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A good day for Lawrence County
Red Devils’ boys finish 1st, girls 2nd; Decatur’s Sally Adams 5th individually

From Staff Reports

Lawrence County’s cross country teams scored another good day at the Dew It on the Trails 5-kilometer meet Saturday at Point Mallard Park, and a pair of local runners recorded top-five finishes.

The Red Devils won the Class 1A-4A boys division, which included 16 teams. That marked the second straight time Lawrence County won a meet.

In 1A-4A girls, Lawrence County finished second to Rogers as 11 teams competed for the championship.

Individually, Decatur High’s Sally Adams was fifth in the 5A-6A girls division in 19 minutes, 32 seconds, while Lawrence County’s Victoria Draper placed second in 1A-4A girls in 20:07.

A brief look at the highlights of each division:

Class 5A-6A boys: Oak Mountain won the team title out of 11 squads, while a pair of Grissom runners took the top two spots. Chase Volinski finished first in 16:17.4, while teammate Seth Bowman was second in 16:35.6.

Decatur was 10th, with Samuel Hand recording a 43th-place finish in 18:22.0. Teammate Trent Derrick was 59th, and Clark Maxwell was 62nd.

Class 5A-6A girls: Scottsboro finished first in the team standings among nine squads. Scottsboro’s Emily Thompson took the individual crown in 18:18.2.

Decatur finished fifth on the strength of Adams’ fifth-place finish and Meg Adams, who was ninth. Caroline Keenum was 35th.

Class 1A-4A boys: Lawrence County took the team title by placing five runners in the top 20, including Collins Montgomery (eighth), Logan Underwood (13th), Jonathan Naylor (14th), William McWhorter (16th) and C.J. Woodham (20th).

Athens Bible finished third as Colby Phillips placed sixth and Andy Davidson was seventh. Hatton was fifth as Zeke Nichols finished 15th.

Decatur Heritage managed a sixth-place finish, and the Eagles’ highest individual finisher was Jake Cook in 39th. Clements was 14th as Jerry Hazlitt was 29th individually. Speake finished 15th, and Shane Naylor placed 45th. East Lawrence was 16th, and Zach Fye finished 44th.

Falkville did not field enough runners to compete for the team title, but the Blue Devils’ Justin Blanchard finished 11th individually.

Class 1A-4A girls: Rogers won behind champion Kat Stewart, who took first place in 19:59.

For Lawrence County, five runners finished in the top 23, including Draper (second), Ari Stephenson (ninth), Lyndsie Warren (13th), Kerri Lynn Letson (14th) and Sam Black (23rd).

Athens Bible finished fourth, and Chelsea Burgess was 15th and Krys Eubanks 17th. Falkville finished fifth, and Emily Robbins was seventh.

East Lawrence placed eighth, while Megan Kelley was 10th, and Joni Buttram was 21st. Clements was 11th, and Allison Jay was the Lady Colts’ highest finisher at 39th.

Dunn 18th in Hoover

Austin High senior Jennifer Dunn competed in the Nike Race of Champions at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Hoover on Saturday.

She placed 18th in a field that included some of the country’s best runners.

She finished the 5K race in 19:05.2.

Her Austin teammates competed in other divisions. The Lady Black Bears were 18th in the girls invitational seeded division.

Individually, Kristen Lupton was 66th, Amanda Walker 112th and Kelly Parker 123rd.

The Austin boys were 12th in the invitational red division.

Individually, the Black Bears’ Jeff Holm placed 46th, while Matthew Dunn was 49th and Peter Nevels 54th.

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