MONTGOMERY— Auburn’s girls turned in a dominating performance at the Warhawk Challenge invitational cross country race held at Auburn-Montgomery’s course Sept. 29 to capture this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
Six Tigers placed in the top seven of the race featuring 165 runners. Junior Harper McGowan crossing first with a winning time of 19:47.56. She won over teammate Samantha Rogers, who also clocked the same time in the photo finish.
Freshman Lily Bachi of Montgomery Catholic was third with a 19:57.06 time, followed, in order by Auburn runners Sarah Parnell, Sara Pacer, Hallie Stewart and Sangie Lincoln-Velez. Auburn Coach Naomi Bergh’s team totaled 18 points to run away with the team title. Central-Phenix City was second with 68.
The Auburn performance edged out a strong boys’ team effort by Grissom to win the Arab Invitational, and a powerful 1-2 finish by Thompson High School’s duo of Brandon DeMarcus Lee and Jace Jones at the Daphne Invitational.
The Tigers used the Warhawk Invitational to prepare for defense of its 2017 title this Saturday at the 18th annual Jesse Owens Classic – the largest invitational meet of the year in the AHSAA. Defending individual champions Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa and Homewood senior Will Stone will be in the field of the featured Gold race at the Jesse Owens Classic at Oak Hill Indian Mounds and Museum course. Both races will feature approximately 500 of the Southeast’s top prep cross country runners and more than 35 of the top high school teams.
As for last week’s top efforts, Lee, a Thompson senior, ran 16:08.60 to win the Daphne meet held at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. Teammate Jones was second at 16:31.66. Lee’s time was the best of the week among AHSAA boys’ runners and was one of the best of the year. Hartselle senior Carson Levario-Slaten was third in the race clocking 16:42.48 to spark the Tigers to the team championship. Hartselle totaled 81 points and Baker was second with 86. The field included 198 participants.
Grissom runners took the top four places to win the Arab Invitational cross country meet Class 5A-7A race held at Arab City Park. Junior Dustyn Lewis finished first with a winning time of 16:38.68. Allan Anderson was second at 17:02.16, followed by Louis Levesque (17:02.78) and Heath Varnette (17:55.11). The Tigers posted 17 points to win the team title. Arab was second with 40. The field had 38 runners.
Fairview totaled 62 points to win the 1A-4A division over runner-up St. Bernard, which had 75 points. St. Bernard Junior Caleb Guthery won the individual title clocking 18:06.95. Kyle VanKirk of Westminster Christian finished second at 18:12.11 in the race that featured 143 participants.
In the girls’ competition at the Arab Invitational, senior Julianne Hill of Madison Academy won the Class 1A-4A division with a winning time of 20:51.46. Ashville won the team championship edging St. Bernard 43-46 with sophomore Meghan McCarthy clocking 22:08.02 to finish third overall. Kathleen McCarthy was eighth in the 86-runner field at 23:07.88 for Ashville.
Arab senior Megan Schwarze won the 5A-7A large-school competition with time of 20:24.79. Sarah Lewis of Grissom was second at 21:29.93. The Knights won the team title with 26 points.
Other highlights reported include:
EVAN CRAWFORD, ENTERPRISE: The senior runner won the Oak Mountain Invitational cross country meet at Heardmont Park with a 16:31.50 time. Florence senior Bennett Blake was second at 16:32.41 and Jonah Barrett of Oak Mountain was third with a 16:34.08 time. The trio closed out an exciting finish in a race that totaled 264 participants and 24 teams. Hoover won the team title with 55 points. Oak Mountain was second with 67.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: The Warriors’ junior crossed the finish line first at the Shelby County Championships with a 16:53.35 time over the Veterans Park course in Alabaster. Pelham senior Adam Keller was second at 17:04.29, and Thompson senior Brandon DeMarcus Lee, who set the course meet record in 2016 running 16:32.77, finished third with a time of 17:07.36. Seven schools and 135 runners competed with Oak Mountain posting 38 points to take the boys’ title. Thompson was second with 65.
