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First Time “Coaching Cross Country” Course Now Available in NFHS Learning Center

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First Time “Coaching Cross Country” Course Now

Available in NFHS Learning Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Contact: Dan Schuster

 

 INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 29, 2019) — For the first time, cross country coaches now have a learning resource through “Coaching Cross Country,” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

 

Cross country is both a team and individual sport that demands great fitness, endurance and a drive to compete.

“We are excited to offer this course for cross country coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “For the first time, cross country coaches now have a course in the NFHS Learning Center.”

Created in association with USA Track and Field, the course is designed to help coaches learn more to teach the skills of cross country to their students.

“Our goal is to assist coaches with courses that are specifically tailored to the needs of their students,” Schuster said. “We have had a track and field course available for a few years now and saw the opportunity to partner with USA Track and Field for ‘Coaching Cross Country.’”

Units available within “Coaching Cross Country” include “Goal Setting and Mental Toughness,” “Team Dynamics,” “Tapering Principles” and “Ancillary Training Activities.” Cross country coaches can also learn about developing a training plan, the psychology behind cross country, different training environments and how to identify, treat and prevent common injuries.

“Coaching Cross Country” also includes various video components with periodic quizzes to reinforce learning objectives.

Additionally, the “Coaching Cross Country” course fulfills the sport-specific course criteria for obtaining NFHS Learning Center certifications as Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) and Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC).

After starting with two courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches – in 2007 through the former NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 70 online courses – 34 of which are free.

In addition to “Coaching Cross Country,” the NFHS Learning Center offers 28 other sport-specific courses. Courses are now available to students, coaches, parents, administrators, officials and performing arts/educators.

Since the launch of www.NFHSlearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than nine million courses.

 

 

 

 

This press release was written by Luke Modrovsky, a 2019 summer intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department. He is a senior sports management and communication studies student at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:                   Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                 Director of Publications and Communications

                                                 National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                 bhoward@nfhs.org

 

 

 

                                                 Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                 Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                  National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                  cboone@nfhs.org

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kristin Day, Cooper Atkins Spark Teams to Pepsi Challenge Championships with Top Times of Week 1

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  MONTGOMERY -- James Clemens High School senior Kristin Day and Scottsboro junior Cooper Atkins turned in the best times in the first week of AHSAA cross country competition last week. Both won their respective large-school divisions at the Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Invitational held at Moulton’s Alexander Mini Park and hosted by Lawrence County High School. Both earned the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight in this week.
    Day clocked 19:40.36 to lead the defending Class 7A state champion Jets to the team crown. James Clemens, coached by Drew Bell, edged host Lawrence County 58-69 in the race that featured 81 runners in the girls’ field. Leading the runner-up Red Devils was Emily Daniel, who finished second with a 20:09.67 time.
    Atkins edged Sparkman’s Omar Myers by three seconds to win the Pepsi Challenge Large School race and helped defending Class 5A state champion Scottsboro, coached by Luke Robinson, capture the team title with 24 points. Randolph of Huntsville was second with 74.
     Atkins’ winning time of 16:29.82 beat a strong field of 159 runners – six clocking under 17 minutes in the very competitive feature race. Myers crossed the finish line in 16:32.69.
     A total of 148 runners competed in the small-school boys’ race with St. Bernard’s Caleb Guthery winning with a time of 17:31.00. Cold Springs won the team title with 42 points over runner-up Fairview, which totaled 88. Ethan Edgeworth finished second to Guthery clocking 17:41.83.
    The Azalea City Classic in Mobile, set for Friday, September 6, is the next big meet scheduled for AHSAA schools. The Chickasaw Trails Invitational at Oakville and the Pleasant Valley Invitational are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7.
    Results of all the AHSAA 5,000-meter races reported last week include:


PEPSI CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE
Lawrence County High School (host)
Alexander Mini Park, Moulton

LARGE SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER – Scottsboro 24; Randolph 74
SMALL SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER – Cold Springs 42; Fairview 88
LARGE SCHOOL BOYS LEADERS (159)                   1. Cooper Atkins, Scottsboro              16:29.82
                                                                          2. Omar Myers, Sparkman                   16:32.69
SMALL SCHOOL BOYS LEADERS (148)                   1. Caleb Guthery, St. Bernard             17:31.00
                                                                          2. Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs     17:41.83
LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER – James Clemens 58; Lawrence County 69
LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS LEADERS (81) –                   1. Kristin Day, James Clemens        19:40.36
                                                                            2. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co.        20:09.67
                                                             
WILDCAT TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL
White Plains High School (host)
White Plains Youth Complex and Cross Country Trail

