MONTGOMERY – Saint James sophomore runner Presley Miles clocked 18:25.15 at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta girls’ cross country championships last weekend to win the event – and captured the AHSAA Spotlight for the first week of the 2018 cross country season.
Miles turned in the best time of the first week’s competition to take first place in the strong field or runners from across the Southeast. Her effort edged out a strong effort from Hayden
Judge, a junior from Scottsboro.
Miles won her race by 39 seconds over runner-up Mackenzie Walls of Veterans High School (GA).
The two performances topped a strong list of contenders as the cross country season opened with several meets across the state.
Judge ran a strong 16:16.77 to capture the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships large-school boys’ title over a field of 153 runners at the 5K course located at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton. Huntsville won the team title, however, with 24 points as four runners crossing in the seven spots. Jackson Danner led the Panthers with a second-place finish and 16:20.89 time. Scottsboro was second with 53 points.
Other top performances included:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The Wildcats’ junior runner clocked 16:23.39 to win the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight boys’ Class 5A-7A Gold division 5K cross country race by almost 24 seconds over runner-up Jonah Barrett, an Oak Mountain senior. He was second at 16:47.91 in the 109-participant field to help Oak Mountain win the team title with 44 points. Hoover was second with 65 in the competition held at the University of Montevallo.
BRETT BONIKOWSKI, LAMP: The senior Finished first in the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight Class 1A/4A boys’ white division cross-country race with a winning time of 17:53.18. Junior teammate Jack Porter was second (18:39.91). LAMP won the team title with 33 points. American Christian was second with 50. The race had 79 participants.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Opened the season Aug. 23 with a 17:08.60 time over the AUM cross country course to claim the Trinity Trailblazer 5,000-meter cross country boys’ championship. Six other runners finished under 18 minutes. In the field of 93 runners. Hewitt-Trussville took the title with 32 point. Montgomery Catholic was second with 49.
JAMES CAIN, PRICEVILLE: Won the small-school division of the Pepsi Challenge Championships with a winning time of 17:40.46. Cold Springs won the team championship with 51 points. A total of 162 runners were in the field.
WILL SCOTT, HEADLAND: Claimed first place with a winning time of 19:09.09 at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Northview in Dothan. Wicksburg won the team title with 19 points.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Breezed over the 5,000-meter course at AUM in 18:50.10 to finish first at the Trinity Trailblazer season-opening cross country competition. She won by more 2:37 over her nearest challenger, teammate Lily Bachi, in the 49-runner field. The Knights finished first in the team competition with 24 points.
ABBEY WEITENBECK, HUNTSVILLE: Clocked 19:46.85 to claim the girls’ individual title at the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships. She competed in the large-school race comprised of 74 runners. Huntsville won the team title with 32 points. Lawrence County was runner-up with 62.
CAMILIA CHAMBERS, HOLLY POND: Posted a 20.20.37 time in the 94-runner field to win the small-school division race of the Pepsi Challenge Championships at Moulton. Cassidy Winter of West Limestone was second (21:09.57). with a winning time of 17:40.46. St. Bernard had 67 points to win the team title.
EVIE BELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles junior posted a 20:25.92 time to win the girls’ Class 5A-7A Gold Division championship of the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross-country race. Oak Mountain was first with 44 points. Hoover’s Haley Stallworth, a senior, was second with a 20:42.06 time.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: The junior from Montgomery swept the girls’ Class 1A/4A White Division title at the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross country competition. Isabella Lovvorn and Theresa Billman finished 2-3 more than a minute behind the victor to lead American Christian to the team title. The Lady Patriots had 26 points and LAMP was second with 52.
KATE SMITH, DOTHAN: Finished first in the field of 18 runners with a winning time of 24:31.34 to win the Cougars Invitational girls’ division. Wicksburg won the team title with 24 points.
MONTGOMERY – The South swept the girls’ and boys’ races Wednesday morning at the 2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country competition held at the Auburn-Montgomery University cross country course.
