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Charting a course

Cross-country roundup: PV boys win their Scottsboro Invitational race, girls second
By East Alabama Sports Today
For the first time this season the Pleasant Valley cross country boys had all five of their top runners in a race and the results were encouraging for the big picture going forward.
The Raiders placed all five of their scorers in the top 16 Saturday and edged Fairview by two points to win the 1A-4A boys title in the hot Scottsboro Invitational.
“It’s the first time we’ve been on a decent course to see what comparable times we can hit by state,” PV coach Brad Hood said. “All of our guys met or exceeded their time they ran (here) last year; that was encouraging.”
The Raiders scored 58 points. While they placed their five scorers in the top 16, their fourth and fifth placers – Brayden Wright and Kaige Roberts – both beat Fairview’s fourth runner across the line to provide the margin. Oliver Young, their transfer from Jacksonville, was more than two minutes faster than the time he posted with the Golden Eagles last year, finishing 12thamong the counters.
Next week the Raiders are taking just the top five to the Jesse Owens meet on the state championship course.
“Once we get there we’re going to know where we are,” Hood said.
PV’s girls team finished second to Ashville. The Lady Raiders put their top four scorers in the top 10 and all five in the top 18, but Ashville had the first two and all five counters in the top 11.
“I thought the girls did really well,” Hood said. “They gave Ashville a run for their money, a phenomenal 4A school, and beat a good Fairview team.”
Team scores:
Pleasant Valley 58, Fairview 60, Westminster Christian 75, Ashville 87, Madison Academy 165, Lindsay Lane 200, Pisgah 216, North Jackson 229, Glencoe 264, Asbury 273, Ider 276, Geraldine 277, Skyline 323.
Individual top 17
Collin Mayfield, Geraldine 16:04.97
x-Christian Myles, Anniston 16:41.25 
Peyton Bailey, Fairview 17:35.73
Kyle VanKirk, Westminster 17:42.53
Wyatt Knight, Ashville 17:45.80
Cayden Nelson, Pleasant Valley 17:57.80
John Farmer, Westminster 18:08.99
Seth Peebles, Westminster 18:16.85
Keegan Hardin, Fairview 18:23.69
Brady Anderson, Lindsay Lane 18:27.07
Coleman Haynes, Pleasant Valley 18:28.17
Daniel Cook, Fairview 18:39.94
Oliver Young, Pleasant Valley 18:52.43
Joe Stevens, Ashville 18:54.29
Carter Busby, Madison Academy 18:58.47
Brayden Wright, Pleasant Valley 19:04.32
Kaige Roberts, Pleasant Valley 19:09.63
Team scores:
Ashville 29, Pleasant Valley 44, Glencoe 107, Fairview 111, Pisgah 147, Brindlee Mountain 153, Geraldine 225, Asbury 225, Madison Academy 230, Ider 251, Section 280.
Individual top 15
Taylor Knight, Ashville 21:41.44
Meghan McCarthy, Ashville 22:00.18
Katie Giles, Glencoe 22:29.51
Eva Bryant, Pleasant Valley 22:39.62
Emma Hood, Pleasant Valley 23:00.66
Kathleen McCarthy, Ashville 23:23.15
Gracie Hood, Pleasant Valley 23:27.77
Anna Beth Giles, Glencoe 23:31.36
Callie Stewart, Ashville 23:37.44
Macey Roper, Pleasant Valley 23:52.04
Emma Drinkard, Ashville 24:01.83
Angelica Antibero, Fairview 24:01.86
Sara Lida, Glencoe 24:15.55
Jennifer Vega, Section 24:17.97
Abby Drummond, Madison Academy 24:31.42
Team scores:
Scottsboro 19, Florence 107, Bob Jones 124, Southside 157, Huntsville 158, Fort Payne 192, Sparkman 216, Athens 225, Buckhorn 234, Lawrence County 247, Guntersville 252, Boaz 308, Alexandria 361, Austin 412, Ardmore 448, Gadsden City 472, Russellville 498, Hazel Green 533, Clay Central 557.
Team scores:
Fort Payne 52, Lawrence County 59, Scottsboro 69, Southside 108, Guntersville 167, Florence 172, Buckhorn 184, Sparkman 188, Austin 293, Ardmore 294, Athens 308, Alexandria 322, Bob Jones 336, Clay Central 354.

Kudzu Hills Invitational

BREMEN – Oxford was fourth and Jacksonville seventh in the girls 4A-7A race at Cold Springs. Jacksonville’s Olivia King was fifth (21:17.02). Oxford’s boys were sixth in their race.
In the 1A-3A race, Ohatchee was sixth and Faith Christian 11thin the boys race, Ohatchee was sixth in the girls race. Ohatchee’s Luke Fair was sixth in the boys race (18:01.70), Jayda Fair was fourth in the girls race (20:52.97).
Former Ohatchee coach Casey Howell’s Cold Springs boys team won the 1A-3A title, his girls were second in theirs.

Oak Mountain Invitational

BIRMINGHAM – Donoho’s Taylor Simmons placed 17thin the girls race at Heardmont Park, breaking her own school record (21.58.81). The Falcons also got career bests from Adam Stremmel and Mihir Patel.

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