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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.

AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight, Week I Pleasant Valley Girls Win White Plains Twilight Invitational with Perfect Score

   MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Valley High School’s girls turned in a perfect score at the White Plains Twilight Cross Country Invitational held at the White Plains Youth Sports Complex and Cross Country Trail last week to open the 2017 AHSAA cross country season.
   The two-time defending Class 3A state champion Lady Raiders placed the first seven runners across the finish line with the top five scoring a perfect 15 to win the competition and grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
   Freshman Trinity Roberts, who finished third in last year’s Class 3A state cross country meet, clocked 20:58.83 to win the 5,000-meter race for Coach Brad Hood’s squad. Senior Rachel Faucett was second at 21:30.15.
     Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria won the large-school race with a time of 21:47.46 to lead the Valley Cubs to the team title. Alexandria had 24 points runner-up while White Plains was second with 43 points. The Lady Wildcats were led by Briar Poytress’ runner-up finish just less than a second ahead of Jacksonville’s Mary Shelton with a time of 23:03.82. Shelton clocked 23:04.43.
    Other highlights from the first week of cross country competition reported include:

GIRLS
MOBILE CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Grace Jensen clocked 19:26.20 to claim the individual championship at the Cross Country Challenge of Champions held at Langhan Park in Mobile. Lexie Williams of Fairhope was third in the very competitive invitational division with a 20:22.90 time. Ocean Springs (MS) won the team title with 43 points. Brookwood (GA) was second with 44 and McGill-Toolen was third with 87. Olivia Blackmon of T.R. Miller won the girls’ open race in 20:21.15. Daphne’s Nicole Luther was second with a 22:04.86 time. Brookwood (GA) won the team competition with 33 points. T.R. Miller was third with 73.
11TH ANNUAL WAFFLE HOUSE / YELLOW JACKETS INVITATIONAL: American Christian’s Becca Billman and Harper Roberts finished 1-2 in the meet held at Oxford with times of 19:39.04 and 20:03.36. Fort Payne, led by junior Gracie Groat’s fifth-place finish, won the team title with 47 points. John Carroll Catholic was second with 68 and ACA was third with 76.
6th ANNUAL PEPSI CHALLENGE:
The host Lawrence County girls captured the first four places in the girls’ large-school division of the 5,000-K cross country race to win the 6th Annual Pepsi Challenge held at Moulton’s H.A. Alexander Park with a near perfect 17 points. Savannah Williams led the Lady Red Devils with a winning time of 21:03.88. Teammate Emily Daniel was second at 21:11.79, followed by Talor Williams (21:49.27) and Jenny Jett (22:14.28). The fifth runner to cross the finish line for Coach Stanley Johnson’s team was Paige Guess, who finished eighth overall. Scottsboro was second with 48 points. West Limestone won the small-school team title with 28 points. Altamont was second with 66.  Mary Allen Murray of Altamont won the competition with a time of 21:19.81. Katie Serrato, Cassidy Winter and Yarahy Marcelino were 2-3-4, respectively, for West Limestone. Serrato’s second-place time was 21:55.97.
BROOKS INVITATIONAL: Mary Claire Ridgeway of Florence won the Class 4A-7A division with a winning time of 18:20.50.  Phoebe Moon of Wilson was second at 19:44.31. James Clemens won the team championship with 57 points and Buckhorn was second with 81. The 1A-3A girls’ race was won by Hatton with 36 points. Kasey Eziekel of Cold Springs was the individual winner (21:10.12). Ally Amerson finished second and Mary Kate Sapp was third  for Hatton.
TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL: Three-time state AHSAA cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa clocked 21:00.96 to win the girls’ 5,000-meter race held at Young Meadows in Montgomery. MaKennah Mills of Northview was second at 22:15.49, followed by Catholic runners Isabelle Cochran and Katie Galvin at 3 and 4, respectively. The Lady Knights won the team competition with 31 points. Montgomery Academy was second with 112.

