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October 31, 2013

Cross country: Pinson Valley wins 5A sectional title

Corner boys and girls, Mortimer Jordan girls qualify for state finals

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TRUSSVILLE —

Mortimer Jordan placed fourth in the team standings, just out of the state qualifying spots. Andy Gross (sixth overall) and Will Harris (22nd) qualified individually.

The Indians were one of four local teams to qualify for the state finals. Jordan’s girls placed third in Class 5A, just three points behind runner-up Eufaula.

Center Point won the girls’ division, placing all five scoring runners in the top 10 positions. The Eagles’ Cheyenne Ponder was the individual winner with a time of 21:42.20, almost two full minutes ahead of teammate Tiara Seals. The Blue Devils’ Savannah Greene was third.

In Class 4A, Corner will send both its boys and girls teams to the state meet. The girls placed second behind Oneonta at the sectional, as Katie Criswell led the way with a second-place finish, 13 seconds behind leader Leslie Gonzalez of Oneonta. The Jackets’ Payton McCaleb was fourth, and Bailey Blackmon ninth.

The Corner boys placed third, in a tight three-way battle with St. Clair County and Oneonta. The Saints and Redskins tied for first with 62 points each, but St. Clair won the tiebreaker. The Jackets were 10 points behind. Daniel McClain finished second individually for Corner, and Hunter McCarty was eighth.

In Class 6A, Gardendale failed to qualify its teams for state finals, but the top four Rocket girls will run as individuals. Mountain Brook and Hewitt-Trussville dominated the division; Alexa Kauffman of Gardendale was the top runner who wasn’t with the Spartans or Huskies, and was 14th overall. Cristen Gant, Morgan Goolsby and Mary Allison Caufield also qualified. The Rocket boys were shut out.

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