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9/11/2011 ACA races against the best at Chickasaw Trails
8/28/2011 Lady Patriots Cross Country Team Victorious
11/13/2010 Girl's Win Fouth Consecutive XC Title
5/12/2010 ACA Girls Win Fourth Straight Championship
4/7/2010 ACA to Host Track & Field Sectionals

Back to Top 9/11/2011

ACA races against the best at Chickasaw Trails

MOULTON, Alabama. – Analisa Patrick paced the Lady Pats to eighth place, and Tanner Kelley led the ACA young men to a fourth-place team finish Saturday morning, as the Patriot Cross Country teams continue their quest for a State Title at Chickasaw Trails.

In the girl's race, Patrick went up against some of Alabama’s best in the meets Large School race. The senior, ran the 5000 meter race in a time of 19:30.05. Ms. Patrick has run the 5th fastest time in Alabama this season.

Kelley covered the 5000-meter Oakville Indian Mounds course in 17 minutes, 58.37 seconds to place fourth out of 322 runners. Holy Spirit’s Alex Enns, negotiated the course in 17 minutes, 31.86 seconds to break the tape on a mildly warm day in Moulton.

University School of Nashville took the boys's team crown with 63 points, followed by Randolph with 79, Montgomery Academy with 109, and then ACA with 167. There were 29 teams involved in the competition.

On the girl's side, the Top 8 teams out of the 25 competing were Scottsboro which tallied 73 points to capture top honors. Mountain Brook (76), Brentwood, TN (92), Hewitt-Trussville (170), Harpeth-Hall, TN (177), Hoover (188), Bob Jones (242), and ACA (257).

The Lady Patriots are strong with all scorers being returning veterans. Patrick was followed by 9th graders Kaitlin York (20th/ 20:42), Olivia Goldsby (84th/22:47), Meredith Brown (90th/ 22:50) and Junior Chloe Rector (105th/ 23:11). Other Varsity runners were Mallie McCleland (134th/ 23:49), Chelsea Booth (164th/ 24:39), Sarah Grace Kelley (193rd/ 25:24), and Betsy Ann Ingram (256th/ 27:44). There were 316 athletes competing.

"We always try to run up whenever possible." ACA Cross Country Head coach Charles Tiller said. "Mountain Brook and Scottsboro are two of the best teams in the Southeast. I thought that Analisa did well against some very talented girls. We had decent times with the 3-4-5 team spots but I know we can do better."

Freshman Jesse Kelley, brother of Tanner, posted a solid effort with a Personal Record (PR). His 18:30.41 output placed him 13th. 7th grader Caleb Isbell was the third ACA scorer, placing 46th in 19:54.53. Also counting toward American Christian's point total were 9th grader Russell Motsch (50th/ 20:03) and Junior Caden Hinds (65th/ 20:18). Isbell, Motsch, and Hinds are all rookies. There were 322 boys competing.

"We are rebuilding after losing 4 out of our Top 7 last year including two All-Staters," Tiller said. "These new guys show a lot of promise. Add to the talent and experience of the Kelley brothers, we can be competitive come November.

Other Varsity runners were Austin Marchant (75th/ 20:28), Quinn Edmonds (105th/ 21:22), Charles Hardin (156th/ 22:16), John Mark McCleland (167th/ 22:36), Jordan Coleman (168th/ 22:37), Birch Barnett (171st/ 22:39), and Noah Karr (246th/ 24:47).

The Lady Pats and Patriots will resume competition in Pensacola, Florida on the 17th at the Wildcat Invitational.


Back to Top 8/28/2011

Lady Patriots Cross Country Team Victorious

The ACA Cross Country team hosted its first meet of the season on Saturday, August 27. The ACA Trail Race is a 2.5 mile race throughout the winding and narrow trails at Sokol Park. Some 10 teams and 200 athletes participated.

Among the teams competing were 5A Girls number 3 ranked Briarwood Christian and 5A Girls number 5 John Carroll. The ACA Girls entered the contest as 1A/2A number 1 while the Boys were ranked number 4.

