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Bob Jones And James Clemens Take Home Trophies At Sectionals, Advance To Cross Country State Meet

HUNTSVILLE- Next up on the 2020 high school cross country schedule is the annual AHSAA State Meet and the season-ending event will feature numerous local athletes from the four local high schools.

The James Clemens boys and girls squads along with the Bob Jones boys each qualified as teams for the State Meet while individual participants from both Sparkman and Madison Academy will make the trek to state to be held at Oakville Mounds in Moulton. The efforts to make the title run came in the Sectionals held in Huntsville.

In Class 7-A, Huntsville High took the titles in both boys and girls, but Bob Jones came on strong to take runner-up in the boys and James Clemens did the same in the girls competition. James Clemens also finished third in boys. Both squads of Jets qualified for the State Meet for the second year in a row as the girls head into the State Meet ranked No. 2 in Alabama while the boys are tagged No. 5.

In boys, Huntsville was tops with the top six runners and gathering a perfect 15 team score and a total time of 1:18:32.27. Bob Jones finished second with 85, 1:25:17.02 and James Clemens had 89 points at 1:25:44.09 for third place while Sparkman finished seventh with 228 points and total time of 1:37:46.89. In girls, Huntsville was first with 28 points and 1:40:18.03 and James Clemens second with 49 points and total time of 1:43:07.03. Sparkman scored 134 points at 1:49:35.14 for fifth place and Bob Jones in sixth place with 147 points and a time of 1:50:47.17. The top 10 runners from each of the top four teams qualified for the next event along with the top six individual performances other than from the top four squads.

After the top six from Huntsville in the 7-A boys, those runners making top 15 included 8. James Garrison, 11, Bob Jones, 16:14.01, 13. Ryan Bender, 11, Bob Jones, 16:36.82, 15. Isaul Rubio Montano, 11, James Clemens, 16:45.37. In 7-A girls, those among the top 15 making the All-Section Team included 4. Kylie Gero, 8, James Clemens, 19:46.48, 7. Kayla Willett, 9, James Clemens, 20:30.53, 8. Ella Carter, 7, James Clemens, 20:40.64, 12. Samantha Menikheim, 9, Sparkman, 20:57.41, 13. Hannah Thuss, 12, Bob Jones, 20:59.51, 14. Sydney Freeman, 11, James Clemens, 21:03.19. Those additional runners making the State Meet included 29. Kricket Johnson, 9, Bob Jones, 21:46.95, 30. Baily Wallace, 12, Sparkman, 21:49.47, 31. Lorin Carter, 12, Bob Jones, 21:52.60.

In Class 4-A, Madison Academy was fifth in team standings with 114 points and total time of 1:36:39.46 while Westminster was tops with 46 points at 1:30:52.14.

The Mustangs had two runners qualify for the upcoming meet, 5. Sam Hall, 9, 17:56.75 and 9. Carter Busby, 11, 18:25.59.

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