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Confidence building

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Anniston’s boys third, Alexandria’s girls fourth at Jesse Owens Classic; Lady Cubs’ Nunnelly runs third on state course; Ohatchee in Orlando, Sacred Heart in Gadsden

Ohatchee’s Kyleigh Moore battles through some tough conditions to finish 74th in the Disney Cross Country Classic. (Photo courtesy of Casey Howell)

By East Alabama Sports Today

OAKVILLE — Alexandria’s Abby Nunnelly finished third Saturday leading the Lady Cubs to a fourth-place team finish in the Girls Bronze Division of the 19th annual Jesse Owens Classic on the state championship course.

Nunnelly ran a 19:55.57 to place second among runners counting toward a team score. The Lady Cubs scored 148 points to place behind Scottsboro, Lawrence County and Westminster-Oak Mountain.

Katie Snow and Michaela Moore also finished in the top 40 for the Lady Cubs.

“The girls ran really well today,” Alexandria coach Phillip Hartsfield said. “We’re getting faster, which is the goal.

“Abby is starting to hit her stride; she ran really strong today. This was a great confidence booster for her going into the last of the season. When she runs well we tend to fare pretty good. But I’m real proud of my other girls.”

Jacksonville’s Mary Shelton was 12th overall (21:09.15) and the Golden Eagles placed 25th. White Plains was 12th as a team, led by Briar Poytress’ 19th-place finish (21:28.47).

Oxford finished 23rd in the Girls Silver Division. Seventh grader Mia Munoz was the first Lady Jackets’ runner across the line, finishing 83rd overall (22:47.88).

Bronze Division team scores: Scottsboro 67, Lawrence County 87, Westminster-Oak Mountain 132, ALEXANDRIA 148, Randolph 169, Briarwood Christian 185, Saint John Paul II 230, Trinity Presbyterian 256, West Limestone 271, Wilson 278, Lamp (Loveless) 304, WHITE PLAINS 350, Rogers 374, Corinth 378, Christ Presbyterian 500, Brooks 506, Westminster Christian 519, Deshler 532, Winfield 543, Ardmore 586, Haleyville 586, Moody 592, Hamilton 610, Priceville 616, JACKSONVILLE 648, Chattanooga Christian 703, Sipsey Valley 731, Montgomery Catholic 771, Oneonta 775, East Limestone 839.

Silver Division team scores: Pearl 44, Fort Payne 71, Spain Park 203, Father Ryan 211, Auburn 241, James Clemens 242, Signal Mountain 259, Brentwood 297, Hewitt-Trussville 318, Dalton 325, Hernando 348, Cartersville 386, Houston 413, Helena 450, Hume-Fogg 460, Bob Jones 461, Oak Mountain 473, Wilson Central 480, Summit 486, Enterprise 535, Muscle Shoals 540, Lanier 587, OXFORD 609, Greeneville 616, White County 622, Merrol Hyde 629, Wetumpka 656, St. Cecilia 709, Southside-Gadsden 713, Oxford (Miss.) 742, Morristown-East 781, Athens 819, Austin 858, Columbia Central 879, Paul Bryant 898, Shades Valley 967.

BOYS RACES

Anniston missed a race last week and were running for the first time in three weeks, but James Haynes and Miciah Myles both finished in the top 25 to lead the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish in the 39-team Boys Bronze Division.

Haynes ran a 17:19.31 to finish 14th and Myles ran 17:40.26 to finish 25th. The Bulldogs scored 186 points to finish behind Montgomery Catholic and Trinity Presbyterian.

“The time that we ran this week we were hoping to run last week so we’re kind of a week behind,” Anniston coach Lisa Howard said. “Two weeks without competition is kind of steep … but today all of them ran their best times of the season.

“This shows dedication. After we found out we weren’t going, and it was at the end, they got up early and we went out and trained because they knew it was important and they ran their butts off at practice. We’re a little behind where we’re supposed to be, but we’re grateful for where we are.”

Luke Larson was 40th overall (17:56.67) as White Plains finished 21st and Alexandria’s Luis Rodriguez was 56th (18:17.43) as the Valley Cubs finished 28th. Jacksonville was 33rd; Caden Hendrickson was the first Golden Eagles runner across in 19:05.29 (91st).

Faith Christian finished 16th in the Green Division. Luke Sims (19:46, 25, 72nd) and Seth Cravens (20:09.90, 87th) both finished in the top 100 in the 337-runner race.

Oxford finished 30th in the Silver Division. Reed Robinson was the Yellow Jackets fastest, finishing in 18:24.14 (86th overall).