This has been the most highly contested Trail Race since its inception 5 years ago.

John Carroll’s Griffin Lee set a new course record finishing in a swift 14:27.40. Rachel Roberts, John Carroll’s highly touted senior, set a Girls course record in a time of 15:52.40.

ACA’s top female runner, Analisa Patrick, ran a school record 16:35.00 to finish second. Tanner Kelley, ACA’s top male runner, finished 3rd with a time of 15:11.20.

The Lady Patriots placed its top 5 athletes in the Top 15 to win the team title; it’s 4th in 5 years. Scoring for ACA were Patrick, Kaitlin York (3rd, 17:57), Meredith Brown (9th, 19:50), Chloe Rector (11th, 20:08), Olivia Goldsby (13th, 20:14).

Head Coach Charles Tiller after the meet said “The Girls team continues to get better every year. Our Top 5 racers are young but each have been on State Championship teams. Meredith Brown had a huge breakthrough today showing us that she has the ability to earn All-State designation in November.”

Others competing for ACA were Sarah Grace Kelly (21:29), Chelsea Booth (21:49), Mallie McCleland (21:53) and Betsy Ann Ingram (25:10).

The Boys put on a strong showing finishing 3rd out of 8 teams with 59 points. Finishing ahead of ACA were John Carroll (39 points) and Briarwood Christian (56 points). Tiller said he was pleased with the overall effort of his guys. “We had 3 new guys running on our Varsity squad. They have been working hard trying to replace 4 top guys from last years 3rd place team. I thought they did a good job for their first meet.”

Top 5 for the Patriots were T. Kelley, Jesse Kelley (7th, 16:18), Caden Hinds (13th, 16:49), Austin Marchant (14th, 17:09), Caleb Isbell (22nd, 17:45). Others competing for ACA were Quinn Edmonds (18:56), Birch Barnett (19:30), Charles Hardin (19:47), Andrew Strahan (20:36), John Mark McCleland (21:19), Noah Karr and (22:00).

ACA has next weekend off before competing at Chickasaw Trails on Saturday, September 10. “We have some work to do between now and the 10th. We will be competing against some top notch teams like Hatton and Cold Springs. You can bet they working as hard as we are.”


Back to Top 11/13/2010

Girl's Win Fouth Consecutive XC Title

The American Christian Academy girls won it fourth consecutive 1A/2A Cross Country Championship Saturday. ACA scored 37 points, beating second place Cold Springs by 49. Finishing third was Providence Christian from Dothan with 109 points. The 49 points is the largest margin of victory in the 8 years the meet has been held in Moulton.

Junior Analisa Patrick, led the Lady Patriots finishing in first place with a time of 18:50 outracing Altamont’s Sarah Eckinger by 47 seconds. The number 2 and 3 runners for ACA finished in the Top 15 and earned All-State honors. They were Kaitlin York (6th / 20:55), and Chloe Rector (14th / 22:03). The fourth and fifth scorers for ACA were Olivia Goldsby (16th / 22:10) and Chelsea Booth (24th / 23:09).

Others racing for ACA were Meredith Brown (35th / 23:25), Hannah Goldsby (41st / 23:32), Carolyn Barnett (61st / 24:49), Betsy Ann Ingram (73rd / 25:43), and Jordan Sute (84th / 26:39).

“I am very excited for this group of athletes” said Head Coach Charles Tiller. “We lost 3 out of our top 6 runners from last year. We also had numerous injuries. They have worked hard though and it has paid off.”

The ACA boy’s team was close to achieving their goal of a State Championship but fell short. The guys finished 3rd scoring 91 points compared to Hatton’s 71 and Cottage Hill’s 76. ACA beat Hatton several weeks ago at the Dew It on the Trails meet in Decatur. “We knew we had our work cut out for us. Everyone had to be at our very best.” said Tiller.

