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:
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.
- 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.
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'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.
- 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.
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:
|1||Claire Stegall||10||Nolensville High School||17:08.18|
|2||Jaynie Halterman||11||Independence High School||17:37.02|
|3||Bella Guillamondegui||12||Harpeth Hall School||17:40.66|
|4||Caroline Hood||11||Pace Academy||17:52.21|
|6||Autumn Headrick||12||Dobyns Bennett High School||18:17.40|
|7||Mary Mac Collins||12||Northridge High School||18:20.33|
|8||Jordan Rayl||12||Ravenwood High School||18:24.3|
|9||Savannah Williams||12||Lawrence County HS||18:25.21|
|10||Larkin Johnson||9||Centennial High School||18:33.91|
|11||Lydia Cromwell||10||Brentwood High School||18:35.06|
|12||Ava McIntosh||12||Huntsville HS||18:35.75|
|13||Katie Mae Coan||9||Lawrence County HS||18:38.57|
|14||Rachel Haws||10||Brentwood High School||18:39.99|
|15||Lily Moore||12||Leon HS||18:44|
Top 15 times from last year with grade level updated:
|1||Reagan Riley||12||Mountain Brook HS||17:00.30|
|2||Abby Faith Cheeseman||10||The Webb School||17:13.80|
|3||Caroline Hood||11||Pace Academy||17:36.21|
|4||Jaynie Halterman||11||Independence High School||17:43.37|
|5||Mary Mac Collins||12||Northridge High School||17:45.75|
|7||Bella Guillamondegui||12||Harpeth Hall School||17:51.73|
|8||Lydia Cromwell||10||Brentwood High School||18:05.02|
|9||Claire Stegall||10||Nolensville High School||18:08.47|
|10||Carmel Yonas||12||South Forsyth High School||18:10.68|
|11||Clark Stewart||12||Mountain Brook HS||18:13.50|
|12||Clara Heppner||12||North Atlanta||18:19.68|
|13||Rachel Haws||10||Brentwood High School||18:24.09|
|14||Cady McPhail||12||Chelsea High School||18:24.56|
|15||Peyton Strauss||11||Brentwood High School||18:25.00|