JEAN PIERRE LeROUX, BOB JONES: Captured first place at the Warriors Invitational cross country meet hosted by Wilson High School with the only sub-17-minute time (16:52.35) in the 84-runner field. Raleigh Stamps, a junior, was second at 17:45.08 for Rogers, which won the team title with 51 points. Muscle Shoals was second with 61 and Bob Jones third with 65. Stamps also clocked 17:34.57 on Oct. 2 to win the Elkmont Invitational cross country meet over Nicolas Ulrich of Athens Bible, who finished second with a 17:39.28 time. Rogers posted 48 points to beat Deshler (62).
NICOLAS ULRICH, ATHENS BIBLE: The junior won the Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division competition at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational clocking 17:40.19 over the 5,000-meter course. Ninety-four runners participated. Hatton won the team title with 49 points.
WILL THOMPSON, CULLMAN: The Bearcats junior was first in the 199-runner field at the Cold Springs Kudzu Invitational Class 4A-7A race held at Cold Springs High School with a time of 16:43.31. Sophomore Matthew Hill of James Clemens was second crossing at 15:59.81. The Jets finished first in the team standings with 54 points and Cullman was second with 61. Eighteen teams competed.
JONAH MORRIS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Won the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational boys’ 1A-3A division race at Cold Springs High School with a time of 17:07.67. Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield was runner-up in the race featuring 133 runners with a close-second time of 187:0818. Cold Springs won the team championship with 66 points. Altamont was second with 71.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: The senior ran the AUM course 5K distance in 17:08.35 to finish first in the field of 270 runners competing in the Warhawk Cross Country Challenge. The Tigers won the team title as well, posting 30 points in a dominating showing placing all five scorers in the top 13 finishers. Montgomery Catholic was second with 69 points.
SETH LORD, PINSON VALLEY: The junior clocked 18:17.92 to capture the Hueytown Invitational meet individual title over a field of 81 runners. Freshman Jack Lowe was second at 18:29.97 to lead Pell City (40 points) to the team crown. Pinson was second with 54.
JENSEN HAMMONS, DEMOPOLIS: The junior finished fourth at the Northeast Lauderdale meet held in Mississippi with a time of 18:41.33. The Tigers were third in the final team results.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: The senior captured first place at the Shelby County Championship meet with a time of 19:45.99. Evie Bell, a junior at Oak Mountain, was second at 20:47.11 in the field of 105 participants to lead the Eagles to the team title. Oak Mountain had 38 points, runner-up Pelham scored 59 and Thompson was third with 69. Hogue also finished second at the Daphne Invitational meet run at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. She clocked 18:25.56 to finish behind Long Beach (MS) freshman Brooklyn Biancamano, who crossed first at 18:06.33. Baker won the team title with 47 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 66. Thompson (104) finished third.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The Trojans sophomore beat a field of 103 runners in the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational meet Class 1A-3A division with a dominating time of 18:24.10. Holly Pond sophomore Camilla Chambers was second at 20:43.99. Cold Springs (65 points) edged out Saint James (67) to win the team title by two points.
EMILY DANIEL, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The junior finished 10 seconds ahead of Lawrence County teammate and eighth grader Savannah Williams to claim the Class 4A-7A division individual title at the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational. Daniel clocked 20:22.43 and Williams 20:32.94. The competition included 117 runners and 12 teams. The duo helped Coach Stanley Johnson’s Red Devils post a strong score of 22 to win the meet. Cullman was second with 47.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: The Patriots junior ran the Heardmont Park cross country course in 18:59.83 to beat a field of 185 runners at the Oak Mountain Invitational meet. Evie Bell of Oak Mountain was second at 20:25.70. Hoover had 46 points to take the team title. Oak Mountain was second with 66.