BOYS

MOBILE CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS: Fairhope’s Jared Touart clocked 16:46.75 to finish third in the strong field competing in the Cross Country Challenge of Champions at Mobile’s Langhan Park. Hunter Appleton of Brother Martin (LA) won the invitational division 5,000-meter race in 16:33.42. His team also won the meet title with 58 points. The top Alabama finisher was Baker in fourth place. Bayside Academy’s Ernest Ladd turned in the best time of the 257 runners competing in open division to win in 17:49.06. Brother Martin (LA) won the team title with 43 points. Bayside was third with 136.
11TH ANNUAL WAFFLE HOUSE / YELLOW JACKETS INVITATIONAL: American Christian seniors Joseph Wohlers and Taylor Ray clocked 16:50.91 and 16:55.51 to finish 1-2 in the 11th annual race hosted at Oxford to lead Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots to the team title. ACA totaled 27 points and John Carroll Catholic was a distant second with 132.
6th ANNUAL PEPSI CHALLENGE: Scottsboro totaled 20 points as Wildcats’ runners finished 2 through 7 in the competition behind race winner Connor Sims of Brewer. Sims clocked 17:19.20 in the boys’ large-school division of the 5,000-K race at Moulton’s H.A. Alexander Park. Cooper Atkins led Scottsboro’s strong team effort with a time of 17:23.33 to finish second – just five seconds ahead of teammate Davin Berry, who clocked 17:28.33.
Lawrence County finished second with 66 points and Brewer was third with 71.
   Asher Desai and James Dixon finished 1-2 for Altamont in the small-school competition with times of 17:24.73 and 17:42.81, respectively. Cold Springs, led by third-place finisher C.J. Lang, captured the championship with 34 points. Altamont was second with 68.
BROOKS INVITATIONAL: Florence won the boys’ 4A-7A race with 43 points. St. John Paul II Catholic was second with 62 points and James Clemens third with 72. Noah Flynn won the individual competition with a winning time of 16:50.23 for St. John Paul II.  Grant Brown was second (16:55.88) to lead Florence. Junior Kagen Sutton of Hatton clocked 17:41.03 to pace the Hornets in the 1A-3A race. Hatton won with 28 points and Colbert Heights was second with 55.
WHITE PLAINS TWILIGHT MEET: Jake Moore of White Plains ran the 5,000 meters in 18:06.47 to claim the large-school division individual championship. The Wildcats won the team title with 39 points. Anniston and Alexandria were 2-3 at 66 and 67 points, respectively.
   Pleasant Valley won the small-school race with 24 points as Matisse Miller finished second with a time of 18:01.87.
TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL: Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian ran 18:21.26 to win the individual boys’ race held at Young Meadows in Montgomery. Hollis Johnson was second (19:02.14), leading Montgomery Catholic to the team championship. The Knights finished with 29 points and LAMP was second with 74. A total of 90 runners were in the field.


North Sweeps Boys’ & Girls’ First Cross Country Competition at AUM

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls and North Boys swept the South Wednesday morning in the first-ever North-South All-Star cross country competition held on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery.
    The North girls won 20-35. The North boys won 16-47.
    Cross Country was added to the North-South all-star competition this year. The All-Star contests are part of the AHSAA’s annual Summer Conference, now in its 21st year. The week-long convention is managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The North swept the baseball and boys’ & girls’ soccer competition Tuesday night, and the South earned a split in the softball competition.
   The girls’ and boys’ North-South basketball all-star games will be held tonight at 6 and 8 p.m., at the AUM Basketball Complex. The North-South volleyball match will be played at AUM at 4 p.m., Thursday, and the 58th AHSAA North-South Football All-Star Game will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m.
    Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic clocked the fastest time in the girls’ 3.1-mile cross country race Wednesday with a time of 20:02.89. She finished almost 38 seconds ahead of Hoover’s Sydney Steely, who ran the distance in 20:40.82. American Christian’s Rebecca Billman, Huntsville’s Rachel Jones and John Carroll Catholic’s Lindsey Granier, all runners for the North, rounded out the top-five finishers. Jensen and Steely earned MVP honors for their respective all-star teams.
   Hoover’s John McCrackin finished first in the boys’ race clocking 17:27.81 – an average of 5:37.3 per mile.  The South’s top finisher was Dawson Oliver of Trinity Presbyterian, who ran 17:50.36 to cross the finish line fifth. Both earned MVP honor for their respective teams.
   The North trio of Randolph’s Matthew Estopinal, Briarwood Christian’s Zach Howard and St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney finished 2-3-4 to seal the North’s team victory.
    Coaching the North girls Was Les Bryant of Huntsville and Charles Tiller of American Christian coached the boys. Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook served as administrative coach. South girls’ coach was Joe Swagart of Bayside Academy and the boys’ coach was Dan Norton of Auburn. Smiths Station’s Ron Peters served as administrative coach.
NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference

 

2017 ALL-STAR WEEK North-South Results/Schedule
Baseball: North  9-3, South 3-2 (North leads series 22-11-1)
Softball: North 12-1, South 6-11 (North leads series 25-10-3)
Boys’ Soccer: North 5, South 2 (North leads series 11-4-1)
Girls’ Soccer: North 4, South 1 (North leads series 13-2-1)
Boys Cross Country: North 16, South 47 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Cross Country: North 20, South 35 (North leads series 1-0)
Basketball: Wednesday night, 6 p.m., AUM (North leads series 17-3)

Boys Basketball: Wednesday night, 8 p.m., AUM (North leads series 47-27)
Volleyball: Thursday, 4 p.m., AUM (North leads series 13-6)
Football: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cramton Bowl (South leads series 30-25-2)


2017 North-South Cross Country All-Star Teams Announced

MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
     A total of 40 outstanding rising seniors --10 on each team -- were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17-21, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South Cross Country race, making its debut on Wednesday morning, July 19, is the newest all-star completion added to the annual All-Star Sports Week competition will be the first ever conducted by the AHSADCA. The teams are comprised of 10 runners each. The girls’ teams will run at 7:30 a.m., at the course at Auburn University-Montgomery. The boys will follow at 8 a.m.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 58th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 20, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2016-17 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2017 Making A Difference Award Recipients , Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 22.
      Coaches for the South cross country teams are Joe Swagart of Bayside Academy (girls) and Dan Norton of Auburn (boys). Ron Peters of Smiths Station will be the administrative coach. North coaches are Lea Bryant of Huntsville (girls) and Lars Porter of Homewood (boys). Mountain Brook’s Michael McGovern will serve as North administrative coach for both teams.
       The rosters:



2017 NORTH-SOUTH CROSS COUNTRY ALL-STARS

NORTH GIRLS' ROSTER

Player

School

Rebecca Billman

American Christian

Yesenia Hernandez

Guntersville

Caroline Saul

Hoover

Sydney Steely

Hoover

Rachel Jones

Huntsville

Lindsey Granier

John Carroll

Lori Holmberg

Lexington

Kourtney Shuler

Ohatchee

Hannah Tarwater

Whitesburg Christian

Phoebe Moon

Wilson

COACHES

Lea Bryant

Huntsville

Michael McGovern

Mountain Brook, Adm.

SOUTH GIRLS' ROSTER

Player

School

Madelyn Watkins

Baker

Mary Branyon

Bayside Academy

Audrey Clark

Fairhope

Lexie WIlliams

Fairhope

Grace Phung

LAMP

Grace Jenson

McGill-Toolen

Savannah Karl

Opelika

Sailor Miles

Saint James

Kaelyn Horn

St. Luke's Episcopal

Mackenzie LeGrand

Trinity Presbyterian

COACHES

Joe Swagart

Bayside Academy

Ron Peters

Smiths Station, Adm.

NORTH BOYS' ROSTER

Player

School

Taylor Ray

American Christian

Daniel Tully

Ashville

Zach Howard

Briarwood Christian

Hamza Abusammour

Haleyville

Patrick Vaughn

Helena

 

John McCrackin

Hoover

Cameron Cox

Huntsville

Charles Slaughter

Mountain Brook

Matthew Estopinal

Randolph

Andrew Sweeney

Saint Bernard

COACHES

Lars Porter

Homewood

Michael McGovern

Mountain Brook, Adm.

