Patriots News · STATE CHAMPIONS!

It was a historic day for Homewood Cross Country on Saturday at the AHSAA State Championships as both the girls and the boys earned the 6A team titles.  This was the 7th year in a row for the boys, and the second title for the girls, who have won two of the last three.   The Cross Country and Track and Field program now has a total of 23 state championships.

The girls came in as slight underdogs to defending champions Fort Payne, but Homewood had their best race of the season and won by an impressive 38 points.  Homewood scored 34 points to win, Ft. Payne was 2nd with 72, and St. Paul’s was 3rd with 105.  Four girls earned All-State honors by placing in the top 15, and Lainey Phelps won the individual title for the second time in her career.  The boys also dominated the competition to win their 7th championship in a row by scoring 38 points.  Cullman was 2nd with 94 points, and Hartselle was 3rd with 163 points.  The boys had six athletes earn All-State honors by placing in the top 15, and Will Stone won the individual title for the third year in a row.  He is only the third athlete in AHSAA history to win three titles, and he is the first to do so since Steve Allen in 1985.   Here is a full listing of the individual performances by Homewood athletes.


Lainey Phelps (1st 18:22, All-State), Edie Smith (3rd 19:23, All-State), Victoria Thompson (4th 19:29, All-State), Lily Blish (10th 20:11, All-State), Audrey Nabors (16th 20:21), Zoe Nichols (20th 20:33), Adah Allen (22nd 20:43), Sarah Derriso (26th 20:49), Maris Owen (30th 21:01), Alex Steltenpohl (42nd 21:31)


Will Stone (1st 15:26, All-State), Carson Bedics (4th 16:23, All-State), Jon Fielding Stogner (10th 16:42 All-State), Logan Justice (12th 16:45, All-State), Jack Gray (13th 16:50, All-State), Brady Cassell (15th 16:54, All-State), Jack Harchelroad (19th 17:09), Connor Warren (24th 17:15), Ivan Pichardo-Njenga (43rd 17:41), Grayton Murry (48th 17:44)