Southern Showcase 2022 Girls Preview

After a record-breaking Southern Showcase in 2021, where the Rocket City (Huntsville, Al.) saw 125 teams and countless achievements, the 2022 offering is poised to be on yet another level.

With 160 teams from 10 states, the meet has grown to epic proportions and will truly feel like a regional meet.

The top five teams in the championship race will get recognized as a podium team with a stage appearance and a trophy. The grand champion team who wins the championship race will see each member of the racing squad get a New Balance bag as well.  

According to current results and projects, the top six teams on the girls side are as follows:

Brentwood (TN) - The girls from Tennessee are the defending champions from a year ago and return a very strong squad for 2022 as evidenced by their top seed entering the weekend.
  • They'll look to be led by Lydia Cromwell and Rachel Haws and a plethora of runners who have run under 21 minutes to create strong depth with hopes of defending their championship race title.

Lawrence County (AL) -- Currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Alabama as a 5A school (7A is the largest), with in some cases, a third of the number of students as the large schools in the state they enter the meet as the No. 2 seed overall.
  • Coach Johnson has his girls poised to be the best team he has ever coached, and that is saying something considering his success over a historic career. The Williams' sisters who are now seniors are typically joined by freshman Katie Mae Coan in the front pack of races this season and have all three been in the 18s for 5K already this season. They look to use what might be the best 1-2-3 punch in the meet for girls' teams to make it on the podium surrounded by teams much larger than them.
Mountain Brook (AL) -- Ranked No. 20 in the MileSplit50 national rankings.
  • The Spartans haven't run their top two runners from a year ago in Reagan Riley (Notre Dame commit) and Clark Stewart (Virginia commit) yet, but still sit as the number three seed entering the meet.

  • With that said, they do already have a sub-19 runner in Lucy Benton, who broke 5 minutes in the mile in track season and looks to have a strong XC season as a junior.

Chelsea High School (AL) - The current No. 1 7A Alabama team after this past weekend.
  • Chelsea's girls are moving up from 6A to 7A this season. They kicked their time off in the state's largest classification with a bang at the Chickasaw Trails meet. Led by senior and Auburn University commit Cady McPhail, their top 5 performed well enough to land them the top spot in the class, as well as the #4 overall seed going into the weekend.
Loveland (OH) - No. 7 all classes in the state of Ohio, which is a very strong XC state.
  • Led by senior Madison Conatser who is already under 19 for the 5K and has two meet wins to her belt, the girls from Ohio are coming south to compete with a great field on a fast course. They enter the weekend with the 5th seed and look to showcase their depth as one of the few teams from outside the southeast region.
Huntsville (AL) - No. 2 7A and No. 4 all classes in Alabama based on current results.
  • The host school girls' squad rounds out the top 6 seeds led by senior Ava McIntosh who has a win and a runner-up finish and two sub 19 performances.

  • With 7 girls currently between 20:01 and 20:58, the rocket city girls are looking to have a few breakthroughs into the 19s and compete for a top 5 overall finish.

Current top 15 overall based on this season:

1Claire Stegall10Nolensville High School17:08.18
2Jaynie Halterman11Independence High School17:37.02
3Bella Guillamondegui12Harpeth Hall School17:40.66
4Caroline Hood11Pace Academy17:52.21
5Ruby Little11Marist18:16.57
6Autumn Headrick12Dobyns Bennett High School18:17.40
7Mary Mac Collins12Northridge High School18:20.33
8Jordan Rayl12Ravenwood High School18:24.3
9Savannah Williams12Lawrence County HS18:25.21
10Larkin Johnson9Centennial High School18:33.91
11Lydia Cromwell10Brentwood High School18:35.06
12Ava McIntosh12Huntsville HS18:35.75
13Katie Mae Coan9Lawrence County HS18:38.57
14Rachel Haws10Brentwood High School18:39.99
15Lily Moore12Leon HS18:44

Top 15 times from last year with grade level updated:

1Reagan Riley12Mountain Brook HS17:00.30
2Abby Faith Cheeseman10The Webb School17:13.80
3Caroline Hood11Pace Academy17:36.21
4Jaynie Halterman11Independence High School17:43.37
5Mary Mac Collins12Northridge High School17:45.75
6Ruby Little11Marist17:49.90
7Bella Guillamondegui12Harpeth Hall School17:51.73
8Lydia Cromwell10Brentwood High School18:05.02
9Claire Stegall10Nolensville High School18:08.47
10Carmel Yonas12South Forsyth High School18:10.68
11Clark Stewart12Mountain Brook HS18:13.50
12Clara Heppner12North Atlanta18:19.68
13Rachel Haws10Brentwood High School18:24.09
14Cady McPhail12Chelsea High School18:24.56
15Peyton Strauss11Brentwood High School18:25.00