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic, the AHSAA’s winningest girls’ cross country runner in history, won the girls’ 5,000-meter race in 19:12.50 – adding another state record to her coffers beating last year’s inaugural race record of 20:02.89 clocked by Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic. The South girls, coached by Christina Rodgers of Enterprise, nipped the North by one point, 27-28. Tyynismaa also earned South MVP honors with the first-place finish.
The North All-Stars, coached by Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley, were led by Anna Littleton’s second-place finish. The Mountain Brook runner clocked 20:21.50 to earn North MVP honors. Taylor Engram of Auburn was third at 20:45.80 for the South. North runner Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville was fourth with a time of 21:02.90.
In the boys’ competition, the South downed the North 20-41 with five runners finishing 2 thru 6. Mountain Brook’s Hunter Harwell clocked 16:33.59, also a new North-South All-Star record, to capture first place and North MVP honors. Enterprise’s Gabriel Hennenberger clocked 16:42.32 to finish second, Silas Franklin of Smiths Station was third at 16:44.38, Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was fourth with a time of 16:46.94 and Charlie Lott of Trinity Presbyterian ran the distance in 16:51.79 to take fifth place for the South. The top 11 finishers Wednesday surpassed the 2017 winning time of 17:27.81 clocked by Hoover’s John McCrackin.
Coaching the South boys was Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian and Joshua Gurley of Winfield coached the North. The North won both races last and the South evened the series at 1-1 with this year’s sweep.
The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) continues Wednesday night with the North-South Girls’ and the 76th Boys’ All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The girls’ game tips off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7. Both games are being video live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the Booker T. Washington Magnet School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program with Richard Walker as the producer. Doug Applin and Franklin Williams will handle the commentary. The subscriber-based link can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The North holds 48-27 edge in the boys’ series, and the North girls have an 18-3 record in the girls’ competition, which was first played in 1997. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
The North-South Volleyball All-Star match Thursday will commence at 4 p.m. at AUM gymnasium, and the 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.
All-Star Sports Week Results
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Game 2: North 6, South 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41
Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1
Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1
Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1
CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM
MONTGOMERY – Four-time AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic headlines a strong group of distance runners named to the North-South All Star teams set to compete in the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
A total of 40 current juniors – 10 on each team – were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The 2018 races will be held at Auburn University-Montgomery on Wednesday morning, July 18.
Tyynismaa, who was chosen for the South squad, holds the AHSAA state cross country meet girls’ overall record clocking 17:03.04 as an eighth grader to win the 4A state title in 2014 at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course near Moulton. She has won the 4A title each year since but has not beaten that 2014 time. She came close last fall winning in 17:14.37 – fastest overall in all classes.
She is one of just six girls’ runners in state history to win four AHSAA state cross country championships. Two, Holly Holman of St. Paul’s and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller, have won five and Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright, six. Savell and Holman won titles when the state meet distance was two miles.
Selected as girls’ team coaches are Christina Rodgers of Enterprise (South) and Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley (North). North boys’ coach is Joshua Gurley of Winfield and South coach is Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian. Ron Peters of Smiths Station is the South administrative coach for both teams and Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook will serve as the North squads’ administrative coach.
Isabella Rowland of Montgomery Academy, who finished fourth at the 3A state championships last November, and Tyynismaa’s Catholic teammate Isabelle Cochran, who was sixth in the 4A championships, were also selected for the South girls’ all-star squad. Daphne runner Nicole Luther was 10th in in the Class 6A championships.
Among the North girls’ selections are Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria, Hannah Bloom of Huntsville and Katie Strozier of Pelham. Nunnelly was fourth in the 5A state meet last season, Bloom was ninth in the 7A race, and Strozier finished 11th in Class 6A.
Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook, chosen to the North boys’ squad, finished eighth in the Class 7A state meet in 2017 with a 16:02.61 time – fastest of all the North runners selected. The South’s top runner is Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin, who finished one spot ahead of Harwell in the 7A state meet race at 16:01.29.
In all, seven runners on the North squad had state-meet times of 16:47 or faster while the South squad has eight runners under 16:45.
The North-South Cross Country race made its debut last year at the 21st annual All-Star Week with the North girls winning the team competition over the South 20-35 and the North boys winning 16-47. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen captured last year’s individual title with a 20:02.89 time. Hoover’s John McCrackin turned in the best boys’ time (17:27.81).