SOUTH BOYS' ROSTER

Player

School

Andrew Mingus

Auburn

Cody Becker

Baker

Won Heo

LAMP

Will Franklin

Montgomery Academy

Nathanial Erwin

Pleasant Home

Jake Maddox

Saint James

Tyler Harman

Smiths Station

Conner Moore

Spanish Fort

Dawson Oliver

Trinity Presbyterian

Wells Rutland

Trinity Presbyterian

COACHES

Dan Norton

Auburn

Ron Peters

Smiths Station, Adm.



AHSAA 61st State Girls Cross Country Championships

     MOULTON – Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and Westminster of Oak Mountain (1A/2A) each captured state championships Saturday at the AHSAA 61st State Cross Country Championships.
    Freshman Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s and sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic each won their third straight individual state championships in Class 5A and 4A, respectively.
      
CLASS 7A GIRLS:  Huntsville Wins First Championship Since 1989
     Huntsville High School placed four runners in the top 12 Saturday and the Panthers captured their first Class 7A girls’ state cross country championship at Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and Park Saturday morning.
    Huntsville, coached by Graciela Bryant, totaled 51 points to nip defending state champion Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished with 61 points, and Auburn was third with 64.
    Senior Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook won the individual championship with a winning time of 17:46.01, the fastest time among all girls’ runners in all classes Saturday.  McGill-Toolen Catholic junior Grace Jensen was second at 18:18.06, followed by Huntsville senior Abbey Zane’s 18:23.45 finish. Panther teammates Abbey Weitenbeck, Rachel Jones and Hannah Bloom finished 6th, 7th and 12th, respectively.

CLASS 6A GIRLS:  Homewood’s Phelps Leads Patriots to Title
     Homewood freshman Lainey Phelps won the individual championship in the Class 6A competition with a winning time of 18:02.13, the second fastest time of the day in all classes, and beat the rest of the 185-runner field by 81 seconds.
  Coach Lars Porter’s girls and boys swept championships Saturday. The Lady Patriots had 51 points. Florence was second at 103, Fort Payne, third with 118, and two-time defending state champion John Carroll Catholic was fourth at 132.
     Eighth grader Mary Claire Ridgeway (129:21.73) was second. Celie Jackson, another Homewood freshman, was fifth (19:32.26).  

CLASS 5A GIRLS:  St. Paul’s Valenzuela  Takes 3rd Straight 5A Championship
     Freshman Isabel Valenzuela clocked 18:21.33 Saturday to cross the finish line first for the third year in a row and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school’s 19th girls’ championship overall and first in 16 years.
    Coach Jim Tate’s Saints totaled 54 points to edge runner-up Scottsboro (57) and defending state champion Lawrence County (60) for the team championship.  Valenzuela bested her 2015 winning time by more than two seconds. Scottsboro senior Karsyn Whitehead and Lexie Burfield of Lawrence County finished 2-3 with times of 19:16.16 and 19:25.68, respectively.
    
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Catholic’s Tyynismaa Wins 3rd Individual Title
     Sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic swept her third state AHSAA Class 4A state championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum running the 3.1-mile distance in 18:07.76, the third fastest girls’ time of the day in all classes.
      Randolph won the girls’ team championship with 55 points. Catholic was second with 65 and West Limestone was third with 69.
      Juniors Katherine Hunter and Carolina Stucky finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the winning Raiders. Eighth grader and teammate Emma Hudson also finished ninth for Randolph.
      Saint James eighth grader Presley Miles was 41 seconds behind Tyynismaa at 18:48.11 to take second place individually.

CLASS 3A GIRLS:  Pleasant Valley Repeats as State Champs
     Eighth grader Trinity Roberts’ third-place finish helped Pleasant Valley secure its second AHSA Class 3A state championship in a row Saturday.
    T.R. Miller senior Allie Nelson won the individual title running 18:53.29 over the 3.1-mile Oakville course. American Christian junior Becca Billman (19:55.05) finished second and Roberts came in at 19:55.05 to finish third.
     Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, had 70 points and T.R. Miller was second at 86. American Christian was third with 92.

