Friday, September 20, 2019






Enterprise Runners Dominate Eastgate Meet to Sweep Boys’ and Girls’ Championships




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:




Eastgate Park, Dothan (Host: Providence Christian School)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 27; Houston Acad. 66; Providence Chr. 66
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



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

Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Gadsden (Host: Gadsden City High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Southside-Gadsden 38; Albertville 50; Pleasant Valley 74
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



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




Veterans Park, Hoover (Host: Spain Park High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 38; Hoover 59; Spain Park 112

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



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
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



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
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



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





















St. Paul’s Episcopal Boys, Girls Sweep Azalea City Classic in Mobile

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 include:

USA-Brookley Gulf Pines Course, Mobile

BOYS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 71; Ocean Springs (MS) 78; Daphne 97
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



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

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
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
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

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

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 High School (host)
Pleasant Valley High, Jacksonville (Total participants listed in parentheses)

4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hewitt-Trussville 51; Oxford 72; Lincoln 96
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
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
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




Homewood Runners Crawford Hope, Lainey Phelps Pace Patriots’ Sweep at the Early Bird Twilight Meet

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:

Langan Park, Mobile (Total participants listed in parentheses)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Walton (FL) 41; St. Pius X (GA) 55; St. Paul’s Episcopal 68
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
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
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
1. Adley Burkes, Central-PC              19:34.82
2. Sydney Runyan, Etowah (GA)       20:17.27
3. Beth Ann Tucker, Springville         20:45.30

University of Montevallo (Total participants listed in parentheses)

5A/7A BOYS GOLD TEAM WINNER: Homewood 30; Hoover 72; Briarwood Chr. 131
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
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
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
1. Hannah Adams, Westminster         19:38.58
2. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster       19:55.20
3. Kathy Hammond, LAMP                 21:07.83

Brooks High School (host)
McFarland Park, Florence (Total participants listed in parentheses)

5A/7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Corinth (MS) 45; Florence 71; Decatur 100
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
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
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
1. Addison Embry, Lauderdale Co.     20:21.49
2. Katie Serrato, West Limestone       21:19.57
3. Ally Amerson, Hatton                    22:04.93


Houston Academy (host)
Eastgate Park, Dothan (Total participants listed in parentheses)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 32; Houston Academy 56
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
1. Grace Crim, Providence Chr.          22:04.02
2. Natalie Warner, Enterprise             22:59.02
3. Holley Hart, Houston Ac.               23:37.35

Scottsboro High School (host)
John R. Esslinger Trail, Scottsboro (Total participants listed in parentheses)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Scottsboro 29; Pisgah 98; Holly Pond 120
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
1. Maddie Gossett, Scottsboro           19:11.26
2. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond       19:28.81
3. Breanna Tankersley, Holly Pond     23:22.48

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
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.
1. Clara O’Shea, Madison Central (TN)            18:07.17
2. Presley Miles, Saint James                         18:34.80

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
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
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

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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


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 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.


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

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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:

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
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 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 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




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
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
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)
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)
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)

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.
   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.

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.

    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.

   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.
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.

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.

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.

   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).

   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).

    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.

   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.

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).
   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:

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

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

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