Cross Country

Cold Springs' Cole Akridge (left), Cullman's Will Thompson (center) and St. Bernard's Caleb Guthery.

MONTGOMERY — Cullman’s Will Thompson finished second at the Alabama All-Star Sports Week cross country race on Wednesday, helping the North boys pick up a tight 27-28 win against the South.

Guntersville's Sam Moultrie (16:44.90) clipped Thompson (16:46.50) for the top spot.

Cold Springs’ Cole Akridge and St. Bernard’s Caleb Guthery also competed in the event, which took place at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Cullman’s Della Kelly, meanwhile, received an invitation to the girls race but didn’t run due to injury.

See below for complete capsules on Akridge, Thompson and Guthery. 


 

Cold Springs’ Cole Akridge

Time: 18:57.40

Finish: 13th (18 Runners)

Result: North 27, South 28

Series: North leads 2-1

Quotes of Note: “I was very excited to be selected for this opportunity. It was a really good experience. Being the (Class) 1A-2A representative for the North was really exciting. The race wasn’t what I wanted to run, because as soon as I got a mile into the race, my shins started to flare up again. So I had to run the last 2 miles in severe pain. But it was worth it. I’m just glad I had the opportunity.” — Akridge


Cullman’s Will Thompson 

Time: 16:46.50

Finish: Second (18 Runners)

Result: North 27, South 28

Series: North leads 2-1

Quotes of Note: “The All-Star race is really big with a lot of talented runners. Honestly, I’m just blessed to be able to come out here and do the sport that I love and have coach (Trent) Dean and my whole family here to support me. It honestly just came down to the last 50 meters. That’s where the race was. This benchmark point is great. I’m really pleased with it.” — Thompson


St. Bernard’s Caleb Guthery

Time: 19.42.60 

Finish: 15th (18 Runners)

Result: North 27, South 28

Series: North leads 2-1

Quotes of Note: “It’s just a huge honor to be here with all the other guys. We all have a good sense of camaraderie. When we have something in common like this, there’s obviously going to be some kind of connection made. As far as how I did, I’m not happy with it at all. I should have done a lot better than I did. But I still have three months to keep working, keep building, get faster. I’m not super worried about it, but I just would’ve liked to have had a better benchmark going into the season.” — Guthery

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

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