AHSAA Cross Country Week 4 Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Enterprise High School runners took three of the top four spots in the girls’ 5,000-meter featured race. The EHS boys took first and fourth-place to win both team titles at The Eastgate Cross Country Invitational held in Dothan last week.
The sweep by the Wildcats, who are coached by wife and husband Christina and Chris Rodgers, landed Enterprise in the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight this week.
Wildcats runner Natalie Warner cross the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Providence Christian’s Grace Crim to win the girls’ race with teammates Kayleigh Riordan and Mirna Thompson taking third and fourth place. Enterprise runners Alaura DeHoyos and Amadeua Thompson were sixth and seventh.
In the boys’ race, Enterprise’s Tyler Rathburn (18:13.30) topped two Providence Christian runners – Robert Woodall (18:26.19) and Clay Suddarth (18:29.79) – for first place. Wildcats Henry Templin (18:36.96), Brett Tessay (18:59.36) and William Kim (18:59.39) were fourth through sixth.
Other top showings in last week’s cross country competition across the state include Auburn High’s sweep of the Spain Park Classic in Hoover, with Samantha Rogers, Harper McGowan and Sangie Lincoln-Velez finishing 1-2-4 in the girls’ event. Mackenzie Culpepper of Spain Park finished third. Auburn topped Hoover and Spain Park for the title. Walker Cole of Oak Mountain won the boys’ race, ahead of Brady Barton of Helena, Jack Lowe of Pell City and Owen Marquardt of Hoover, as Auburn outpaced Hoover and Spain Park for the team crown, with Aubrey Lake and Parker Draughon taking sixth and seventh as the Tigers took six of the top 12 spots.
In the Titans Trail Challenge at Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Rodrigo Patino of Albertville outpaced a pair of Southside-Gadsden runners, Ryan Maudsley and Mason Williamson, for the boys’ title. Southside-Gadsden was the team champion over Albertville and Pleasant Valley. Camryn Davis of Southside-Gadsden finished first in the girls’ race, ahead of Albertville’s Belinda Franco and Southside’s Zoie Menk. Pleasant Valley topped Southside and third-place Albertville for the title. The Raiders were led by fifth- and sixth-place finishers Eva Bryant and Trinity Roberts. Emma Hood also finished in the top 10 at eight for Pleasant Valley.
Alabama teams fared well at the Gulf Coast Classic at Pensacola last weekend with Scottsboro’s boys and St. Paul’s Episcopal girls each finishing second in the team competition. Saints senior Isabel Valenzuela was third overall with a time of 19:56.50. Scottsboro junior Cooper Atkins was third in the boys’ competition with a 16:32.80 time.
Among the top races this coming weekend will be the TCBY Invitational hosted by American Christian at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, and the Southern Showcase at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park, also set for Saturday. Huntsville High School will be the host school.
Results of all the AHSAA 5,000-meter races reported last week include:
THE EASTGATE INVITATIONAL
Eastgate Park, Dothan (Host: Providence Christian School)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 27; Houston Acad. 66; Providence Chr. 66
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (103)
1. Tyler Rathburn, Enterprise 18:13.30
2. Robert Woodall, Providence Chr 18:26.19
3. Clay Suddarth, Providence Chr 18:29.79
4. Henry Templin, Enterprise 18:36.96
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 21; Providence Chr 34; Dothan 90
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (52)
GIRLS 5K RUN
1. Natalie Warner, Enterprise 23:05.58
2. Grace Crim, Providence Chr 23:35.72
3. Kayleigh Riordan, Enterprise 24:23.09
4. Mirna Thompson, Enterprise 24:31.49
TITANS TRAIL CHALLENGE
Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Gadsden (Host: Gadsden City High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Southside-Gadsden 38; Albertville 50; Pleasant Valley 74
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (174)
1. Rodrigo Patino, Albertville 18:10.09
2. Ryan Maudsley, Southside-Gadsden 18:26.57
3. Mason Williamson, Southside-Gadsden 18:57.34
4. Cayden Nelson, Pleasant Valley 19:08.53
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 44; Southside-Gadsden 50; Albertville 60
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (96)
1. Camryn Davis, Southside-Gadsden 22:38.14
2. Belinda Franco, Albertville 22:48.16
3. Zoie Menk, Southside-Gadsden 23:19.41
4. Michaela Watts, Alexandria 24:03.23
SPAIN PARK CLASSIC
Veterans Park, Hoover (Host: Spain Park High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 38; Hoover 59; Spain Park 112
