St. Bernard XC

St. Bernard's Caleb Guthery (left) and Madi Kerber.

Behind individual wins from Madi Kerber and Caleb Guthery, St. Bernard's cross country teams swept the titles at Fairview's Hay of a Run on Tuesday.

Guthery's speedy 16:49.64 performance helped the Saints finish with 45 points.

Fairview was second with 67 points followed by Good Hope (10th) and West Point (11th).

Joseph Arriaga (fifth), Eli Loyd (sixth), David DeJesus (13th) and Jiovan Aguilar-Arriaga (22nd) also contributed counting times for St. Bernard.

The Aggies were led by Peyton Bailey (second), Daniel Cook (seventh), Keagan Hardin (12th), Dakota Wilkes (25th) and Alex England (26th).

"First and foremost, the most important part is the team," Guthery said. "Today, I think everybody ran at least a season-best. I think most people PR’d today. That’s definitely huge. For myself, I finally broke 17 (minutes). That’s been the goal for like two years now. All the miles and everything, that’s what it’s been for — that and just helping the team win. It’s huge to finally get that goal, and it feels super good."

The Lady Saints (55) held off J.B. Pennington (63).

Fairview (sixth), West Point (seventh), Good Hope (eighth) and Vinemont (ninth) also competed.

Kerber spearheaded St. Bernard’s triumph with a 21:03.58 — the seventh-grader's first varsity win.

Emma Powell (seventh), Sara Barck (eighth), Kathleen George (21st) and Claire Sanders (30th) pitched in solid showings as well.

"I’m excited, because I’m hoping to break 20 (minutes)," Kerber said. "I ran this one slower than my last one, but I just ran three days ago so I’m kind of sore (laughs). I was looking to get a gap earlier, but I guess I waited to the end."

Kerber's margin of victory was less than 4 seconds.

West Point's Kali Marsh (12th), West Point's Aubrey Moore (13th) and Good Hope's Bijou Phillips (19th) placed in the top 20.

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

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