HANNAH THUSS, BOB JONES: Clocked 20:42.55 to win the Warriors Invitational cross country meet Class 4A-7A division race hosted by Wilson High School. The sophomore finished 14 seconds ahead of runner-up, junior Jaycee Biffle, who crossed at 20:56.67 to help Rogers High School win the team competition. Rogers had 62 points to edge Florence, which had 65. Biffle won the Elkmont Invitational on Oct. 2 with a winning time of 20:51.34. Deshler won the team competition over Rogers, 56 to 87.
KASEY EZEKIEL, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Crossed the finish line first clocking 21:31.68 at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division race. Ally Amerson was third at 22:02.80 to lead Hatton to the team title with 59 points. The junior finished just ahead of teammates Neidyn Lopez and Maey Kate Sapp, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race featuring 70 runners.
JAYCEE DILL, GARDENDALE: The senior won the Hueytown Invitational with a time of 23:02.28. Chloe Brown, a Pell City junior, was second in the 43-runner field with a 23:27.50 time to pace the Panthers to the team win. Pell City had 31 points and Gardendale was second with 58.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School senior McKenzie Hogue turned in the fastest 5,000-meter time of the 2018 AHSAA cross country season last weekend winning the prestigious Scottsboro Classic Invitational girls’ Class 5A/7A championship race with a time of 18:13.66. The impressive victory earned the Thompson runner this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
A field of 292 girls competed in the race held at the John R. Esslinger Trail, aptly named for the legendary former Scottsboro High School track and cross country coach who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Hogue, who was the only runner to earn www.alabamarunners.com Golf Elite Status at the Classic, trimmed 50 seconds off her 2017 time that earned her runner-up. She captured two firsts in the Class 7A 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the 2018 AHSAA Indoor and Outdoor State Track Championships last school year as a junior and was second to McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen at the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A State Cross Country Championships. Hogue clocked her best overall time in that race (18:12.57) and was only a second off that time last weekend.
Junior Lily Hulsey of Mountain Brook was second at 19:03.27 and Huntsville senior Abby Weitenbeck third with a 19:04.33 finish. The Spartans won the girls’ team title in the 5A/7A division with 29 points. Homewood was second with Huntsville third with 118 points in the 25-team field.
Rogers junior Jaycee Biffle crossed the finish line in 21:28.44 to win the Class 1A/4A division title in the field of 156 runners. In all, 448 girls’ runners competed in the Scottsboro Classic.
The boys’ Class 5A/7A race that featured 441 participants came down to just three as Will Pinson of Huntsville edged Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook and Sam Moultrie of Guntersville to win the race. Only five seconds separated the trio. Pinson, a freshman, clocked 15:52.38 and Harwell, a senior, crossed the finish line at 15:55.60. Moultrie, a junior, came in at 15:57.63.
Huntsville emerged as the team champion with 39 points. Host Scottsboro was second with 84 and Mountain Brook third with 124.
Westbrook Christian senior Mitchell Cook beat a field of 185 in the Class 1A/4A division with a winning time of 17:18.30. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:31.29, and Cook’s Westbrook teammate Jonah Morris third clocking 17:44.96. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with five runners finishing in the top 24. The Raiders had 71 points, Ohatchee was second with 107 and Westbrook third with 112.
In other performances reported, thanks to www.alabamarunners.com and www.xpresstiming.com:
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore from Montgomery clocked 18 :42.91 to win the TCBY Invitational cross country championship 1A/4A division race held at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. American Christian senior Isabella Lovvorn was second. Cold Springs won the team title with 52 points while American Christian and Saint James tied for second with 55 points each. Fifty-nine runners and seven teams competed.
HALEY STALLWORTH, HOOVER: Captured first place in the TCBY Large-School (5A/7A) competition of 98 participants at the TCBY Invitational at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park with a time of 21:01.23. The senior set the pace as four Bucs runners crossed in the first six finishers. Sophomore Alyssa Halcomb was second with a 21:28 .022 time. Hoover totaled 24 points to claim the team championship with Cullman second with 43 points.
