By: John Terino
At the Providence Christian School Eagle Invitational Cross Country meet in Dothan on Saturday, September 6, Amaris Tyynismaa, an 8th grader at Montgomery Catholic, shattered the meet and course record en route to leading the Knights to victory. Tyynismaa blazed to a first place finish over the 5K course in 18:56.80, beating the previous record by almost two minutes. Close behind were teammates Katelyn Stark (22:32.45) in 2nd, Sarah Beth Littrell (23:37.32) in 6th , Carlye Schmidt (23:53.94) in 7th, and Grace Leslie (24:02.52) in 8th to capture the team title (24-50) over 7A power Enterprise and 7 other schools.
The heat and humidity did not stop the Catholic Boys team from taking home a trophy. Although Enterprise won the team title, 34-46, over Montgomery Catholic, the Racing Knights secured the silver token. Patrick Gregorius paced the Knights by finishing fourth in 19:48.77. He was followed by Devin Kelly (20:08.70) and Grant Walker (20:23.83) in 5th and 6th place. Winston Wright (21:12.22) and Hugh Walker (21:17.82) rounded out the team score for Catholic by finishing 15th and 16th. The Montgomery Catholic Cross Country team is coached by John Terino and assistant coach Brianna Lisenby.
The Montgomery Catholic Cross Country Team members are:Ann Faulkner, Lacy Herbek, Grace Leslie, Sarah Beth Littrell, Katie Reeves, Carlye Schmidt, Madison Searcy, Chloe Smith, Katelyn Stark, Annabel Starrett, Amaris Tyynismaa, David Barber, Andrew Ellis,
Patrick Gregorius, Kyle Hines, Ryan Janson, Devin Kelly, Angel Padilla, Daniel Reeves,
Grant Walker, Hugh Walker, and Winston Wright.