CLASS 1A/2A GIRLS:  Westminster of Oak Mountain Wins First Championship
     Westminster of Oak Mountain placed four runners in the Top 12 Saturday to lead the Lady Knights to their first girls’ AHSAA state cross country championship. Competing in the 1A/2A divison, Westminster, coached by Leslie Callahan, posted four times under 21 minutes to score 42 points. Hatton was second with 88 and defending state champion St. Bernard of Cullman was third with 89.
     Senior Maddie Hoaglund finished fourth overall with a time of 19:53.61 to pace Westminster.
     Hannah Tarwater, a Whitesburg Christian junior, won the individual gold with a 19:18.73 winning time. St. Bernard junior Leahrose Mami was second at 19:24.75. Ivy Edge of St. Bernard, who won the 1A/2A title as a freshman in 2015, clocked 20:04.96 to finish sixth.


AHSAA 61st State Boys Cross Country Championships

     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.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Taylor Leads American Christian to Championship
   American Christian junior Ray Taylor finished first among the 140 runners in the Class 3A state meet field to set the pace as the Patriots of Coach Charles Tiller rolled to their second consecutive Class 3A championship.
    Taylor clocked 16:34.68 to nip runner-up Ernest Ladd of Bayside Academy for the individual title. Ladd ran the 3.1-mile course in 16:36.48.  Isom Brock was third with a 16:52.29 time for American Christian. David Barrett was fifth, Caleb Isbell was sixth and Joseph Wohlers finished ninth as the Patriots took the championship with 24 points, best boys’ point total of the entire 2016 state championships.
    Pleasant Valley was second at 107 points – 83 behind the winners, and Bayside Academy was third at 127.

CLASS 1A/2A BOYS: St. Bernard Claims First Boys’ Title
   St. Bernard Prep teammates Casey Guthery and Andrew Sweeney crossed the finish line 1-2 Saturday in the 137-runner field to spark Coach William Calvert’s Saints to the AHSAA Class 1A/2A boys’ state cross country championship.
    Guthery, a senior, was the individual champion clocking 16:33.57. Sweeney, a junior, was 12 seconds back at 16:47.49. Cold Springs’ C.J. Lang (16:49.24) was third.
     Calvert’s squad totaled 58 points and defending state champion Cold Springs had 64 to finish second. Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 85 points.

High School Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Changes Include Assisting Injured Competitor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2016) — Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available.

The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.

            Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that this act of sportsmanship extended to an injured/ill competitor when a health-care professional is not readily available should not result in a penalty.

            “The committee wanted to recognize the importance of appropriate healthcare of an ill/injured competitor as well as recognize that at times there may be fellow competitors who may need to assist others who cannot continue,” Oakes said. “Therefore, the committee felt that disqualification shouldn’t be the result of a sportsmanship act.”

            In order to be consistent with current sport trends, the committee revised Rule 5-7-3, which reinforces the concept that competitors in distance races only use a standing start and shall remain motionless for the start without their hand(s) touching the ground.

            The rules committee voted to combine Rule 6 (Throwing Events) and Rule 7 (Jumping Events) into one rule titled “Field Events” to eliminate duplication of definitions and unnecessary language and the possibility of making a change in the throws and missing it in the jumps.

            “The last couple of rules cycles the committee has been trying to eliminate unnecessary and repetitive language. This is the last phase of the clean-up – creating one rule that covers multiple events,” Oakes said.

            For purposes of risk management, the committee revised Rules 6-2-14 and 7-2-5, which state that all warm-ups in a field event may not take place until the venue is declared open and required supervision is in place.

            In Rule 5-6, the committee moved the Note in Rule 5-6-4 to the new Article 4. Oakes said the results of running events are based on head-to-head competition and all contestants should have the opportunity to compete in the heat earned by the competitor’s place and/or qualifying times.

            The committee also approved a change to Rule 3-6-1, which now grants authority to disqualify a runner for a false start to the starter as well as the referee. Also, the starter will now give a signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races of two laps or more (previously three).

            Another change was made in Rule 3-2-4u, which states that the games committee – not the coach – should have the responsibility of providing liquids during the competition.

            In Rule 3-10-7, when flags are not utilized, the head event judge utilizes the mechanics to call “fair” or “foul.”

            Other changes approved by the committee include:

·        The removal of the Note in 4-3-1b(5), which contradicts the rule by limiting the placement of the American flag to one piece of uniform apparel.