The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country Rosters
Julianna Ballew. Pleasant Valley
Hannah Bloom, Huntsville
Maggie Graham, Lawrence County
Sydney Hall, Hewitt-Trussville
Haley Hughes, DAR
Anna Littleton, Mountain Brook
Mary Allen Murray, Altamont
Abby Nunnelly, Alexandria
Katie Strozier, Pelham
Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville
Brad Hood, Pleasant Valley
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)
Isabelle Cochran, Montgomery Catholic
Taylor Engram, Auburn
Jill Fassl, Enterprise
Sarah Francis, Enterprise
Frieda Kickliter, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Nicole Luther, Daphne
Amindy Mullen, Demopolis
Sara Pacer, Auburn
Isabella Rowland, Montgomery Academy
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
Christina Rodgers, Enterprise
Ron Peters, Smiths Station
Allan Anderson, Grissom
James Brake, Florence
Nick Ceci, Huntsville
Asher Desai, Altamont
Hunter Harwell, Mountain Brook
Blake Noah, Ohatchee
Davis Holdbrooks, Winfield
Taylor Nails, Southside-Gadsden
Joseph Pitard, Mountain Brook
Blake Terry, Lawrence County
MONTGOMERY – The 62nd annual AHSAA Cross Country State Championships get underway Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum Saturday with competition getting underway with the Class 6A girls’ championship at 8:30 a.m.. The final race of the day will be Class 3A boys’ competition at 12:10 p.m.
Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (5A), LAMP (4A), American Christian (3A) and St. Bernard (1A/2A). Defending girls’ champions are Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul's Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A), and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).
Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic will be vying for her fourth state title and will be chasing her own state record (17:03.4) set in the 2014 state championships when she was just an eighth grader. She almost equaled her 2016 state-meet winning time (18:07.86) at the Class 4A, Section 1 competition at Loxley Park in Baldwin County last week with as first-place finish 18:15.52.
On the boys’ side, junior Will Stone of Homewood is seeking his second straight Class 6A boys’ cross country championship. He has been consistently strong all season and clocked 16:33 in his section race. The fastest boys’ section times were turned in by two Huntsville runners at the Class 7A Section 4 championships last week. Senior Cameron Cox won the boys’ competition with a time of 15:48.81 and teammate Nick Ceci, a junior, was right behind at 15:53.04. Grissom junior Allen Anderson was third at the Huntsville race running 15:55.78.
The complete race schedule is listed below.
62ND AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday, Nov. 11, Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum
Class 6A Girls championship, 8:30 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Boys championship, 8:50 a.m.
Class 5A Girls championship, 9:10 a.m.
Class 6A Boys championship. 9:30 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Girls championship, 9:50 a.m.
Class 5A Boys championship, 10:10 a.m.
Class 7A Girls championship, 10:30 a.m.
Class 4A Boys championship, 10:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls championship, 11:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys championship, 11:30 a.m.
Class 4A Girls championship, 11:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys championship, 12:10 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – Oak Mountain High School’s Bryce Keefover edged Thomas Wolfe of Hewitt-Trussville by just 1.18 seconds to win the boys’ championship at the 26th annual Husky Challenge high school cross country championships last week.
Jonah Barrett of the Eagles and Will Couch of Hoover were only seconds behind the leaders to finish 3-4 in the 105-runner field at the Trussville race. Their efforts in the meet that began its run almost three decades ago grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week eight of the 2017 season.
A total of 109 runners and 12 teams were in the field. Hoover won the team title with 39 points with its runners averaging 17:08.53 to nip Oak Mountain, which had 42 points. The Eagles’ runners averaged 17:09.70 in one of the closest team competitions top-to-bottom of the season.
Hoover and Oak Mountain finished 1-2 in the girls’ competition that included 73 participants. The Lady Bucs had 29 points and the Eagles had 75. Lindsey Granier of John Carroll Catholic won the girls’ race with a time of 19:54.42, a second faster than Hoover’s Ava Weems, who clocked 19:55.93.
