At Saturday’s Championships at Oakville Mountain Brook Capture’s 14th State Title at 2017 AHSAA Boys’ Cross Country Championships

  MOULTON – Mountain Brook won its first boys’ state championship since 2011 – and 14th overall as the 2017 AHSAA State Cross Country Championships concluded Saturday at Moulton’s Oakville Museum and Indian Mounds course.
   Will Stone of Homewood won his second 6A individual championship to lead the Patriots to their sixth straight team crown. Other boys’ state champions at the 62nd annual AHSAA Championships were Scottsboro (5A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A), American Christian (3A) and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).

Mountain Brook Wins 14th State Cross Country Championship
Mountain Brook edged runner-up Huntsville by four points, 74 to 78, to claim the school’s first AHSAA Boys’ state championship since 2011 and the Spartans’ 14th overall. The win at the 62nd AHSAA State Cross Country Championships at Oakville Museum and Indian Mounds course near Moulton Saturday also napped Auburn’s streak of state titles at four. The Tigers won the big school championship each year since 2013.
   Vestavia Hills senior James Sweeney clocked 15:38.75 to win the individual title in the 7A race comprised of 142 runners. Mountain Brook senior Charlie Slaughter was second (15:50.69) and Fairhope’s Jared Tourart was third (15:53.08). Vestavia was third in the team competition with 97 points.

Stone Leads Homewood to 6A State Championship
Homewood junior Will Stone ran the 3.1-mile distance in 15:46.20 to win his second straight Class 6A individual cross country championship Saturday. The Patriots had 54 points to capture the 6A state title for the sixth straight year. Cullman was second with 69 points and Helena finished third at 107.
   Florence senior Grant Brown was second in the field of 204 participants with a time of 16:03.71. Wetumpka junior Cory Anthony was third clocking 16:12.84.

Scottsboro Completes Sweep Winning 5A Boys Crown
Scottsboro posted 33 points to win its first state boys’ championship since 2011 and 12th overall as the Wildcats completed the sweep in Class 5A. Scottsboro’s girls also won a state championship Saturday.
    Senior Zack Howard of Briarwood Christian won the individual title with a time of 16:16.17. Saint John Paul II Catholic senior Fuad Qushair was second clocking 16:18.66. Freshman Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro led a trio of Wildcats finishing 3-4-5. He ran a 16:23.44 to finish third. Teammates Devin Berry and Will Coleman closed right behind Atkins among the 139 runners in the field.

Northside’s Tanner King Wins Second Straight Title; Trinity Wins Team Crown
Northside senior Tanner King crossed the finish line at 15:55.57 to win his second straight Class 4A state cross country title Saturday. Trinity Presbyterian, led by third-place finisher Charlie Lott, won its second state championship in three years with 64 points. Montgomery Catholic had 78 to claim runner-up and Northside was third with 117.
    Matthew Estopinal of Randolph was second in the field of 137 runners clocking 16:07.59. Lott finished with a time of 16:34.34.

American Christian Repeats as Boys’ Champs
American Christian seniors Taylor Ray and David Barnett finished 1-2 to lead the Patriots to their second straight Class 3A boys’ state cross country championship. ACA posted 34 points with Ray clocking 16:40.81 to win for the second straight year. Barnett’s runner-up time was 16:46.45. Finishing third in the field of 137 participants was Elkmont’s Chase Prate with a 16:52.83 time.
    Pleasant Valley was second in the team standings with 55 points, and Bayside Academy was third with 88.

CLASS 1A/2A Boys
Westminster-Oak Mountain Claims First Boys’ Title
Westminster of Oak Mountain completed a sweep posting 43 points to capture the boys’ 1A/2A state championship. It was the first in school history for the Shelby County school.  Westminster also won the girls’ competition earlier in the day.
    St. Bernard senior Andrew Sweeney ran the course in 16:02.56 to capture the individual title. Westminster senior Nate Collins was second with a 26:15.74 time and Hatton’s Kagen Sutton was third clocking 16:29.31.
    Cold Springs was second with 77 points and Altamont finished third with 78.

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