• The AHS/AMS Cross Country Teams compete in the 6A Section 6 area each fall. The XC teams have advanced to the AHSAA State Championship race 3 years in a row, now! We finished the 2019 season as the #5 Boys and #10 Girls in the State. We will have an athlete interest and parent meeting in May 2020 for the Fall 2020 Season! See you there! Students may join XC beginning in 7th grade. For more information about Athens Cross Country, please contact Amy Humphires at amy.humphries@acs-k12.org or Jacob Ricketts at jacob.ricketts@acs-k12.org

    Highlights 2020

    Girls XC 2020 Highlights:

    • 1st Place JV Scottsboro Black and Gold Invitational
    • 3rd Place JV (B Race) Chickasaw
    • 2nd Place Varsity John Hunt Series #2 Race
    • 2nd Place Varsity ABS Invitational
    • 3rd Place at the AHSAA 6A Section 6 Race
    • 15th Team Overall at AHSAA 6A State Championship Race 
    • 1 New School Record: 5K (Caroline Mallette 19:26; 6th Place Overall at the AHSAA State Championship Race)

    Boys XC 2020 Highlights:

    • 2nd Place  Varsity John Hunt Series #2
    • 2nd  JV ABS Invitational
    • 3rd Place Varsity Northwest Championships
    • 5th Place varsity at AHSAA 6A Section Section 6 Race
    • 3 Individual 6A State Race Qualifiers (Max Porter, Jake Collins, Asa Savoie) 
    • 1 New School Record: 2 Mile (James Leonard 12:12)

     

    Highlights 2019

    Girls XC 2019:

    • 3rd Place JV (7-9th Grade) at the Pepsi Invitational
    • 1st Place Varsity at the Elkmont Invitational
    • 3rd Place Varsity at the Northwest Championships
    • 2nd Place at the AHSAA 6A Section 6 Race
    • Top 10 at AHSAA 6A State Race (10th place) (21:57 team average)
    • 3 New School Records in the 2.0 mi, 2.1 mi, and 5K (Ella Marlowe)

    Boys XC 2019:

    • 1st Place Varsity at the Elkmont Invitational
    • 2nd Place Varsity at the Northwest Championships
    • 2nd Place AHSAA 6A Section 6 Race
    • 5th at AHSAA 6A State Race (17:25 team average)
    • 2 New School Records: 2.0mi (Gilman Griggs) and 5K (Guy Greenhaw)

2021 XC Schedule

2020 CROSS COUNTRY BOYS TEAM

BOYS XC
AMS XC

2020 CROSS COUNTRY GIRLS TEAM

GIRLS XC TEAM

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Amy Humphries

I was not an athlete in high school.  I was more of a bookworm. I did not start running until after I got married.  Running was the only form of exercise I could afford as a newlywed. I did not realize I enjoyed Cross Country until my son Reed was recruited to join when he was a freshman at AHS.  I have been hooked ever since! During the course of his senior year, I became driven to obtain new goals. I completed my first 10K, 1//2 Marathon, and Full Marathon during that year.  I have also competed in 3 sprint triathlons and participated in a 60 mile bike ride on the Natchez Trace.

I began my Cross Country Coaching career as a Volunteer Coach in 2008.  Later on I was hired as an Assistant Coach. I am now in my 3rd Season as the Boys Head Coach.  I absolutely love coaching these guys! Seeing these young men reach their goals is an absolute delight.  I think Cross Country is the Best Sport Ever! The dedication that these young men and women have is phenomenal!

I Run:

Running is one of my happy places. I realized that not only are there tremendous physical health benefits from running, but psychological benefits as well.  I can be in an extremely foul mood, go for a run, and then come back with a much better attitude. Running gives me the opportunity to think and put things in perspective.

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Jacob Ricketts

My name is Jacob Ricketts, and I am the new head coach for the girl's team. I graduated from Athens High School in 2007, then I attended Calhoun, Auburn University, and finished out at Athens State. I previously worked in Birmingham City, and I am glad to be back teaching in my hometown! I have coached baseball at Athens Middle School and I am proud to be the girl's cross county coach this year at Athens High School. 


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Beth Horn

I've always run to be a better athlete in whatever sport was in season. My coaches instilled in me that "Fitness isn't everything, but without it, you have nothing." I increased my mileage in preparation for college soccer at UNA, but I started running more seriously once I began coaching Cross Country in 2004. There were 11 of us that year, and we had 1,000's of acres of national forest at our school doorstep. (And I had no idea what I was doing). Fast forward, after a few wrong turns and a lot of lessons learned, I've come to truely enjoy the atmosphere at the heart of this sport. It has a #Family environment that you cannot replicate; it has become my "Lifetime Sport."

I Run:

Running benefits my health and overall well-being; it is a great stress reliever at the end of a long day. I've recenly started  Triathlons. It has been an awesome challenge, and I look forward to getting better. 


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Lanier Greenhaw

I quit smoking in January 1997 and started running the next day. It was a life changing moment. After all of these years I still have the same love for running as I did when I started. It is a great experience to watch these young runners progress each year building a better runner and a better person.

I Run:

Running to me is not only great exercise, it also builds character. I have made many friends all over the country from running. It can be a life long sport. Trails and mountain runs are my favorites but I love all running. Run smart, run safe, and have fun!


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