By John Goolsby
This article also appeared in the Trussville Tribune:
Danville – This past Saturday, runners from 220 Alabama high schools converged on a wet, and muddy Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center for the 2022 AHSAA XC meet.
Hewitt-Trussville, Shades Valley, Center Point and Springville had runners to compete at the championship event.
The Hewitt-Trussville boys and girls teams finished in 7th place in 7A. “We’re proud of all the work these kids put in all summer and fall and excited to come away with top-7 finishes and two runners making All-State,” said Hewitt head coach Matthew Michalke. Hewitt battled sickness leading up to the meet and found themselves limited. “We were missing three of our runners on Saturday; that’s what kept them out of the top 5.”
Junior Kinley Harris, 14th place, and senior Tristan Teer, 5th place, made the 7A All-State team for the Huskies.
Scoring points for the girls, along with Harris, were Avery Cahoon, Kylee Sisk, Sophia Knox, and Lauren Ruf.
Wes Ellison, Russ Lachina, Jacob Mullinax and Garrett Yokeley scored points with Teer.
Shades Valley qualified six girls for the 6A championship. Sophomore Lauren Lindsey led the Mounties. “It was muddy, but definitely a race to remember,” said Lindsey. “It felt incredible to be at State with my teammates, and I’m proud of all of them and the other runners.”
Shades Valley had not qualified more than three runners in a season since 1997. “The course was wet, muddy, and slow, but the girls ran hard despite the conditions,” said Shades Valley coach Melinda Estes. Elizabeth Harris, Grace Lindsey, Ashley Leon, Kayleigh Brasher, and Sara Bailey also qualified for Shades Valley.
Springville qualified a pair of girls and boys runners in 5A. Avery Daniel was All-State with a 15th-place finish, and Carmen McMaster finished 28th. David Robles also made All-State with a 9th place finish, and Houston Colley finished in 44th place.
Keymon Steele-Johnson and Joshua McDaniel competed in 6A for the Center Point Eagles.