Other cross country highlights reported include:
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (5A-7A): Juniors Silas Franklin of Smiths Station, Evan Rogers of Auburn and Allan Anderson of Grissom crossed the finish line of the Tiger Classic large-school competition at Keisel Park with only 4.8 seconds separating the trio. Franklin won with a time of 16:24.96, followed by Rogers at 16:28.44 while Anderson was clocked at 16:29.76. Auburn edged Smith Station 60-62 to win the team competition in the race that featured 172 runners and 13 teams.
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (1A-4A): Sophomore Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian clocked 16:56.70 to finish first in the Class 1A-4A boys’ race held at Auburn’s Keisel Park. Senior Dawson Oliver and freshman Carter Clark finished 2-3 in the 143-runner field for Trinity Presbyterian, which won the team championship with 28 points. Montgomery Catholic was second with 47.
BALDWIN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Fairhope totaled 18 points at the race held at Loxley Municipal Park to win the Baldwin County title. Jared Touart led the Pirates with a winning time of 16:58.70 and Saxon Kilpatrick was second behind his teammate at 17:27.30 in the 91-runner field. Bayside Academy took second place.
MOBILE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mary Montgomery runner Caleb Troy Smith won the Mobile County boys’ championship with a winning time of 16:55.44 at Municipal Park. Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was second (17:16.02). Baker placed the next four finishers to win the meet with 26 points. Cody Becker was third for the Hornets clocking 17:23.31. Mary Montgomery finished second with 86 points. Fifteen schools and 130 runners competed.
OKTOBERFEST INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney won the Class 1A-3A division race held at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman with a winning time of 16:52.29. Nate Collins of Westminster-Oak Mountain was a close second with a 16:54.69 time. Westminster won the team competition with 32 points. St. Bernard was second with 67.
Cullman’s Eli Wilhite ran the 5,000-meter course in 16:52.52 to edge out Florence’s Grant Brown (16:57.33) to win the Class 4A-7A division race. The Bearcats won the team title with 37 points and the Falcons were second with 47.
LAST CHANCE CLASSIC: St. John Paul II Catholic’s Noah Flynn and Faud Qushair finished 1-2 in the race held at Madison’s Palmer Park and hosted by James Clemens High School. Flynn’s winning time was 15:52.56 in the 136-runner field. Huntsville won the team title with 25 points. The Falcons were second with 47.
PAUL W. BRYANT INVITATIONAL: Juniors John Niller, Adam Bolton and Nathan Shamwell finished 1-2-3 for Northridge as the Jaguars won the meet with 19 points. Niller posted a 19:05.58 to win.
DEMOPOLIS INVITATIONAL: Demopolis sophomore Jensen Hammons ran the 5,000-meter course at Demopolis Sports Park in 18:36.28 to claim first place. The Aggies scored 18 points to win the team title.
PISGAH INVITATIONAL: Ben Hembree finished first for Pisgah with a winning time of 19:20.40 and teammate Jase Moore was second just 13 seconds behind. The Eagles also won the team title with 32 points.
WILDCAT FALL CLASSIC: Ohatchee junior Gabe Hammonds sped to the finish line in 17:31.10 to nip runner-up Miciah Myles of Anniston and third-place finisher Reed Robinson of Oxford by two seconds. Anniston hosted the meet that featured 138 boys’ participants. The team race was just as close with the Bulldogs winning with 59 points over White Plains (60).
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (1A-4A): Three-time defending AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa won the 1A-4A competition at the Tiger Classic at Auburn’s Keisel Park in convincing fashion with a winning time of 18:33.41 – 74 seconds ahead of runner-up Olivia Blackmon of T.R. Miller. A total of 107 girls competed in the race. Catholic also won the team title with 22 points. T.R. Miller was second with 52.
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (5A-7A): Host Auburn placed four runners among the top six to win the Tiger Classic at Auburn with 23 points. Sophomore Samantha Rogers finished second at 19:06.93 to lead the winning Tigers. Grissom senior Jenny McManus won the race with an 18:59.93 time over a field of 120 runners.
