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2014 Boys AHSAA State XC Championships Cold Springs, Northside Win First State Cross Country Titles

 

    MOULTON – Cold Springs High School captured the Class 1A-2A boys state cross country championship and Northside won in Class 4A as both schools won their first state crowns Saturday.
    Auburn won the first Class 7A title – giving the Tigers eight overall, Homewood captured the Class 6A championship, Lawrence County won in Class 5A and Montgomery Academy in Class 3A as the AHSAA 2014 State Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
Class 1A-2A
   
Cold Springs scored 45 points as Jarred Stanley ran 17:08.84 to finish second. Coach Claborn Campbell’s Eagles also got a sixth-place finish from C.J. Lang.  Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain won the individual title clocking 16:33.81 over the 3.1-mile course. Pausic, a junior, was second in 2013.
    Runner-up was Westminster Christian with 47 points and Hatton was third at 123.
Class 3A
    Montgomery Academy, the 1A-2A champs in 2013, coasted to the state title with 40 points.  Cottage Hill Christian of Mobile edged out American Christian for second place by one point, 72-73.
    Coach Michael Floyd’s Eagles placed three runners in the top 10 finishers with Jack Barganier clocking 16:55.77 to finish second – five seconds behind individual winner Nick Klein of Winfield. The junior won with a time of 16:50.46.   Jack Anderson was fourth for Montgomery Academy and Bennett Griffin crossed the finish line seventh.
Class 4A
    Northside High School, coached by Sue Robertson, won the 4A title in an exciting finish edging out runner-up LAMP of Montgomery by one point. The Rams had 76 points and LAMP, 77. Sipsey Valley and Westminster tied with 86 points each in third place.
    UMS-Wright senior Robert Hope won the state championship for the second year in a row clocking 16:04.62. Westminster Christian senior Ryan Ford (16:22.63) was second and Tanner King of Northside was third at 16:29.42.
Class 5A
     Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, won its first boys state cross title since 2004 with a strong 56-point  total.  Junior Kyle Bailey led the Red Devils of nearby Moulton with a fourth-place finish clocking 17:10.89. St. Paul’s Episcopal senior Reece Stevens won the individual championship clocking 16:28.57.  Madison County’s Jared Melton was second (16:52.90).
    Randolph of Huntsville had 59 points to finish second. St. Paul’s was third with 63 points.
Class 6A
    Homewood, the Class 5A team champion in 2012 and 2013, moved up to Class 6A and didn’t miss a beat as Coach Lars Porter’s Patriots placed three runners in the top five finishers and totaled 40 points to win the 6A state title.
    Alex Ngei, a senior, improved his finish from 10th in 2013 to second Saturday clocking a 16:01.42 in the 3.1-mile race. Winner Ben Bryant of Opelika ran the course in 15:34.76 to win individual top honors. He improved his time in 2014 by 15 seconds after capturing second place in 2013.  Logan Sadler was fourth and Andy Smith, the Class 5A individual champion in 2013, was fifth for Homewood.
   Opelika had 41 points and Scottsboro 78 to finished 2-3.
Class 7A
    Auburn dominated the field scoring 25 points to take the first Class 7A state title ever.  Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers won the 6A crown in 2013 but moved to the new class this season. It was Auburn’s eighth state championship overall.
    Auburn junior Paul Barlow won the individual medalist honors with a winning time of 15:51.03. He was 22nd in the 2013 competition.  Second was Grissom senior Cameron Thomas (15:52.82) and sophomore Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain (15:57.97) was third.
    Norton’s team placed four more runners in the top 10 with seniors Adam Ruggles, Ben Rolader and Fernando Lincoln taking 5th, 6th and 8th place, Sophomore Jack Rogers was also 9th.



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