SMYRNA, Tenn. — On a cold, rainy Saturday morning on a sloppy course, 11 of Moore County High School’s 15 girls cross country team members turned in their fastest times of the season, setting personal records in their young careers.
At the Sharp Springs Course in Smyrna, the Raiderettes faced 32 teams, including 11 competing in the Silver Division. Moore County’s varsity, running without Kursten Hawkins and Savannah Williams, finished 12th out of the dozen teams in the Silver Division.
That notwithstanding, it was still a successful outing as five of the Raiderettes’ seven varsity runners — Delaney Stevens, Mika Rainey, Destiny Hill, Katie Thomas and Makayla Ray — ran personal records.
Stevens finished 58th among the 126 entrants in the Silver race. She finished at the 25:20.38 mark, bettering her time of 28:17.76 that she ran on the same course back in August and 10 seconds better than what she ran at Lincoln County on Sept. 30.
Mika Rainey was 73rd with a time of 26:43.18, bettering the time of 27:27 she ran at Lincoln County. Finishing 84th overall was Taylor Holcomb at 27:29.11, while Kinsley Logan was 86th at 27:38.46. Rounding out Moore County’s scorers in the varsity race was Thomas (101st, 28:52.87). Thomas ran a 29:13.22 at the Voyles Classic in August.
Hill (102nd, 28:59.72) and Ray (103rd, 29:13.74) completed the varsity runners for Moore County.
In the junior varsity race, Faith Cauble paced Moore County with a time of 27:35.20. Delaney Hart was next at 29:28.27, followed by Grace Cauble (30:25.80), Amberlyn Holman (31:01.43), Taylor LaCook (35:43.08) and Haley Henshaw (35:46.19).
The Raiderettes varsity distance runners are now headed to the region tournament with hopes of making school history again with their first-ever trip to the TSSAA State Championship meet.