Sunday, August 25, 2019






Will Stone Clocks 15:17.30 at Georgia Race for the Top Regular Season Time in the AHSAA Since 2013

   MONTGOMERY – Homewood High School senior Will Stone turned in the best regular season 5,000-meter cross country time of any AHSAA boys’ runner since 2013 with a 15:17.30 at the Coach Wood Invitational meet held at McIntosh Nature Preserve in Whitesburg (GA) last weekend to claim this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
   Stone, the defending Class 6A state cross country champion, finished runner-up in the race that included 293 runners. Cambridge (GA) senior Jack Filan edged Stone at the finish line by just 46/100ths of a second.
    Huntsville High School, led by senior Nick Cici, won the boys’ team title with 100 points. St. Pius X (GA) was second with 172 and Scottsboro third with 188. Homewood’s team was sixth overall among the 31 teams that entered from across the Southeast. Cici was ninth with a 15:45.18 time, and Scottsboro sophomore Cooper Atkins was right behind at 11th at 15:46.72.
    Vestavia Hills’ Mac MaCoy holds the fastest regular-season time on record since Alabama Runners began charting the times in 2000. He clocked a 15:03.37 time in a meet at Florida State University on Oct. 12, 2013. 
    Saint James sophomore Presley Miles has the best girls’ time of the season after running the Jesse Owens Classic in the Green Division at 18:00.39 two weeks ago. Miles followed up last weekend with a time of 18:28.10 to win the DEW It on the Trails invitational Class 1A/4A division title in a cross country meet held at Decatur. West Limestone sophomore Katie Serrato finished second in the race of 112 runners with a 21:07.90 time.  Cold Springs won the team championship with 74 points and Brindlee Mountain was second with 80.
     Miles’ time beat the winning time of Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue, who continued her strong showing in 2018 with a 18:35.70 to win the Class 5A/7A division race of the DEW It on the Trails meet. MacKenzie Culpepper, a freshman at Spain Park, was second in the 274-runner field with a 19:10.50 time. Mountain Brook, led by junior Teresa Allen’s third-place finish (19:17.70), took four of the next five spots to claim the team title with 29 points. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 137 points.
    In other top performances last week reported by Xpress Timing and Alabama Runners include:

The senior anchored the Spartans team championship effort with a winning time of 15:47.30 at the DEW It on the Trails cross country meet held at Decatur’s Point Mallard course. Max Zani of Franklin (TN) was second at 15:52.60 and Grissom junior Dustyn Lewis was third at 15:57.50. Mountain Brook posted 88 points to beat runner-up Oak Mountain (107). The field had 393 participants.
Captured first place in the 1A/4A at the DEW It on the Trails cross country meet at Pont Mallard with a time of 17:17.50. Paul Gonzalez of J.B. Pennington was second at 17:38.40. Cold Springs won the team title with 42 points, and Fairview was second with 81.
SILAS FRANKLIN, SMITHS STATION: Helped the Panthers win its own Smiths Station Panther Invitational with a time of 16:10.61 to take first place. Auburn’s Evan Rogers was second in the field of 94 participants with a 16:29.92 time. Smiths Station had 40 points and Auburn was second with 46.
MYLES STOOTS, FAITH ACADEMY: Clocked 16:31.58 to capture a dominating first-place finish at the Faith Academy Boardwalk Challenge held in Mobile. Joseph Perry of UMS-Wright crossed at 17:00.19 to take second. The meet had 140 runners in its feature race with UMS-Wright taking the team championship with 77 points. Pensacola Christian (FL) was second with 87 and Faith third with 119.
CORY ANTHONY, WETUMPKA:  Won the Montgomery Academy Invitational boys race with a time of 16:33.29. Hollis Johnson of Montgomery Catholic was second at 16:59.15. The field included 110 runners and eight full teams with Catholic taking the team crown with 30 points and LAMP was second with 43.
Won the boys’ feature race of the Terrortorium on the Creek Bank Invitational at Choccolocco Park in Oxford with a time of 16:56.35.  He beat a field of 228 runners.   Albertville won the team title with 96 points.

Finished first in the Smiths Station Panther Invitational with a time of 18:36.81 to anchor the Lady Tigers’ team championship. Auburn 16 points with seven runners crossing in the top eight positions. Samantha Rogers, Harper McGowan and Sara Pacer crossed 2-3-4 in order for Auburn in the 68-girl field. Central-Phenix City finished second with 54 points.
Ran the 5,000-meter course in 19:12.65 to win the Faith Academy Boardwalk Challenge girls’ title at Mobile. Daphne runner Mandaline Thomas was third at 29:59.40. St. Paul’s also won the team crown with 38 points. West Florida Tech was second with 89 and Daphne third with 106.  The field included 109 runners.
LILY BACHL, MONGOMERY CATHOLIC: Led the Lady Knights to the team championship at the Montgomery Academy Invitational with a first-place time of 19:48.05. Catholic, competing without senior Amaris Tyynismaa, The AHSAA’s reigning four-time defending Class 4A state champion still dominated the competition with four runner crossing among the first five finishers. Senior Isabelle Cochran was second with a 19:58.26 time as the Knights posted 32 points. Runner-up Montgomery Academy had 51 points.
EMILY DANIELS, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Clocked 20:06.43 to win the girls’ varsity race at the Terrortorium on the Creek Bank Invitational at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. The Lady Red Devils also won the team title with 36 points over a field of 23 teams. Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria was second at 20:38.71.  

A total of 203 girls competed in the race.  Pleasant Valley was second in the team competition with 83 points.

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