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (181)
1. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 16:53.89
2. Brady Barton, Helena 17:03.70
3. Jack Lowe, Pell City 17:17.17
4. Owen Marquardt, Hoover 17:38.50
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 19; Hoover 73; Spain Park 86
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (87)
1. Samantha Rogers, Auburn 19:35.89
2. Harper McGowan, Auburn 20:30.13
3. Mackenzie Culpepper, Sp. 20:36.94
4. Sangie Lincoln-Velez, Auburn 20:37.23
Fairview (Host: Fairview High)
1A-4A BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 37; St. Bernard 109; Fairview 109
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (192)
1. Jake Moore, White Plains 16:42.77
2. Christian Myles, Anniston 17:06.88
3. Ethan Lemons, Vinemont 17:09.35
4. Wyatt Knight, Ashville 17:11.43
1A-4A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Ashville 66; J.B. Pennington 79; White Plains 83
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (139)
1. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond 19:16.58
2. Madilyn Kerber, St. Bernard 21:10.98
3. Olivia King, Jacksonville 21:17.58
4. Meghan McCarthy, Ashville 21:33.88
5A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Bob Jones 31; Lawrence Co. 72; Decatur 86
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (110)
1. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co. 16:45.70
2. Luke Sanders, Arab 17:03.87
3. Jean Pierre LeRoux, Bob Jones 17:17.66
4. James Garrison, Bob Jones 17:44.17
5A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Lawrence Co. 24; Arab 45; Boaz 104
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (69)
1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 19:48.02
2. Beth Ann Tucker, Springville 20:06.66
3. Savannah Williams, Lawrence Co. 20:54.36
4. Jaya Coats, Columbia 21:01.77
AHSAA Cross Country Week 3 Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s girls’ cross country team took 6 of the top 15 spots while the boys earned 3 of the top 10 to sweep the Azalea City Classic last week. The meet drew 130 runners and 26 total teams to the Gulf Pines Golf Course USA-Brookley in Mobile.
Those performances earned the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 3 of the season.
Both St. Paul’s squads are coached by John Brigham (boys) and Jim Tate (girls), who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the National High School Hall of Fame in 2013. The Saints set a national high school record from 1983-1998 by winning 16 consecutive AHSAA state cross country championships.
Tate, who has been coaching track and cross country at St. Paul’s for more than 40 years, has directed Saints teams to 18 girls’, nine boys’ and one freshman girls’ AHSAA state championships and a total of 26 in that span. In addition, a St. Paul’s has had 20 girls’ individual state champions and five boys’ individual winners. Holly Holman won five state cross country races for the Saints (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1988). Teammate Jane Nettles interrupted that streak by finishing first in 1985.
St. Paul’s boys’ team closed out the Azalea City meet with 71 points, followed by Ocean Springs, Miss., at 78 and Daphne with 97. The St. Paul’s girls won the meet with 40 points. Ocean Springs was second with 50 and McGill-Toolen with 84.
Christian Balcer of East Central High in Moss Point, Miss., won the 5K race with a time of 16:29.99, followed by UMS-Wright’s Joseph Perry (16:42.00) and Daphne’s Ethan Rowe (16:48.51). St. Paul’s runners John Michael Romanos (16:54.18) and Mac Conwell (17:12.65) finished fourth and fifth with William Jameson’s 17:39.33 at eighth, just behind seventh-place McGill-Toolen’s Drew Roberts (17:39.10) and sixth-place Seba Bakoyema of LAMP (17:22.93).
On the girls’ side, St. Paul’s Isabel Valenzuela won the race in 19:40.90. Her teammates in the top 15 were Katherine Rush (sixth, 22:01.74), Emily Miles (10th, 22:20.68), Macy Browning (11th, 22:29.58), Mary Howard Singleton (12th, 22:48.15) and Sarah Strickland (14th, 23:20.70).
LAMP’s Kathy Hammond finished third with a 21:37.66 run while Anna Adams of McGill-Toolen was seventh at 22:09.78, followed by her teammate, Abby Ferlise at 22:14.64. Alondra Rangel of Baldwin County finished ninth at 22:18.47.
| Hewitt-Trussville won the Boys’ 4A-7A race of the Pleasant Valley High School Invitational in Jacksonville, followed by Oxford, Lincoln, Pell City and Alexandria. Pell City’s Jack Lowe was the top finisher at 18:16.85, followed by Central-Clay County’s Ronald Piedra (18:48.76). Hewitt-Trussville had eight of the top 21 finishers, led by No. 9 finisher Logan Reaves (19:44.84).
