St. Al’s Edwards finishes sixth at MAIS Class 5A cross country meet

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, October 24, 2023

For the third year in a row, Samantha Edwards finished the high school cross country season near the front of the pack.

The St. Aloysius junior placed sixth at the MAIS Class 5A girls’ state meet Monday in Clinton, with a time of 21 minutes, 19 seconds.

It was her third consecutive top-six finish at the state meet, a streak that includes the individual championship in 2021. She finished fourth in 2022.

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Edwards’ teammate Hendrix Eldridge also had an outstanding showing by finishing 12th out of 91 runners. Eldridge, a freshman, clocked a time of 21:55 in the 5-kilometer run.

Eldridge finished fourth in 2021 and third in 2022.

Led by Edwards and Eldridge, the Lady Flashes totaled 115 points and were fifth in the team standings. East Rankin Academy had five of the top 13 runners and won the team championship with 43 points.

Simpson Academy’s Lilly Overby won the individual championship with a time of 19:46, and her teammate Layla Warren was second in 20:38.

St. Aloysius’ Julia Tuminello was her team’s third runner, with a time of 24:03. Nancy Clement placed 33rd in 24:41.

Walker Lambiotte was St. Al’s top runner in the boys’ meet, finishing 39th with a time of 21:12. Dalton Windham placed 49th in 22:29, and Sam Hall 51st out of 98 runners with a time of 22:34.

St. Al placed 10th out of 11 boys’ teams, with 258 points. Cathedral won its eighth consecutive team title with 57 points, as three of its runners ­— Owen Bertelsen, Alex Monagan and Thomas McKnight — finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Providence Classical’s Baxter Carroll won the individual championship with a time of 17:48. Providence Classical totaled 74 points to place second in the team standings.

In the Class 3A boys’ meet, Porter’s Chapel Academy senior Nick Neihaus finished 14th out of 51 runners with a time of 22:13. Junior Tyler Hatler was 23rd in 23:31.

Regents of Oxford juniors Tristan Bryan and Samuel Bryan finished first and second, respectively, to lead their school to the Class 3A team championship. Tristan Bryan’s winning time was 17:!7.