From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
The Hewitt-Trussville boys cross country team, led by John Ngaruiya’s first-place finish, took second place in the Oak Mountain XC Invitational at Heardmont Park on Saturday.
Ngaruiya posted a time of 16:44.08 to lead the field in the 5000-meter run. Other top finishers for the Huskies were Austin Atkinson (3rd, 17:18.98), Josh Jenkins (10th, 17:57.17), Carson Spruiell (17th, 18:18.37), Aaron Dykes (20th, 18:36.42), Graham Bianchi (25th, 18:49.94) and Micah Smith (31st, 19:07.00).
Host Oak Mountain won. The Eagles tallied 27 points. Hewitt scored 51 and Spain Park had 52.
In the girls 5000, Sydney Hall led Hewitt with a time of 21:14.31 to finish eighth. Other scorers for Hewitt were Brooke Atkinson (15th, 22:16.28), Ellie Kate Jones (28th, 23:39.52), Helena Steen (29th, 23:46.01), Olivia Bland (33rd, 24:07.21), Hannah Brien (36th, 24:18.73) and Emily McMahon (67th, 25:43.18).
The Lady Huskies scored 98 points, trailing winner Spain Park (51), Oak Mountain (71) and John Carroll Catholic (73).
The event also had a second division for boys. In that division, Hewitt-Trussville’s Damon Purdy led the way with a time of 19:01.06 for first place. Other scoring runners and their finishes: Andrew Smith (11th), Kent Glover (18th), Timothy Ngaruiya (30th), Caleb Knox (35th), Christian Holley (40th) and Ethan Greene (41st).
Hewitt came in third behind Spain Park and Oak Mountain in that division.
In the middle school division, Hewitt-Trussville Middle’s boys came in first place, led by Nathan Knox’s fourth-place finish in the 3200. He ran an 11:24.37. Other scorers and finishes: Aaron Himes(7th), Bobby Stanberry (11th), Kellen Rutherford (13th), Blake Bailey (17th), Alex Jones (18th) and Andrew Guarino (20th).
Clay-Chalkville Middle also competed and finished 18th. Leading the Cougars was Saul Aguirre with a 105th-place finish with a time of 14:38.26. Other scorers for CCMS: Jonathan Limon (115th), Dominick Byrd (144th), Jordan Cummings (157th) and Matthew Johnson (162nd).
In the middle school second division, HTMS finished second. Nick Coffey led HTMS with a second-place finishing time of 12:31.11. Peyton Sanders (2nd), Weston Lovelady (7th), Noah Renda (21st) and Eli Williamson (30th) rounded out the scoring Huskies.
In the girls middle school division, Amelia Brady took first place for the Lady Huskies with a 12:35.92 as HTMS finished fourth. Other scorers: Maci Mills (11th), Hannah O’Kelley (17th), Samantha Vise (66th), Reagan Felts (68th) and Sadie Morgan (119th).