Bronze Division team scores: Montgomery Catholic 117, Trinity 119, ANNISTON 186, Lamp (Loveless) 202, Scottsboro 217, Corinth 232, Saint John Paul II 252, Evangelical Christian 289, Lawrence 295, Haleyville 329, Briarwood Christian 384, Harding 398, Moody 412, Randolph 460, Hamilton 466, Winfield 491, Sipsey Valley 499, Priceville 499, Westmoreland 524, Northside 541, WHITE PLAINS 559, Fairview 568, Rogers 573, West Limestone 591, Westminster 642, East Limestone 682, Christ Presbyterian 686, ALEXANDRIA 708, Lincoln 724, Oneonta 764, Wilson 780, Chattanooga Christian 795, JACKSONVILLE 829, Deshler 835, Madison Academy 864, Central Florence 1029, Holt 1051, Ardmore 1051, Brooks 1289.

Green Division team scores: Hebron Christian 44, Westminster-Oak Mountain 74, Cold Springs 107, Hatton 190, Franklin Road 197, Asbury 219, Montgomery Academy 252, Pisgah 260, Westbrook Christian 282, Myrtle 293, Providence Christian 313, Holly Pond 355, Athens Bible 371, St. Bernard 426, Holy Spirit 493, FAITH CHRISTIAN 524, Cottage Hill 528, Falkville 545, Skyline 551, East Robertson 577, Tanner 602, Colbert Heights 635, Cornersville 636, Jefferson Christian 665, East Lawrence 686, Covenant Christian 723, Mars Hill 749, American Christian 762, Decatur Heritage 790, West Morgan 825, Columbia 827, Berry 848, Clements 860, Lauderdale 919, Addison 941, The Capitol School 1077.

Silver Division team scores: Pearl 57, McGill-Toolen 195, Oxford (Miss.) 198, Signal Mountain 222, Thompson 223, Hartselle 237, Bob Jones 246, Helena 273, Enterprise 307, Lanier 344, Hume-Fogg 369, James Clemens 399, Siegel 423, Colliersville 438, Auburn 442, Morristown-East 451, Cartersville 472, Brewer 489, Summit 489, Oak Mountain 498, Fort Payne 558, Hewitt-Trussville 563, Spain Park 563, Northridge 634, Hernando 650, Greeneville 666, Houston 697, Athens 749, Pell City 750, OXFORD 767, Brentwood 826, Chelsea 831, Southside-Gadsden 853, Opelika 940, Shades Valley 973, Austin 985, Tuscaloosa 989, Muscle Shoals 1062, Wetumpka 1068, Columbia Central 1094, Davidson 1177, Hazel Green 1235.

TITAN TRAIL INVITATIONAL

GADSDEN – Sacred Heart put three runners in the top six and finished second in the boys race of the Titans Trail Invitational at Noccalula Falls.

James Middlebrook was third (20:20.40), Chad Turner fourth (20:38.57) and Noah George sixth (21:20.64) as the Cardinals scored 58 points in the four-team meet. Jonah Morris won the race in 20:03.36 and led host Gadsden City to the team title.

JCA seventh-grader Kirsten Walker finished second in the girls race (26:26.30)

GIRLS RACE
Team scores: Cedar Bluff 25, Gadsden City 36.
Top 5 individuals: Catherine Clements, Gadsden City 24:07.81; Kirsten Walker, JCA 26:26.30; Emma Hayes, Munford 26:57.11; Lacey Gilliam, Munford 26:59.91; Elizabeth Edge, Hokes Bluff 27:31.55.

BOYS RACE
Team scores: Gadsden City 35, SACRED HEART 53, Hokes Bluff 68, Cedar Bluff 74.
Top 5 individuals: Jonah Morris, Gadsden City 20:03.36; Camron McDaniel, Cedar Bluff 20:16.16; James Middlebrook, Sacred Heart 20:20.40; Chad Turner, Sacred Heart 20:38.57; Trey Lovvorn, Gadsden City 21:13.06.

DISNEY CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC

ORLANDO, Fla. – Brittany Caywood finished 65th (26:18.2) and Kyleigh Moore was 74th (26:47.6) in tough conditions to help the Ohatchee girls finished 13th in the Pocahontas (1A Varsity Girls) race on the ESPN Wide World of Sports course.

The Lady Indians scored 376 points and actually won a tiebreaker for 13th when their sixth runner, Jazmine Adams, beat Elkmont’s Britney Clem to the line by five seconds for the 99th scoring spot.

The Ohatchee boys finished 20th in the Peter Pan (1A Varsity Boys) race. Noah Blake was the Indians’ first runner across the line, coming in 46th overall in 19:42.8. Gabe Hammonds was 94th (21:03.7) and Luke Fair 96th (21:05.2).

This was the race Pleasant Valley was scheduled to run last year as a reward for its 2015 state championship, but was scratched due to Hurricane Matthew. Conditions didn’t appear to be much better when the Indians ran in it.

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