The Pisgah cross country team finished the regular-season season on a strong note.

The Pisgah girls and boys teams both placed second in the Class 1A-4A races at the Scottsboro Last Chance Invitational on Thursday.  

“I am super pumped about my teams performance in the last chance meet. We have been working hard on improving our technique and cadence and it all came together,” said Pisgah head coach Gus Hembree. “I believe this will be a big boost for us going into sectionals.”

Pisgah (56) finished second behind St. Bernard (17) in the Class 1A-4A girls race. Clements was third, followed by Geraldine fourth, Section fifth, Cherokee County sixth and Skyline seventh. 

Rhylee Bell was Pisgah’s top finisher, placing seventh with a time of 22:36.11. Lauren Peek finished 14th (23:20.31) while Kaylynn Morgan was 15th (23:43.26), Cecilia Garner 17th (23:49.05), Riley Grider 18th (23:53.96), Briley Hembree 19th (23:55.57), Emma Ellison 23rd (24:20.19), Ally Darwin 24th (24:28.06), Madison Phillips 25th (24:40.92), Katie Guffey 34th (25:49.18), Jordi Haynes 35th (25:59.47), Gracie Mckee 45th (28:18.06) and Addison Goff 49th (29:06.69).

For Section, Jennifer Vega posted a sixth-place finish (22:22.59) while Cindel Myers was 10th (23:13.78), Madison Armstrong 42nd (27:56.38), Morgan Armstrong 51st (29:50.50), Makayla Rowell 56th (26:19.02) and Haley Smart 57th (36:21.33).

For Skyline, Joslyn Boatwright finished 26th (24:48.09) while Kaylee Saint was 41st (27:43.32), Rebekah Anderson 47th (28:48.22), Kadence Warren 52nd (30:23.48) and Lauren Woodall 55th (24:36.63).

The top local finisher was Delana Pierce, who finished fourth (22:16.08) for North Jackson, which did not have the required five runners to factor in the team standings. The Chiefs Emily Gilley also finished eighth (22:52.00) while Lily Smith was 44th (28:17.97).

Meanwhile, the Pisgah (68 points) finished second in the Class 1A-4A boys race behind St. Bernard, which turned in a winning low score of 28. Sipsey Valley was third, Skyline fourth, North Jackson fifth, Dadeville sixth and Woodville seventh.

Pisgah had three runners finish in the Top 11. Garrett Ellison finished sixth (17:50.43) while Zach Cornelison was eighth (18:19.90) and Tanner Baine 11th (18:30.52). Also for the Eagles, Dalton Wilson finished 26th (20:45.27) while Trey Barrentine was 27th (20:47.46), Holden Goff 39th (22:48.38), Bryant Overdear 45th (23:21.82), Bailey Johnson 53rd (25:07.09), Mason Overdear 61st (27:00.55) and Blake Giles 63rd (28:57.74).

Nathan Olinger finished 19th (19:47.10) and Kordell Talley 20th (19:54.76) for Skyline while Bryant Kennamer was 34th (21:39.77), Tristan Roach 37th (22:00.33), Trever Saint 38th (22:43.59), J.T. Hastings 51st (23:59.02), Sam Utter 59th (26:35.67) and Daniel Olinger 64th (29:44.21).

For North Jackson, Abraham Castro finished 17th (19:36.35) while Abraham Mendez was 22nd (20:10.30), Daniel Feigel 24th (20:35.28), Edgar Sanchez 40th (22:49.71), Garett Blevins 50th (23:52.01), Jonathan York 54th (25:14.96), Terry Ryan 60th (26:57.42) and Will Rich 62nd (27:44.61).

For Woodville, Jacob Lack finished 21st (20:02.46) while

Jacob Chambers was 31st (21:00.37), Hunter Sisk 32nd (21:06.89, Isreal Prado 44th (23:20.50), Logan Boggs 52nd (24:47.93) and Russell Roswal 56th (25:29.60).

And running as an individual, Section’s Wiley McCutchen finished 30th (21:00.05).


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