Friday, February 28, 2020






AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight Homewood’s Stone, Catholic’s Tyynismaa Record AHSAA’s Best Times to win Jesse Owens Invitational

  MONTGOMERY – Homewood High School junior Will Stone clocked 15:22.12 to win the Gold Division of the 19th annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park near Moulton last weekend.
  The Jesse Owens meet is one of the most prestigious high school meets in the nation with 1,375 boys’ participants representing 158 teams competing this year. The girls’ division had 1,209 runners representing 138 schools. Schools competed in five different divisions (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Green and Red). More than 3,000 runners competed counting the middle school and junior varsity divisions.
   A total of 303 runners participated in the Gold Division with Vestavia Hills senior James Sweeney finishing second with a time of 16:25.01.
   Pope High School of Marietta (GA) captured the team championship with 155 points. Siegel of Murfreesboro (TN) was second with 179. Enterprise was the top Alabama team finishing third with 292 points.
   Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic turned her in best time of the season and the fastest time in the state in 2017 in the girls’ Gold Division to win with a time of 17:50.51.  The talented junior’s time over the 5,000-meter course at Oakhill was also the best of the year in the state.  McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen was second at 18:07.88. Auburn won Gold Division team championship in the 27-team field with 60 points. Houston of Germantown (TN) was second with 111.
    The Jesse Owens Classic highlighted the week’s competition and grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week 6 of the 2017 season.
    Other cross country highlights from the past week include:

JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Silver Division):
McGill-Toolen Catholic posted 195 points and finished second in the 19th annual Invitational’s Silver Division to Pearl (MS), which had 57. Connor Sims, a junior at Brewer High School, crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 16:46.34 for the top Alabama runner finish. Junior Alex Ponce of Merrol Hyde Magnet of Hendersonville (TN) won the race in 16:33.66.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Bronze Division): Senior Fuad Qushair of St. John Paul II Catholic won the meet’s bronze division with a time of 16:42.76. Winfield junior Davis Holdbrooks was second at 16:48.2. Montgomery Catholic won the team title with 117 points. Trinity Presbyterian was second at 119. A total of 431 runners participated.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Red Division): A total of 498 runners representing 39 teams competed in the Red Division race comprised of predominantly 6A and 7A schools. Franklin (TN) won with 54 points. Homewood was the top AHSAA team finishing sixth with 179 points.  Prattville senior Wesley Domsalla crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 17:333.48. Gavin DeJongh, a freshman at Franklin, finished first clocking 17:31.40.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Green Division): St. Bernard senior Andrew Sweeney was first in the field of 337 runners with a winning time of 16:34.71 in the Green Division consisting of teams from Class 1A-3A. Westminster of Oak Mountain senior Nate Collins was second at 16:44.66. Hebron Christian of Dacula (GA) won the team title with 44 points. Westminster was second with 74 points. Thirty-six teams competed for the championship.
T.R. MILLER CHALLENGE:  Zion Chapel runner Austin Joye finished the 5,000-meter course in 18:45.87 to finish third behind Pensacola-Tate’s Brandon Knieja (17:52.83). Tailand Mitchell finished two seconds behind Joye in fourth place in the 119-runner field to lead T.R. Miller to the team championship. The Tigers had 53 points.
TITANS TRAIL INVITATIONAL: Gadsden City won its own meet with 35 points as Jonah Morris crossed the finish line first clocking 20:03.16 for the Titans. Camron McDaniel of Cedar Bluff was second running 20:16.16.
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (1A-4A Division):  Brindlee Mountain won the 1A-4A race held at Corners Island on Lake Guntersville with 21 points as Brandon Mendez finished first with 17:34.87 time. Brindlee Mountain teammates Zach Mooneyham and Brighten Davis were third and fourth, respectively, in the field of 41 runners. DAR’s Kyle Saylor finished second clocking 17:14.74 .99 to lead the Patriots to second place (38).
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (5A-7A Division):  Guntersville’s Sam Moultrie won the 5A-7A Division with a strong time of 16:29.75 in the 79-runner field. Chance Cofield led Albertville to the team title with a second-place time of 17:07.07. The Aggies had 31 points. Runner-up Guntersville totaled 51.

CLASSIC (Silver Division):
Eighth grader MacKenzie Culpepper had the top time of Alabama schools in the Silver Division of the 19th annual Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park. She was fifth clocking 19:43.50. Clare Pinter, a junior for Pearl (MS), won the race in 19:28.66 to beat the 260-runner field and led her school to the team title. Pearl had 64 points and Fort Payne was second with 71.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Bronze Division): Lawrence County seventh grader Savannah Williams clocked a winning time of 19:40.68 to win the Bronze Division race. Abby Nunnelly, a junior from Alexandria, was third (19:55.57) in the field of 292 participants. Scottsboro finished first with 67 points and Lawrence County was second with 87. Freshman Hannah Cloud led the winning Wildcats with a ninth-place finish and time of 20:50.27.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Red Division): A total of 23 teams and 262 runners competed in the competition comprised of Class 6A and 7A schools with Homewood finished third overall behind winner Ravenwood of  Brentwood (TN). The Lady Patriots posted 74 points and Ravenwood had 59. Freshman Elizabeth Allen of Enterprise was third overall and teammate Catherine Ragsdale, a seventh grader, was fourth with times of 21:05.78 and 21:12.74, respectively, Ravenwood’s Isabella Sleenhof was first with a 20:57.99 time.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Green Division): Hatton won the team title with 112 points in the 22-team field. Sophomore Ally Amerson finished eighth to lead the Hornets. St. Bernard senior Leahrose Mami won the individual title with a winning time of 20:11.58.
T.R. MILLER CHALLENGE:  Olivia Blackmon clocked 19:51.15 for the host Tigers to finish first among the 75 participants at the 5,000-meter race held at Brewton. St. Paul’s Episcopal won the team competition with 30 points to edge the T.R. Miller (35). Isabel Valenzuela paced the winning Saints with a second-place finish with a 20:18.67.
TITANS TRAIL INVITATIONAL: Gadsden City runner Catherine Clements won the girls’ race at the Titans Challenge with a time of 24:07.81. Cedar Bluff finished with 25 points to win the team title. The Titans were second with 36 points.
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (1A-4A Division):  DAR runners Haley Hughes and Slone Butler finished 1-2 in the Class 1A-4A division race at Corners Island on Lake Guntersville with times of 21:25.54 and 22:08.99, respectively. Brindlee Mountain won the team championship with 41 points. Sardis was second with 60 and DAR third with 70. Sixty runners competed.
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (5A-7S Division):  Grissom’s Janey McManus had a winning time of 19:12.50 to take first place in the 50-runner field of the Class 5A-7A division and led Grissom to the team title. The Lady Tigers had 37 points and runner-up Arab had 49.

AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin Speeds To Panther Invitational Boys’ Title

  MONTGOMERY -- Smiths Station High School junior Silas Franklin turned in the best time of the week for AHSAA runners with a meet-winning 15:56.83 to win the Smiths Station Panther Invitational boys cross country race. He was first in a field of 115 runners and captured the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2017 season.
   Alex Salgado helped Auburn to the team title with a third-place finish and 16:30.98 time.  The Tigers had 30 points and runner-up Smiths Station scored 49.
   Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
Northside runner Tanner King ran the Heardmont Park course in 16:31.60 to nip John McCrackin of Hoover, who a ran a 16:44.49 time to finish second in the field of 227. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs won the team competition with 50 points. Oak Mountain was second with 53.
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the meet with a perfect 15 score and had 12 runners finish in the top 16. Senior Jackson Thomas won the two-mile race in 10:53.94.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph won the team championship in the 1A/4A division boys’ race with 47 points and Matthew Estopinal beat the field of 120 runners with a winning time of 17:01.56 over the Arab City Park Course. Daniel Tully of Ashville was second at 17:42.54.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney recorded a strong time of 16:16.12 to beat the field of 195 runners to win the Class 1A-3A race at the annual invitational. Asher Desai of Altamont was second at 16:28.38. Pleasant Valley won the team title with 81 points with Matisse Miller finishing fourth for the Raiders with a 16:39.28 time. Cold Springs was second with 96 points.  A field of 182 runners competed in the Class 5A-7A race with Lawrence County winning the team competition with 78 points over runner-up Decatur (105). Haleyville’s Hamza Abusammour finished first with a time of 16:44.61, and Blake Terry second for the winning Red Devils clocking 17:08.48.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise dominated the boys’ competition in the race held on the campus of Troy University-Dothan with the Wildcats placing the first five runners in the 95-participant field to record a perfect 15 team score.  Gabriel Henneberger won the race with a winning time of 17:12.04.  Houston Academy was second in the team competition with 68 points.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: Thompson junior Brandon DeMarcus Lee ran the 5,000-meter race at Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort to win the meet with a 15:59.70 time. Warriors’ teammate Jace Jones was second clocking 16:36.30. Thompson won the team competition with 28 points. Baker was second with 54.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Shades Valley runner Sebastian Sanders won the 5,000-meter race held at North Jefferson Middle School with a time of 18:13.12 in the 89-runner field. Seth Lord finished second at 19:02.67 for Pinson Valley to lead the Indians to the team title. Pinson totaled 37 points.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Hatton junior Kagen Sutton ran the course at Wilson High School in 17:18.58 to beat the field of 113 runners in the Class 1A-3A race. Elkmont’s Chase Prater was second at 17:26.26. Grant Brown of Florence and Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield were 1-2 in the Class 4A-7A race with a dazzling photo finish. Brown was clocked at 16:46.68 and Holdbrooks was timed at 16:46.69.

HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the title with 15 points as Janey McManus clocked a 12:02.08 over the two-mile course to win the individual title. Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian was a close second at 12:05.13.  Westminster Christian finished second in the team competition with 46 points.
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL: Hoover’s Ava Weems ran the 5,000-meter course at Heardmont Park in 20:07.38 to take first place in the field of 140 runners. Bucs teammate Sydney Steely finished second with a 20:19.64 time as Hoover won the team title with 21 points. Oak Mountain was second with 75.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph swept the girls’ competition in the 1A/4A division of the meet held at Arab City Park scoring 23 points. DAR was second with 40. Emma Hudson led the Raiders with a winning time of 21:31.47. Finishing second in the field of 81 runners was Ashville’s Meghan McCarthy, who clocked 21:52.71.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: Whitesburg Christian’s Hannah Tarwater and Caroline Summers finished 1-2 in 129-runner field of the annual meet’s Class 1A-3A division with times of 19:22.58 and 19:32.05, respectively.  Pleasant Valley won the team competition with 35 points and runner-up Hatton had 89. Lawrence County won the championship in the Class 5A-7A competition with 18 points – placing five runners in the top six finishers. Savannah Williams won with a time of 19:49.02 for Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils. Emily Daniel was second just four seconds behind her teammate.
SMITHS STATION PANTHER INVITATIONAL: Junior Amaris Tyynismaa averaged just under six minutes a mile to win the Panther Invitational in 18:36.38. The Montgomery Catholic runner finished 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Samantha Rogers, who led Auburn to the team title with a time of 18:55.76. The Tigers placed five runners in the top six finishers of the 75-participant field to score 20 points. Catholic was second with 45.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen won the meet at Blakeley State Park clocking 18:13.50. Junior McKenzie Hogue of Thompson finished a close second with a time of 18:13.50 in the field of 121 runners. Baker won the team title with 28 points.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise swept the team competition with 20 points. Northview runner Makennah Mills crossed the finish line first. The Northview runner clocked 20:28.52 to finish ahead of Enterprise’s Sarah Francis, who was second in the field of 72 runners at 21:20.34. Northview finished second with 69 points.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Tatiana Padgett clocked 22.13.13 to win the meet for Pinson Valley. Savannah Englisee of Mortimer Jordan was second at 23:23.72.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Sophomore runner Kasey Eziekel of Colbert Heights clocked 21:28.38 over the 5,000-meter course to win the Class 1A-3A race at the meet hosted by Wilson High School. Hatton’s Ally Amerson was second with a time of 21:36.89. Winning the 5A-7A division was Mary Claire Ridgeway, a freshman from Florence. Her time was 19:14.38. Wilson senior Phoebe Moon was second at 20:21.48. More than 170 girls competed in the two races.

AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 4 Vestavia Hills’ James Sweeney Clocks Best AHSAA Time of Season at Huntsville Meet

    MONTGOMERY – Vestavia Hills senior cross country runner James Sweeney ran the AHSAA’s fastest 5,000-meter time of the season to win the individual boys’ title at the Twilight Panther Prowl cross country meet hosted by Huntsville High School at John Hunt Park last Saturday.
    Sweeney won the meet with a time of 15:32.26, almost 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Cameron Cox of Huntsville, also a senior, and beating a field of 116 participants. Sweeney’s time was faster than last year’s Class 7A state championship winning time (15:39.70) clocked by Hoover’s Tommy McDonough and 42 seconds faster than his own 19th-place finish time of 16:22.38).
, who finished 29th in last year’s state meet at Oakville, improved his 2016 time by 32 seconds to help Huntsville win the team title in the Twilight Panther Prowl. The Panthers placed four runners in the top 11 finishers and posted 42 points to take the championship.  Vestavia Hills was tied for second with 97 points and Scottsboro finished fourth with 135.
    The fastest AHSAA state-meet winning time in history came in 1996 when LeFlore’s Cordell Seals won the 5,000-meter race in 15:18.70. Seals went on to run cross country at LSU in the late 1990s.
      Junior Kagen Sutton of Hatton, who was fifth in last year’s Class 1A/2A state meet, beat his 2016 time by two seconds to win the 1A/4A boys’ race at John Hunt Park with a 16:56.11 time. The Hornets won the team title as well with 71 points, three better than runner-up DAR. James Cain of Priceville was second (17:03.07) in the 104-runner field.
    In the girls’ competition at the Panther Prowl meet, Auburn won the team title in the big-school division with 21 points. Sophomores Samantha Rogers and Harper McGowan finished 1-2 for the Coach Naomi Bergh’s Tigers with times of 18:25.46 and 18:43.72, respectively. The pair finished in the top five of the Class 7A state meet last year with McGowan crossing the finish line fourth and Rogers fifth. Huntsville was second with 41 points. 
    Junior Julianne Hill of Madison Academy won the 1A/4A division in 21:07.72.  Hatton won the team competition with 45 points.
    In other cross country highlights reported:
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Crossed the finish line with a winning time of 16:13.64 to win the TCBY Invitational’s Class 4A/7A division at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Hunter Harwell led Mountain Brook to the team title with a second-place finish and a time of 16:28.92 in the field of 103 runners.  The Spartans totaled 26 points and Lawrence County was runner-up with 83.
TAYLOR RAY, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Led the Patriots to the 1A/3A division championship of the TCBY Invitational at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park with a winning time of 16:43.18 Altamont’s Asher Desai was second (17:16.49). American Christian had 34 points and Altamont had 47 to finish second.
BRANDON DEMARCUS LEE, THOMPSON: Won the Shelby County Cross Country Championship race with a solid time of 16:39.22 over the 5,000-meter Veterans Park Course at Alabaster on Monday. Teammate Jace Jones was second at 17:03.94. Oak Mountain won the boys’ title with 37 points, and the Warriors were second 42. The Eagles placed five runners in the top 10 with Jonah Barrett crossing fifth with a time of 17:17.66.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Won the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational at Montgomery’s Gateway Park with a winning time of 16:42.0. The junior won the 111-runner competition finishing 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Matthew Estopinal of Randolph by almost 16 seconds. Auburn won the team title with 43 points. Trinity was second with 60.
JAKE MOORE, WHITE PLAINS: Won the Volunteer Spirit Classic hosted by Central-Clay County with a winning time of 18:40.90. Jaylon Hudson of Lincoln was second (18:58.60). The race had 103 runners. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with 35 points, and White Plains was second with 56.
JONATHAN BERTUCCI, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Turned in a solid time of 16:37.70 to finished third in 313-runner field at Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede invitational at Pensacola, FL. Teammate Evan Hendry was fourth at 16:44.30. The Saints tied Niceville, FL with 98 points in the team competition but finished second in the tie-breaker.
ANDREW SWEENEY, ST. BERNARD: The Saints senior and 2016 Class 1A/2A state meet runner-up won the 1A/4A division of the Fairview Invitational meet in Cullman County with a winning time of 16:39.93 in the field of 101 runners. He bettered his time in last season’s AHSAA Class 1A/2A state meet by eight seconds. Brindlee Mountain’s Brandon Mendez was second at 18:18.42. J.B. Pennington won the team competition with 49 points, and St. Bernard was second with 74.
ELI WILHITE, CULLMAN: Led a strong contingent of Bearcats runners with a winning time of 16:31.55 to finish first in the Class 5A/7A field of 89 participants at the Fairview Invitational meet last Saturday. Cullman totaled 20 points to finish first over runner-up Hartselle, which had 58 points. The senior finished 10th in the Class 6A state championships at Oakville last season. Jackson Tucker, Tucker Adkison, Edgar Medina and Will Thompson also finished among the top eight runners. Tucker was second at 17:03.98, and Adkison was third at 17:10.31.

PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The freshman clocked 19:02.38 over the 5,000-meter course at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park to win the individual title in the Class 4A/7A division of the TCBY Invitational meet Saturday. Miles, who was state runner-up in the 4A meet last season, was just 14 seconds off her 2016 time, to beat the 88-runner field. Mountain Brook won the team title with 23 points. Anna Balzli led six Spartans in the top 10 with a second-place time of 19:13.54. Lawrence County was second with 50 points.
BECCA BILLMAN, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 19:53.00 to win the individual competition at TCBY Invitational’s 1A/3A division. Isabella Rowland led Montgomery Academy to the team championship by finishing second with a time of 20:41.68. The Eagles had 43 points and Altamont was second with 46.
McKENZIE HOUGE, THOMPSON: Won the Shelby County Cross Country girls’ individual title Monday with a winning time of 20:17.52 in the 96-runner field at Veterans Park. Oak Mountain won the team title with 23 points and Briarwood was second with 70. Leading the Eagles was Evie Bell, who finished third with a 20:56.36 time. Nicole Payne, Kate Van Beek, Emma Grace Phillips and Anna McGowan also finished in the top 10 for Oak Mountain.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: The junior beat the 74-runner field by 90 seconds as the Lady Knights won the team championship of the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational at Montgomery’s Gateway Park. She finished with a time of 19:26.70 over the 5,000-meter distance. Fairhope seniors Lexie Williams and Audrey Clark finished 2-3 with times of 20:56.12 and 21:12.13. Randolph was second with 51 points and Fairhope was third with 73.
ABBY NUNNELLY, ALEXANDRIA: The junior, who finished fifth the Class 5A state championships last season, clocked 21:12.30 to win the Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Central-Clay County on Saturday. Rachel Faucett and Trinity Roberts finished 2-3 to lead Pleasant Valley to the team title of the 66-runner field.
GRACE JENSEN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The runner-up and top returning finisher from the 2016 Class 7A state championships ran strong at the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede race at Pensacola with a time of 18:42.70 to finish second. John Carroll Catholic senior Lindsey Granier and T.R. Miller freshman Olivia Blackmon also finished in the Top 10 at fourth and sixth, respectively.  McGill-Toolen was sixth overall, best of any AHSAA school. Niceville won the title.
LEAHROSE MAMI, ST. BERNARD: Last season’s AHSAA Class 1A/2A state meet runner-up won the Class 1A/4A race at Fairview Invitational on Saturday with a time of 21:15.47 to lead the Saints to the team championship. St. Bernard scored 49 points and Sardis was second with 66. Brea Bryan of Falkville was second clocking 22:43.09. A total of 81 runners competed.
MEGAN SCHWARZE, ARAB: Captured the individual title of the Fairview Invitational’s Class 5A/7A competition clocking 20:25.35 to beat the field of 49 runners. Teammate Emma Stewart was second (21:05.94). Cullman won the team title with 29 points with Della Kelly finishing fifth.

AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 3 Montgomery-Catholic’s Amaris Tyynismaa Wins Spain Park Girls’Cross Country Race

    MONTGOMERY – Montgomery-Catholic junior cross country runner Amaris Tyynismaa finished first at the Spain Park Cross Country Invitational last weekend. The AHSAA record holder for girls in the 5,000-meter distance at the state championships, ran a winning time of 19:37.83 to move into the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week three of the 20117 season.
      A three-time state cross country champion at the AHSAA state meet, she finished 33 seconds ahead of her closest challenger, Sydney Steely of Hoover. Steely ran the distance at Spain Park’s course in 20:10.35. Lady Bucs teammate Ava Weems was third at 20:16.10 in the field of 219 runners.
    Hoover won the girls’ meet title with 37 points. Oak Mountain was third at 124 and Homewood was fourth with 134. Montgomery Catholic finished sixth.
    WILL STONE WINS SECOND RACE IN A ROW: Homewood junior Will Stone, who won the Chickasaw Trails 5,000-meter cross country race two weeks ago, ran a winning time of 16:26.92 over the tough Spain Park Invitational 5,000-meter course to win his second race in a row last Saturday. Northside’s Thomas King was second (16:42.11) and John McCrackin of Hoover was third in the 297-runner boys’ field. Spain Park finished second in the team competition with 96 points, which was won by Harrison County with 66. Oak Mountain (119) was third, followed by Hoover and Homewood.
         Other cross country highlights reported from week 2:
Clocked 17:10.08 to win the St. Clair County Invitational. The field had 181 runners in the 5,000-meter boys’ race. Carson Spruiell of the Huskies was second at 17:24.24, and Arron Hines was fourth (17:43.80).  Hartselle’s Caleb Dingham finished third with a 17:25.18 time.
    Hewitt won the team competition with 29 points, followed by Hartselle (89) and John Carroll Catholic (105).
CALEB SMITH, MARY MONTGOMERY: The junior won the Battle of the Bay boys’ 5A-7A title with a winning time of 17:29.00 to beat the 150-runner field at Loxley Municipal Park’s  5,000-meter course. Cody Becker and Jonathan Davis led Baker to the team title finishing second and third, respectively. The Hornets totaled 38 points and Mary Montgomery was second with 83.
MICHAEL FLORES, T.R. MILLER: The junior from Brewton finished second at the 1A-4A division race at the Battle of the Bay Invitational with a time of  18:38.71. Joseph Blake of Pensacola Catholic won the race. UMS-Wright’s Joseph Perry finished fourth to help the Bulldogs win the team competition with 49 points. Bayside Academy, the Invitational’s host school, was second with 60 points.
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: Won the 5A-7A division of the 5,000-meter Scottsboro Invitational meet with a time of 16:13.30. The sophomore competed in a field of 334 runners.  Eli Wilhite of Cullman was second with a 16:23.90 time. Mountain Brook won the team competition with 60 points and Cullman was second at 63.
MATISSE MILLER, PLEASANT VALLEY: The senior’s winning time of 16:42.09 beat a field of 197 runners and helped the Raiders win the team championship of the Scottsboro Invitational 1A-4A division. Saint James was second with 98 points.
CHASE PRATER, ELKMONT: Won the Trojan Trail Run 5,000-meter race hosted by Hazel Green High School to help his team finish second overall. The senior clocked 18:15.13. Sparkman won the meet with 30 points and Elkmont had 69.
GUNNAR SMITH, HOUSTON ACADEMY: The freshman runner led Houston Academy to the Bobcat Invitational title with a winning time of 19:25.91 in the 66-runner field. The Raiders had 33 points and Straughn was runner-up with 74. Justin Peeples, a junior, finished second at 19:32.71 to lead Straughn.

Ran the St. Clair County cross country course in 20:23.03 to win the St. Clair County Invitational girls’ feature race Sept. 16 – finishing first among the 106 runners.  The Lady Cavaliers also won the competition with 47 points. Prattville was second with 52 and Hewitt-Trussville was third with 53.
  Isabel Reaves finished fourth for John Carroll (21:45.17). Hewitt-Trussville’s Amelia Brady and Sydney Hall finished 2-3 at 21:00.91 and 21:08.38, respectively.
OLIVIA BLACKMON, T.R. MILLER: The Tigers’ freshman was clocked at 20:49.84 to win the girls’ 1A-4A division of the Battle of the Bay cross country invitational at Loxley Muncipal Park. T.R. Miller won the team competition with 34 points.
GRACE JENSEN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 5A-7A division race at the Battle of the Bay meet with a winning time of 19:18.68.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The freshman edged out fellow ninth grader Trinity Roberts of Pleasant Valley in the Scottsboro Invitational’ s 1A-4A race with a time of 19:36.82. Roberts was second in the 144-runner field with a time of 19:55.29 to lead her team to the championship. The Raiders totaled 49 points and Saint James was runner up with 75 points.
MARY CLAIRE RIDGEWAY, FLORENCE: Won the Scottsboro Invitational’s 5A-7A race with a time of 18:16.67. The race had 204 competitors in the 5,000-meter event. Junior McKenzie Hogue of Thompson was second, and Anna Ba1zli was third, leading Mountain Brook to the team title. The Lady Spartans placed five runners among the top seven finishers to total 25 points. Fort Payne was second with 76.
KAYLA STEWART, SPARKMAN: The senior won the girls’ division of the Trojan Trail Run 5,000-meter cross country meet hosted by Hazel Green High School with a time of 21:00.54.
RAYVION WILLIAMS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Ran the 5,000-meter course in 22:56.98 to beat the 38-girl field at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Opp. Abigail Thomas was second. Houston Academy won the meet with 33 points, and Zion Chapel was second with 43.

AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight, Week I Pleasant Valley Girls Win White Plains Twilight Invitational with Perfect Score

   MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Valley High School’s girls turned in a perfect score at the White Plains Twilight Cross Country Invitational held at the White Plains Youth Sports Complex and Cross Country Trail last week to open the 2017 AHSAA cross country season.
   The two-time defending Class 3A state champion Lady Raiders placed the first seven runners across the finish line with the top five scoring a perfect 15 to win the competition and grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
   Freshman Trinity Roberts, who finished third in last year’s Class 3A state cross country meet, clocked 20:58.83 to win the 5,000-meter race for Coach Brad Hood’s squad. Senior Rachel Faucett was second at 21:30.15.
     Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria won the large-school race with a time of 21:47.46 to lead the Valley Cubs to the team title. Alexandria had 24 points runner-up while White Plains was second with 43 points. The Lady Wildcats were led by Briar Poytress’ runner-up finish just less than a second ahead of Jacksonville’s Mary Shelton with a time of 23:03.82. Shelton clocked 23:04.43.
    Other highlights from the first week of cross country competition reported include:

MOBILE CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Grace Jensen clocked 19:26.20 to claim the individual championship at the Cross Country Challenge of Champions held at Langhan Park in Mobile. Lexie Williams of Fairhope was third in the very competitive invitational division with a 20:22.90 time. Ocean Springs (MS) won the team title with 43 points. Brookwood (GA) was second with 44 and McGill-Toolen was third with 87. Olivia Blackmon of T.R. Miller won the girls’ open race in 20:21.15. Daphne’s Nicole Luther was second with a 22:04.86 time. Brookwood (GA) won the team competition with 33 points. T.R. Miller was third with 73.
11TH ANNUAL WAFFLE HOUSE / YELLOW JACKETS INVITATIONAL: American Christian’s Becca Billman and Harper Roberts finished 1-2 in the meet held at Oxford with times of 19:39.04 and 20:03.36. Fort Payne, led by junior Gracie Groat’s fifth-place finish, won the team title with 47 points. John Carroll Catholic was second with 68 and ACA was third with 76.
The host Lawrence County girls captured the first four places in the girls’ large-school division of the 5,000-K cross country race to win the 6th Annual Pepsi Challenge held at Moulton’s H.A. Alexander Park with a near perfect 17 points. Savannah Williams led the Lady Red Devils with a winning time of 21:03.88. Teammate Emily Daniel was second at 21:11.79, followed by Talor Williams (21:49.27) and Jenny Jett (22:14.28). The fifth runner to cross the finish line for Coach Stanley Johnson’s team was Paige Guess, who finished eighth overall. Scottsboro was second with 48 points. West Limestone won the small-school team title with 28 points. Altamont was second with 66.  Mary Allen Murray of Altamont won the competition with a time of 21:19.81. Katie Serrato, Cassidy Winter and Yarahy Marcelino were 2-3-4, respectively, for West Limestone. Serrato’s second-place time was 21:55.97.
BROOKS INVITATIONAL: Mary Claire Ridgeway of Florence won the Class 4A-7A division with a winning time of 18:20.50.  Phoebe Moon of Wilson was second at 19:44.31. James Clemens won the team championship with 57 points and Buckhorn was second with 81. The 1A-3A girls’ race was won by Hatton with 36 points. Kasey Eziekel of Cold Springs was the individual winner (21:10.12). Ally Amerson finished second and Mary Kate Sapp was third  for Hatton.
TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL: Three-time state AHSAA cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa clocked 21:00.96 to win the girls’ 5,000-meter race held at Young Meadows in Montgomery. MaKennah Mills of Northview was second at 22:15.49, followed by Catholic runners Isabelle Cochran and Katie Galvin at 3 and 4, respectively. The Lady Knights won the team competition with 31 points. Montgomery Academy was second with 112.


MOBILE CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS: Fairhope’s Jared Touart clocked 16:46.75 to finish third in the strong field competing in the Cross Country Challenge of Champions at Mobile’s Langhan Park. Hunter Appleton of Brother Martin (LA) won the invitational division 5,000-meter race in 16:33.42. His team also won the meet title with 58 points. The top Alabama finisher was Baker in fourth place. Bayside Academy’s Ernest Ladd turned in the best time of the 257 runners competing in open division to win in 17:49.06. Brother Martin (LA) won the team title with 43 points. Bayside was third with 136.
11TH ANNUAL WAFFLE HOUSE / YELLOW JACKETS INVITATIONAL: American Christian seniors Joseph Wohlers and Taylor Ray clocked 16:50.91 and 16:55.51 to finish 1-2 in the 11th annual race hosted at Oxford to lead Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots to the team title. ACA totaled 27 points and John Carroll Catholic was a distant second with 132.
6th ANNUAL PEPSI CHALLENGE: Scottsboro totaled 20 points as Wildcats’ runners finished 2 through 7 in the competition behind race winner Connor Sims of Brewer. Sims clocked 17:19.20 in the boys’ large-school division of the 5,000-K race at Moulton’s H.A. Alexander Park. Cooper Atkins led Scottsboro’s strong team effort with a time of 17:23.33 to finish second – just five seconds ahead of teammate Davin Berry, who clocked 17:28.33.
Lawrence County finished second with 66 points and Brewer was third with 71.
   Asher Desai and James Dixon finished 1-2 for Altamont in the small-school competition with times of 17:24.73 and 17:42.81, respectively. Cold Springs, led by third-place finisher C.J. Lang, captured the championship with 34 points. Altamont was second with 68.
BROOKS INVITATIONAL: Florence won the boys’ 4A-7A race with 43 points. St. John Paul II Catholic was second with 62 points and James Clemens third with 72. Noah Flynn won the individual competition with a winning time of 16:50.23 for St. John Paul II.  Grant Brown was second (16:55.88) to lead Florence. Junior Kagen Sutton of Hatton clocked 17:41.03 to pace the Hornets in the 1A-3A race. Hatton won with 28 points and Colbert Heights was second with 55.
WHITE PLAINS TWILIGHT MEET: Jake Moore of White Plains ran the 5,000 meters in 18:06.47 to claim the large-school division individual championship. The Wildcats won the team title with 39 points. Anniston and Alexandria were 2-3 at 66 and 67 points, respectively.
   Pleasant Valley won the small-school race with 24 points as Matisse Miller finished second with a time of 18:01.87.
TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL: Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian ran 18:21.26 to win the individual boys’ race held at Young Meadows in Montgomery. Hollis Johnson was second (19:02.14), leading Montgomery Catholic to the team championship. The Knights finished with 29 points and LAMP was second with 74. A total of 90 runners were in the field.

