The Saint Bernard Lady Saints pose after winning the 1A/2A Section 3 meet today in Good Hope. Image credit: Saint Bernard Prep School on Facebook
GOOD HOPE – St. Bernard Prep and Cold Springs showed up and showed out in today’s Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) cross country sectionals. Both programs were superior- St. Bernard in the 1A/2A Section 3 meet at Good Hope, and Cold Springs with the home course advantage in the 1A/2A Section 2 meet.
At Good Hope, the day began with the Lady Saints running away from Hatton and Vina in team competition.
Coach William Calvert's Lady Saints put their top five runners in the first seven, led by Leahrose Mami, who crossed the finish line at James Shabel Stadium with a time of 20:22.
Ivy Edge was third in the run at 21:28, Liz Medina finished fourth at 22:06, Katelyn Cowie sixth with a time of 23:02 and Claire Sanders seventh at 23:29.
Three other runners for the prep school earned respective finishes of 10th, 11th and 17th and will join the first five next week in the AHSAA championships at Oakville Indian Mounds Park, which is this side of Moulton in Lawrence County.
The Saints, like the Lady Saints, were in control of the 5K run after the starter's gun was fired at midfield of James Shabel Stadium.
Casey Guthery blazed the trail for the Saints as they had six of the top nine, with the first five scoring points for coach Calvert's squad.
Guthery took the title with a winning time of 17:01, edging Andrew Sweeney who was second at 17:33.
Marco Tona claimed fifth best in sectional at 18:37, Caleb Guthery sixth at 19:10 and Isaias Robles eighth with a finishing time of 19:18.
The Cold Springs' Lady Eagles had youth on their side, with two eighth graders, a pair of freshmen and a sophomore compiling fifth through ninth place, defeating Altamont and Cornerstone Schools of Alabama for the team title.
Eighth-grader Brooke Crider was fifth at 21:23, eighth-grader Ava Akridge sixth at 21:24, freshman Sadie Terry seventh at 21:25, freshman Alyssa Jackson eighth at 21:47 and sophomore Ashleigh White 10th with a time of 22:07.
Abi Burrow was 20th overall at 24:14 and will be in the lineup for coach Claborn Campbell for the state meet next weekend.
C.J. Lang had the winning time of 16:32 in his division, followed by teammate Jared Stanley in third place at 16:56 for the victorious Eagles.
Freshman Jonathan Collett was sixth at 18:00, Trentan Williams eighth at 18:11 and Mason Harris was in 10th place with a time of 18:29.
The Eagles putting five in the top 10 allowed them to defeat Altamont with 28 points to 37 for the Knights. Donoho from Anniston got the third and final berth for the state with 108 points.
The 3A Section 4 meet took place at Cold Springs as well. Eighth-grader Camilla Chambers of Holly Pond was the champion with a time of 20:07. Chambers came back with a solid performance after she struggled two weeks ago in the Cullman County meet at Good Hope.
The schedule for the state championship meet on Nov. 12 at Oakville will have the 3A Girls at 10:30 a.m., 1A/2A Girls at 11:10 a.m.,3A Boys at 11:30 a.m. and the 1A/2A Boys at 12:10 p.m.
The Cold Springs Eagles have won the last two Class 1A/2A championships, while the St. Bernard Lady Saints are looking to three-peat in their classification.
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