LAST CHANCE CLASSIC: Huntsville’s girls ran away with the title posting 18 points to beat runner-up and host James Clemens (48). Rachel Jones won the individual title for the Panthers clocking 18:55.20. Huntsville teammates Kaitlyn Johnson and Hannah Bloom finished 2-3 and Genevieve Schaefer was fifth.
BALDWIN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lexie Williams and Audrey Clark crossed the finish line 1-2 for Fairhope to lead the Pirates to the meet win at Loxley. Williams’ winning time was 20:08.47. Fairhope posted 27 points and runner-up Daphne had 72. Eighty-six runners participated.
MOBILE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Baker swept the girls’ team title with three runners in the top seven, led by Leslie Baxter, who was fourth. The Hornets totaled 39 points, and runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic was second with 53. Grace Jenson of the Jackets clocked 18:48 .06 to beat the rest of the field of 85 runners.
OKTOBERFEST INVITATIONAL: Southside-Gadsden’s Camryn Davis won the Class 4A-7A division race held at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman with a winning time of 20:18.84. Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard took first place in the 1A-3A division with a time of 20:28.22. A total of 135 runners competed in both races with Lawrence County taking the 4A-7A team crown with 42 points and Westminster of Oak Mountain posting a 26 total to win the 1A-3A championship.
PAUL W. BRYANT INVITATIONAL: Hillcrest eighth grader Sophie Smelley ran the 5,000-meter course in 24:03.54 to take first place in the meet held at Tuscaloosa. Asia Pleasants of Paul Bryant finished second. The Patriots also won the team title with 26 points.
DEMOPOLIS INVITATIONAL: Demopolis won the team title with 15 points and junior Amindy Mullen took first place with a winning time of 23:31.00 at Demopolis Sports Park.
PISGAH INVITATIONAL: Madison Academy’s Julianne Hill beat Pisgah runners Kaylynn Morgan and Kristen York to win the meet with a 21:50.20 time. The Eagles duo helped Pisgah win the team with 32 points.
WILDCAT FALL CLASSIC: Junior Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria won the Anniston race with a 20:30 time. Alexandria won the team competition over Oxford with 28 points. The Jackets had 68.
MONTGOMERY –Thompson High School junior Brandon DeMarcus Lee ran Decatur’s Point Mallard course in 15:52.20 to edge junior Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook and senior Cameron Cox of Huntsville in the 5A-7A division of the ‘Dew It on the Trails’ cross country meet last weekend.
The finish turned out to one of the most competitive cross country races of the season for AHSAA schools with only four seconds separating the trio. The photo finish grabbed the AHSAA Spotlight for week 7 of the cross country season.
The top five runners finished under 16:00. Nineteen teams and 300 runners competed in the race. Huntsville had four runners finish under 16:25 and posted 45 points to win the team championship over runner-up Mountain Brook (76).
Haleyville senior Hamza Abusammour clocked 17:13.40 to win the 1A-4A boys’ competition that included 200 runners. The Lions also won the team championship with 89 points. J.B. Pennington was second with 93.
Thompson junior McKenzie Hogue gave the Warriors a sweep with a winning time of 18:37.90 in the girls’ 5A-7A race that featured 194 participants and 16 teams. Junior Abby Weitenbeck was second with a 19:03.40 time and Mountain Brook junior Anna Balzli was third clocking 19:05.50. Mountain Brook’s Spartans won the team championship with 39 points. Huntsville was second with 52.
West Limestone won the 1A-4A girls’ team championship with 71 points, and Hatton was second with 106. Whitesburg Christian senior Hannah Tarwater crossed first at 19:46.60 to beat the field of 194 runners. West Limestone sophomore Cassidy Winter was second clocking 20:17.50.
Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
HUNTSVILLE METRO CHAMPIONSHIPS: Randolph senior Matthew Estopinal ran the John Hunt Park 5,000-meter course in 15:52.1 to beat the 114-runner field and capture the individual championship. Runner-up Jean Pierre Leroux, a sophomore at Bob Jones, finished at 16:30.7. Huntsville, led by senior Cameron Cox’s third-place performance, won the team championship with 25 points. The Panthers placed seven runners in the top nine finishers. Bob Jones was second with 54 points.