North Sweeps Boys’ & Girls’ First Cross Country Competition at AUM

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls and North Boys swept the South Wednesday morning in the first-ever North-South All-Star cross country competition held on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery.
    The North girls won 20-35. The North boys won 16-47.
    Cross Country was added to the North-South all-star competition this year. The All-Star contests are part of the AHSAA’s annual Summer Conference, now in its 21st year. The week-long convention is managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The North swept the baseball and boys’ & girls’ soccer competition Tuesday night, and the South earned a split in the softball competition.
   The girls’ and boys’ North-South basketball all-star games will be held tonight at 6 and 8 p.m., at the AUM Basketball Complex. The North-South volleyball match will be played at AUM at 4 p.m., Thursday, and the 58th AHSAA North-South Football All-Star Game will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m.
    Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic clocked the fastest time in the girls’ 3.1-mile cross country race Wednesday with a time of 20:02.89. She finished almost 38 seconds ahead of Hoover’s Sydney Steely, who ran the distance in 20:40.82. American Christian’s Rebecca Billman, Huntsville’s Rachel Jones and John Carroll Catholic’s Lindsey Granier, all runners for the North, rounded out the top-five finishers. Jensen and Steely earned MVP honors for their respective all-star teams.
   Hoover’s John McCrackin finished first in the boys’ race clocking 17:27.81 – an average of 5:37.3 per mile.  The South’s top finisher was Dawson Oliver of Trinity Presbyterian, who ran 17:50.36 to cross the finish line fifth. Both earned MVP honor for their respective teams.
   The North trio of Randolph’s Matthew Estopinal, Briarwood Christian’s Zach Howard and St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney finished 2-3-4 to seal the North’s team victory.
    Coaching the North girls Was Les Bryant of Huntsville and Charles Tiller of American Christian coached the boys. Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook served as administrative coach. South girls’ coach was Joe Swagart of Bayside Academy and the boys’ coach was Dan Norton of Auburn. Smiths Station’s Ron Peters served as administrative coach.
NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link:


2017 ALL-STAR WEEK North-South Results/Schedule
Baseball: North  9-3, South 3-2 (North leads series 22-11-1)
Softball: North 12-1, South 6-11 (North leads series 25-10-3)
Boys’ Soccer: North 5, South 2 (North leads series 11-4-1)
Girls’ Soccer: North 4, South 1 (North leads series 13-2-1)
Boys Cross Country: North 16, South 47 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Cross Country: North 20, South 35 (North leads series 1-0)
Basketball: Wednesday night, 6 p.m., AUM (North leads series 17-3)

Boys Basketball: Wednesday night, 8 p.m., AUM (North leads series 47-27)
Volleyball: Thursday, 4 p.m., AUM (North leads series 13-6)
Football: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cramton Bowl (South leads series 30-25-2)

2017 North-South Cross Country All-Star Teams Announced

MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
     A total of 40 outstanding rising seniors --10 on each team -- were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17-21, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South Cross Country race, making its debut on Wednesday morning, July 19, is the newest all-star completion added to the annual All-Star Sports Week competition will be the first ever conducted by the AHSADCA. The teams are comprised of 10 runners each. The girls’ teams will run at 7:30 a.m., at the course at Auburn University-Montgomery. The boys will follow at 8 a.m.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 58th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 20, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2016-17 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2017 Making A Difference Award Recipients , Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 22.
      Coaches for the South cross country teams are Joe Swagart of Bayside Academy (girls) and Dan Norton of Auburn (boys). Ron Peters of Smiths Station will be the administrative coach. North coaches are Lea Bryant of Huntsville (girls) and Lars Porter of Homewood (boys). Mountain Brook’s Michael McGovern will serve as North administrative coach for both teams.
       The rosters:





Rebecca Billman

American Christian

Yesenia Hernandez


Caroline Saul


Sydney Steely


Rachel Jones


Lindsey Granier

John Carroll

Lori Holmberg


Kourtney Shuler


Hannah Tarwater

Whitesburg Christian

Phoebe Moon



Lea Bryant


Michael McGovern

Mountain Brook, Adm.




Madelyn Watkins


Mary Branyon

Bayside Academy

Audrey Clark


Lexie WIlliams


Grace Phung


Grace Jenson


Savannah Karl


Sailor Miles

Saint James

Kaelyn Horn

St. Luke's Episcopal

Mackenzie LeGrand

Trinity Presbyterian


Joe Swagart

Bayside Academy

Ron Peters

Smiths Station, Adm.




Taylor Ray

American Christian

Daniel Tully


Zach Howard

Briarwood Christian

Hamza Abusammour


Patrick Vaughn



John McCrackin


Cameron Cox


Charles Slaughter

Mountain Brook

Matthew Estopinal


Andrew Sweeney

Saint Bernard


Lars Porter


Michael McGovern

Mountain Brook, Adm.




Andrew Mingus


Cody Becker


Won Heo


Will Franklin

Montgomery Academy

Nathanial Erwin

Pleasant Home

Jake Maddox

Saint James

Tyler Harman

Smiths Station

Conner Moore

Spanish Fort

Dawson Oliver

Trinity Presbyterian

Wells Rutland

Trinity Presbyterian


Dan Norton


Ron Peters

Smiths Station, Adm.