White Plains had four of the top eight runners in the Boys’ 1A-3A race to win the competition with 29 points. The Wildcats’ James Middlebrooks (17:52.95) finished first and teammate Jake Moore (18:29.28) was third. Christian Myles of Anniston finished second at 18:06.84 in the field of 108.
Arab won the Girls competition at Pleasant Valley with 83 points. The host Raiders were second with 98. Presley Miles of St. James won the event by more than three minutes over Taylor Simmons of Donoho. Miles finished the race in 18:48.98.
The fastest times turned in for the week came at the Chickasaw Trails Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park near Moulton where more than 1,100 runners, 490 girls and 626 boys, competed. Thompson’s Jace Jones won the 5A-7A large-school race with a winning time of 15:50.93 over runner-up Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills (15:57.21) and third-place finisher Jackson Danner of Huntsville (15:59.51). Huntsville won the boys’ competition with 71 points and Vestavia was second with 109. Cold Springs won the boys’ 1A-5A title with 109 points.
Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won the girls’ large-school race in 18:40.68 for the best time of the week for AHSAA girls’ runners. Brentwood (TN) won the girls’ team title with 58 points and Mountain Brook was second with 149.
Results and leaders from last week’s cross country action reported to www.alabamarunners.com include:
AZALEA CITY CLASSIC
USA-Brookley Gulf Pines Course, Mobile
BOYS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 71; Ocean Springs (MS) 78; Daphne 97
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (117)
1. Christian Balcer, East Central (MS) 16:29.99
2. Joseph Perry, UMS-Wright 16:42.00
3. Ethan Rowe, Daphne 16:48.51
4. John Michael Romanos, St. Paul’s 16:54.18
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 40; Ocean Springs (MS) 50; McGill-Toolen 84
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (68)
1. Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s Episcopal 19:40.90 1
3. Kathy Hammond, LAMP 21:37.66 3
6. Rush, Katherine St. Paul’s Episcopal 22:01.74 6
7. Anna Adams, McGill-Toolen 22:09.78 7
CHICKASAW TRAILS INVITATIONAL
Lawrence County High (host)
Oakville Indian Mounds Park, Oakville (Total participants listed in parentheses)
LARGE SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER: Huntsville 71; Vestavia Hills 109; Franklin (TN) 139
BOYS LEADERS (304)
1. Jace Jones, Thompson 15:50.93
2. Ethan Strand, Vestavia Hills 15:57.21
3. Jackson Danner, Huntsville 15:59.51
4. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 16:01.22
SMALL SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cold Springs 110; St. Michael 121; American Christian 132
BOYS LEADERS (322)
1. Brock Kelly, Tupelo (MS) Chr. 16:29.09
3. Raleigh Stamps, Rogers 17:17.89
4. Ethan Lemons, Vinemont 17:37.16
5. John Bridges, American Christian 17:45.63
LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Brentwood (TN) 58; Mtn Brook 146; Homewood 167
GIRLS LEADERS (247)
1. Lainey Phelps, Homewood 18:40.68
3. Crawford West, Vestavia Hills 19:06.48
4. Adley Burkes, Central-PC 19:20.85
7. Reagan Riley, Mtn Brook 19:45.49
SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Westminster-Oak Mtn 58; American Christian 111; Cold Springs 160
GIRLS LEADERS (243)
1. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond 19:36.20
2. Hannah Adams, Westminster-OM 19:48.08
3. Yarahy Marcelino, West Morgan 20:10.65
4. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster 20:23.87
PLEASANT VALLEY INVITATIONAL
Pleasant Valley High School (host)
Pleasant Valley High, Jacksonville (Total participants listed in parentheses)
4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hewitt-Trussville 51; Oxford 72; Lincoln 96
BOYS LEADERS (137)
1. Jack Lowe, Pell City 18:16.85
2. Ronald Piedra, Central-Clay 18:48.76
3. J.R. Proctor, Lincoln 19:03.93
4. Dakota Frank, Munford 19:04:58
1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 29; Pleasant Valley 51; Ohatchee 96
BOYS LEADERS (108)
1. James Middlebrooks, White Plains 17:52.95
2. Christian Myles, Anniston 18:06.84
3. Jake Moore, White Plains 18:29.28
4. Coleman Hayes, Pleasant Valley 19:10.96
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Arab 83; Pleasant Valley 98; St. James 112
GIRLS LEADERS (149)
1. Presley Miles, St. James 18:48.98
2. Taylor Simmons, Donoho 22:01.17
3. Jayda Fair, Ohatchee 22:04.16
4. Grace Gosline, Arab 22:24.20
AHSAA Cross Country Week 2 Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Homewood High School runners Crawford Hope and Lainey Phelps turned in the best 5,000-meter times of the 2019 AHSAA cross country season last week at the Early Bird Twilight Invitational Championships held at the University of Montevallo last weekend.