BOYS TEAM WINNER – White Plains 30; Pleasant Valley 85
BOYS LEADERS (199)                 1. Jake Moore, White Plains              17:46.41
                                                2. Jack Lowe, Pell City                        18:06.12
                       
GIRLS TEAM WINNER – Pleasant Valley 56; White Plains 83
GIRLS LEADERS (142) --            1. Taylor Simmons, Donoho               22.30.75
                                                2. Jada Fair, Ohatchee                        22:40.91
                                                4. Trinity Roberts, Pleasant Valley    23:17.61

 

 

TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL
Trinity Presbyterian High School (host)
Auburn-Montgomery University Trails, Montgomery

BOYS TEAM WINNER – Montgomery Catholic 51; American Christian 65
BOYS LEADERS (140) –              1. Judson Hardin, Alabama Christian 17:10.46
                                                2. Hollis Johnson, Catholic                17:25.69
                       
GIRLS TEAM WINNER – American Christian 17; Montgomery Academy 65
GIRLS LEADERS (81) –               1. Adley Burks, Central-Phenix City 19:53.05
                                                2. Karis Kelley, American Christian  21:31.20

ST. CLAIR INVITATIONAL
St. Clair County High School (host)

BOYS TEAM WINNER – Ashville 61; Oneonta 72
BOYS LEADERS (128)                 1. Forrest York, Northridge               18:27.56
                                                2. Wyatt Knight, Ashville                  18:43.23
                       
GIRLS TEAM WINNER – Ashville 36; Northridge
GIRLS LEADERS (50) –              1. Beth Ann Tucker, Springville        21.42.53
                                                2. Taylor Simmons, Donoho              22.12.45
                                                4. Taylor Knight, Ashville                 22:46.86
PISGAH INVITATIONAL
Pisgah High School (host)
To Know Him Trail, Pisgah

BOYS TEAM WINNER – Pisgah 22; Geraldine 53
BOYS LEADERS (38)                   1. Collin Mayfield, Geraldine            16:58.92
                                                2. David Costley, Brindlee Mtn         20:09.22
                                                3. Tanner Baine, Pisgah                     21:07.22
                                                4. Tristan Little, Pisgah                      21:32.98
                       
GIRLS TEAM WINNER – Pisgah 46; Ider 52
GIRLS LEADERS (29) –               1. Jennifer Vega, Section                   26:12.77
                                                2. Rhylee Bell, Pisgah                        26:27.57

 

 

 


South Girls, North Boys Win AHSAA North-South Cross Country Races Wednesday morning at AUM

    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
Girls’ Basketball
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
Baseball
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
Cross Country
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)

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/centralphenix-city-high-school-phenix-city-al/gam30244154dd
North-South Boys’ match, 7 p.m. (North leads series 11-4-1)
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/centralphenix-city-high-school-phenix-city-al/gam5fa5c4053d
Softball (at Lagoon Park, July 17)
North-South doubleheader, 5 & 7 p.m. (North leads series 25-21-3)
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/centralphenix-city-high-school-phenix-city-al/gam6cfe9fbf5d
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)

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/centralphenix-city-high-school-phenix-city-al/gamdcca0ee130

Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)
60th North-South Game, 7 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/centralphenix-city-high-school-phenix-city-al/gamcac055cd38


Catholic Senior Amaris Tyynismaa Claims Fifth AHSAA Cross Country Individual Title Saturday

OAKVILLE – Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa became just the third girls’ runner in AHSAA history to capture five state cross country individual championships Saturday as the AHSAA’s 63rd State Cross Country Championships concluded at Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
   Tyynismaa helped Catholic win the Class 4A team championship, the school’s first state girls’ state cross country title.
     Auburn won the 7A girls’ championship, Homewood captured the Class 6A title, Scottsboro won the Class 5A championship and the Lady Wildcats’ 22 state title overall, Westminster-Oak Mountain claimed the Class 3A state title and Cold Springs won the Class 1A/2A crown, its first title since 2006.
    
CLASS 7A GIRLS
   Auburn High School won its second straight Class 7A girls’ cross country state championship posting 25 points – and averaging 18:44.10 for its top five runners, Mountain Brook was second with 58 points and Huntsville was third at 135. Senior Hannah Dyal led Auburn’s effort with a photo-finish winning time of 18:16.30 over Mountain Brook eighth grader Reagan Riley, who crossed at 18:16.88.  Auburn runners took the next three places with juniors Sarah Parnell, Harper McGowan and Samantha Rogers all coming in 18:46 or faster.