AHSAA 61st State Girls Cross Country Championships

     MOULTON – Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and Westminster of Oak Mountain (1A/2A) each captured state championships Saturday at the AHSAA 61st State Cross Country Championships.
    Freshman Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s and sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic each won their third straight individual state championships in Class 5A and 4A, respectively.
CLASS 7A GIRLS:  Huntsville Wins First Championship Since 1989
     Huntsville High School placed four runners in the top 12 Saturday and the Panthers captured their first Class 7A girls’ state cross country championship at Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and Park Saturday morning.
    Huntsville, coached by Graciela Bryant, totaled 51 points to nip defending state champion Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished with 61 points, and Auburn was third with 64.
    Senior Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook won the individual championship with a winning time of 17:46.01, the fastest time among all girls’ runners in all classes Saturday.  McGill-Toolen Catholic junior Grace Jensen was second at 18:18.06, followed by Huntsville senior Abbey Zane’s 18:23.45 finish. Panther teammates Abbey Weitenbeck, Rachel Jones and Hannah Bloom finished 6th, 7th and 12th, respectively.

CLASS 6A GIRLS:  Homewood’s Phelps Leads Patriots to Title
     Homewood freshman Lainey Phelps won the individual championship in the Class 6A competition with a winning time of 18:02.13, the second fastest time of the day in all classes, and beat the rest of the 185-runner field by 81 seconds.
  Coach Lars Porter’s girls and boys swept championships Saturday. The Lady Patriots had 51 points. Florence was second at 103, Fort Payne, third with 118, and two-time defending state champion John Carroll Catholic was fourth at 132.
     Eighth grader Mary Claire Ridgeway (129:21.73) was second. Celie Jackson, another Homewood freshman, was fifth (19:32.26).  

CLASS 5A GIRLS:  St. Paul’s Valenzuela  Takes 3rd Straight 5A Championship
     Freshman Isabel Valenzuela clocked 18:21.33 Saturday to cross the finish line first for the third year in a row and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school’s 19th girls’ championship overall and first in 16 years.
    Coach Jim Tate’s Saints totaled 54 points to edge runner-up Scottsboro (57) and defending state champion Lawrence County (60) for the team championship.  Valenzuela bested her 2015 winning time by more than two seconds. Scottsboro senior Karsyn Whitehead and Lexie Burfield of Lawrence County finished 2-3 with times of 19:16.16 and 19:25.68, respectively.
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Catholic’s Tyynismaa Wins 3rd Individual Title
     Sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic swept her third state AHSAA Class 4A state championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum running the 3.1-mile distance in 18:07.76, the third fastest girls’ time of the day in all classes.
      Randolph won the girls’ team championship with 55 points. Catholic was second with 65 and West Limestone was third with 69.
      Juniors Katherine Hunter and Carolina Stucky finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the winning Raiders. Eighth grader and teammate Emma Hudson also finished ninth for Randolph.
      Saint James eighth grader Presley Miles was 41 seconds behind Tyynismaa at 18:48.11 to take second place individually.

CLASS 3A GIRLS:  Pleasant Valley Repeats as State Champs
     Eighth grader Trinity Roberts’ third-place finish helped Pleasant Valley secure its second AHSA Class 3A state championship in a row Saturday.
    T.R. Miller senior Allie Nelson won the individual title running 18:53.29 over the 3.1-mile Oakville course. American Christian junior Becca Billman (19:55.05) finished second and Roberts came in at 19:55.05 to finish third.
     Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, had 70 points and T.R. Miller was second at 86. American Christian was third with 92.

CLASS 1A/2A GIRLS:  Westminster of Oak Mountain Wins First Championship
     Westminster of Oak Mountain placed four runners in the Top 12 Saturday to lead the Lady Knights to their first girls’ AHSAA state cross country championship. Competing in the 1A/2A divison, Westminster, coached by Leslie Callahan, posted four times under 21 minutes to score 42 points. Hatton was second with 88 and defending state champion St. Bernard of Cullman was third with 89.
     Senior Maddie Hoaglund finished fourth overall with a time of 19:53.61 to pace Westminster.
     Hannah Tarwater, a Whitesburg Christian junior, won the individual gold with a 19:18.73 winning time. St. Bernard junior Leahrose Mami was second at 19:24.75. Ivy Edge of St. Bernard, who won the 1A/2A title as a freshman in 2015, clocked 20:04.96 to finish sixth.

AHSAA 61st State Boys Cross Country Championships

     MOULTON – Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (5A), LAMP (4A), American Christian (3A) and St. Bernard Prep (1A/2A) each won boys’ state titles Saturday as the 61st annual AHSAA State Cross Country Championships concluded at Oakville Museum and Park.
     Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian squad scored an incredible team score of 24 points to take the 3A state crown.

CLASS 7A BOYS: Auburn Places 3 Runners in Top 5 to Win 4th Straight Title
     Auburn High School’s cross country team placed three runners in the top five finishers as Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers captured the school’s fourth straight state championship with 59 points. Mountain Brook (69) was second and Hoover (93), third.
    Seniors Joshua Escoe, Jack Rogers and Nate Pudner crossed the finish just 13 seconds apart. Escoe’s team-leading time of 15:42.26 was just seven seconds behind individual winner Tommy McDonough of Hoover. The Bucs senior clocked 15:39.70 to edge runner-up, Hewitt-Trussville senior John Ngaruiya, by a tenth of a second. Ngaruiya’s time was 15:39.80 in what was one of the closest finishes in the 61-year history of the AHSAA State Championships.
    Rogers’ fourth-place time was 15:52.55, and Pudner was fifth at 15:55.62. Senior Carson Chambliss was next for the Tigers with a 25th-place finish. Auburn has now won all three 7A state titles in AHSAA history. Norton’s team also won the 6A title in 2013, the last year of the AHSAA six-classification system.

