated the trio. Pinson, a freshman, clocked 15:52.38 and Harwell, a senior, crossed the finish line at 15:55.60. Moultrie, a junior, came in at 15:57.63.
Huntsville emerged as the team champion with 39 points. Host Scottsboro was second with 84 and Mountain Brook third with 124.
Westbrook Christian senior Mitchell Cook beat a field of 185 in the Class 1A/4A division with a winning time of 17:18.30. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:31.29, and Cook’s Westbrook teammate Jonah Morris third clocking 17:44.96. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with five runners finishing in the top 24. The Raiders had 71 points, Ohatchee was second with 107 and Westbrook third with 112.
In other performances reported, thanks to www.alabamarunners.com and www.xpresstiming.com:
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore from Montgomery clocked 18 :42.91 to win the TCBY Invitational cross country championship 1A/4A division race held at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. American Christian senior Isabella Lovvorn was second. Cold Springs won the team title with 52 points while American Christian and Saint James tied for second with 55 points each. Fifty-nine runners and seven teams competed.
HALEY STALLWORTH, HOOVER: Captured first place in the TCBY Large-School (5A/7A) competition of 98 participants at the TCBY Invitational at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park with a time of 21:01.23. The senior set the pace as four Bucs runners crossed in the first six finishers. Sophomore Alyssa Halcomb was second with a 21:28 .022 time. Hoover totaled 24 points to claim the team championship with Cullman second with 43 points.
SAMANTHA ROGERS, AUBURN: The junior crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 19:23.22 to win the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational varsity girls’ race hosted by Montgomery Catholic High School at Montgomery’s Gateway Park. The Lady Tigers posted a perfect team score of 15 points placing runners in the first five finishers. Harper McGowan was second for Auburn at 19:39.02. All five girls clocked 20:00.10 or faster. Montgomery Catholic took second with 62 points. Senior Amaris Tyynismaa, who holds the all-time state record for girls’ cross country (17.03), did not compete in the field of 71 runners.
TIMBERLY TOMLIN, CENTRAL-CLAY COUNTY: Clocked 25.47.2 to finish second individually and helped the Volunteers win their own Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville. Central scored 57 points and runner-up Randolph County had 71.
JONATHAN JENKINS, BEAUREGARD: The senior finished first at the Spencer (GA) Invitational held at Columbus (GA) with a time of 16:27.28. Teammate Joseph Perrella, a junior, was ninth with a 17:56.21 time, and Valley junior Dylan Landreth clocked 17:56.42 to finish 10th among the field of 72 runners. Valley took third place with 98 points finishing behind Georgia schools Brookstone (38) and Harris County (66). Beauregard was fourth with 130.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: Ran the 5,000-meter course at Montgomery’s Gateway Park in 16:37.24 to take first place in the field of 119 runners at the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational hosted by:14.64) finished third and fourth, respectively, as Hoover posted 22 points. Cullman junior Montgomery Catholic High School. Faith Academy’s Myles Stoots was second with a 16:40.42 time. Auburn won the team title with 43 points.
WILL COUCH, HOOVER: Beat a field of 155 runners in the 5A/7A division with a winning time of 16:53.93 to lead the Bucs to the team championship of the TCBY Invitational meet held at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park. Teammates Drew Kilgore (17:05.27) and Lane Tincher (17Will Thompson finished second overall clocking 16:58.90 to lead the Bearcats to second place with 88 points.
ASHER DESAI, ALTAMONT: The senior helped the Knights to the TCBY Invitational 1A/4A runner-up finish with a winning time of 17:26.39. Cold Springs won the team title with 42 points and Altamont had 43. Fellow seniors James Dixon and Spencer Skidmore crossed second and third, and Cold Springs junior Seth Walker was fourth in the field of 110 runners to pace the winning Panthers.
JAYLON HUDSON, LINCOLN: Won the boys’ 5,000-meter race at the Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville with a time of 18:14.6. Lincoln posted 39 points to win the team title as well. Host Central-Clay County was second with 57 points. Top finisher for Central was Ronald Piedra in third place.
MONTGOMERY – Senior cross country runner Will Stone of Homewood High School picked up this season right where he left off in 2017. Stone clocked 15:32.85 in the Brooks/Memphis Twilight Cross Country Championships last weekend to finish second among the 402 varsity boys’ participants. Davis Bove of Centennial (TN) won the championship with a 15:24.91 time. Homewood finished eighth in the 52-team field.
Stone’s effort is the fastest 5,000-meter time of any AHSAA runner this season and earned him the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for the past week. Last year’s boys’ state prep runner of the year clocked 15:46.2 to win the Class 6A state championship boys’ individual title and run the state’s fast time (15:22.32) in 2017 at the Jesse Owens Classic. Just two weeks into the season he has bettered his state championship time by 14 seconds and is just 10 seconds behind his best time of last season.
Homewood, coached by Josh Donaldson, finished sixth in the girls’ competition at Memphis with Patriots junior Lainey Phelps finishing fourth in the varsity girls’ division clocking 18:50.76 – 12 seconds off the winning pace of Henry County (TN) runner Dinah Winders. The girls’ race included 43 schools and 344 runners.
In other top performances reported from last week’s action:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior won the Gold Division at the second annual Huntsville Panther Prowl Cross Country Invitational 5,000-meter race clocking 16:25.57. Runner-up Hayden Judge of Scottsboro ran a 16:32.07 time. Huntsville captured the team title with 32 points.
JACOB WARNER, SPAIN PARK: Captured first place in the 12th annual Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational at Choccolocca Park with a winning time of 16:39.92. Oak Mountain’s duo of Hansen McCown and Josh Barrett finished 2-3 with times of 17:05.26 and 17:07.88 in the field 216 runners. The Eagles won the team competition with 28 points. Southside-Gadsden was second with 83.
MYLES STOOTS, FAITH ACADEMY: Finished third in the Mobile Challenge of Champions Cross Country Championships with a time of 16:47.45. He was five seconds off the pace of Brother Martin runner Cade Litolff (16:42.54). Brother Martin of New Orleans won the team title with 60 points and Baker was second with 74. A total of 75 runners participated.
STEELE JOINER, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The Red Devils’ freshman turned in a 16:58.42 time to beat the 139-runner field in the 4A/7A division race at the Brooks Invitational at Florence’s McFarland Park. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:04.01.
CARSON GRAVES, HATTON: The freshman won the 1A/3A boys’ race at the Brooks Invitational at Florence’s McFarland Park running 17:23.24 to finish first. Lauderdale County’s Colby Corum, a sophomore, was second with a 17:34.92 time.
JOSEPH PERRY, UMS-WRIGHT: Clocked 17:23.53 to finish first in the field of 226 runners competing in the Open Division of the Mobile Challenge of Champions event at Mobile. St. Paul’s Episcopal, led by runner-up John Michael Romanos, placed four runners in a row behind Perry to win the team title with 24 points. Romanos crossed the finish line at 17:31.84.
GRAHAM BIANCHI, SPRINGVILLE: Ran 17:54.94 to win the St. Clair County Invitational race championship as the Tigers won the team title with 36 points. Teammate Peyton Young was third.
HUNTER HARWELL, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Won the featured two-mile race at the Warrior Challenge at Alabaster’s Veterans Park with a winning time of 10:21.78. Thompson’s Jace Jones was second at 10:29.77. Mountain Brook won the team title with 30 points. The race had a field of 143 runners. Harwell’s time was the fastest two-mile performance of the season in the AHSAA thus far in 2018.
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