Winning the 1A/2A race was Conor Rector, ACA’s school record holder. He outran Altamont schools Feras Awad by 2 seconds with a time of 16:56. Junior Tanner Kelly (5th / 17:25) and Senior Eric Tiller (11th / 18:01) also finished in the top 15 earning All-State distinction. The 4th and 5th place scorers for ACA were Austin Marchant, 32nd in 18:53, and Jesse Kelley who finished 69th with a time of 20:08.

Others boys racing for ACA were Patrick Farley (83rd / 20:53), Cameron Lyons (96th / 21:18), Carson Brown (100th / 21:36), Charles Hardin (113th / 21:57), and Jordan Coleman (117th / 22:18).

“This is the first time that ACA has had an individual champion in Cross Country and today, we had two of them. I couldn’t be happier for them and for the program” said Tiller.


Back to Top 5/12/2010

ACA Girls Win Fourth Straight Championship

BIRMINGHAM | The American Christian Academy girls track team won only two events but claimed the AHSAA Class 2A championship for the fourth straight year.

Competing on Friday and Saturday at Birmingham-Southern College, ACA totaled 103.5 points. Mobile Christian was second with 71.5.

“The fourth one, in my mind, was a big accomplishment, particularly since we had lost some of the huge, great athletes like Bekah Hoppis and Rebekah Rhodes off last year’s squad,” said ACA coach Charles Tiller. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to match the type of points we had in prior years. We had the feeling we would come in at the 103- to 105-point range, but we didn’t know how the competition would stack up.

“What it does is that it tells people we’re actually a program and not about one particular athlete.”

ACA junior Carolyn Barnett won the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches.

“What made her situation very special is that she’s a very competitive high jumper, but she did not do that well (seventh place),” Tiller said. “She walked away feeling like she let down the team. For her to turn around and give the performance she gave in the pole vault was extraordinary.”

ACA’s Amy Mirabito earned 8 points by placing second in the pole vault at 8 feet. Sara Gibson contributed 4 points by placing fifth at 7-6.

“Our pole vaulters got 22 out of a possible 24 points,” Tiller said. “That put some distance between us and Mobile Christian.”

Tiller said senior Rachel Mills “just about passed out” as she placed sixth in the 1,600 meters on Friday. “She went to the medial tent, and we really thought it would be a challenge getting her back,” Tiller said.

Mills, who was fourth in the 800 and sixth in the 3,200 meters, rested up until Saturday’s 4x800 relay. Mills teamed with Gibson, Kaitlin York and Chloe Rector to give ACA a victory in 10:54.32.

“Rachel ran the final leg and turned in an outstanding time,” Tiller said. “She just said, ‘I’m a senior. This is my favorite event. I’m not going to let you down.’ She wanted so much to do her part she inspired the other members of the team to really step up, and they ended up winning.”

ACA’s 4x400 relay team of Martha Grace Mize, Mary Roberts, Morgan Hoff and Jordan Ballard placed second in what Tiller said was a school-record 4:32.73.

“They put it on the line and ran a really, really great race,” Tiller said.

Tiller said Katie Hooper “got us rolling” when she placed second (94-4) in the discus event, which began at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Chandler Dare placed third in the triple jump and sixth in the 200 meters. Roberts was sixth in the 300 hurdles.

“This is a really scrappy team,” Tiller said. “With only two victories, in every event we were trying to get a few points here and there. That’s how we did it, which takes a lot more focus and a lot more work.”

The ACA boys team placed sixth with 33 points. Lanett won the title with 121, and Francis Marion placed fourth with 43.

“This was probably one of the better teams we’ve had in a number of years,” Tiller said. “We were mainly distance-based with a lot of throwers as well.”

Conor Rector set an ACA record of 2:06.56 to place third in the 800. He was fifth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 3,200.

He and Tanner Kelley, Cameron Lyons and Eric Tiller, the coach’s son, placed third in the 4x800 relay on Friday with a school-record time of 8:58.84

“That was an outstanding performance against some really good 4x800 squads,” Charles Tiller said. “One of our big leaders this year was Tanner. He would lead vocally and by his actions to help the team.”

