Smiths Station senior Silas Franklin produced the top performance among local runners Saturday during the Alabama High School Athletic Association state cross country championships at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
Franklin placed third out of 175 finishers in the Class 7A boys race, covering the 5-kilometer course in 15:35.60. The winning time was 15:24.29 by Vestavia Hills sophomore Ethan Strand.
The Smiths Station boys also came through with the best result among local teams. The Panthers placed fifth out of 16 teams, scoring 142 points. Huntsville won the title with 52 points. Other scorers for Smiths were junior Savian Taylor 16th (16:17.37), senior Chandler Moulton 22nd (16:24), senior Tristan Breen 56th (17:05.31) and senior Tallon Hairston 59th (17:12).
They were the Class 7A Section 2 team champions and won the following meets this season: Auburn Tiger Classic, Smiths Station J.D. Evilsizer Panther Invitational, Enterprise Wildcat Classic and Panther Stages. They also were the AT&T Starr’s Mill team runner-up, fifth at the Atlanta Track Clubs Winged Foot Championship and finished no lower than seventh in the four state Jesse Owens Gold Division meets.
Central didn’t have enough boys to qualify for team scoring in the Class 7A boys race.
In the 16-team Class 7A girls race, Central placed eighth with 220 points and Smiths Station 16th with 482 points — both teams significantly young, with nary a junior or senior among them. Auburn won the team title with 25 points, led by senior Hannah Dyal (18:16.30) out of 177 finishers.
Scoring for the Central girls were eighth-grader Adley Burkes 16th (19:23.47), seventh-grader Haley Wilson 39th (19:23.47), eighth-grader Kiley Murphy 41st (20:23.58), eighth-grader Abigail Garner 67th (21:06.63) and seventh-grader Kailey Brougham 99th (22:05.13).
Scoring for Smiths Station were seventh-grader Railey Prins 105th (22:17.26), freshman Abigail Ray 138th (23:08.06), freshman Waverly Peters 139th (23:10.38), sophomore Avery Coleman 142nd (23:31) and eighth-grader Aubrey Hallam 145th (23:42.77).
The Russell County girls also competed in the state championships but didn’t have enough runners to qualify for team scoring in the Class 6A race.
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.