SAMANTHA ROGERS, AUBURN: The junior crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 19:23.22 to win the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational varsity girls’ race hosted by Montgomery Catholic High School at Montgomery’s Gateway Park. The Lady Tigers posted a perfect team score of 15 points placing runners in the first five finishers. Harper McGowan was second for Auburn at 19:39.02. All five girls clocked 20:00.10 or faster. Montgomery Catholic took second with 62 points. Senior Amaris Tyynismaa, who holds the all-time state record for girls’ cross country (17.03), did not compete in the field of 71 runners.
TIMBERLY TOMLIN, CENTRAL-CLAY COUNTY: Clocked 25.47.2 to finish second individually and helped the Volunteers win their own Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville. Central scored 57 points and runner-up Randolph County had 71.
JONATHAN JENKINS, BEAUREGARD: The senior finished first at the Spencer (GA) Invitational held at Columbus (GA) with a time of 16:27.28. Teammate Joseph Perrella, a junior, was ninth with a 17:56.21 time, and Valley junior Dylan Landreth clocked 17:56.42 to finish 10th among the field of 72 runners. Valley took third place with 98 points finishing behind Georgia schools Brookstone (38) and Harris County (66). Beauregard was fourth with 130.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: Ran the 5,000-meter course at Montgomery’s Gateway Park in 16:37.24 to take first place in the field of 119 runners at the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational hosted by:14.64) finished third and fourth, respectively, as Hoover posted 22 points. Cullman junior Montgomery Catholic High School. Faith Academy’s Myles Stoots was second with a 16:40.42 time. Auburn won the team title with 43 points.
WILL COUCH, HOOVER: Beat a field of 155 runners in the 5A/7A division with a winning time of 16:53.93 to lead the Bucs to the team championship of the TCBY Invitational meet held at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park. Teammates Drew Kilgore (17:05.27) and Lane Tincher (17Will Thompson finished second overall clocking 16:58.90 to lead the Bearcats to second place with 88 points.
ASHER DESAI, ALTAMONT: The senior helped the Knights to the TCBY Invitational 1A/4A runner-up finish with a winning time of 17:26.39. Cold Springs won the team title with 42 points and Altamont had 43. Fellow seniors James Dixon and Spencer Skidmore crossed second and third, and Cold Springs junior Seth Walker was fourth in the field of 110 runners to pace the winning Panthers.
JAYLON HUDSON, LINCOLN: Won the boys’ 5,000-meter race at the Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville with a time of 18:14.6. Lincoln posted 39 points to win the team title as well. Host Central-Clay County was second with 57 points. Top finisher for Central was Ronald Piedra in third place.
MONTGOMERY – Senior cross country runner Will Stone of Homewood High School picked up this season right where he left off in 2017. Stone clocked 15:32.85 in the Brooks/Memphis Twilight Cross Country Championships last weekend to finish second among the 402 varsity boys’ participants. Davis Bove of Centennial (TN) won the championship with a 15:24.91 time. Homewood finished eighth in the 52-team field.
Stone’s effort is the fastest 5,000-meter time of any AHSAA runner this season and earned him the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for the past week. Last year’s boys’ state prep runner of the year clocked 15:46.2 to win the Class 6A state championship boys’ individual title and run the state’s fast time (15:22.32) in 2017 at the Jesse Owens Classic. Just two weeks into the season he has bettered his state championship time by 14 seconds and is just 10 seconds behind his best time of last season.
Homewood, coached by Josh Donaldson, finished sixth in the girls’ competition at Memphis with Patriots junior Lainey Phelps finishing fourth in the varsity girls’ division clocking 18:50.76 – 12 seconds off the winning pace of Henry County (TN) runner Dinah Winders. The girls’ race included 43 schools and 344 runners.
In other top performances reported from last week’s action:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior won the Gold Division at the second annual Huntsville Panther Prowl Cross Country Invitational 5,000-meter race clocking 16:25.57. Runner-up Hayden Judge of Scottsboro ran a 16:32.07 time. Huntsville captured the team title with 32 points.
