E.A. Sports Today

Big race day

Calhoun County cross country teams were running all over North Alabama Saturday; Oxford’s Delozier makes bold proclamation about his team, PV’s Nelson, White Plains’ Conn win races

Oxford’s Evan Somers stretches out as he crosses the line breaking 17 minutes for the first time. (Photos by Dana Stewart George)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Landon Delozier made no apologies for what he was about to say. He was part of the last truly great cross country team at Oxford High School, but the time has come for the old king to relinquish his crown.

The Yellow Jackets finished fifth in the big school division of the Black & Gold Classic on their sectional course in Scottsboro Saturday. They were some 60 points behind two of the biggest dogs in the lead pack, but it’s their overall body of work that has the coach rethinking their status in the world.

Oxford’s Reid Nordan (L) and Isaac Williams come across the line breaking 18 for the first time. (Photo by Dana Stewart George)

“This is the greatest high school (cross country) team to ever come through Oxford High School,” Delozier said. “When I was in school we had two in the 16s, I was in the mid-17s, we had another guy 17:55 and a fifth like 18:20, 18:30. Now, we have four guys all under 18 and a fifth at 18. These guys should go top three in the state this year.

“I’m going to make a bold statement and my good friend Jacob Schwyn (the leader on that 2012 team) might not like it if he reads it, but this is the best team to walk the halls at Oxford High School.”

It starts with reigning county champion Noah George, the top-ranked runner in 6A, of course, and No. 2 Evan Somers, but it’s the next six-pack of runners that holds the key to this rising team.

George finished second overall Saturday with a school record PR of 15:36.62. Somers ran a sub-17 for the first time (16:39.27) to place 20th. Reid Nordan (17:50.54) and Isaac Williams (17:51.12) broke 18 for the first time and the Jackets’ fifth counter, Braxton Snider, just missed (18:02.42).

In fact, less than 30 seconds separated their third through seventh finishers.

“My 3 through 7 is the story of my team right now,” Delozier said. “It’s easy to look at Noah, who’s leading the pack, and Evan, who’s in the top 1-2 pack, (but) the meat in the battle is my 3 through 7. We have not had the same finishing order 3-7 in any race this year.

“I got on them. I said y’all have been showing the last three weeks you all can break 18, I need somebody to go do it, and finally Reid and Isaac did what they’d been showing me for weeks they can do.”

The Oxford girls similarly ran strong. Katie Keur finished fourth with a school-record PR (18:28.25), holding off a pack of Mountain Brook runners down the stretch. Emerson Maniscalco ran sub-20 for the first time (19:54.32).

That pack mentality that has lifted the Yellow Jackets has been fueling Pleasant Valley’s success on both sides for years.

The PV boys kept their train rolling towards a state title by winning the small school boys race. The Raiders put four of their counters in the top seven – separated by 65 seconds – and all five in the top 11. Cayden Nelson won the race in 16:39.31. Alec Vess, usually their No. 4, was their second fastest on this tract at 17:16, fourth overall.

The PV girls finished third behind Glencoe and Pisgah. Macey Roper finished eighth. Glencoe put all five of its counters in the top 10, led by race runner-up Katie Giles.

Kudzu Hills Invitational

BREMEN – White Plains’ Maddyn Conn picked up another win when she led all runners across the line in 18:41.94.

The Lady Wildcats finished fourth in the girls 3A-4A race. The White Plains boys were third in their division.

Faith Christian’s Evie Garrett was fifth in the 1A-2A girls race. Faith’s Eli Mitchell was fifth in the 1A-2A boys race.

All of the county’s runners will get a preview of this year’s county championship course Tuesday when they run in the Bulldog Twilight race at the McClellan Soccer Complex.

Black & Gold Classic

At John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions, Scottsboro
Boys 1A-4A team scores:
Pleasant Valley 29, Sand Rock 52, Pisgah 72, Plainview 116, Madison Academy 120, Glencoe 158, Sylvania 186, Section 226, Collinsville 232.

Girls 1A-4A team scores: Glencoe 29, Pisgah 67, Pleasant Valley 84, Plainview 108, Sylvania 124, Section 152, Sand Rock 152, Collinsville 220.