·        Rule 4-6-5g, which states that it is an unfair act when a competitor receives physical aid from any other person during a race or trial, except as provided in Rules 4-6-5 and 9-7.

·        Rule 5-1-3, which notes that, in absence of a curb, if cones are used, they should just touch the inside of the line and be placed about 5 feet apart around the curve.

·        Rule 6-2-17, which clarifies how trials are recorded when a legal implement breaks during competition.

·        Rule 6-5-9e, which notes that if a shot put competitor touches the top or end of the stopboard before leaving the circle, it is a foul.

·        Rule 9-1-3b for cross country states that the race course should include either directional flags and/or directional sign posts.

·        Rule 10-2-2, which notes that when multiple takeoff boards are used in the long jump and triple jump, the 20-meter distance shall be from the foul line farthest from the pit.

A complete listing of the track and field rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “track and field.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 578,632 boys participating in outdoor Track and Field at 16,358 schools and 478,726 girls at 16,309 schools.


2015 Boys AHSAA State XC Championships Runner Paul Barlow, Auburn Roll to Second 7A Title

    MOULTON – Auburn High School senior Paul Barlow won his second consecutive state cross country title and the Tigers of Coach Dan Norton captured their second Class 7A team championship as the 60th annual AHSAA State Boy’ Cross Country Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park cross country course.
     The 43rd annual girls’ state championships also concluded.
     Barlow clocked the fastest boys’ time of the day over the 3.1-mile (5,000 K) course with a winning time of 15:30.52. He edged out Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole by just two seconds in what was the tightest finish of the day.
     Also winning boys’ state championships were Cold Springs (1A-2A), American Christian (3A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A), Lawrence County (5A) and Homewood (6A).
Class 7A
    Auburn scored 46 points with Mountain Brook second with 54 in the 7A competition. Hoover was third with 89 points.
    Paul Barlow’s strong finish (15:30.52) sparked Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers to their eighth state championship overall. Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole was second at 15:32.48. Juniors Jack Rogers and Joshua Escoe were third and 10th, respectively, for Auburn. Rogers crossed the finish line at 15:37.79.
Class 6A
    Homewood won its fourth straight state championship as Coach Lars Porter’s squad placed four runners in the top eight finishers of a field including 212 participants.  The Patriots finished with 32 points, tied for best score of the day with 1A-2A winner Cold Springs. Opelika was 6A runner-up with 60 points. Scottsboro (71) was third.
     Senior Dillon Dean of Benjamin Russell won the individual championship with a winning time of 15:45.71.  Ben Garner of Opelika was third at 15:58.98, followed by  Homewood trio, senior Hunter Poole, freshman Will Stone and senior Andy Smith, finishing only five seconds apart at 3-4-5.
Class 5A
     Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, totaled 57 points to win its second consecutive boys’ state cross title and eighth overall. The win gave the Red Devils a sweep of the 5A boys’ and girls’ championships.
    Sheldon Britton, a senior at Alabama Christian, clocked 16:06.07 to claim first place individually.  Senior Zachary Duclos paced Lawrence County with a 16:31.70 time to take second place over Saint John Paul II freshman Noah Flynn. Flynn clocked 16:31.80 in the photo finish.
   Saint John Paul II was second with 71 points, and Beauregard finished third with 92.
Class 4A
    Trinity Presbyterian captured its first AHSAA state cross country championship scoring 64 point to edge out Loveless Academy of Montgomery (LAMP) (66) by two points. Defending champion Northside was third with 71 points.
     Coach Monica Lott’s Wildcats placed three runners in the top 12, led by freshman Charlie Lott’s fourth-place finish (16:26.89). Junior T.A. Sluis was eighth and sophomore Dawson Oliver was 12th.
      Westminster Christian’s Ryan Ford, a senior, captured first place with a winning time of 15:50.48 – improving by almost 32 seconds on his 2014 time and runner-up finish. James Patrick Brinyark of Northside finished second at 16:18 .10.
Class 3A
   American Christian won the state championship with 56 points. Defending champion Montgomery Academy was second with 67 points and Cottage Hill, third, at 88.
   Ash Midyett, a senior at Bayside Academy in Daphne, was overall individual champion crossing the finish at 16:23.16.  Montgomery Academy’s Jack Barganier for the second straight year with a time of 16:30.04.  Senior Nick Klein of Winfield, the 2014 winner, improved his 2014 time by four seconds but finished third (16:46.23).
    Leading Coach Charles Tiller’s winning Patriots was sophomore David Barrett, who finished sixth.
Class 1A-2A
    Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain improved his 2014 winning time by 13 seconds, clocking 16:20.40 Saturday, and claimed his second state 1A-2A individual cross country state crown. Casey Guthery was second (16:41.54).
    Coach Claborn Campbell’s Cold Springs Panthers scored 32 points, tying for low team score in all classes, and rolled to its second straight 1A-2A state title. Three runners pacing in among the top five finishers.  Sophomore C.J. Lang was third overall at 16:50.85, senior Kramer Crider was fourth (16:51.84) and junior Jared Stanley was fifth (17:13.27). Freshman Mason Harris crossed in 10th place for Cold Springs. St. Bernard was second with 67 points and Hatton was third with 94.


