Area runners compete at state cross country meet

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Several local runners competed in the AHSAA cross country 5K state meet last Saturday (Nov. 14) at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Moulton.

Two locals earned all-state honors after finishing in the top 10. In Class 3A girls, Westbrook Christian freshman Mary Reid Goodwin came in seventh out of 119 participants with a time of 19:57.91. Southside High senior Hunter Nails was ninth out of 212 participants in Class 6A boys with a time of 16:30.37. The top 15 finishers in each classification make the all-state team. 

In other area performances, Westbrook freshman Mitchell Cook was 31st out of 139 participants in 3A boys with a time of 17:55.96; Southside freshman Taylor Nails was 41st in 6A boys with a time of 17:34.91; Sardis’ Alexis Powell was 55th out of 125 participants in 4A girls with a time of 23:07.72; Glencoe’s Anna Beth Giles was 81st in 3A girls with a time of 24:10.62; Gaston’s Haley Bellew was 94th out of 123 participants in 1A-2A girls with a time of 25:55.11; and Sardis’ John Holland and Shadick Garmon were 97th and 125th, respectively, out of 133 participants in 4A boys with respective times of 20:00.03 and 21:41.52.   

Winning team championships were St. Bernard girls and Cold Springs boys in Class 1A-2A; Pleasant Valley girls and American Christian boys in Class 3A; Wilson girls and Trinity Presbyterian boys in Class 4A; Lawrence County girls and boys in Class 5A; John Carroll Catholic girls and Homewood boys in Class 6A; and Mountain Brook girls and Auburn boys in Class 7A. 

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