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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:
BOYS
THOMAS WOLFE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE:
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.

GIRLS
LINDSEY GRANIER, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC:
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.



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