Their efforts helped Homewood win the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the strong field of competitors to capture the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 2 of the season.
Hope, a junior, won the 5A/7A featured race with a time of 15:25.18 and the Patriots captured the boys’ team championship with 30 points. Hoover was second with 72 points. Guntersville senior Sam Moultrie also finished under 16 minutes with a time of 15:58.97. Both times are among some of the best in the U.S. this season. The boys’ race featured 14 runners with times under 17 minutes.
Phelps, a senior, just missed cracking the 18-minute mark as she crossed the finish line with a time of 18:04.73. She finished 89 seconds ahead of her closest challenger, Claire Bolton of McGill-Toolen. Homewood had 41 points to nip runner-up Oak Mountain, which finished with 87 points. Hoover was third with 98.
The competition was also fierce in the 1A/4A division with White Plains edging defending 4A state champion Montgomery Catholic 30-45 to win the boys’ title, and Westminster-Oak Mountain had 23 points to beat White Plains (54) in the girls’ race. Hollis Johnson of Catholic won the boys’ race with a time of 16:55.09. Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Hannah Adams clocked 19:38.58 to claim the girls’ individual crown.
The performance of Coach Josh Donaldson’s Homewood’s duo edged out strong efforts in out-of-state meets by Auburn and Huntsville as well as Saint James runner Presley Miles.
Auburn’s boys and girls swept the competition at the AT&T Panther Meet hosted at Starr’s Mill, GA. The boys had 60 points to beat runner-up Westminster (GA) by 32 points. Stewart Brown paced the Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the field of 257 participants. He had a time of 15:38.43 to finish 14 seconds behind the winner. Auburn’s girls had 52 points to edge Starr’s Mill, which had 103 points. Samantha Rogers was second overall for Auburn with a time of 18:27.12 in the field of 168. Harper McGowan was also seventh for the Tigers.
Huntsville’s boys won the City Auto Memphis Twilight Classic with 40 points, 85 better than runner-up Bartlett. Jackson Danner led the Panthers with a time of 16:09.70 to finish eighth among the 318 boys’ runners. Saint James’ Miles ran the 5,000-meter distance in 18:34.80 to finish second in the girls’ competition. That race featured 263 runners. Hewitt-Trussville’s girls finished seventh in the team competition.
Results of all the AHSAA 5,000-meter races reported last week include:
MOBILE CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS
Langan Park, Mobile (Total participants listed in parentheses)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Walton (FL) 41; St. Pius X (GA) 55; St. Paul’s Episcopal 68
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (62)
1. Connor Old, Walton (FL) 16:34.24
2. Zac Shaffer, Walton (FL) 16:38.79
3. Carson Barlow, Baker 16:41.97
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: St. Pius X (GA) 23; Walton (FL) 61; Baker 68
GIRLS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (59)
1. Brooklyn Biancamano, L. Beach (MS) 18:36.88
2. Mary Brady, St. Pius X (GA) 19:13.73
6. Lindsey Baxter, Baker 19:49.27
13th Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational
Oxford High School (host)
Choccolocco Park, Oxford (Total participants listed in parentheses)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Southside-Gadsden 52; Ashville 93; Oxford 98
BOYS LEADERS (187)
1. Sean Dorrill, Central-PC 17:23.21
2. Ryan Maudsley, Southside-Gad. 17:40.37
3. Christian Myles, Anniston 19:01.81
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Central-Phenix City 66; Ashville 79; Southside-Gadsden 99
GIRLS LEADERS (108)
1. Adley Burkes, Central-PC 19:34.82
2. Sydney Runyan, Etowah (GA) 20:17.27
3. Beth Ann Tucker, Springville 20:45.30