2015 Girls AHSAA State Cross Country Championships Mountain Brook Sweeps 13th Straight Girls’ Title

    MOULTON – Freshman distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic High School broke 18 minutes for the second straight year to claim the AHSAA Class 4A girls’ individual cross country championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course.
      Tyynismaa clocked 17:52.25 to win by almost a full minute over runner-up Cele Moon of Wilson. Her time was best among the 815 girls running in the 43rd state cross country championships held by the AHSAA.
     Moon’s time of 18:51.47 led the way for the Warriors of Coach Robin Phillips to capture their second straight Class 4A girls’ team title. Mountain Brook also won the Class 7A state championship for the second time in a row – and extended the Lady Spartans’ current streak of state cross titles to 13 – including 11 in Class 6A from 2003-2013.
     Other girls’ state champions at the 2015 AHSAA girls’ championships were: John Carroll Catholic (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and St. Bernard of Cullman (1A-2A).
Class 7A
    Mountain Brook, coached by Michael McGovern, placed six runners in the top 17 finishers with senior Frances Patrick clocking 18:18.78 to claim the individual championship over sophomore Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen. Jensen clocked 18:36.63 for second place.  Patrick finished fourth as a junior.
     Lady Spartans junior Anna Grace Morgan also finished in the Top 10 with a fifth-place finish. Mountain Brook, which now own s 23 girls’ cross country state titles, had 43 points and Hoover (79) was second, followed by Spain Park (92) and Auburn (95).
Class 6A
     John Carroll Catholic won its second consecutive girls’ state cross country championship as sisters Lauren and Lindsey Granier finished almost in a dead heat at 3-4 in the 195-runner field.
     The Lady Cavaliers of Coach Bryan Burgess totaled 55 points and Scottsboro finished second with 87.
      Pelham senior Mary Grace Strozier won her second consecutive individual 6A title with a winning time of 18:36.38. Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro was second at 19:15.32, followed by Lauren Grainer at 19:22.02 and her sister Lindsey, 19:22.12. Th sisters finished 9th and 10th last season.
Class 5A
    Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils edged out runner-up Randolph for the fourth time overall and the second year in a row with a winning total of 41 points. The Raiders were three back at 44. Only two points separated the two in 2014.
    Eighth grader Isabel Valenzuela won her second individual title with a winning time of 18:23.14 – 1:10 faster than her closest challenger and second fastest time overall in any class in the 2015 competition..  Randolph’s Zoe Evans was second (19:33.44), Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria was third at 19:34.56.  Eighth grader Emily Daniel paced Lawrence County with a fourth-place finish (19:37.20). Seventh grader Sadie Grace Thompson crossed the finish in fifth place just 10 seconds later.

