Leahrose Mami had a plan entering the Class 1A-2A race at Saturday's state cross country meet.

Feed off the shoulder of Westminster-Oak Mountain's Hannah Tarwater — the 2016 champion — until the final mile at Oakville Indian Mounds and await the right opportunity to make her move.

It didn't take long for Mami to adopt a Plan B.

And she never looked back.

The St. Bernard senior turned on the jets and crafted a tremendous time of 19:24 to secure the individual crown only moments after her male counterpart and teammate Andrew Sweeney did the same for the Saints in the boys event.

"Early in the race, I saw the pace was just too slow," Mami said. "So I went after it. I saw what Andrew did, and I just wanted to do the same thing. When I got to the last stretch, I was like, 'This is really happening.' It was amazing."

So amazing, in fact, Mami was surprised to see how far ahead of the pack she was around the two-mile mark.

"Mr. Guthery usually tells me how much I'm leading by," she said. "But I tell myself that he's telling me it's bigger than what it is. That way I don't let myself relax. But when I looked back and saw where I was, I was like, 'Oh, he wasn't lying to me.' But I just treated it that way regardless. I wasn't slowing down."

Not that St. Bernard coach William Calvert was surprised one bit.

After all, Mami has notched All-State honors each of the past five years.

She also closed her prep career with six consecutive victories.

"Leahrose is very talented," Calvert said. "She will be an outstanding collegiate runner. Great speed and racing savvy. There's no telling what her limit is, but she finished in style today. She really took over the race. I couldn't be more proud."

Mami's superb outing helped the Lady Saints nab fifth out of 12 teams. Eva Barck (24th), Sara Barck (43rd), Liz Medina (48th) and Gracie Lloyd (51st) rounded out the contributions.

Cold Springs, which came in sixth, was led by All-State performer Ava Akridge (10th), Sadie Terry (29th), Brooke Crider (33rd), Alyssa Jackson (39th) and Emma Collett (97th).

Holly Pond's Camilla Chambers (eighth) was also an All-State selection following the 3A race.

Good Hope's Bijou Phillips was 33rd in 4A.

Alex McDonald (25th), Carrington Chambers (82nd), Angelica Antibero (86th), Emma Gardner (92nd) and Alyssa Harper (93rd) delivered solid showings for Fairview's girls, who placed eighth overall in 5A.

Della Kelly (24th), Jennifer Aviles (53rd), Mattie Green (58th), Alexandra Holt (73rd) and Tess Heaton (95th) were the strongest runners for Cullman's girls who placed ninth overall in 6A.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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