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Children of the corn

Oxford’s Keur, George lead their respective fields in the inaugural Munford Invitational, a race with a dramatic run through a cornfield

Oxford’s Katie Keur (L) and White Plains’ Maddyn Conn come through the corn leading the girls race in the Munford Invitational. On the cover, Oxford’s Noah George comes through the corn comfortably ahead in the boys race. (Photos by Dana Stewart George)

By East Alabama Sports Today

MUNFORD — Katie Keur and Maddyn Conn flipped the script from a week ago and Oxford’s Noah George was the fastest boys runner for the second week in a row to lead the finishers in the Munford Invitational.

The new course, designed by former White Plains coach John Moore, features a stretch that takes the runners through a nearby cornfield.

White Plains’ Conn and Oxford’s Keur finished 1-2 in last week’s Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational at Choccolocco Park, but Keur posted another PR (19:30.47) and edged her running buddy by more than 30 seconds for the win.

George made it two in a row when came in first in the boys race at 16:21.15, more than 20 seconds ahead of Southside’s Evan Christopher. Munford’s Dakota Frank finished third overall and won the 1A-4A breakout.

Southside swept the 5A-7A team titles. Glencoe won the 1A-4A girls title and LAMP won the 1A-4A boys crown.

With this being the first race on the course, both overall winning times are course records.

Munford Invitational

1A-4A Girls: Glencoe 34, Horseshoe Bend 71, LAMP 80, White Plains 97, Ashville 114, Handley 140, Munford 168.
1A-4A Boys: LAMP 51, Ashville 72, White Plains 79, Glencoe 81, Faith Christian 117, Donoho 122, Handley 148.
5A-7A Girls: Southside-Gadsden 46, Springville 58, Alexandria 65, Clay Central 82, Lincoln 100.
5A-7A Boys: Southside-Gadsden 41, Oxford 54, Lincoln 57, Springville 75, Alexandria 134, Clay Central 145.

Noah George, Oxford (5A-7A)16:21.15Katie Keur, Oxford (5A-7A)19:30.47
Evan Christopher, SS-Gad (5A-7A)16:42.69Maddyn Conn, White Plains (1A-4A)20:06.02
Dakota Frank, Munford (1A-4A)16:50.00Carmen McMaster, Oxford (5A-7A)20:42.62
Joe Stevens, Ashville (1A-4A)17:04.91Emerson Maniscalco, Oxford (5A-7A)20:43.50
Landon Perdue, LAMP (1A-4A)17:16.75Avery Daniels, Springville (5A-7A)22:00.99
Jackson Griggs, SS-Gad (5A-7A)17:24.38Sarah Burger, Southside (5A-7A)22:11.80
David Robles, Springville (5A-7A)17:36.00Taylor Knight, Ashville (1A-4A)22:15.45
David Layfield, Hrsh Bend (1A-4A)17:50.48Michaela Moore, Alexandria (5A-7A)22:42.00
Evan Somers, Oxford (5A-7A)17:56.44Katie Giles, Glencoe (1A-4A)22:43.99
Agustin Lemur, LAMP (1A-4A)17:58.36Sarah Ponder, Glencoe (1A-4A)22:51.14

Oxford’s Noah George (4271) and Munford’s Dakota Frank help set the pace in the Munford Invitational boys race. (Photo by Dana Stewart George)

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