Cullman wins 6A cross country sectional; Aggies, Lady Bearcats also qualify for state

Courtesy of Kim Hall on Twitter

The Bearcats posed after their win today in Scottsboro. Photo credit: Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall on Twitter

SCOTTSBORO – The Bearcats claimed the team title today in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 6A, Section 5 cross country meet, with five runners finishing in the top 12.

Joey Franklin took second to Hunter Nails from Southside-Gadsden with a finishing time of 16:31.

Eli Wilhite was fifth for the Bearcats at 17:00, Jackson Tucker eighth with a time of 17:27, Tucker Adkison ninth at 17:31 and Atticus Phillips in 12th place with a time of 17:45.

The Bearcats’ strong performance gave them 36 points for the meet, finishing well ahead of Albertville with 70 and Fort Payne in third place with 83 points.

The Cullman Lady Bearcats grabbed second place to Fort Payne with 80 points.

Leading the Lady Bearcats were Rachael Collins in ninth place at 21:53, Kendall Adkison 12th at 22:15, Della Kelly 17th at 22:45, Mattie Green 23rd at 23:02 and Olivia Craft in 24th place at 23:07.

From the Class 5A, Section 3 meet at Fairview Community Park, the Fairview Aggies were third overall with 99 points. That got the team qualified for the state meet next weekend. Lawrence County was the winner with 21 points followed by Moody with 46 points for the runner-up berth.

Cody Fallin was the fastest for the Aggies, finishing 12th at 18:53. Quinton Chambers was 14th at 19:00, Jacob Guthrie took home 15th at 19:04, Will Butler 25th at 19:59 and Blake Hogan 34th with a time of 20:42.

Fairview runner Alex McDonald was fourth in the sectional run at 21:36 and Taylor Willingham of West Point 15th with a time of 23:44. Both runners qualified individually for the 5A state championships next weekend.

Lawrence County won the team title with Brooks second and Russellville third. Fairview missed out on state team qualification with a fifth-place finish.

The 5A girls will run next Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park at 8:30 a.m., the 5A boys at 9:30 a.m., the 6A boys at 10:50 a.m., followed by the 6A girls at 11:50 a.m.

Cold Springs, St. Bernard and Cullman will have both their boys’ and girls’ teams competing in their respective classes for top honors from team and individual, while the Fairview boys’ team will compete in Class 5A. Individual runners from Holly Pond, Fairview and the West Point girls’ team will also compete.

The Cullman Tribune coverage area will be well represented in four different classifications next weekend in Lawrence County.


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