BOYS 1A-4A Top 10GIRLS 1A-4A Top 10
Cayden Nelson, Pleasant Valley16:39.31Jaxson Bruce, Plainview21:18.29
Sam Hall, Madison Acad.16:58.93Katie Giles, Glencoe21:41.55
Caleb Yoder, Sand Rock17:03.69Sarah Ponder, Glencoe21:53.06
Alec Vess, Pleasant Valley17:16.79Abby Williams, Plainview22:43.91
Tristan Little, Pisgah17:26.29Allie Jo Amos, Glencoe22:44.38
Jaden Veazey, Pleasant Valley17:26.98Katie Edwards, Pisgah22:47.11
Braxton Williams, Pleasant Valley17:34.09Aubree Cleveland, Sylvania22:48.25
x-Jack Bradford, Athens Bible17:48.52Macey Roper, Pleasant Valley22:59.14
Ben Bruce, Sand Rock17:49.88Chloe Douglas, Glencoe23:05.08
Austin Yoder, Sand Rock18:12.23Jaxson Sizemore, Glencoe23:09.98
x-Individual, not in team scoring

Boys 5A-7A team scores: Hoover 31, Mountain Brook 71, Homewood 72, Scottsboro 124, Oxford 129, Springville 158, Decatur 237, Fairview 243, Huntsville 269, West Point 276, Arab 323, Brewer 350, Guntersville 373, Sardis 399, Austin 439, Hazel Green 451.

Girls 5A-7A team scores: Mountain Brook 23, Homewood 73, Hoover 109, Scottsboro 113, Huntsville 114, Brewer 170, Springville 212, Decatur 244, Austin 252, Sardis 255, Guntersville 279.

BOYS 5A-7A Top 10GIRLS 5A-7A Top 10
Elijah Joseph, Hoover15:27.88Reagan Riley, Mountain Brook17:23.33
Noah George, Oxford15:36.62Ava McIntosh, Huntsville18:15.34
Clayton Collins, Mountain Brook15:48.69Emma Brooke Levering, Homewood18:24.57
Stephen Jones, Scottsboro15:53.62x-Katie Keur, Oxford18:28.25
Zander Davis, Hoover15:59.20Virginia Avery, Mountain Brook18:33.09
Cannon Peters, Hoover16:03.74Callie Kent, Mountain Brook18:40.69
Ben Murray, Homewood16:04.04Lucy Benton, Mountain Brook18:51.68
Grayson Murray, Homewood16:06.56Kennedy Hamilton, Mountain Brook18:58.49
Matthew Harden, Hoover16:08.11Gracie Walker, Mountain Brook19:06.77
Danny Tackett, Hoover16:08.94Rose Betts, Brewer19:08.02
x-Individual, not in team scoring

Kudzu Hills Invitational

At Cold Springs H.S., Bremen
Boys 1A-2A team scores: Cold Springs 16, Faith Christian 51, Jefferson Christian 70.
Girls 1A-2A team scores: Cold Springs 17, Faith Christian 50, Winston County 71, Cornerstone 88.
Boys 3A-4A team scores: Altamont 80, LAMP 96, White Plains 115, JB Pennington 124, Priceville 134, Westminster 148, Cordova 189, Oneonta 197, Deshler 218, Haleyville 259, Vinemont 276, Central Florence 282, Northside 296, Rogers 327, Oakman 421.
Girls 3A-4A team scores: Altamont 41, Desler 105, JB Pennington 105, White Plains 109, Westminster 114, Priceville 131, DAR 169, LAMP 170, Oneonta 223, Haleyville 234, Cordova 334, Oakman 357.
Boys 5A-7A team scores: Ardmore 19, Douglas 70, Jasper 82, Clay Central 89, Boaz 95.
Girls 5A-7A team scores: Jasper 28, Douglas 40, Clay Central 56, Moody 120, Boaz 124.

BOYS Overall Top 10GIRLS Overall Top 10
Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs16:00.66Maddyn Conn, White Plains18:41.94
Jayden Allred, Cold Springs16:35.52Reagan Parris, Cold Springs20:20.38
Landon Perdue, LAMP16:39.82Paisley Whitlow, Cold Springs20:38.06
Agustin Lemuz, LAMP16:55.02Addison Tiemann, Ardmore20:47.14
Raju Sudarshan, Altamont17:01.98Elizabeth Cain, Priceville21:31.21
Carter Richardson, Ardmore17:05.33Lilly Kistler, DAR21:31.94
x-Adam Taylor, Priceville17:10.14Macie Huffstutler, Cold Springs21:32.30
Eli Peebles, Westminster17:10.15Erika Maldonado, JB Pennington21:35:92
Brannon Lugo, Cordova17:33.33Frances Overton, Altamont21:44.14
Cayden Smith, Ardmore17:35.01Laura Spann, Altamont21:44.71
x-individual, not in team scoring

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