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Luke Alverson of James Clemens leads the pack at the Class 7A Sectional cross country meet held at Palmer Park. The sophomore finished second in the boys race. Photo- Drew Bell, James Clemens High

Cross Country Sectional Sets Up For State Meet

MADISON- As expected, Huntsville High dominated the Class 7A Section 4 cross country championships leading the results in both and girls divisions and waltzing to the AHSAA State Championship set for Nov. 5 in Moulton. The Panthers took top honors in both divisions while host school James Clemens was runner-up in the meet which featured 47 schools and 850 athletes in several different classifications and was the largest cross country meet ever hosted by a Madison City School.

In boys, senior Panther Jackson Harris set the pace with a winning time of 15-minutes, 35.82-seconds nearly 20 seconds in front of runner-up Luke Alverson of James Clemens. Alverson, a sophomore, posted a time of 15:53.63. The remainder of the top 15 were named All-Section and qualify for the State Meet along with the top four teams. Three additional runners making their way among the All-Section were 4. Dylan Dryer, 11, James Clemens, 16:11.63, 10. Garrett Gallagher, 12, James Clemens, 16:31.18 and 11. John Luke Stovall, 11, James Clemens, 16:40.74.

Team scores in boys were 1. Huntsville, 25, 2. James Clemens, 41, 3. Grissom, 111, 4. Bob Jones, 119, 6. Sparkman, 140.

In girls, Huntsville’s Ava McIntosh was tops. The senior ran the race held at Palmer Park in 17:59.17. The remainder of the top 15 among local schools included: 2. Kylie Gero, 10, James Clemens, 19:13.52, 3. Samantha Menikheim, 11, Sparkman, 19:19.81, 4. Emma Bothern, 11, James Clemens, 19:33.88, 11. Kayla Willett, 11, James Clemens, 20:39.75, 12. Makenzie Parker, 11, James Clemens, 20:47.60 and 13. Molly Halter, 10, Bob Jones, 21:05.10.

Team scores in girls were 1. Huntsville 27, 2. James Clemens 46, 3. Sparkman 109, 4. Florence 113, 5. Bob Jones 118.

James Clemens qualified both its boys and girls teams for the State Meet for the fifth consecutive year and finished the sectional with four runners in each of the boys and girls divisions making the All-Section Team.

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