At Saturday’s Championships at Oakville Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa Captures Fourth State Title to Highlight 2017 Girls’ Cross Country Championships

  MOULTON – Montgomery Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa ran the best time of all girls Saturday to capture her fourth straight individual state cross country crown at the AHSAA 2017 Cross Country Championships held at Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and Indian Mounds course near Moulton.
   Scottsboro highlighted the team competition winning its 21st girls’ state team championship in the Class 5A competition. Also winning girls’ state team titles were Auburn (7A), Fort Payne (6A), Randolph (4A), T.R. Miller (3A) and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).

Auburn Wins First State Title
Auburn’s Lady Tigers posted 40 points to nip defending state champion Huntsville for the AHSAA Class 7A state cross country championship. The Panthers finished second with 57 points and Mountain Brook was third with 62.
     McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen topped the 138-participant field with a winning  time 18:00.51 over the Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum course in Lawrence County near Moulton. Thompson junior McKenzie Hogue was second at 18:12.57, and Auburn sophomore Samantha Rogers was third with a time of 18:29.25.

Fort Payne Edges Homewood for First CC Title Since 1991
Fort Payne placed five runners in the top 16 finishers as the Lady Wildcats finished with 51 points winning the school’s first girls’ AHSAA cross country championship since 1991. Defending Class 6A state champ Homewood was second with 65 points and John Carroll Catholic, which won the 2014 and 2015 Class 6A titles, was a distant third with 147 points.
    Sophomore Maggie Crowe clocked 19:51.30 and seventh grader Anahi Barboza crossed at 19:56.27 to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead Fort Payne.  Florence freshman Mary Claire Ridgeway won the individual championship in the field of 202 runners with a winning time of 18:20.05. Homewood sophomore Celie Jackson was second clocking 18:48.12, and Northview senior MaKennah Mills was third (18:55.61).

Scottsboro Captures School’s 21st State Cross Country Title
Scottsboro won its first girls’ AHSAA state cross country championship since 2013 and the Lady Panthers’ 21st overall posting 59 points. Class 5A runner-up Lawrence County had 78 points and Arab was third with 106. Defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal finished fourth with 107 points.
    Faith Academy eighth grader Olivia Andrews beat the field of 119 participants with a winning time of 18:59.40 – denying St. Paul’s sophomore Isabel Valenzuela from claiming her fourth straight state crown. Valenzuela was second at 19:07.43. Eighth grader Isabella Noble led Scottsboro’s winning effort finishing eighth (19:51.97). Teammates Hannah Cloud and McCall Chandler, a freshman and eighth grader respectively, were right behind Noble at ninth and tenth.

Catholic’s Amaris Tyynismaa Takes Fourth State Crown
Junior Amaris Tyynismaa raced to her fourth straight individual AHSAA cross country title and came very close to equaling the all-time best time in the process. Tyynismaa finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:14.37, best girls’ time in all classes, but came up just short of her record 17:03.40 she ran in 2014 as an eighth grader to win her first state championship.
    Defending state champs Randolph won the Class 4A team championship for the second year in a row Saturday with 45 points. Catholic was second with 60.
    Saint James freshman Presley Miles finished second in the 128-runner field – almost 90 seconds behind Tyynismaa – to help the Trojans (91) finish third. Randolph freshman Emma Hudson was fifth to lead the Raiders.

Blackmon Paces T.R. Miller to First State Championship
T.R. Miller freshman Olivia Blackmon crossed the finish line at 18:56.99 to win the Class 3A individual championship as the Lady Tigers posted 59 points to capture the Brewton school’s first team title.
    Blackmon’s individual win was the second state title in a row for a T.R. Miller runner. Allie Nelson won the AHSAA’s Class 3A race in 2016 running the course with an almost identical time as Blackmon. Nelson won with an 18:53.29 time. Defending state champs Pleasant Valley finished second with 86 points and American Christian was third with 99.
    Senior Becca Billman was second for the Patriots clocking 19:27.52, and Pleasant Valley freshman Trinity Roberts was third with a 19:51.85 time in the 128-runner field.

Westminster-Oak Mountain Repeats as State Champs
Westminster of Oak Mountain placed three runners in the top seven and rolled to the school’s second consecutive Class 1A/2A AHSAA state cross country championship. Westminster totaled 32 points, best of girls’ squads in all classes Saturday, with freshman Hallie Porterfield and senior Sarah Kate Lipperd finishing third and fourth, respectively. Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard Catholic won the race with a time of 19:24.33. Defending state champion Hannah Tarwater, a senior at Whitesburg Christian, was second at 19:33.31. Porterfield clocked 19:34.46 and Lipperd, 19:36.11.
    Hatton and St. Luke’s Episcopal tied behind Westminster with 101 points, but Hatton took second place in the tie breaker.

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