EARLY BIRD TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL
University of Montevallo (Total participants listed in parentheses)
5A/7A BOYS GOLD TEAM WINNER: Homewood 30; Hoover 72; Briarwood Chr. 131
5A/7A BOYS GOLD LEADERS (116)
1. Crawford Hope, Homewood 15:25.18
2. Sam Moultrie, Guntersville 15:58.97
3. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 16:01.20
1A/4A BOYS GOLD TEAM WINNER: White Plains 30; Montgomery Catholic 45, LAMP 52
1A/4A BOYS GOLD LEADERS (48)
1. Hollis Johnson, Catholic 16:55.09
2. Jake Moore, White Plains 17:00.40
3. Seba Bakoyema, LAMP 17:17.15
5A/7A GIRLS GOLD TEAM WINNER: Homewood 41; Oak Mountain 87; Hoover 98
5A/7A GIRLS GOLD LEADERS (90)
1. Lainey Phelps, Homewood 18:04.73
2. Claire Bolton, McGill-Toolen 19:33.15
3. Celie Jackson, Homewood 19:37.39
1A/4A GIRLS GOLD TEAM WINNER: Westminster-Oak Mtn 23; White Plains 54; LAMP 72
1A/4A GIRLS GOLD LEADERS (41)
1. Hannah Adams, Westminster 19:38.58
2. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster 19:55.20
3. Kathy Hammond, LAMP 21:07.83
BROOKS LIONS INVITATIONAL
Brooks High School (host)
McFarland Park, Florence (Total participants listed in parentheses)
5A/7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Corinth (MS) 45; Florence 71; Decatur 100
5A/7A BOYS LEADERS (114)
1. Trey Hurt, Florence 16:23.40
2. Taylor Gibson, Prattville 16:34.13
3. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co. 16:52.62
1A/4A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Deshler 108; Madison Academy 118; Rogers 136
1A/4A BOYS LEADERS (184)
1. Raleigh Stamps, Rogers 16:43.69
2. Nicolas Ulrich, Athens Bible 17:44.67
3. Carson Graves, Hatton 17:53.36
5A/7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Florence 36; Lawrence County 48; Corinth (MS) 78
5A/7A GIRLS LEADERS (82)
1. Mary Claire Ridegway, Florence 19:08.53
2. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 19:41.77
3. Mary Ann Trimble, M. Shoals 20:44.21
1A/4A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Hatton 52; Colbert Heights 83; Haleyville 95
1A/4A GIRLS LEADERS (102)
1. Addison Embry, Lauderdale Co. 20:21.49
2. Katie Serrato, West Limestone 21:19.57
3. Ally Amerson, Hatton 22:04.93
HA FASTER YOU RUN, QUICKER YOU’RE DONE INVITATIONAL
Houston Academy (host)
Eastgate Park, Dothan (Total participants listed in parentheses)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 32; Houston Academy 56
BOYS LEADERS (98)
1. Gunnar Smith, Houston Ac. 18:01.40
2. William Kim, Enterprise 18:10.54
3. Robert Woodall, Providence Chr. 18:17.74
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 31; Providence Christian 55
GIRLS LEADERS (43)
1. Grace Crim, Providence Chr. 22:04.02
2. Natalie Warner, Enterprise 22:59.02
3. Holley Hart, Houston Ac. 23:37.35
BLACK AND GOLD CLASSIC
Scottsboro High School (host)
John R. Esslinger Trail, Scottsboro (Total participants listed in parentheses)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Scottsboro 29; Pisgah 98; Holly Pond 120
BOYS LEADERS (142)
1. Hayden Judge, Scottsboro 15:58.62
2. Collin Mayfield, Geraldine 16:05.71
3. Cooper Atkins, Scottsboro 16:26.02
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Fort Payne 36; Holly Pond 45; Pisgah 75
GIRLS LEADERS (92)
1. Maddie Gossett, Scottsboro 19:11.26
2. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond 19:28.81
3. Breanna Tankersley, Holly Pond 23:22.48
CITY AUTO MEMPHIS TWILIGHT CLASSIC
Christian Brothers (host)
Mike Rose Soccer Complex, Memphis, TN (Total participants listed in parentheses)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Huntsville 40; Bartlett (MS) 125; Hewitt-Trussville (6th) 220
BOYS LEADERS (318)
1. Evan Allen, Chester Co. (TN) 15:26.26
2. Jackson Williams, Arlington (TN) 15:38.43
8. Jackson Danner, Huntsville 16:09.70
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Davies County (KY) 84; Hewitt-Trussville (7th) 205.
