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Stevens, Giles Open the Season Strong to Claim AHSAA Cross-Country Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Ashville High School junior Joe Stevens and Glencoe High School junior Karie Giles captured the boys’ and girls’ individual championship races at last week’s Wildcat Twlight 5K cross country meet hosted at White Plains to earn the AHSAA Cross Country Prep Spotlight for the first week of the season.
    Stevens, who won the Class 4A 3200-meter run at last spring’s AHSAA State Track Championships at Gulf Shores, posted a winning time of 17:44.61 at White Plains, more than 30 seconds faster than runner-up Ja’Leel Harris of Lincoln. The Bulldogs edged Lincoln, 19:15.96 to 19:32.12 in average time.  Lincoln and Ashville each finished with 42 points. The Bears won the large-school division team title, however, with its fifth runner finishing 21st and Ashville’s fifth runner finishing 24th.
    Three Ashville runners finished in the top 10 – Wyatt Knight in fifth place at 19:10.28, Clayton Knight in sixth place at 19:13.96, and Ashton Vann in ninth place at 19:17.98. 
    As for Giles, the defending Class 3A state cross country champion picked up where she left off last season. She won the Class 1A-3A girls’ title at White Plains a time of 21:19.06. Her closest competitor, Elizabeth Edge of Hokes Bluff, finished second crossing at 23:53.52. Glencoe won girls’ team title with 40 points and Pleasant Valley was second with 52.
    Pleasant Valley junior Cayden Nelson took first place in the 1A-3A boys’ division race with a time of 17:35.39. Christopher Putman of Holly Pond was second running 17:56.31. The Raiders took the team title with 31 points and the Broncos were second at 57.
    White Plains freshman Maddyn Conn took first place in the Twilight Big-School race with a time of 20:57.41. Ashville’s Taylor Knight was second at 21:31.42. White Plains won the team title with 33 points and Alexandria took second place with 79.
     Other top performances reported from last week’s season-opening competition were:
BOYS
NOAH GEORGE, OXFORD: The junior runner turned in a strong early-season time of 16:58.92 to claim the boys’ individual title at the Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Oxford High School at Choccolocco Park. Oak Mountain junior Matthew Womack was second clocking 17:48.22.  Oak Mountain took the team crown with 26 points and the host Jackets were second with 39.
ARTHUR LANGLEY, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Edged runner-up Conner Patterson of Providence Christian by 11 seconds to claim the ACA Meet of Champions boys’ cross country race held at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. Langley, a sophomore,clocked 16:36.92 and Patterson, a junior, crossed at 16:47.98. American Christian freshman Cole Byers finished third in the 109-runner field also coming in under 17 minutes with a 16:57.64 time.
    Collierville (TN) had 49 points to win the team title, followed by American Christian and Providence Christian with 60 and 61 points, respectively.

GIRLS
MARY MAC COLLINS, NORTHRIDGE: The junior ran away from the field at the ACA Meet of Champions at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park with a winning time of 18:55.95. Lawrence County’s Savannah Williams crossed the finish line second at 20:11.80 and American Christian freshman Lucy Guthrie took third place in the field of 74 runners clocking 20:20.43.
   Lawrence County won the team competition with 44 points. Collierville (TN) was second with 53 and Providence Christian was third with 82.   
CATHERINE AARON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: 
Took first place at the Waffle House/Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Oxford High School at Choccolocco Park with a winning time of 20:44.85. Faith Scardino, a freshman from Oak Mountain, was second clocking 21:05.41 leading the Eagles to the team title with 26 points. Catholic was second with 57.

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