CLASS 6A BOYS: Stone Leads Homewood to 5th Straight CC Crown
     Sophomore Will Stone captured the Class 6A individual cross country championship with a 16:01.40 time and the Patriots rolled to their fifth consecutive state team championship at Oakville.
    Coach Lars Porter’s runners finished with 55 points. Runner-up Cullman had 72 and Helena was third with 95.
    Stone finished 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Garner of Opelika. Garner clocked 16:13.60 and Stone’s Homewood teammate, senior Paul Selden, was third at 16:17.57.
     Conner Sims of Brewer (16:35.60) and Joey Franklin of Cullman (16:37.56) finished just two seconds apart to claim 4th and 5th.
CLASS 5A BOYS: Scottsboro Claims 12th State Championship
   Scottsboro High School senior Colton Smith ran the 3.1-mile course in 16:09.60 to claim the Class 5A individual championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum to lead the Wildcats to the team championship. Scottsboro, coached by Benjamin Robinson, has now won 12 state boys’ cross country titles dating back to 1991.
    The Wildcats scored 47 points with runner-up St. John Paul II Catholic second at 57. Briarwood Christian finished fourth at 96.
     Sophomore Noah Flynn of St. John Paul II was second behind Smith at 16.37.33.  Beauregard sophomore Jonathan Jenkins was third (16:38.60).  Sophomore Will Coleman was also eighth,  junior Devin Berry finished 12th and eighth grader Cooper Atkins was 14th to round out Scottsboro’s top four runners.

 CLASS 4A BOYS: LAMP Captures First Cross Country Championship
   Loveless Academic Magnet School (LAMP) of Montgomery, coached by Christopher Colvin, captured state boys’ cross country title Saturday nipping runner-up Randolph by two points. The Golden Tigers scored 88 and the Raiders 90. Defending champion Trinity Presbyterian was third at 95.
     Junior Won Heo crossed the finish line sixth to lead LAMP’s squad. He clocked 16:49.82 – 47 seconds behind individual medalist Tanner King. The Northside junior ran the course in 16:22.32.  Madison Academy senior Will Oglesby (16:25.55) was second and Matthew Estophinal of Randolph (16:31.66) was third.
     Junior Adam Peck finished 14th and was the second LAMP runner to cross the finish line.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Taylor Leads American Christian to Championship
   American Christian junior Ray Taylor finished first among the 140 runners in the Class 3A state meet field to set the pace as the Patriots of Coach Charles Tiller rolled to their second consecutive Class 3A championship.
    Taylor clocked 16:34.68 to nip runner-up Ernest Ladd of Bayside Academy for the individual title. Ladd ran the 3.1-mile course in 16:36.48.  Isom Brock was third with a 16:52.29 time for American Christian. David Barrett was fifth, Caleb Isbell was sixth and Joseph Wohlers finished ninth as the Patriots took the championship with 24 points, best boys’ point total of the entire 2016 state championships.
    Pleasant Valley was second at 107 points – 83 behind the winners, and Bayside Academy was third at 127.

CLASS 1A/2A BOYS: St. Bernard Claims First Boys’ Title
   St. Bernard Prep teammates Casey Guthery and Andrew Sweeney crossed the finish line 1-2 Saturday in the 137-runner field to spark Coach William Calvert’s Saints to the AHSAA Class 1A/2A boys’ state cross country championship.
    Guthery, a senior, was the individual champion clocking 16:33.57. Sweeney, a junior, was 12 seconds back at 16:47.49. Cold Springs’ C.J. Lang (16:49.24) was third.
     Calvert’s squad totaled 58 points and defending state champion Cold Springs had 64 to finish second. Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 85 points.

High School Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Changes Include Assisting Injured Competitor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2016) — Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available.

The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.

            Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that this act of sportsmanship extended to an injured/ill competitor when a health-care professional is not readily available should not result in a penalty.

            “The committee wanted to recognize the importance of appropriate healthcare of an ill/injured competitor as well as recognize that at times there may be fellow competitors who may need to assist others who cannot continue,” Oakes said. “Therefore, the committee felt that disqualification shouldn’t be the result of a sportsmanship act.”

            In order to be consistent with current sport trends, the committee revised Rule 5-7-3, which reinforces the concept that competitors in distance races only use a standing start and shall remain motionless for the start without their hand(s) touching the ground.

            The rules committee voted to combine Rule 6 (Throwing Events) and Rule 7 (Jumping Events) into one rule titled “Field Events” to eliminate duplication of definitions and unnecessary language and the possibility of making a change in the throws and missing it in the jumps.

            “The last couple of rules cycles the committee has been trying to eliminate unnecessary and repetitive language. This is the last phase of the clean-up – creating one rule that covers multiple events,” Oakes said.

            For purposes of risk management, the committee revised Rules 6-2-14 and 7-2-5, which state that all warm-ups in a field event may not take place until the venue is declared open and required supervision is in place.

            In Rule 5-6, the committee moved the Note in Rule 5-6-4 to the new Article 4. Oakes said the results of running events are based on head-to-head competition and all contestants should have the opportunity to compete in the heat earned by the competitor’s place and/or qualifying times.

            The committee also approved a change to Rule 3-6-1, which now grants authority to disqualify a runner for a false start to the starter as well as the referee. Also, the starter will now give a signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races of two laps or more (previously three).

            Another change was made in Rule 3-2-4u, which states that the games committee – not the coach – should have the responsibility of providing liquids during the competition.

            In Rule 3-10-7, when flags are not utilized, the head event judge utilizes the mechanics to call “fair” or “foul.”

            Other changes approved by the committee include:

·        The removal of the Note in 4-3-1b(5), which contradicts the rule by limiting the placement of the American flag to one piece of uniform apparel.

·        Rule 4-6-5g, which states that it is an unfair act when a competitor receives physical aid from any other person during a race or trial, except as provided in Rules 4-6-5 and 9-7.

·        Rule 5-1-3, which notes that, in absence of a curb, if cones are used, they should just touch the inside of the line and be placed about 5 feet apart around the curve.

·        Rule 6-2-17, which clarifies how trials are recorded when a legal implement breaks during competition.

·        Rule 6-5-9e, which notes that if a shot put competitor touches the top or end of the stopboard before leaving the circle, it is a foul.

·        Rule 9-1-3b for cross country states that the race course should include either directional flags and/or directional sign posts.

·        Rule 10-2-2, which notes that when multiple takeoff boards are used in the long jump and triple jump, the 20-meter distance shall be from the foul line farthest from the pit.

A complete listing of the track and field rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “track and field.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 578,632 boys participating in outdoor Track and Field at 16,358 schools and 478,726 girls at 16,309 schools.