Class 4A
    Amaris Tyynismaa did not beat her state all-time, all-class record of 17:03 she ran last year at the 2014 meet but still managed the fastest time of all girls running on Saturday.
    Wilson had 54 points to edge runner-up Rogers (69) and West Limestone (73) for the state title. Catholic finished fourth with 82 points.
    Wilson sophomore Phoebe Moon was 36 seconds behind her sister, senior Cele Moon (18:51.47), to finish fourth. West Limestone eighth grader Cassidy Winter was third at 19:15.96.
Class 3A
   Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, posted its first state championship since 1997 and its second girls’ title overall with 66 points in the 3A girls’ race.  Defending champion American Christian was second at 78 and T.R. Miller was third with 83.
   Montgomery Academy freshman Tara Katz clocked 18:46.73 to win her first state title. Allie Nelson of T.R. Miller was second (19:07.00). Leading Pleasant Valley freshman Juliana Ballew and eighth grader Emma Hood, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively.
    
Class 1A-2A
    
St. Bernard of Cullman edged Westminster of Oak Mountain by one point, 48-49, to claim its second straight Class 1A-2A title.  Freshman Ivy Edge won her second straight individual title with a winning time of 19:30.61, three seconds off her winning 19:27 time of 2014.
     Leahrose Mami of. St. Bernard was second at 19:43.70, and Hatton’s Ally Amerson was third.

Strong Field of Returning Champions Set to Battle At AHSAA State Cross Country Championships

     MONTGOMERY – All 12 defending state championship teams will be in the field for the AHSAA State Cross Country Championships that will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at Oakville Indian Mounds State Park and Museum cross-country course near Moulton.
   Mountain Brook’s girls will be going for a 13th straight state title and second straight in Class 7A when the competition commences with the 7A girls’ race at 8:30 Saturday morning. The Lady Spartans have 22 state titles overall. The girls’ competition will be the 43rd for the ladies since Tuscaloosa High School won the first competition in 1973. The Class 6A boys’ race kicks off the 60th AHSAA Boys’ Cross Country Championships at 8:50 a.m.
    Girls’ team defending champions are Mountain Brook (7A), American Christian (3A), Wilson (4A), Lawrence County (5A), John Carroll Catholic (6A), and St. Bernard (1A-2A).
    Defending boys’ team champions include Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Northside (4A), Montgomery Academy (3A), and Cold Springs (1A-2A).
   Among the top individuals returning in the girls’ competition are Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic and Mary Grace Strozier of Pelham. Tyynismaa, a freshman, set the AHSAA all-time 5,000-meter record for all classes in the state meet last year with a 17:03.04 time to win the Class 4A individual crown. Earlier this season, she ran 17:42.54 in the 17th annual Jesse Owens Classic to finish third overall, and she has a personal best of 16:57 on the year.  Stozier, the Class 6A defending champion, ran 18:26.39 in the Jesse Owens race to finish 14th. Her 5K best came in last year’s 2014 Class 6A state championship race when she ran 18:07 to win first place.
     Defending 1A-2A state champion St. Bernard’s Ivy Edge is back to defend the Gold she won last year as an eighth grader. Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal is defending champ in the 5A field, and freshman Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville returns in Class 7A to defend her 2014 title. Weitenbeck’s personal best is 18:16.59.
    Junior Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain, who finished third in Class 7A last season at 15:57.97, clocked 15:20.45 earlier this fall at the Jesse Owens Invitational to finish second. Paul Barlow of Auburn won the individual 7A state title last year with a winning time of 15:51.03. Now a senior, he climbed from 22nd in Class 6A as a sophomore to win the first 7A state championship race in 2014.
    Senior Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain Christian is back to defend his 1A-2A individual title. Nick Klein of Winfield and Jack Barganier of Montgomery Academy are back in the 3A field after finishing 1-2, respectively, last season with just five seconds between them.
   Murphy High School won the first AHSAA boys’ state cross country championship in 1956 and followed with state crowns in 1957, 1958, 1960, 1061, 1962 and 1964.

AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday’s Schedule
Class 7A Girls                        8:30 a.m.
Class 6A Boys                        8:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls                        9:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys                        9:30 a.m.
Class 6A Girls                        9:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys                        10:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Girls                  10:30 a.m.
Class 5A Boys                        10:50 a.m.
Class 4A Girls                        11:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Boys                 11:30 a.m.
Class 5A Girls                        11:50 a.m.
Class 4A Boys                        12:10 a.m.