The Homewood Cross Country Teams started their post-season this past week in strong fashion. Both the Girls and Boys JV teams wrapped up their season by competing on Tuesday 10/29/19 at the JV Championships at Veterans Park in Alabaster. The JV Championships hosted by Thompson High School consists of runners from all classifications in the metro area competing against one another. This race for many teams also boasts several middle school athletes who have been pulled up to run with the high school teams after their season ended the week prior. The girls team placed second overall behind 7A Mountain Brook. The girls were led by 8th grader Caroline Wilder (21:07). She was followed closely by teammates Sarah Derriso, Camille Etheridge, Alex Steltenpohl, and Sophia Forrestall to round out the team scoring narrowly falling behind Mountain Brook and beating the third place team by close to 50 points. The boys placed seventh overall, but were the first 6A school. The boys were led by seventh grader Colvin Bussey (18:45). The boys team scorers included Adonijah Kaplelach, Braxton McClusky, Foster Laird, and James Ivey.
Later in the week on Friday 11/1/19, the Girls and Boys Varsity teams took top honors at the 6A Sectionals at Trussville Country Club and qualified for the State Championships next Saturday in Moulton, AL. The girls were led by overall winner Lainey Phelps (18:03). The other girls on the team followed closely behind Phelps and the entire team placed in the top 15 overall. The girls included Marin Poleshek (2nd – 19:08), Victoria Thompson (4th – 19:38), Celie Jackson (5th – 19:38), Lily Blish (7th – 20:25), Laura Kemper (8th – 20:27), Zoe Nichols (9th – 20:33), Sydney Dobbins (10th – 20:34), Adah Allen (12th – 21:19), and Maris Owen (15th – 21:42). The boys were led by Jon Fielding Stogner (15:59) who placed 2nd overall. Stogner was followed closely by six other teammates placing in the top fifteen. Carson Bedics (3rd – 16:04), Jackson Merrell (4th – 16:28), Jack Harchelroad (5th – 16:46), Sam Gray (7th – 17:00), Andrew Laird (9th – 17:11), and Ben Murray (14th – 17:40). This coming weekend the girls will be going for back to back state championships in cross country, and the boys will be seeking their eighth consecutive cross country state title. The girls race at 10:30 am on Saturday at the Oakville Indian Mounds in Moulton, AL followed by the boys racing at 11:30 am.