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2014 Girls AHSAA State XC Championships Mountain Brook, John Carroll Catholic Sweep 2nd Titles of 2014

 

    MOULTON – Mountain Brook and John Carroll Catholic high schools captured the Class 7A and Class 6A girls state cross country championships, respectively, Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
    It marked the second state title of the 2014-15 school year for each school. The Lady Spartans and Lady Cavaliers won state volleyball titles last week at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
   St. Bernard Prep (1A-2A) and Wilson (4A) also won state cross country titles for the first time while American Christian (3A) and Lawrence County (5A) also won state crowns.  
Class 1A-2A
     
St. Bernard of Cullman scored 48 points, runner-up Westminster of Oak Mountain was second (54) and Hatton (93) took third place in the AHSAA Class 1A-2A girls' competition.
      The Saints of Coach William Calvert were led by eighth grader Ivy Edge, who improved her finish from 18th in 2013 to first in 2014. Her winning time was 19:27.00.  Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian finished second with at 19:38.00.
Class 3A
    Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian Academy girls totaled 51 points to win the school’s first state title since 2011 and the Lady Patriots’ sixth overall.  Senior Kaitlin York paced ACA with a winning time of 18:45.63. She was second in 2013.
    Tara Katz of Montgomery Academy clocked 19:05.53 to take second. She was 7th in 2013 in the Class 1A-2A division.
Class 4A
    Wilson won its first girls state title with 51 points and snapped a five-year winning streak by UMS-Wright. The Lady Patriots were second with 69 points. Rogers (73) finished third.
    Cele Moon, the 2013 Class 4A individual champion, led Coach Robin Phillips’ Lady Warriors with a second-place finish to overall winner Amacis Tyynismaa, who set a new course record to claim top honors, Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to win by more 1:20.  Moon, who improved her 2013 winning time by 27 seconds, clocked 18:23.08 and also averaged less than six minutes per mile in her performance.
Class 5A
    Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils gave Lawrence County a sweep of the 5A competition edging out runner-up Randolph by two points, 65-67. Lawrence County’s boys won the 5A state crown Saturday as well.
    Lexie Sport paced Johnson’s squad with a time of 20:25.80 and a sixth-place finish.   Isabell Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal was the individual champion clocking 18:51.37.  Alexandria runner Abby Nunnelly was second timing 19:26.16.
Class 6A
     John Carroll Catholic won its first girls state cross country championship as Lindsey Granier finished ninth and Lauren Granier 10th for the Lady Cavaliers. Coach Bryan Burgess’ team totaled 68 points. Runner-up Homewood had 79 and Scottsboro, which had won 11 Class 5A state titles in a row, was third in the 6A division with 82 points.
    Pelham junior Mary Grace Strozier won the individual competition clocking 18:07.84.  Homewood’s Lainey Phelps (19:12.02) was second.
  Class 7A
    Mountain Brook, coached by Greg Echols, won its 12th straight championship overall and first in the new Class 7A division with 41 points. The Lady Spartans won 13 Class 6A championships from 2000-2013 – missing only 2002 in that streak when Austin won. Mountain has 22 state titles overall.
    Huntsville’s Abby Weitenbeck helped the Panthers to a second-place finish with a winning time of 18:41.66.  Runner-up Amelia Harrison of Buckhorn clocked 18:49.09.
    Mountain Brook junior Frances Patrick (19:01.95) was fourth and Lily Hulsey (19:07.13) crossed the finish line in seventh place.



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