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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.


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)