JACOB WARNER, SPAIN PARK: Captured first place in the 12th annual Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational at Choccolocca Park with a winning time of 16:39.92. Oak Mountain’s duo of Hansen McCown and Josh Barrett finished 2-3 with times of 17:05.26 and 17:07.88 in the field 216 runners. The Eagles won the team competition with 28 points. Southside-Gadsden was second with 83.
MYLES STOOTS, FAITH ACADEMY: Finished third in the Mobile Challenge of Champions Cross Country Championships with a time of 16:47.45. He was five seconds off the pace of Brother Martin runner Cade Litolff (16:42.54). Brother Martin of New Orleans won the team title with 60 points and Baker was second with 74. A total of 75 runners participated.
STEELE JOINER, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The Red Devils’ freshman turned in a 16:58.42 time to beat the 139-runner field in the 4A/7A division race at the Brooks Invitational at Florence’s McFarland Park. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:04.01.
CARSON GRAVES, HATTON: The freshman won the 1A/3A boys’ race at the Brooks Invitational at Florence’s McFarland Park running 17:23.24 to finish first. Lauderdale County’s Colby Corum, a sophomore, was second with a 17:34.92 time.
JOSEPH PERRY, UMS-WRIGHT: Clocked 17:23.53 to finish first in the field of 226 runners competing in the Open Division of the Mobile Challenge of Champions event at Mobile. St. Paul’s Episcopal, led by runner-up John Michael Romanos, placed four runners in a row behind Perry to win the team title with 24 points. Romanos crossed the finish line at 17:31.84.
GRAHAM BIANCHI, SPRINGVILLE: Ran 17:54.94 to win the St. Clair County Invitational race championship as the Tigers won the team title with 36 points. Teammate Peyton Young was third.
HUNTER HARWELL, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Won the featured two-mile race at the Warrior Challenge at Alabaster’s Veterans Park with a winning time of 10:21.78. Thompson’s Jace Jones was second at 10:29.77. Mountain Brook won the team title with 30 points. The race had a field of 143 runners. Harwell’s time was the fastest two-mile performance of the season in the AHSAA thus far in 2018.
MONTGOMERY – Saint James sophomore runner Presley Miles clocked 18:25.15 at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta girls’ cross country championships last weekend to win the event – and captured the AHSAA Spotlight for the first week of the 2018 cross country season.
Miles turned in the best time of the first week’s competition to take first place in the strong field or runners from across the Southeast. Her effort edged out a strong effort from Hayden
Judge, a junior from Scottsboro.
Miles won her race by 39 seconds over runner-up Mackenzie Walls of Veterans High School (GA).
The two performances topped a strong list of contenders as the cross country season opened with several meets across the state.
Judge ran a strong 16:16.77 to capture the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships large-school boys’ title over a field of 153 runners at the 5K course located at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton. Huntsville won the team title, however, with 24 points as four runners crossing in the seven spots. Jackson Danner led the Panthers with a second-place finish and 16:20.89 time. Scottsboro was second with 53 points.
Other top performances included:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The Wildcats’ junior runner clocked 16:23.39 to win the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight boys’ Class 5A-7A Gold division 5K cross country race by almost 24 seconds over runner-up Jonah Barrett, an Oak Mountain senior. He was second at 16:47.91 in the 109-participant field to help Oak Mountain win the team title with 44 points. Hoover was second with 65 in the competition held at the University of Montevallo.
BRETT BONIKOWSKI, LAMP: The senior Finished first in the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight Class 1A/4A boys’ white division cross-country race with a winning time of 17:53.18. Junior teammate Jack Porter was second (18:39.91). LAMP won the team title with 33 points. American Christian was second with 50. The race had 79 participants.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Opened the season Aug. 23 with a 17:08.60 time over the AUM cross country course to claim the Trinity Trailblazer 5,000-meter cross country boys’ championship. Six other runners finished under 18 minutes. In the field of 93 runners. Hewitt-Trussville took the title with 32 point. Montgomery Catholic was second with 49.
