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PV girls make it three in a row, boys return to winners circle in Scottsboro; also Spain Park, St. Clair County meets

By East Alabama Sports Today

SCOTTSBORO – The Pleasant Valley girls cross country team made it 3-for-3, moving atop the Class 3A state rankings in the process, while its boys made it back to the winner’s circle for the second time Saturday in the Scottsboro Invitational.

The Lady Raiders added this latest race to its list of trophies that include Oxford’s Waffle House Invitational and Noccollula Falls. The boys also won in Oxford, but finished second in Gadsden.

“It was really convincingly today,” PV coach Brad Hood said.

The girls team nearly cleaned out the race’s supply of T-shirts that go to the top 15 finishers with all five counters in top 12 and their sixth runner 16th overall.

Trinity Roberts won for the second time individually, coming in at 20:16.00 Rachel Faucett (21:05.21) and Emma Hood (21:52.79) were third and seventh, respectively, among the counters. Elizabeth Hall (22:34.32) and Bailey Dollar (22:48.53) counted 11th and 12th.

The Lady Raiders’ team average of 21:43 was almost equal to what they ran in winning the 3A state championship last year – and there are eight weeks left before the state meet.

“Here we were in Week 3 already running what we did at state … and we’ve not been able to train because of the heat,” Hood said.

The boys won their race without their No. 1 runner. Hood held out Matisse Miller because of a tender hamstring, but the Raiders still prevailed against a strong field. They placed all five counters inside the top 20 — in a 68-second spread — and their sixth runner 21st.

In the Class 5A-7A girls race, Alexandria finished 11th and Oxford was 13th, while the Yellow Jackets were 14th and the Valley Cubs 16th in the boys race.

The top county finishers in the girls race were Alexandria’s Abby Nunnelly (16th, 20:23.46) and Oxford’s Madison Reeder (40th, 21:44.35). Oxford’s Reed Robinson was the top county finisher in the boys race (42nd, 17:59.79).

Girls 1A-4A Race
Team scores:
Pleasant Valley 33, Hatton 83, Rogers 100, Pisgah 106, Athens Bible 152, Westminster Christian 158, DAR 182, Elkmont 183, Section 221, Madison County 258, Cedar Bluff 287.

Individual Top 10
Trinity Roberts, PV 20:16.00
Ally Amerson, Hatton 20:35.26
Rachel Faucett, PV 21:05.21
Jaycee Biffle, Rogers 21:21.21
x-Mary Reid Goodwin, Westbrook Christian 21:25.28
Katie O’Malley, Rogers 21:37.86
Emma Hood, PV 21:52.79
Slone Butler, DAR 21:58.56
Kelleigh Joiner, Pisgah 22:11.13
Claudia Allen, Elkmont 22:16.72
x-Not counted toward team scores

Boys 1A-4A Race
Team scores:
Pleasant Valley 68, Rogers 76, West Limestone 89, Pisgah 109, Hatton 125, Westminster Christian 146, DAR 163, Elkmont 194, Athens Bible 226, Section 236, Skyline 271, Madison County 329.

Individual Top 10
Kagen Sutton, Hatton 17:25.44
Ryan McKinney, Rogers 17:29.93
Nick Roberson, West Limestone 17:39.96
Austin Abernathy, West Limestone 17:40.84
x-Mitchell Cook, Westbrook Christian 17:49.80
Tanner Walker, West Limestone 17:53.17
Daniel Gladen, PV 18:00.41
Ben Hembree, Pisgah 18:00.62
Jason Farmer, Westminster 18:03.44
Jacob Gladen, PV 18:07.46
x-Not counted toward team scores


ODENVILLE – Both of White Plains’ cross country teams finished a solid second behind Ashville in their respective 1A-4A division of St. Clair County Invitational.

The White Plains boys were missing one of their top runners, but still placed their first six runners inside the top 20, but Ashville had three of the first four and all five counters in the top 12 for the win. Chase Crandall (19:00.90) and Isaiah Verde (19:48.25) both finished in the top six for White Plains.

Saks placed two runners in the top 10 – Rayburn Price and Alfonso Ward — and finished fourth in the boys race.

On the girls side, White Plains put four runners between fourth and ninth, but Ashville had the first three and all five counters in the top 11 and edged by Lady Wildcats by 11 points. Alyssa Hudgins led White Plains across the line in 22:52.21.

“It was a dominating performance by Ashville and White Plains girls in the small school division,” White Plains coach John Moore said. “We had a solid showing (from the top of the lineup). The race for the fifth spot is the key to taking it to the next level.”

Girls Varsity Race
Team scores —
1A-4A: Ashville 26, White Plains 37, Glencoe 62, Saks 105. 5A-7A: Hewitt-Trussville 18, Moody 54, Shades Valley 66.

Individual Top 10 (1A-4A)
Megham McCarthy, Ashville 21:26.14
Callie Stewart, Ashville 22:03.79
Kathleen McCarthy, Ashville 22:24.79
Alyssa Hudgins, White Plains 22:52.21
Abby Vice, Glencoe 22:57.70
Chasity Nelson, White Plains 22:58.27
Madeline Weathington, White Plains 23:55.78
x-Libby Davis, Donoho 23:58.59
Briar Poytress, White Plains 24:09.44
x-Savannah Frickey, Donoho 24:58.59
x-Not counted toward team scores

Boys Varsity Race
Team scores –
(1A-4A): Ashville 27, White Plains 51, West Blocton 95, Saks 102, Donoho 125, Glencoe 147, Leeds 180. 5A-7A: Hewitt-Trussville 15, Moody 48, Springville 110, Shades Valley 119, St. Clair County 121, Lincoln 136.

Individual Top 10 (1A-4A)
Daniel Tully, Ashville 18:08.69
John Michael Norris, Ashville 18:08.91
Chase Crandall, White Plains 19:00.90
Caesar Segura, Ashville 19:25.89
Rayburn Price, Saks 19:31.92
Isaiah Verde, White Plains 19:48.25
Mark Cook, Glencoe 20:06.83
Jose Rodriguez, Ashville 20:07.25
Justin Yancey, West Blocton 20:07.72
Alfonso Ward, Saks 20:14.41


HOOVER – Jacksonville’s Rebecca Hearn finished fifth overall (20:57.51) and the Lady Golden Eagles finished eighth as a team at the Spain Park Cross County Meet at Veterans Park. Mary Shelton finished 48th overall (24:19.94), but scored 34 team points for Jacksonville.

Jacksonville finished 10th in the boys race. Kevin Barajas was the Golden Eagles’ fastest finisher, coming in 56th overall at 19:18.57.

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