UA CRIMSON CLASSIC: American Christian senior Taylor Ray nipped Florence senior Grant Brown by just three seconds to win the boys’ competition at the University of Alabama Crimson Classic prep invitational. Ray clocked 17:05.8 and Brown ran the 5,000-meter course in 17:08.9. Hoover, led by Drew Kilgore’s third-place finish, won the team crown with 45 points and Florence was second in the 23-team competition with 130. A total of 202 runners participated.
WARHAWK CHALLENGE: Auburn junior Evan Rogers edged Wetumpka’s Cory Anthony for the boys’ individual title. His winning time was 16:44.56 in the field of 249 runners that competed at Auburn-Montgomery University’s Montgomery Trails course. Anthony finished at 16:58.29. The Tigers also won the boys’ team championship with 27 points. Montgomery Catholic was second with 63. A total of 20 teams competed.
MADISON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Buckhorn’s Daniel Wilcox won county meet individual honors with a winning time of 17:36.25 over the Sharon Johnston Park course at New Market. Sparkman’s Jack Maier led the Senators to the team title with a second-place time of 17:42.15. Sparkman totaled 21 points. Buckhorn was second with 38.
FAIRVIEW ‘HAY OF A RUN’ INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney crossed the finish line at 17:04.54 to win the 1A-4A boys’ competition at Fairview Town Park that featured nine teams and 113 runners overall. Aaron Brown of Hanceville was second at 17:28.44. Fairview’s Quinton Chambers finished third (17:42.75) to lead the host Aggies of Coach Hite Hobson to the team title. Fairview had 47 points and runner-up St. Bernard had 49.
BULLFROG POND CLASSIC: Southside-Gadsden’s Taylor Nails won the meet hosted by St. Clair County High School with a time of 17:29.51. Reed Robinson of Oxford was second at 17:45.39 in the field of 130 runners to lead the Jackets to the meet title. Oxford totaled 65 points and runner-up Southside had 72.
HELENA INVITATIONAL: The Huskies won their own meet with their first eight runners crossing ahead of the competition for a perfect team score of 15. Blake Vaughn won the individual medalist honors with a winning time of 17:46.84. Indian Springs finished second with 55 points.
FAITH ACADEMY BOARDWALK CHALLENGE: Baker’s Cody Becker finished third to lead the Hornets to the team championship of the meet held at Mobile. Baker totaled 42 points and McGill-Toolen Catholic was runner-up with 47. Mary Montgomery’s Caleb Troy Smith finished first in the 117-runner competition with a time of 17:18.54. Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was second at 17:36.21, and Becker clocked 17:55.24.
TERRORTORIUM ON THE CREEKBANK INVITATIONAL: Pleasant Valley senior Matisse Miller clocked the Oxford Lake Park course in 16:55.84 to capture first place in the 141-runner field. Ashville senior Daniel Tully was second with a 17:05.20 time. Pleasant Valley won the team title with 45 points. Fifteen teams participated.
MONTGOMERY – Homewood High School junior Will Stone clocked 15:22.12 to win the Gold Division of the 19th annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park near Moulton last weekend.
The Jesse Owens meet is one of the most prestigious high school meets in the nation with 1,375 boys’ participants representing 158 teams competing this year. The girls’ division had 1,209 runners representing 138 schools. Schools competed in five different divisions (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Green and Red). More than 3,000 runners competed counting the middle school and junior varsity divisions.
A total of 303 runners participated in the Gold Division with Vestavia Hills senior James Sweeney finishing second with a time of 16:25.01.
Pope High School of Marietta (GA) captured the team championship with 155 points. Siegel of Murfreesboro (TN) was second with 179. Enterprise was the top Alabama team finishing third with 292 points.
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic turned her in best time of the season and the fastest time in the state in 2017 in the girls’ Gold Division to win with a time of 17:50.51. The talented junior’s time over the 5,000-meter course at Oakhill was also the best of the year in the state. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen was second at 18:07.88. Auburn won Gold Division team championship in the 27-team field with 60 points. Houston of Germantown (TN) was second with 111.
The Jesse Owens Classic highlighted the week’s competition and grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week 6 of the 2017 season.
Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Silver Division): McGill-Toolen Catholic posted 195 points and finished second in the 19th annual Invitational’s Silver Division to Pearl (MS), which had 57. Connor Sims, a junior at Brewer High School, crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 16:46.34 for the top Alabama runner finish. Junior Alex Ponce of Merrol Hyde Magnet of Hendersonville (TN) won the race in 16:33.66.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Bronze Division): Senior Fuad Qushair of St. John Paul II Catholic won the meet’s bronze division with a time of 16:42.76. Winfield junior Davis Holdbrooks was second at 16:48.2. Montgomery Catholic won the team title with 117 points. Trinity Presbyterian was second at 119. A total of 431 runners participated.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Red Division): A total of 498 runners representing 39 teams competed in the Red Division race comprised of predominantly 6A and 7A schools. Franklin (TN) won with 54 points. Homewood was the top AHSAA team finishing sixth with 179 points. Prattville senior Wesley Domsalla crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 17:333.48. Gavin DeJongh, a freshman at Franklin, finished first clocking 17:31.40.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Green Division): St. Bernard senior Andrew Sweeney was first in the field of 337 runners with a winning time of 16:34.71 in the Green Division consisting of teams from Class 1A-3A. Westminster of Oak Mountain senior Nate Collins was second at 16:44.66. Hebron Christian of Dacula (GA) won the team title with 44 points. Westminster was second with 74 points. Thirty-six teams competed for the championship.
T.R. MILLER CHALLENGE: Zion Chapel runner Austin Joye finished the 5,000-meter course in 18:45.87 to finish third behind Pensacola-Tate’s Brandon Knieja (17:52.83). Tailand Mitchell finished two seconds behind Joye in fourth place in the 119-runner field to lead T.R. Miller to the team championship. The Tigers had 53 points.
TITANS TRAIL INVITATIONAL: Gadsden City won its own meet with 35 points as Jonah Morris crossed the finish line first clocking 20:03.16 for the Titans. Camron McDaniel of Cedar Bluff was second running 20:16.16.
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (1A-4A Division): Brindlee Mountain won the 1A-4A race held at Corners Island on Lake Guntersville with 21 points as Brandon Mendez finished first with 17:34.87 time. Brindlee Mountain teammates Zach Mooneyham and Brighten Davis were third and fourth, respectively, in the field of 41 runners. DAR’s Kyle Saylor finished second clocking 17:14.74 .99 to lead the Patriots to second place (38).
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (5A-7A Division): Guntersville’s Sam Moultrie won the 5A-7A Division with a strong time of 16:29.75 in the 79-runner field. Chance Cofield led Albertville to the team title with a second-place time of 17:07.07. The Aggies had 31 points. Runner-up Guntersville totaled 51.
MONTGOMERY -- Smiths Station High School junior Silas Franklin turned in the best time of the week for AHSAA runners with a meet-winning 15:56.83 to win the Smiths Station Panther Invitational boys cross country race. He was first in a field of 115 runners and captured the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2017 season.
Alex Salgado helped Auburn to the team title with a third-place finish and 16:30.98 time. The Tigers had 30 points and runner-up Smiths Station scored 49.
Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL: Northside runner Tanner King ran the Heardmont Park course in 16:31.60 to nip John McCrackin of Hoover, who a ran a 16:44.49 time to finish second in the field of 227. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs won the team competition with 50 points. Oak Mountain was second with 53.
