MOULTON – Freshman distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic High School broke 18 minutes for the second straight year to claim the AHSAA Class 4A girls’ individual cross country championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course.
Tyynismaa clocked 17:52.25 to win by almost a full minute over runner-up Cele Moon of Wilson. Her time was best among the 815 girls running in the 43rd state cross country championships held by the AHSAA.
Moon’s time of 18:51.47 led the way for the Warriors of Coach Robin Phillips to capture their second straight Class 4A girls’ team title. Mountain Brook also won the Class 7A state championship for the second time in a row – and extended the Lady Spartans’ current streak of state cross titles to 13 – including 11 in Class 6A from 2003-2013.
Other girls’ state champions at the 2015 AHSAA girls’ championships were: John Carroll Catholic (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and St. Bernard of Cullman (1A-2A).
Mountain Brook, coached by Michael McGovern, placed six runners in the top 17 finishers with senior Frances Patrick clocking 18:18.78 to claim the individual championship over sophomore Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen. Jensen clocked 18:36.63 for second place. Patrick finished fourth as a junior.
Lady Spartans junior Anna Grace Morgan also finished in the Top 10 with a fifth-place finish. Mountain Brook, which now own s 23 girls’ cross country state titles, had 43 points and Hoover (79) was second, followed by Spain Park (92) and Auburn (95).
John Carroll Catholic won its second consecutive girls’ state cross country championship as sisters Lauren and Lindsey Granier finished almost in a dead heat at 3-4 in the 195-runner field.
The Lady Cavaliers of Coach Bryan Burgess totaled 55 points and Scottsboro finished second with 87.
Pelham senior Mary Grace Strozier won her second consecutive individual 6A title with a winning time of 18:36.38. Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro was second at 19:15.32, followed by Lauren Grainer at 19:22.02 and her sister Lindsey, 19:22.12. Th sisters finished 9th and 10th last season.
Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils edged out runner-up Randolph for the fourth time overall and the second year in a row with a winning total of 41 points. The Raiders were three back at 44. Only two points separated the two in 2014.
Eighth grader Isabel Valenzuela won her second individual title with a winning time of 18:23.14 – 1:10 faster than her closest challenger and second fastest time overall in any class in the 2015 competition.. Randolph’s Zoe Evans was second (19:33.44), Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria was third at 19:34.56. Eighth grader Emily Daniel paced Lawrence County with a fourth-place finish (19:37.20). Seventh grader Sadie Grace Thompson crossed the finish in fifth place just 10 seconds later.