Leading the way

Tanner Baine and Zach Cornelison led Pisgah to the small-school boys division title at the Black & Gold Classic.

The Pisgah varsity boys cross country team is 2-for-2 on the season.

Pisgah won the Black & Gold Classic’s small-school varsity boys division title Saturday at Scottsboro High School.

It was the second straight race win for the Eagles, who also took the title at the Pisgah Invitational on Aug. 24.

My boys battled through some injuries to improve their time from their last race,” said Pisgah head coach Gus Hembree. “Zach (Cornelison) is pulling double duty, played football on Friday night and ran Saturday morning and still ran well.”

Tanner Baine was Pisgah’s top finisher, placing seventh with a time of 19:51.59. Cornelison placed eighth (20:08.01), Tristan Little 12th (20:18.10), Trey Barrentine 14th (21:29.88), Austin Wilson 18th (21:39.70), Mason Overdear 26th (21:52.45), Bob Johnson 33rd (22:45.22), Jake Smith 43rd (23:30.49), Bryant Overdear 52nd (24:15.99), Holden Goff 61st (26:55.73), Bailey Johnson 68th (29:08.07) and Austin Mabry 69th (30:37.21).

Holly Pond finished second while Skyline was third and North Sand Mountain fourth.

For Skyline, Kordell Talley finished 10th (20:17.75), Trever Saint 19th (21:40.43), Nathan Olinger21st (21:40.74), JT Hastings 28th (22:22.05), Bryant Kennamer 36th (23:02.82), Tristan Roach 47th (23:45.46), Karson Treece 60th (26:55.11) and Scott York 63rd (27:07.03).

Jayden Culpepper finished sixth for NSM (19:30.47) while Lane Gamble was ninth (20:15.01), Jorge Luna 16th (21:35.84), Fernando Luna 51st (24:12.09), Luke Maples 57th (25:32.61) and Jonah Slay 59th (26:19.62).

For North Jackson, Abraham Castro finished 34th (20:26.41), Daniel Feigel was 50th (21:32.75), Wences Ramirez 65th (22:25.89), Edgar Sanchez 73rd (22:56.50), Jay Yates 77th (26:25.28) and Will Rich 79th (28:29.69).

Russell Roswal finished 70th (33:53.00) for Woodville.

Varsity girls — Pisgah posted a runner-up finish in the Black & Gold’s small-school girls division behind winner Holly Pond.

Rhylee Bell led Pisgah with a fourth-place finish (24:09.83) while Kaylea Griffis was seventh (25:38.94), Briley Hembree eighth (26:08.37), Lauren Peek ninth (26:10.95), Ally Darwin 12th (26:16.97), Kaylynn Morgan 15th (26:34.60), Lauren Allbritton 22nd (28:14.08), Kimberly Miller 25th (29:04.10) and Jazimine Wilson 27th (29:12.61) and Jordi Haynes 32nd (32:01.10).

“I like the pack running from my girls,” Gus Hembree said. “We know to be competitive we have to have 9-10 girls all close in time. Rhylee Bell has stepped up this year.”

Meanwhile, Skyline finished fifth while North Jackson placed sixth.

For Skyline, Katie Roach finished 19th (20:17.75), Gracie Putman 31st (29:54.59), Joslyn Boatwright 39th (34:36.44), Kiera Ivy 40th (35:10.37) and Kayla Skipper 43rd (39:53.43).

For North Jackson’s Delana Pierce finished 23rd (25:09.91) and Emily Gilley 24th (25:13.81), Saiyni Ramirez 47th (33:41.98), Melissa Cardinas 48th (38:22.41), Kaylee Potts 49th (40:19.00) and Heidi Hicks 50th (44:16.29).

Junior Varsity — Pisgah won the junior varsity girls small school division title.

Serenity Olinger finished first for the Eagles in the 2-mile race with a time of 16:16.15. Riley Grider was second (16:46.64), Korin Brock third (17:50.57), Sara Grace Gamble sixth (18:42.79), Gracie McKee eighth (19:22.94), Kinsley Phillips ninth (21:56.27) and Addison Goff 10th (22:38.61).

For NSM, Josee Nail finished fourth (17:59.86), Dacey Nail fifth (18:03.19) and Lily McBryar 11th (19:05.33). 

Meanwhile, NSM won the junior varsity boys small school division title.

NSM’s Josue Luna finished first (13:09.78) while Kolby Giles was second (15:16.49), Kolton Cooper third (16:05.24), Kayden Gilley fourth (17:34.84) and Skyler Holland fifth (17:46.83).

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