From staff reports
For The News Courier
Athens’ Tate Carden finished third overall in the Class 5A race at the state cross-country meet Saturday at the Oakville Indian Mounds to pace all Limestone runners.
Carden’s time of 16:31 was behind only John Carroll’s Lee Griffin and John Gardner. Homewood won the Class 5A boys race and Athens finished seventh out of 15 teams in the race.
Andrew Sulcer finished 27th for Athens while East Limestone’s Fred Stephens also finished in the top 50 as an individual.
Other runners from Limestone County that finished in the top 15 to make the all-state team were Elkmont’s Tyler Helms, Athens Bible’s Ryan Crews, West Limestone’s Reilly Hooie and Clements’ Allison Jay.
West Limestone’s Ramon Quiroz, Thomas Peek and Jacob Martin just missed out on top 15 finishes. The West runners finished 16th, 17th and 20th respectively as the Wildcats ran to a fourth-place finish as a team.
West Limestone’s girls team also finished fourth behind Hooie’s fourth-place finish as a individual. Other West runners contributing to the top 5 finish were Alexis Allen, Rainey Tyler, Brianna Burrow and Hope Dildine.
Jay finished in 11th as an individual for Clements’ in the 3A girls race while Samantha Pressnell, Hannah Hanback and Jensen Pugh all had top 50 finishes for Elkmont in that race.
Tyler Helms finished 10th to lead Elkmont as the Red Devils came in eighth as a team. Other Elkmont runners finishing in the top 50 were Adam McMahan, Chance Bailey and Tyler Walts. Running as an individual in the 3A race, Clements’ Mack VanWagnen finished 22nd overall.
Ryan Crews led Athens Bible with a seventh-place finish in the 1A-2A boys race. ABS finished sixth as a team. Anna Persell was the top ABS girls in 36th overall running as in individual in the 1A-2A girls race.
The state cross-country meet concludes the season for high schools in Alabama.