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Dunn wins another Kudzu Hills Invitational title

From Staff Reports

Austin High’s Jennifer Dunn won the Kudzu Hills Invitational at Cold Springs High for the second straight year.

Dunn took the Class 4A-6A girls division championship in 18 minutes, 23.01 seconds Saturday. She finished more than two minutes ahead of second-place Maggie Hamner of Rogers, who ran the race in 20:44.33.

Austin did not enter enough runners to compete for the team title, but Lawrence County managed a second-place finish behind Rogers.

Lyndsie Warren paced the Red Devils by finishing eighth, while teammate Victoria Draper was ninth. Austin’s Kristen Lupton was 10th, and Brewer’s Bree Watkins was 11th. East Lawrence’s Megen Kelley placed 13th.

In addition, Brewer’s Emily Trotter was 17th, while Lawrence County’s Sara McWhorter placed 20th.

In the boys division, Lawrence County finished second to Cullman as six of its runners placed in the top 19, including Collins Montgomery (sixth), C.J. Woodham (10th), Ryan Hood (12th), Michael Brooks (14th), Jonathan Naylor (18th) and William McWhorter (19th).

Brewer was fifth, while Austin was sixth and East Lawrence was 11th.

Brewer’s Nathan Hamilton was 11th, while teammate Andy Sanford was 15th, and Hunter Eddy was 20th. Austin placed three runners in the top 21: John Bolding (16th), Peter Nevels (17th) and Jeff Holm (21st).

In Class 1A-3A girls, Athens Bible placed fourth.

Individually, Falkville’s Krystal Gibbs was third, while teammate Emily Robbins was fourth. Hatton’s Courtney Rutherford was fifth. Athens Bible’s Chelsea Burgess placed seventh. Falkville’s Celese Sharbutt was 10th. Athens Bible’s Krys Eubanks was 13th, and teammate Amelia Harwell was 20th.

In Class 1A-3A boys, Athens Bible was second. Hatton placed fourth, while Decatur Heritage was fifth and Speake ninth.

Individually, Falkville’s Justin Blanchard finished second to Cold Spring’s Nathan Lewis.

Athens Bible placed five in the top 20: Andy Davidson (fourth), Colby Phillips (sixth), Brandon Fisk (eighth), Cliff Denton (13th) and Jonathan Pittman (20th).

Hatton’s Zeke Nichols was 11th, and teammate Devin Jackson finished 12th. Decatur Heritage’s Marshal Schmid finished 17th. Hatton’s Jade Brackin was 19th.

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