WINCHESTER – Moore County’s Kursten Hawkins finished first and the Raiderettes placed five runners in the top 10 as Moore County High School’s first-year cross country program won its first-ever meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
At Franklin County High School, MCHS topped Warren County 29-38. Runners from Grundy County, Fayetteville City, Lincoln County and host Franklin County also competed, but none of those schools had enough runners to make up a complete team. The top five runners from each school are required in team scoring.
Points are awarded to the individual runners of eligible teams, equal to the position in which they cross the finish line — first place gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, etc. The points for these runners are then summed and the team with the lowest score wins.
With 34 runners on the grid Tuesday, Moore County dominated the meet as the Raiderettes brought 17 runners to the competition. Moore County’s varsity was led by Hawkins, who started in a sprint, backed off her pace and then finished the last 75 yards in a sprint to finish just over the 24-minute mark at 24:08.
Warren County’s Ella Hale was second, more than a minute behind at 25:24. Julie Nance of Grundy County finished at 25:37 to place third. Warren County’s Allison Hubert (26:07) was fourth, while Moore County’s Kinsley Logan and Taylor Holcomb sprinted across the finish line in a dead heat at 26:28.
Logan was scored in fifth place, with Holcomb in sixth. Teammate Delaney Stevens (29:27) was seventh overall and the fourth scorer for Moore County. Mika Rainey completed Moore County’s team scoring with a 10th-place finish at the 29:43 mark.
Next for Moore County were Savannah Williams (12th, 29:47); Katie Thomas (14th, 33:11) and Delaney Hart (15th, 33:34).
Other Moore County finishers included Faith Cauble (20th, 37:38); Makayla Ray (21st, 37: 46); Destiny Hill (22nd, 37: 48); Amberlyn Holman (27th, 40:28); Rebecca Baxter (28th, 40:41); Haley Henshaw (31st, 42:16); Grace Cauble (32nd, 42:17); Taylor LaCook (33rd, 43:55) and Chrissy Lockhart (34th, 43:59),
Franklin County’s Eric Shull won the boys race with a 19:16. Grundy County’s John David (20:15) was second and Warren County’s Joey Hitchcock (20:55) finished third.
Fayetteville City’s top finisher was Bill Flynt (23:21) in 10th and Lincoln County top runner was Stephen Chaplin (25:36), who placed 23rd.
Grundy County won the boys meet over Warren County and the host Rebels.
—ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher