Strozier takes third at state

Chelsea's Cheyenne Thompson (2226) and Camryn Neal (2223) each recorded times that met the national silver standard at teh 2012 Class 6A Cross Country Championships on Nov. 10. (File)

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

OAKVILLE – Pelham freshman Mary Grace Strozier led all Shelby County runners at the 2012 AHSAA Cross Country Championships with a third place finish in the Class 6A girls’ race on Nov. 10.

Strozier finished the 5k race with a time of 18:32.99, which met the national silver standard time.

Chelsea’s Cheyenne Thompson rounded out the top-10 for area runners with an eighth place finish with a time of 19:07.01. Thomspon’s teammate Camryn Neal took 16th with a time of 19:30.95. Both runners also met the national standard.

Spain Park’s Jessica Bilek led the Lady Jags with a time of 20:30.75 for a 47th place finish out of 199 competitors.

Natalie Pugh led Oak Mountain to an eighth place finish in the team standings when she took 64th with a time of 21:06.09.

Jordan Strong’s seventh place effort led Spain Park to a sixth place team finish in the Class 6A boys race. Strong finished with a time of 16:25.27 to meet the boys’ national silver standard. Mark Ferrell took 26th with a time of 16:50.48 to help the Jaguars cause.

Oak Mountain’s Jake Van Geffen led the Eagles with a 18th place finish with a time of 16:44.24 while Pelham’s Andrew Givan was 27th with a time of 16:50.95.

Thompson’s Michael Johnson took 32nd with a time of 16.57.57.