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the meet with a perfect 15 score and had 12 runners finish in the top 16. Senior Jackson Thomas won the two-mile race in 10:53.94.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph won the team championship in the 1A/4A division boys’ race with 47 points and Matthew Estopinal beat the field of 120 runners with a winning time of 17:01.56 over the Arab City Park Course. Daniel Tully of Ashville was second at 17:42.54.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney recorded a strong time of 16:16.12 to beat the field of 195 runners to win the Class 1A-3A race at the annual invitational. Asher Desai of Altamont was second at 16:28.38. Pleasant Valley won the team title with 81 points with Matisse Miller finishing fourth for the Raiders with a 16:39.28 time. Cold Springs was second with 96 points. A field of 182 runners competed in the Class 5A-7A race with Lawrence County winning the team competition with 78 points over runner-up Decatur (105). Haleyville’s Hamza Abusammour finished first with a time of 16:44.61, and Blake Terry second for the winning Red Devils clocking 17:08.48.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise dominated the boys’ competition in the race held on the campus of Troy University-Dothan with the Wildcats placing the first five runners in the 95-participant field to record a perfect 15 team score. Gabriel Henneberger won the race with a winning time of 17:12.04. Houston Academy was second in the team competition with 68 points.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: Thompson junior Brandon DeMarcus Lee ran the 5,000-meter race at Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort to win the meet with a 15:59.70 time. Warriors’ teammate Jace Jones was second clocking 16:36.30. Thompson won the team competition with 28 points. Baker was second with 54.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Shades Valley runner Sebastian Sanders won the 5,000-meter race held at North Jefferson Middle School with a time of 18:13.12 in the 89-runner field. Seth Lord finished second at 19:02.67 for Pinson Valley to lead the Indians to the team title. Pinson totaled 37 points.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Hatton junior Kagen Sutton ran the course at Wilson High School in 17:18.58 to beat the field of 113 runners in the Class 1A-3A race. Elkmont’s Chase Prater was second at 17:26.26. Grant Brown of Florence and Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield were 1-2 in the Class 4A-7A race with a dazzling photo finish. Brown was clocked at 16:46.68 and Holdbrooks was timed at 16:46.69.
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the title with 15 points as Janey McManus clocked a 12:02.08 over the two-mile course to win the individual title. Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian was a close second at 12:05.13. Westminster Christian finished second in the team competition with 46 points.
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL: Hoover’s Ava Weems ran the 5,000-meter course at Heardmont Park in 20:07.38 to take first place in the field of 140 runners. Bucs teammate Sydney Steely finished second with a 20:19.64 time as Hoover won the team title with 21 points. Oak Mountain was second with 75.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph swept the girls’ competition in the 1A/4A division of the meet held at Arab City Park scoring 23 points. DAR was second with 40. Emma Hudson led the Raiders with a winning time of 21:31.47. Finishing second in the field of 81 runners was Ashville’s Meghan McCarthy, who clocked 21:52.71.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: Whitesburg Christian’s Hannah Tarwater and Caroline Summers finished 1-2 in 129-runner field of the annual meet’s Class 1A-3A division with times of 19:22.58 and 19:32.05, respectively. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with 35 points and runner-up Hatton had 89. Lawrence County won the championship in the Class 5A-7A competition with 18 points – placing five runners in the top six finishers. Savannah Williams won with a time of 19:49.02 for Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils. Emily Daniel was second just four seconds behind her teammate.
SMITHS STATION PANTHER INVITATIONAL: Junior Amaris Tyynismaa averaged just under six minutes a mile to win the Panther Invitational in 18:36.38. The Montgomery Catholic runner finished 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Samantha Rogers, who led Auburn to the team title with a time of 18:55.76. The Tigers placed five runners in the top six finishers of the 75-participant field to score 20 points. Catholic was second with 45.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen won the meet at Blakeley State Park clocking 18:13.50. Junior McKenzie Hogue of Thompson finished a close second with a time of 18:13.50 in the field of 121 runners. Baker won the team title with 28 points.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise swept the team competition with 20 points. Northview runner Makennah Mills crossed the finish line first. The Northview runner clocked 20:28.52 to finish ahead of Enterprise’s Sarah Francis, who was second in the field of 72 runners at 21:20.34. Northview finished second with 69 points.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Tatiana Padgett clocked 22.13.13 to win the meet for Pinson Valley. Savannah Englisee of Mortimer Jordan was second at 23:23.72.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Sophomore runner Kasey Eziekel of Colbert Heights clocked 21:28.38 over the 5,000-meter course to win the Class 1A-3A race at the meet hosted by Wilson High School. Hatton’s Ally Amerson was second with a time of 21:36.89. Winning the 5A-7A division was Mary Claire Ridgeway, a freshman from Florence. Her time was 19:14.38. Wilson senior Phoebe Moon was second at 20:21.48. More than 170 girls competed in the two races.
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