JAMES CAIN, PRICEVILLE: Won the small-school division of the Pepsi Challenge Championships with a winning time of 17:40.46. Cold Springs won the team championship with 51 points. A total of 162 runners were in the field.
WILL SCOTT, HEADLAND: Claimed first place with a winning time of 19:09.09 at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Northview in Dothan. Wicksburg won the team title with 19 points.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Breezed over the 5,000-meter course at AUM in 18:50.10 to finish first at the Trinity Trailblazer season-opening cross country competition. She won by more 2:37 over her nearest challenger, teammate Lily Bachi, in the 49-runner field. The Knights finished first in the team competition with 24 points.
ABBEY WEITENBECK, HUNTSVILLE: Clocked 19:46.85 to claim the girls’ individual title at the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships. She competed in the large-school race comprised of 74 runners. Huntsville won the team title with 32 points. Lawrence County was runner-up with 62.
CAMILIA CHAMBERS, HOLLY POND: Posted a 20.20.37 time in the 94-runner field to win the small-school division race of the Pepsi Challenge Championships at Moulton. Cassidy Winter of West Limestone was second (21:09.57). with a winning time of 17:40.46. St. Bernard had 67 points to win the team title.
EVIE BELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles junior posted a 20:25.92 time to win the girls’ Class 5A-7A Gold Division championship of the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross-country race. Oak Mountain was first with 44 points. Hoover’s Haley Stallworth, a senior, was second with a 20:42.06 time.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: The junior from Montgomery swept the girls’ Class 1A/4A White Division title at the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross country competition. Isabella Lovvorn and Theresa Billman finished 2-3 more than a minute behind the victor to lead American Christian to the team title. The Lady Patriots had 26 points and LAMP was second with 52.
KATE SMITH, DOTHAN: Finished first in the field of 18 runners with a winning time of 24:31.34 to win the Cougars Invitational girls’ division. Wicksburg won the team title with 24 points.
MONTGOMERY – The South swept the girls’ and boys’ races Wednesday morning at the 2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country competition held at the Auburn-Montgomery University cross country course.
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic, the AHSAA’s winningest girls’ cross country runner in history, won the girls’ 5,000-meter race in 19:12.50 – adding another state record to her coffers beating last year’s inaugural race record of 20:02.89 clocked by Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic. The South girls, coached by Christina Rodgers of Enterprise, nipped the North by one point, 27-28. Tyynismaa also earned South MVP honors with the first-place finish.
The North All-Stars, coached by Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley, were led by Anna Littleton’s second-place finish. The Mountain Brook runner clocked 20:21.50 to earn North MVP honors. Taylor Engram of Auburn was third at 20:45.80 for the South. North runner Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville was fourth with a time of 21:02.90.
In the boys’ competition, the South downed the North 20-41 with five runners finishing 2 thru 6. Mountain Brook’s Hunter Harwell clocked 16:33.59, also a new North-South All-Star record, to capture first place and North MVP honors. Enterprise’s Gabriel Hennenberger clocked 16:42.32 to finish second, Silas Franklin of Smiths Station was third at 16:44.38, Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was fourth with a time of 16:46.94 and Charlie Lott of Trinity Presbyterian ran the distance in 16:51.79 to take fifth place for the South. The top 11 finishers Wednesday surpassed the 2017 winning time of 17:27.81 clocked by Hoover’s John McCrackin.
Coaching the South boys was Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian and Joshua Gurley of Winfield coached the North. The North won both races last and the South evened the series at 1-1 with this year’s sweep.
