AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 5
McKenzie Hogue Runs Fastest Time of 2018 to Beat a Field of 292 at Scottsboro Classic
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 Eagles.
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.
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