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State Titles Up for Grabs on Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum

AHSAA 64th State Cross Country Championships

   MONTGOMERY – Champions will be crowned in six divisions on Saturday as more than 2,000 runners converge on the Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum for the Alabama High School Athletic Association 64th State Cross Country Championships, which have been held annually since 1956. It will be the 47th year for the girls’ championships, which started in 1973.
      The championship 5K runs will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Class 1A/2A girls’ race. Races are set to start about every 20 minutes with awards presentations at 10:15 a.m., 10:45, 11:15 and 12:30 p.m. The final race of the day is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. when the Class 5A boys leave the starting line. State champs and runners-up will receive trophies and the top 15 finishers in each race will receive individual medals.
      Boys’ teams seeking to repeat as champions are Class 7A Huntsville, 6A Homewood, 5A Scottsboro, 4A Montgomery-Catholic, 3A Pleasant Valley and 1A/2A Altamont. On the girls’ side, returning champs are 7A Auburn, 6A Homewood, 5A Scottsboro, 3A Westminster Catholic of Oak Mountain and 1A/2A Cold Springs.
     Four teams and the top six individual finishers not from those teams advanced from the sectional races last week.
     Among the top boys’ performers heading into the meet are junior Walker Cole from Oak Mountain High School who bested Vestavia Hills standout junior Ethan Strand in the Class 7A, Section 3 meet with a 15:08.30 finish to Strand’s 15:18.07 last week. Cooper Atkins (15:22.69) and Hayden Judge (15:26.63) of Scottsboro had the next best sectional times, running the Class 5A, Section 4 meet. All of the top 10 times turned in last week were under 16 minutes.
    The top girls’ time from the sectionals belonged to Homewood senior Lainey Phelps, who turned in an 18:03.53 performance for the Patriots in the Class 6A sectionals. Saint James junior Presley Miles ran an 18:27.00 in the Class 3A, Section 2 meet. The top nine finishers on the girls’ side all finished under 19 minutes. Auburn senior Samantha Rogers will also be leading the defending Class 7A girls’ state champion Auburn squad, coached by Olivia Tofani. She won the 7A, Section 4 competition last weekend with a time of 18:52, and teammate Harper McGowan was second. Auburn placed six runners in the top eight finishers.
    Other defending girls’ state champions include: Homewood (6); Scottsboro (5A); Montgomery Catholic (4A); Westminster-Oak Mountain (3A); and Cold Springs (1A/2A). Defending boys’ state champions are Huntsville (7A); Homewood (6A); Scottsboro (5A); Montgomery Catholic (4A); Pleasant Valley (3A); Altamont (1A/2A).
    Coach Luke Robinson of Scottsboro will be attempting to lead his girls and boys to their third straight sweep at the state championships. The Wildcats’ girls will be going for their third 5A state title in a row and their 23rd overall. Scottsboro’s 22 current state titles rank second only to Mountain Brook, which has 23 in the state’s largest division. Robinson’s boys will be vying for their fourth straight Class 5A state championship. The boys’ program has 13 state titles overall, ranking third behind Hoover (15) and Mountain Brook (14).
    The AHSAA State Meet boys’ record in the 5K race (15:11.23) was ran by Robert Bedsole of Hoover in 2004. Cordell Seals of LeFlore recorded the second-fastest winning time with a 15:18.70 performance in the 1996 Class 6A race. Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic set the girls’ state-meet record with a 17:03.04 time in the 2014 Class 4A competition. The University of Alabama freshman closed out her prep career last year winning her fifth state title in a row. The girls ran 4K from 1995-1997 and a two-mile race prior to 1995. Mountain Brook’s Anne Koski set the AHSAA two-mile cross country state meet record in 1981 with an 11:25.20 winning time.
     Vestavia Hills’ Coy Macoy clocked 14:40.9 in 1981 when the race was three miles for the fastest winning time in state meet history. The AHSAA Cross Country State Meet history. Brooks’ Barry Fitts finished the distance in 14:53.7 in 1981.
    Tickets for the championships are $10 per person (cash only) and parking is $5 per vehicle. No pets or bicycles are allowed in the park on race day. The Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Education Center is located at 1219 County Road 187 in Danville.



AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Race Schedule, Saturday, Nov 9

Class 1A/2A Girls: 8:30 a.m.
Class 7A Boys: 8:50 a.m.
Class 4A Girls: 9:10 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Boys: 9:30 a.m.
Class 7A Girls: 9:50 a.m.
Class 4A Boys: 10:10 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Awards Ceremony: 10:15 a.m.
Class 6A Girls: 10:30 a.m.
Class 7A Awards Ceremony: 10:45 a.m.
Class 3A Boys: 10:50 a.m.
Class 5A Girls: 11:10 a.m.
Class 4A Awards Ceremony: 11:15 a.m.
Class 6A Boys: 11:30 a.m.
Class 3A Girls: 11:50 a.m.
Class 5A Boys: 12:10 p.m.
Class 6A, 3A, 5A Awards Ceremonies: 12:30 p.m.



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