E.A. Sports Today

PV girls win again

Lady Raiders edge Alexandria, PV boys finish second in close race; Jacksonville’s Hearn win girls race

By East Alabama Sports Today

GADSDEN — The reigning state champion Pleasant Valley girls cross country team won for the second week in a row, PV’s boys finished second and Jacksonville’s Rebecca Hearn got a little payback in the Etowah County Trail Invitational at Noccalula Falls Saturday.

The Lady Raiders placed all five of their scorers in the top 12 counters and their first seven runners in the top 20 to score 35 points, 29 ahead of second-place an Alexandria team making its season debut.

Jacksonville Rebecca Hearn won the girls race in 21:09.91, beating PV’s Trinity Roberts to the wire by five seconds. Roberts and Hearn finished 1-2 last week at Oxford’s Waffle House Invitational. Alexandria’s Abby Nunnery was third.

PV had the tightest pack in the boys race — 76 seconds — and put all five of its scorers in the top 20, but LAMP’s first two finishers both hit the wire ahead of them and edged PV by seven points.

Southside’s Hunter Nails won the boys race in 18:02.17. Matisse Miller of PV’s top finisher; he finished sixth overall (19:38.45).

“I knew the girls race was just us and Alexandria,” PV coach Brad Hood said. “They have a passionate coach and team that loves to run. The boys race was as expected, but we had a shot to beat the two-time 4A state champs; we had it until the final sprint.

“We are just trying to get better by November. We are way ahead of where we were this time last year, but we have to be — we are not the best team in 3A. ACA is really fast, as usual, and have two new runners.”

Noccalula Falls C4 Course, Gadsden

Team scores:
Pleasant Valley 35, Alexandria 64, Ashville 94, Glencoe 155, LAMP (Loveless) 172, Jacksonville 173, Gadsden City 189, White Plains 198, Moody 233, Gaston 258, Southside-Gadsden 271, Cedar Bluff 301, Springville 359.

Individual Top 15
Rebecca Hearn, Jacksonville 21:09.91
Trinity Roberts, Pleasant Valley 21:14.25
Abby Nunnelly, Alexandria 21:22.21
Rachel Faucett, Pleasant Valley 23:16.09
Mary Reid Goodwin, Westbrook Christian 23:30.16
Meghan McCarthy, Asheville 23:41.45
Emma Hood, Pleasant Valley 23:47.07
Sarah Kilgore, Alexandria 24:14.42
Destiny Heathock, Alexandria 24:17.05
Kathleen McCarthy, Ashville 24:20.45
Kaitlyn Nelligan, Moody 24:33.59
Juliana Ballew, Pleasant Valley 24:43.74
Eva Bryant, Pleasant Valley 24:48.17
Elizabeth Hall, Pleasant Valley 24:50.76
McKenzie Adams, Oneonta 25:00.11

Team scores:
LAMP (Loveless) 57, Pleasant Valley 64, Southside-Gadsden 95, Alexandria 143, Ashville 157, Moody 183, Oneonta 211, Gadsden City 221, White Plains 255, Springville 290, Jacksonville 290, St. Clair County 300, Lincoln 316, Donoho 415, Westbrook Christian 429, Cedar Clubb 461, Glencoe 496, Sacred Heart 542, Gaston 555.

Individual Top 15
Hunter Nails, Southside-Gadsden 18:02.17
Won Heo, LAMP 18:28.54
Riley Slone, Oneonta 18:41.46
Taylor Nails, Southside-Gadsden 19:06.81
Jonathan Hu, LAMP 19:13.37
Matisse Miller, Pleasant Valley 19:38.45
Daniel Tully, Ashville 19:39.59
Jonah Morris, Gadsden City 19:40.56
Jacob Gladen, Pleasant Valley 19:42.11
Luis Rodriguez, Alexandria 20:15.22
Mitchell Cook, Westbrook Christian 20:21.80
Arnob Guha, LAMP 20:23.33
Isaiah Rodriquez, Pleasant Valley 20:23.64
Quentin Heffley, Oneonta 20:34.42
Brett Bonikowski, LAMP 20:40.26

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