The Pisgah cross country teams closed their season with strong state meet performances.
Pisgah finished fifth in the Class 1A-2A Girls State Race and eighth in the 1A-2A Boys State Race during the 2021 AHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oakville Indian Mounds Park on Saturday.
The Pisgah girls tied for its second-best cross country state finish, closing with a team score of 170. Cold Springs won the state championship with a winning low score of 48 while Bayshore Christian (86) of Fairhope finished second, Hatton (101) was third and University Charter School (127) of Livingston was fourth.
“My girls rocked,” said Pisgah head coach Gus Hembree. “Seven of my 10 girls had a season-best or career-best (time) at state. (Senior) Rhylee Bell has done a fantastic job of getting the little ones ready for championship season. As a six-year runner, she has seen it all and did a great job preparing the girls team.”
Eighth-grader Nevaeh Evans earned all-state honors for Pisgah, placing seventh with a personal-record time of 20:50.97.
“Navaeh placing seventh in the state by taking a minute off her all-time PR was extremely impressive,” Hembree said. “She has been strong for us all season and finished like the warrior she is.”
Also for the Eagles, eighth-grader Kayana Stewart finished 37th (22:30.80) while Bell was 41st (22:41.24), seventh-grader Destiny Lewis 66th (23:31.42), seventh-grader Katie Edwards 68th (23:36.02), freshman Emma Sisk 75th (23:54.04), junior Laura Allbritton 102nd (25:04.91), junior Kimberly Miler 114th (26:06.49), senior Jazimine Wilson 120th (26:40.03) and eighth-grader Addyson Barnett 121st (26:41.62).
Meanwhile, Pisgah’s boys finished eighth with a team score of 197. Bayshore Christian won the state title with a winning low score of 61, followed by Cold Springs (86) second, Hatton (106) third, Tharptown (159) fourth, Sand Rock (173) fifth, Orange Beach (188) sixth and St. Luke’s (195) seventh.
Sophomore Tristan Little led the Eagles with a 24th-place finish (18:20.73) while junior Mason Overdear was 27th (18:33.93), sophomore Bob Johnson was 41st (18:58.96), eighth-grader Brodie Overdear 66th (19:52.13), eighth-grader Emanuel Elizondo 81st (20:10.72), junior Brodie Ferguson 98th (20:34.43), eighth-grader Koen Smith 102nd (20:45.37), junior Jake Smith 113th (21:04.10), senior Bryant Overdear 116th (21:17.20) and sophomore Ethan Smith 128th (22:03.81).
“The boys had some phenomenal (personal records). Eight of my 10 boys had a season or career PR,” Hembree said. “I have been very pleased with how Bryant and Alex have been encouraging the runners. They have pushed this team all season long, and it paid off big Saturday.”
Hembree lauded his teams for their performances this season.
“This has been one of the most enjoyable seasons I have had in a long time,” Hembree said. “The kids worked hard all summer, had a great camp in Missouri, and have competed every day in practice. I truly believe this team set the foundation for great things to come.”
NSM — Senior Lane Gamble had the top overall finish among local runners, placing 20th in the Class 1A-2A Boys State Race for North Sand Mountain with a personal-record time of 18:01.97. Gamble’s previous PR was 18:15.09 that he set during sectionals.
Section — Seventh-graders Taylor Bell (24:24.83) and Kerby Brooks (24:31.26) posted 85th- and 89th-place finishes for Section during the Class 1A-2A Girls State Race.
Skyline — Sophomore Trever Saint finished 130 in the Class 1A-2A Boys State Race for Skyline with a time of 22:08.07.