CLASS 6A GIRLS
   
Junior Lainey Phelps captured the Class 6A cross country state individual title for the second year in a row with a winning time of 18:22.51 to lead the Patriots to the state team title for the second time in the last three years. Homewood had 34 points, followed by Fort Payne, the 2017 state champs, with 72 points, and St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 105. Homewood also won the state crown in 2016.
     Junior runner Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal finished second at 19:11.37. Homewood junior Edie Smith was third at 19:23.43 and sophomore Patriots teammate Victoria Thompson was fourth with a 19:29.16 time.

CLASS 5A GIRLS
    Scottsboro High School totaled 68 points to claim the Class 5A state title and upped the Wildcats’ overall count to 22 state girls’ cross country state championships. The victory moved Scottsboro to within one of the state record (23) held by Mountain Brook. Briarwood Christian was second with 87 points and Lawrence County was third with 90.
    Sophomore Bailey Lansdown captured medalist honors with a winning time of 19:08.83. Briarwood eighth graders Cady McPhail and Chloe Finocchiaro were right behind with times of 19:29.22 and 19:33.44, respectively. Scottsboro freshman McCall Chandler was fourth with a 19:49.56 time.

CLASS 4A GIRLS
   Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa turned in the fastest time of all competitors once again clocking 17:44.21 to claim the Class 4A girls’ state individual championship for the fifth straight year. This title was even more special since the Lady Knights captured the school’s first girls’ state cross country championship with a dominating 47 points. St. John Paul II Catholic was second with 76 points and UMS-Wright was third with 125.
    Catholic teammate Lily Bachl, a freshman, came in second individually with a time of 19:04.41. LAMP junior Kathy Hammond was third with a 19:36.33 time.
    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 won her fourth state championship 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) also have five state championships each.

CLASS 3A GIRLS
   
Saint James sophomore Presley Miles turned in the second best time of the 2018 AHSAA State Cross Country Championships with a winning time of 17:49.94 in the Class 3A girls’ race. Westminster-Oak Mountain sophomore Hallie Porterfield was second at 19:37.44 and Hannah Adams, a Westminster eighth grader, was third running 19:58.60 to lift last year’s 1A-2A state champions to the Class 3A crown with 36 points. Westminster has now won three state championships in a row.
     T.R. Miller, the defending Class 3A champs, finished second with 127 points and Pleasant Valley was third with 128.

CLASS 1A/2A GIRLS
Cornerstone freshman Breia Smith crossed the finish line at 20:57.82 to claim the Class 1A/2A individual championship. Hatton junior Ally Amerson was second at 21:02.52, and the Cold Springs duo of freshman Ava Akridge and seventh grader Reagan Parris finished 3-4 with times of 21:07.27 and 21:12.86, respectively, to give the Eagles the state crown.
   Cold Springs had 34 points to win the school’s second girls’ state title and first since 2006.  Altamont finished runner-up with 91 points and Hatton was third with 92.


Homewood’s Will Stone Wins 3rd Championship as Patriots Capture their 7th Team Title in a Row

 OAKVILLE –    Homewood senior runner Will Stone led the Patriots to their seventh straight state cross country championship Saturday with his first-place finish in the Class 6A competition at the AHSAA’s 63rd State Cross Country Championships held at Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
   Stone became just the third boys’ runner to win three individual state titles.
   In addition to Homewood, other team state champions were Huntsville in Class 7A; Scottsboro in Class 5A; Montgomery Catholic in Class 4A; Pleasant Valley in Class 3A; and Altamont in Class 1A/2A.
    Homewood, Scottsboro and Montgomery Catholic each swept the boys’ and girls’ team championships.

    
CLASS 7A BOYS
   Huntsville High School posted 52 points to claim the school’s first Class 7A state cross country championship, the school’s fifth overall and the first since winning three in a row in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Sophomore Ethan Strand helped Vestavia Hills take second place with 88 points with a first-place finish individually. Mountain Brook was third at 104.
    Strand clocked 15:24.29 to capture the individual title in a close race over runner-up Hunter Harwell, a senior at Mountain Brook, who crossed the finish line at 15:25.27. Smith Station senior Silas Franklin was third (15:35.60) and Huntsville senior Nick Ceci was fourth (15:43.53).

