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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.



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.

Rules Changes Approved for High School Track and Field, Cross Country

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.

The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”

Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.

Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.

In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.

Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.

Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.

The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.

Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.


2014 Boys AHSAA State XC Championships Cold Springs, Northside Win First State Cross Country Titles

    MOULTON – Cold Springs High School captured the Class 1A-2A boys state cross country championship and Northside won in Class 4A as both schools won their first state crowns Saturday.
    Auburn won the first Class 7A title – giving the Tigers eight overall, Homewood captured the Class 6A championship, Lawrence County won in Class 5A and Montgomery Academy in Class 3A as the AHSAA 2014 State Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
Class 1A-2A
   
Cold Springs scored 45 points as Jarred Stanley ran 17:08.84 to finish second. Coach Claborn Campbell’s Eagles also got a sixth-place finish from C.J. Lang.  Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain won the individual title clocking 16:33.81 over the 3.1-mile course. Pausic, a junior, was second in 2013.
    Runner-up was Westminster Christian with 47 points and Hatton was third at 123.
Class 3A
    Montgomery Academy, the 1A-2A champs in 2013, coasted to the state title with 40 points.  Cottage Hill Christian of Mobile edged out American Christian for second place by one point, 72-73.
    Coach Michael Floyd’s Eagles placed three runners in the top 10 finishers with Jack Barganier clocking 16:55.77 to finish second – five seconds behind individual winner Nick Klein of Winfield. The junior won with a time of 16:50.46.   Jack Anderson was fourth for Montgomery Academy and Bennett Griffin crossed the finish line seventh.
Class 4A
    Northside High School, coached by Sue Robertson, won the 4A title in an exciting finish edging out runner-up LAMP of Montgomery by one point. The Rams had 76 points and LAMP, 77. Sipsey Valley and Westminster tied with 86 points each in third place.
    UMS-Wright senior Robert Hope won the state championship for the second year in a row clocking 16:04.62. Westminster Christian senior Ryan Ford (16:22.63) was second and Tanner King of Northside was third at 16:29.42.
Class 5A
     Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, won its first boys state cross title since 2004 with a strong 56-point  total.  Junior Kyle Bailey led the Red Devils of nearby Moulton with a fourth-place finish clocking 17:10.89. St. Paul’s Episcopal senior Reece Stevens won the individual championship clocking 16:28.57.  Madison County’s Jared Melton was second (16:52.90).
    Randolph of Huntsville had 59 points to finish second. St. Paul’s was third with 63 points.
Class 6A
    Homewood, the Class 5A team champion in 2012 and 2013, moved up to Class 6A and didn’t miss a beat as Coach Lars Porter’s Patriots placed three runners in the top five finishers and totaled 40 points to win the 6A state title.
    Alex Ngei, a senior, improved his finish from 10th in 2013 to second Saturday clocking a 16:01.42 in the 3.1-mile race. Winner Ben Bryant of Opelika ran the course in 15:34.76 to win individual top honors. He improved his time in 2014 by 15 seconds after capturing second place in 2013.  Logan Sadler was fourth and Andy Smith, the Class 5A individual champion in 2013, was fifth for Homewood.
   Opelika had 41 points and Scottsboro 78 to finished 2-3.
Class 7A
    Auburn dominated the field scoring 25 points to take the first Class 7A state title ever.  Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers won the 6A crown in 2013 but moved to the new class this season. It was Auburn’s eighth state championship overall.
    Auburn junior Paul Barlow won the individual medalist honors with a winning time of 15:51.03. He was 22nd in the 2013 competition.  Second was Grissom senior Cameron Thomas (15:52.82) and sophomore Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain (15:57.97) was third.
    Norton’s team placed four more runners in the top 10 with seniors Adam Ruggles, Ben Rolader and Fernando Lincoln taking 5th, 6th and 8th place, Sophomore Jack Rogers was also 9th.

AHSAA Cross Country Championships To Be Live-Streamed Over NFHS TV Network For Second Year

   The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A   boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
    The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/41279cbcac

    The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR NFHS TV NETWORK LIVE STREAM
    The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule.  Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa

   The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
    The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois  ranked No. 1.  The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
    AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
     The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events.  There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside of their own school events.


NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Class 7A
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Class 6A
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Class 5A
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Class 4A
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Class 3A
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Class 2A
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)