The 4x400 relay team of Jordan Coleman Austin Marchant, Jacob Fager and Patrick Farley placed eighth in 3:57.32. “They gave us a spark,” Charles Tiller said.

Charles Tiller also said Cameron Hamner “came out of nowhere” to place eighth in the javelin.

Demetrice Goree of Francis Marion won the shot put at 46-3⁄4. Teammate Deandre Barnette was second at 44-21⁄2. Goree placed fifth in the discus at 126-7.


Back to Top 4/7/2010

ACA to Host Track & Field Sectionals

American Christian Academy will be hosting the 1A-Section 1, 2A-Section 2, and the 5A-Section 4 Sectionals at the University of Alabama Track on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24.

Click on the link below to find out important information regarding the meet schedule and directions.

track, sectional info 2010.pdf

Please do not forget that you will need to turn in this Form either prior to or on the day of the Sectional.

track, form 52.pdf

The AHSAA changed some event minimums for 2010. They also added a minimum for the 1600. Click on the link below to see what the minimums will be this year in 1A, 2A, and 5A:

track, state qualifying minimums 2010 v 4.6.pdf

AHSAA Class 1A
Section 1
Autaugaville (AUTA), Billingsley (BILL), J.U. Blacksher (JUBL), Butler County Magnet(BCMA), Florala (FLOR), John Essex (JOES), A. L. Johnson (JOHN), Linden (LIND), Loachapoka (LOAC), Maplesville (MAPL), Marengo (MARE), McKenzie (MCKE), Notasulga (NOTA), Providence Christian (PROV), South Lamar (SOLA), Sunshine (SUNS), Sweet Water (SWEE)

AHSAA Class 2A
Section 2
American Christian Academy (AMER), Francis Marion(FMAR), Fultondale (FULT), Keith (KETH), Ohatchee (OHAT), R.C.Hatch (RCHA), Shades Mountain Christian (SHAD),Sulligent (SULL), Thorsby (THOR), Vincent (VINC)

AHSAA Class 5A
Section 4
Brookwood (BRWD), Carver-Birmingham (CAVR), Central-Tuscaloosa (CETU), Chelsea (CHEL), Cullman (CULL), Curry (CURR), Erwin (ERWI), Fairfield (FFLD), Hartselle (HART), Hayden (HAYD), Mortimer Jordan (MOJO), Parker (PKER), Pleasant Grove (PLGR), Russellville (RUSS), Springville (SPNG), Walker (WALK), Wenonah (WENO), Woodlawn (WOHS)

Meet Director Contact
Coach Charles Tiller, American Christian Academy, 2300 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 Cell: 205-454-7033 Fax: 270-721-4896 Email:

April 5, 2010 Update
The 1A Section 1, 2A Section 2, and 5A Section 4 meet will be held at the University of Alabama track. This is a different location than what was announced earlier in the spring.

The meet will begin at 8:00 am on both Friday and Saturday. The gates will open for teams and spectators at 7:00 am. It is anticipated the meet will end by 5:00 pm on each day.

We ask your cooperation in being honest and accurate when entering seed marks. Marks must be recorded in official meets in 2009-2010. In fairness to all please, do not turn in bogus marks. Seed times for each event may be verified by meet officials. Athletes with bogus marks will be placed in slowest sections. Please adjust all hand times in sprint and hurdle events upward by .25.

This is a State Championship qualifying meet. For the safety of your athletes, please do not enter them in events for which they are not familiar, particularly in the Pole Vault and High Jump. If it is apparent to meet officials that an athlete doesn't have the training or experience to safely compete in the events for which they are entered, the athlete's participation in that event will be disallowed.

All pole vaulters will be weighed prior to their event. Vaulters will only be allowed to use a pole that has a rating that is greater than their weight. You must bring your own pole as poles will not be provided.

April 6, 2010 Update
The State Qualifying Minimums sheet (above) has been corrected to reflect the proper distance of 110' as the minimum for the 5A Boys Discus.


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