The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) continues Wednesday night with the North-South Girls’ and the 76th Boys’ All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The girls’ game tips off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7. Both games are being video live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the Booker T. Washington Magnet School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program with Richard Walker as the producer. Doug Applin and Franklin Williams will handle the commentary. The subscriber-based link can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The North holds 48-27 edge in the boys’ series, and the North girls have an 18-3 record in the girls’ competition, which was first played in 1997. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
The North-South Volleyball All-Star match Thursday will commence at 4 p.m. at AUM gymnasium, and the 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.
All-Star Sports Week Results
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Game 2: North 6, South 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41
Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1
Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1
Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1
CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM
MONTGOMERY – Four-time AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic headlines a strong group of distance runners named to the North-South All Star teams set to compete in the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
A total of 40 current juniors – 10 on each team – were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The 2018 races will be held at Auburn University-Montgomery on Wednesday morning, July 18.
Tyynismaa, who was chosen for the South squad, holds the AHSAA state cross country meet girls’ overall record clocking 17:03.04 as an eighth grader to win the 4A state title in 2014 at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course near Moulton. She has won the 4A title each year since but has not beaten that 2014 time. She came close last fall winning in 17:14.37 – fastest overall in all classes.
She is one of just six girls’ runners in state history to win four AHSAA state cross country championships. Two, Holly Holman of St. Paul’s and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller, have won five and Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright, six. Savell and Holman won titles when the state meet distance was two miles.
Selected as girls’ team coaches are Christina Rodgers of Enterprise (South) and Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley (North). North boys’ coach is Joshua Gurley of Winfield and South coach is Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian. Ron Peters of Smiths Station is the South administrative coach for both teams and Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook will serve as the North squads’ administrative coach.
Isabella Rowland of Montgomery Academy, who finished fourth at the 3A state championships last November, and Tyynismaa’s Catholic teammate Isabelle Cochran, who was sixth in the 4A championships, were also selected for the South girls’ all-star squad. Daphne runner Nicole Luther was 10th in in the Class 6A championships.
Among the North girls’ selections are Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria, Hannah Bloom of Huntsville and Katie Strozier of Pelham. Nunnelly was fourth in the 5A state meet last season, Bloom was ninth in the 7A race, and Strozier finished 11th in Class 6A.
Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook, chosen to the North boys’ squad, finished eighth in the Class 7A state meet in 2017 with a 16:02.61 time – fastest of all the North runners selected. The South’s top runner is Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin, who finished one spot ahead of Harwell in the 7A state meet race at 16:01.29.
In all, seven runners on the North squad had state-meet times of 16:47 or faster while the South squad has eight runners under 16:45.
The North-South Cross Country race made its debut last year at the 21st annual All-Star Week with the North girls winning the team competition over the South 20-35 and the North boys winning 16-47. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen captured last year’s individual title with a 20:02.89 time. Hoover’s John McCrackin turned in the best boys’ time (17:27.81).
The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, 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.
2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country Rosters
Julianna Ballew. Pleasant Valley
Hannah Bloom, Huntsville
Maggie Graham, Lawrence County
Sydney Hall, Hewitt-Trussville
Haley Hughes, DAR
Anna Littleton, Mountain Brook
Mary Allen Murray, Altamont
Abby Nunnelly, Alexandria
Katie Strozier, Pelham
Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville
Brad Hood, Pleasant Valley
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)
Isabelle Cochran, Montgomery Catholic
Taylor Engram, Auburn
Jill Fassl, Enterprise
Sarah Francis, Enterprise
Frieda Kickliter, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Nicole Luther, Daphne
Amindy Mullen, Demopolis
Sara Pacer, Auburn
Isabella Rowland, Montgomery Academy
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
Christina Rodgers, Enterprise
Ron Peters, Smiths Station
Allan Anderson, Grissom
James Brake, Florence
Nick Ceci, Huntsville
Asher Desai, Altamont
Hunter Harwell, Mountain Brook
Blake Noah, Ohatchee
Davis Holdbrooks, Winfield
Taylor Nails, Southside-Gadsden
Joseph Pitard, Mountain Brook
Blake Terry, Lawrence County