OAKVILLE — Cullman, Cold Springs, Vinemont, Fairview and West Point — in addition to St. Bernard — were all in action at Saturday's Chickasaw Trails Invitational, competing against a large field full of talent and receiving an early look at the Oakville Indian Mounds course that will host the state meet in November.
The Bearcats' girls varsity team finished eighth out of 20 schools in the Class 5A-6A division. Marisa Franklin and Megan Pendley led the charge, taking 39th (22:03.77) and 40th (22:08.93), respectively. Hillary Crider was 52nd (22:27.44), Savanna Smith, 58th (22:46.55), and Anna Bailey, 64th (23:02.22).
Juliane Parrott (25:20.80) had West Point's top result with a 114th-place finish.
Devan Hall sped to 21st (17:24.07), helping Cullman's boys land in 10th place out of 25 schools. The other four Bearcats who contributed to the top-10 finish were Nicholas Fillinger, 32nd (17:38.60); Stephen McNeal, 52nd (17:59.27); Jesse Burroughs, 60th (18:04.43); and Mark Gomez, 73rd (18:19.34).
The Warriors' best time came from Nick Parrott, who was 141st (20:46.44).
Headed by Cassie Still's 20th-place run (21:28.44), as well as Emily Campbell's 36th-place mark (22:28.74), Cold Springs girls grabbed 10th out of 31 schools in the 1A-4A division. Katie Huffstutler was 68th (23:27.98), Kaleigh Merring, 84th (24:04.07), and Hannah Watson, 112th (25:01.32).
Fairview's Porcha Hunter turned in a rock-solid 22:27.69, good for 35th, and eighth-grader Sydney Dodson was Vinemont's best runner in 141st (25:51.29).
Vinemont's Nathan Handley continued an impressive start to the cross country season by crossing the line in 21st (18:38.91) in the boys race. His teammate, Char Stevens, was 56th (19:24.52).
Fairview had three runners in the top 100 — Reece Walker, 32nd (18:52.12), Jerrami Browder, 76th (19:54.30) and Josh Kilgore, 88th (20:13.83).
Cold Springs put together a 22nd-place finish out of 39 total schools. Kramer Crider and Morgan Smith proved their worth by snagging 45th (19:14.27) and 60th (19:32.45), respectively. Adam Carney was 138th (21:03.49), Heath Hollis, 165th (21:42.45) and Christian Hulsey, 224th (22:52.68).
The total number of participants in each race was as follows: 1A-4A boys, 320; 1A-4A girls, 257; 5A-6A boys, 206; and 5A-6A girls, 172.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.