GIRLS LEADERS (263)
1. Clara O’Shea, Madison Central (TN) 18:07.17
2. Presley Miles, Saint James 18:34.80
AT&T STARRS MILL PANTHER MEET
Starr’s Mill High School (host)
Heritage Christian Church, GA (Total participants listed in parentheses)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 60; Westminster (GA) 92; Smiths Station (9th) 331
BOYS LEADERS (257)
1. Devin Wade, Whitfield Ac (GA) 15:24.60
6. Stewart Brown, Auburn 15:38.43
8. Savian Taylor, Smiths Station 16:35.09
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 52; Starr’s Mill (GA) 103
GIRLS LEADERS (168)
1. Erin Fegans, Landmark Chr. 18:18.53
2. Samantha Rogers, Auburn 18:27.12
7. Harper McGowan, Auburn 19:27.30
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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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 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
MONTGOMERY – The South girls’ placed four runners in the top five finishers Wednesday morning to beat the North 19-36 in the third annual North-South All-Star Cross Country competition being held at Auburn-Montgomery University as part of the AHSAA All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference.
The North boys’ team won a close 27-28 victory over the South in the North-South boys’ race. All participants were rising seniors.
Leading the South, coached by Paul Agnew of Baker High School, was Samantha Rogers of Auburn. She finished fifth in the AHSAA Class 7A state championships last fall and clocked 19:22.20 at AUM’s course to win the girls’ race Wednesday. She was awarded the South Fastest Runner Award. McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Claire Bolton was second at 20:01.30, Bolton was eighth in the 7A state meet in 2018. Rounding out the top five finishers were Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal (20:28.20), Leslie Baxter of Baker (21:13.60) and the Maggie Crow of Fort Payne (21:22.20). Crow received the North Fastest Runner Award. The North team was coached by David Dobbs of Hewitt-Trussville.
Coaches for the boys’ teams were Huntsville’s Blake Borden (North) and Jonathan Fischer of Beauregard (South).
The boys’ competition was fierce with only 63 seconds separating the top 10 finishers. Guntersville’s Sam Moultrie, who was 13th in the Class 5A state championships last fall, nipped North teammate Will Thompson of Cullman by 1.6 seconds to win the North-South boys’ race Wednesday. Thompson was 14th in the Class 6A state championships.
Crossing in third place Wednesday morning 2.3 seconds behind the leader was South runner Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian with a time of 16:48.20. South runners Carson Barlow of Baker (17:11.80) and Ethan Rowe of Daphne (17:22.10) to finish fourth and fifth.
The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) hosts the North-South All-Star competition held annually at the AHSAA Summer Conference. The conference, which includes more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center through Friday.
The North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ soccer competition will be held at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at AUM today beginning with the girls’ match at 5 p.m. The boys will follow at 7. The North-South girls’ softball doubleheader will also get underway at Lagoon Park at 5 p.m. The all-star competition closes out Thursday with North-South golf and tennis for boys and girls at Montgomery Country Club. Golf tees off at 8 :30 a.m., and tennis commences at 10 a.m. The North-South Volleyball All-Star match will be at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex at 4 p.m., Thursday, and the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic closes out the all-star competition at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming. Tom Loreman is the producer with Central students Haley McDonald, Ellison Laney and Emma Spitnagel are serving as the Network crew. Stephanie Snyder of the Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP is also producing the soccer competition today.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY: The AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance will honor 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include: principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.
