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.