The Pisgah cross country teams enjoyed their best performances for the season in their regular-season finale on Thursday.
The Eagles recorded a pair of third-place finishes during the Last Chance Invitational’s Class 1A-4A girls and boys 5K cross country races at Scottsboro High School’s John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions — the same course the Eagles will run next week in the Class 3A Section 4 meet.
“I am pumped,” said Pisgah head coach Gus Hembree. “I had 29 kids run and 24 had their season best (time) and several had their PR (personal-record time). This was a great race for us going into sectionals next Thursday. It gave us a good shot of confidence.”
St. Bernard won the 1A-4A girls race with a low score of 33 points. Lexington was second (75 points) while Pisgah was third (79), edging sectional rival Westminster Christian (81) by two points.
Rhylee Bell was Pisgah’s top finisher, placing 10th with a time of 22:46.89. Kaylynn Morgan followed in 13th-place (24:13.13) while Kaylea Griffis was 16th (24:27.96), Serenity Olinger 18th (24:34.20), Jazimine Wilson 26th (25:13.13), Lauren Peek 29th (25:36.18), Ally Darwin 32nd (25:44.50), Briley Hembree 33rd (25:45.84), Lauren Allbritton 38th (26:37.79), Korin Brock 39th (26:40.54), Amanda Davidson 40th (26:46.68), Sarah Grace Gamble 42nd (27:31.80), Madison Phillips 44th (27:41.94), Kimberly Miller 49th (28:31.05) and Addison Goff 54th (30:10.67).
“My girls were running without our No. 2 runner and the team stepped up in her absence,” Hembree said. “Two of my youngsters, Kaylea and Serenity, both took over 30 seconds off their time.”
St. Bernard (37 points) also won the 1A-4A boys race, edging runner-up Westminster Christian by five points. Pisgah was third with 90 points.
Tanner Baine finished seventh (17:46.90) for the Eagles while Tristan Little was 16th (19:01.75), Zach Cornelison 17th (19:09.11), Mason Overdear 26th (20:08.20), Trey Barrentine 28th (20:13.40), Austin Wilson 30th (20:30.55), Bob Johnson 32nd (20:44.82), Jake Smith 33rd (20:49.45), Bryant Overdear 39th (21:33.44), Holden Goff 49th (22:06.00), Austin Mabry 61st (24:23.30), Bailey Johnson 71st (25:59.70) and Alex Elizondo 75th (28:57.10).
“I’ll admit, I was worried about my boys team. Most of them competed all day at the BEST robotics competition and didn’t get to race until 4:30 p.m. (the race started at 5:30 p.m.),” Hembree said. “Once again the proved me wrong. Not only did they win the robotics competition, but they all had season bests.”
Skyline — The Vikings finished eighth in the Class 1A-4A boys race with 191 points.
J.T. Hastings finished 36th (21:20.71) and Nathan Olinger was 37th (21:27.10) to lead the Vikings’ effort while Trever Saint placed 43rd (21:41.60), Tristan Roach 52nd (22:25.21), Karson Treece 66th (25:12.70) and Bryant Kennamer 67th (25:21.11).
Running as individuals for the Skyline girls, Gracie Putman finished 55th (30:29.07) while Kiera Ivy was 57th (30:36.51) and Kayla Skipper 65th (37:37.29).
Section — The Lions did not factor in the team standings but had seven runners compete as individuals.
In the Class 1A-4A girls race, Jennifer Vega posted a 12th-place finish (24:01.08) while Madison Armstrong was 51st (29:18.83), Carley Patterson 52nd (29:19.47) and Morgan Armstrong 56th (30:33.72).
In the 1A-4A boys race, Giovanny Vega finished 70th (25:49.60) while Conway Elsass 78th (33:09.20) and Mason Blackerby 80th (38:37.05).
Woodville — The Panthers’ Russell Roswal finished 74th in the Class 1A-4A boys race with a time of 28:27.20.