2019 North-South Cross Country Results
South Girls 19, North Girls 36
GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Samantha Rogers, Auburn (S) 19:22.20
Claire Bolton, McGill-Toolen Catholic (S) 20:01.30
Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s Episcopal (S) 20:28.20
Leslie Baxter, Baker (S) 21:13.60
Maggie Crow, Fort Payne (N) 21:22.20
Emily Daniel, Lawrence County (N) 21:32.20
Jayda Fair, Ohatchee (N) 21:44.70
Sabina Ortiz, Mountain Brook (N) 21:53.50
Sarah Parnell, Auburn (S) 22:03.60
Sarah Lewis, Grissom (N) 22:04.60
Alex Pitts, Mountain Brook Catholic( N) 22:12.70
Katherine Rush, St. Paul’s Episcopal (S) 22:27.90
Kasey Ezekial, Colbert Heights (N) 22:59.60
Jaycee Biffle, Rogers (N) 23:04.50
Brooke DuPlantier, Fairhope (S) 23:35.90
Allison Boyd, St. Michael Catholic (S) 24:11.90
North Boys 27, South Boys 28
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Sam Moultrie, Guntersville (N) 16:44.90
Will Thompson, Cullman (N) 16:46.50
Judson Hardin, Alabama Christian (S) 16:48.20
Carson Barlow, Baker (S) 17:11.80
Ethan Rowe, Daphne (S) 17:22.10
Savian Taylor, Smiths Station (S) 17:29.80
Andrew Roberts, McGill-Toolen Catholic (S) 17:32.30
Raleigh Stamps, Rogers (N) 17:35.20
Mac Brooks, Hewitt-Trussville (N) 17:45.90
Cole Arrington, Auburn (S) 17:47.80
Tyler Rathburn, Enterprise (S) 18:23.00
Myles Cook, Bayside Academy (S) 18:33.40
Cole Akridge, Cold Springs (N) 18:57.40
Luke Larson, White Plains (N) 19:11.40
Caleb Guthery, Saint Bernard Prep (N) 19:42.60
Joseph Perrella, Beauregard (S) 20:20.30
Justin Porterfield, Zion Chapel (S) 20:57.50
Guy Greenhaw, Athens (N) 21:17.10
2019 North-South All-Star Results
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)
Soccer (at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, AUM, July 17)
North-South Girls’ match, 5 p.m. (North leads series 15-2-1)
North-South Boys’ match, 7 p.m. (North leads series 11-4-1)
Softball (at Lagoon Park, July 17)
North-South doubleheader, 5 & 7 p.m. (North leads series 25-21-3)
Golf (at Montgomery Country Club, July 18)
North-South Boys’ & Girls’ matches, both tee off at 8:30 a.m. (first in the series)
Tennis (at Montgomery Country Club, July 18)
North-South Boys’ & Girls’ matches, both start at 10 a.m. (first in the series)
Volleyball (at Cramton Bowl Multiplex, July 18
North-South match, 4 p.m. (North leads series 14-7)
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)
60th North-South Game, 7 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)
MONTGOMERY – The 63rd AHSAA State Cross Country Championships get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m., at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa will be vying for her fifth straight state championship in the Class 4A race which is scheduled to kick off the competition in the first race of the day. Homewood senior Will Stone will by chasing his third straight Class 6A cross country title as well.
Tyynismaa won her first Class 4A title in 2014 as an eighth grader – running the 3.1-mile course in 17:03.03 to set the all-time record for the girls’ state championships. She has not topped that mark since but did win last year with a time of 17:14.37, which ranks second best all-time. Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright holds the state record for most individual state titles with six – winning from 1977-82 in the Class 1A/2A division. Holly Holman of St. Paul’s Episcopal (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller (2009-2013) each have five state championships.
Stone clocked 15:46.20 last year to win the 6A individual medalist honors – the second fastest time of all 2017 class champions. He won the 6A title in 2016 with a time of 16:01.40. Only two runners in the 62-year history of the cross country championships have won three state titles. Barry Fitts of Brooks was the first, winning in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Steve Allen of Haleyville won three in a row from 1983-85.
Defending Class 7A boys’ champion Mountain Brook captured the school’s 14th state crown last year – just one behind the record of 15 held by Hoover. Class 5A Scottsboro’s boys are also going for their 13th title overall and Class 6A Homewood’s boys come in riding a six-year winning streak.
Scottsboro won the 5A girls’ title in 2017 – the school’s 21st overall. Mountain Brook holds the girls’ state record with 23. The Spartans last won in 2015.
The schedule of events Saturday:
8:30 a.m.: Class 4A Girls
8:50 a.m.: Class 3A Boys
9:10 a.m.: Class 6A Girls
9:30 a.m.: Class 4A Boys
9:50 p.m.: Class 3A Girls
10:10 a.m.: Class 6A Boys
10:30 a.m.: Class 5A Girls
10:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Boys
11:10 a.m.: Class 7A Girls
11:30 a.m.: Class 5A Boys
11:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Girls
12:10 p.m.: Class 7A Boys
A total of 203 girls competed in the race. Pleasant Valley was second in the team competition with 83 points.
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