CLASS 6A BOYS
   Homewood’s Will Stone shaved 20 seconds off his 2017 winning time with a strong 15:26.58 to claim his third straight individual championship. Wetumpka senior Cory Anthony was second at 16:04.23 and senior Carson Levario-Slaten of Hartselle was third with a time of 16:17.92.
     Homewood had 38 points to win its seventh consectutive state championship. Cullman was second with 96 points and Northridge finished third with 137.
     Stone clocked 15:46.20 last year to win the 6A individual medalist honors. He won the 6A title in 2016 with a time of 16:01.40. He joined two other runners in the elite group of three-time state cross country champs: Barry Fitts of Brooks (1979, 1980 and 1981) and Steve Allen of Haleyville (1983, 1984 and 1985).

CLASS 5A BOYS
    Briarwood Christian sophomore Trent Malloy ran the 3.1-mile course in 15:52.35 to win top individual honors in the Class 5A competition. Senior Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was second with a 15:56.80 time, and Scottsboro’s sophomore duo of Cooper Atkins and Hayden Judge finished 3-4 running 16:07.49 and 16:12.16, respectively, to lead the Wildcats to the school’s 13th state boys’ championship overall. It was also Scottsboro’s third championship in row and signaled the second straight year to win both the boys’ and girls’ Class 5A state titles.
    The Wildcats totaled 39 points in the boys’ competition with Randolph second at 130 and Southside-Gadsden third with 139.

 CLASS 4A BOYS
   Montgomery Catholic posted 45 points to edge runner-up St. John Paul II Catholic, which had 49, and gave the Knights their second state boys’ title. The first came in 2012. Catholic also swept the boys’ and girls’ competition.
    Charlie Lott, a senior at Trinity Presbyterian, clocked 16:21.71 to capture the Class 4A individual championship. Senior Noah Flynn of St. John Paul II Catholic was second at 16:29.90 and teammate Adler Brininger was third clocking 16:33.92. Catholic senior Grant Walker was the Knights’ top finisher with a fourth-place time of 16:34.48.

CLASS 3A BOYS
   
Pleasant Valley had 90 points to edge Bayside Academy (93) for the Class 3A state championship. It was the school’s first boys’ state crown in any sport in school history.
    Senior Cooper Reynolds of Westminster-Oak Mountain won the individual race with a winning time of 16:49.29. St Bernard junior Caleb Guthery was second at 17:03.55, followed by senior Bradley Schmidt of Bayside (17:04.55) and senior Paul Gonzalez of Pleasant Valley (17:10.48).
 
CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
   Altamont senior Asher Desai finished first with a winning time of 16:31.17 to lead the Knights to the Class 1A/2A state boys’ championship. Altamont had 43 points, followed by runner-up Cold Springs (61) and Westbrook Christian (96). The state title was the school’s fifth and first since 2001.
   Westbrook Christian seniors Mitchell Cook and Jonah Morris finished 2-3 clocking 16:38.11 and 16:42.30, respectively.


Catholic Senior Amaris Tyynismaa Vying for 5th AHSAA Cross Country Individual Title Saturday

    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


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:

BOYS
HUNTER HARWELL, MOUNTAIN BROOK:
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.
DAVIS HOLDBROOKS, WINFIELD:
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.
TAYLOR NAILS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN:
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.

GIRLS
HANNAH DYAL, AUBURN:
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.
ISABEL VALENZUELA, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL:
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.


Strand, Tyynismaa Finish Strong in the 20th Jesse Owens Classic to Claim AHSAA X-C Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA runners Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills High School and  Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic High School were the top finishers from the state at the prestigious 20th annual Jesse Owens Classic cross country championships held at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course last weekend to share the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight this week. The course will host the AHSAA state championships in November.
    Strand, a sophomore, finished the 5,000-meter race in 15:39.90 to cross second behind senior Davis Bove of Centennial (TN). Bove won the title with a 15:32.10 time.
    Defending meet champ Will Stone of Homewood was third. The Patriots senior clocked 15:52.15, 30 seconds off his 2017 winning time of 15:22.32. Scottsboro sophomore Hayden Judge was fourth overall at 15:53.43 in the field of 256 runners from around the Southeast. Huntsville, coached by Graciela Bryant, won the team title with 143 points, and Scottsboro was second at 193.
     Defending champion Tyynismaa crossed the finish line in third place in the Gold Division featured race. Tyynismaa, possibly the most notable girls’ cross country runner in AHSAA history, clocked 18:00.93, which was 10 seconds off her winning time of 17:50.51 in 2017.
     Junior Sasha Neglia of Dobyns-Bennett (TN) and sophomore Landri Wilcox of Cookeville (TN) finished 1-2 with times of 17:18.60 and 17:44.77, respectively. Both times fell well short of Tyynismaa’s course record 17:03 run in the AHSAA State Championships as an eighth grader in 2014.
     Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue and Homewood junior Lainey Phelps crossed in fifth and sixth place with times of 18:10.05 and 18:20.74 in the field of 219 runners. Auburn juniors Samantha Rogers and Harper McGowan came in 11th and 12th to help the Tigers of Coach Naomi Bergh win the overall team title with 88 points. Homewood was fifth with 205 in the field of 31 teams from across the Southeast.
    Fort Payne junior Maggie Crow crossed the finish line in the Silver Division race third with a time of 19:59.26 to help the Wildcats win the Silver team crown with 74 points. Forty-one teams and 286 runners competed.
   Faith Academy sophomore Bailey Lansdown clocked 19:55.80 to win the Bronze Race title over runner-up Kathy Hammond of LAMP, who crossed at 19:56.32 in the field of 301 competitors. Scottsboro won the Bronze team title with 47 points and Lawrence County was second with 104.
   In the boys’ Silver division race, Helena sophomore Brady Barton finished seventh with a 16:57.44 time in the field of 357 runners. Pearl (MS) won the team championship with 93 points and James Clemens was second with 145. Beauregard senior Jonathan Jenkins captured the Bronze race with a 16:32.44 time. Briarwood Christian sophomore Trent Malloy was second at 16:39.95 in the field of 478 runners. Saint John Paul II Catholic was the team champion with 72 points and Montgomery Catholic was second with 86.
   In other cross country highlights reported by Xpress Timing and Alabama Runners.com:

GIRLS
MEGHAN SCHWARZE, ARAB:
The senior clocked 19:58.93 to take first place in the 5A/7A division race at the Lake Guntersville Invitational meet. Teammate and eighth grader Grace Goslin was second clocking 21:98.422 as the Lady Knights scored 15 points to take the dominating team win. Albertville was second with 60 points.
ELIZABETH SLONE BUTLER, DAR: The Patriots’ sophomore runner beat the field of 92 runners with a time of 20:56.60 to claim the Class 1A/4A division championship of the Hay on the Run Invitational at Fairview Town Park. Ashville sophomore Meghan McCarthy was second clocking 21:14.31. St. Bernard won the team title with 45 points, and Hatton was second with 83.
BROOKE DuPLANTIER, FAIRHOPE: Was the top AHSAA runner to cross the finish line at the T.R. Miller Challenge at Brewton finishing third behind Gulf Breeze (FL) runner Lauren Jorgensen and West Florida’s Skylar Grant with a time of 22:16.00. Jorgensen won with a 19:54.55 time. UMS-Wright and Fairhope finished deadlocked in first place at 100 points each, with the Bulldogs taking first place in the tie breaker.
EVIE BELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: Clocked 13:36.78 in the Boonie Invitational two-mile event at Alabama’s Veterans Park to beat the field. The Eagles won the team title as well with 17 points. Mountain Brook was second with 44.

BOYS
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE:
The junior clocked 16:02.84 to win the Class 5A/7A division of Lake Guntersville Invitational meet that featured a strong field of 107 runners. Dustyn Lewis of Grissom was second with a 16:25.33 finish to lead the Tigers (33 points) to the team championship. Albertville had 52 to finish second.
KYLE SAYLOR, DAR: Won the 1A/4A division race at the Lake Guntersville Invitational hosted by Guntersville High School with a winning time of 18:01.71. Collin Mayfield of Geraldine was second at 18:05.95 in the field of 82 participants. DAR also won the team championship posting 31 points. Brindlee Mountain was second with 74.
CALEB GUTHERY, ST. BERNARD: The junior clocked 17:12.94 to nip senior Aaron Brown of Hanceville (17:20.49) to win the Hay on the Run Invitational at Fairview Town Park.  The race had 141 runners. Host Fairview won the team title with 72 points. St. Bernard was second with 78.
JOSEPH PERRY, UMS-WRIGHT: The freshman clocked 17:39.59 to finish first in field of 232 runners at the T.R. Miller Challenge held at the Brewton Cross Country Course. The Bulldogs also won the team competition with 98 points.
HANSON McGOWAN, OAK MOUNTAIN: Ran the two-mile race distance at the Boonie Invitational held at Veterans Park in Alabaster in 10:51.53 to claim first place. Oak Mountain also won team competition with 15 points. Mountain Brook was second with 51.


Auburn Tunes up for Jesse Owens Classic with Dominating Performance at Warhawk Challenge

    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 Berghs 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:
   
BOYS
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.


GIRLS
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.


McKenzie Hogue Runs Fastest Time of 2018 to Beat a Field of 292 at Scottsboro Classic

      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:

GIRLS
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.

BOYS
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.