Boone and Crockett rehearse at Region 1 Cross Country Championships; Volunteer makes history | Sports


GRAY – A gray and windy Tuesday on the historic 5,000-yard Trailblazer course didn’t seem to bother most runners at the Region 1 Cross Country Championships.

A lot of history has been made and Gray’s rag-tag boys have once again defended their own ground.

In class AAA races, the top three teams as well as the top five who did not compete in any of the qualifiers qualified for next week’s TSSAA meet in Hendersonville. In class A-AA, the top four teams and five individuals qualified for the big dance.

Daniel Boone’s boys – still without Conner Wingfield, Levi Streeval and Luke Mussard – have won the regional AAAn class title for the sixth consecutive time and the ninth in the past 10 years with a low score of 23 points.

Boone’s streak is the longest since Science Hill won nine in a row from 1998-2006. The Trailblazers’ 12th overall title also tied Science Hill for the third most all-time in all rankings. .

Alex Quackenbush won the individual title in 16: 56.4 to become the sixth Boone rider to accomplish the feat.

“We have a team full of kindhearted kids,” said Boone coach Len Jeffers. “They listen, compete and want an opportunity. Unfortunately, due to other issues, they got this opportunity and they made the most of it. “

The ‘Blazers had four of the top five riders and seven made the team from all regions. Bryson Lewis was second in a time of 17: 04.8, Sheesley was fourth in 17: 08.0 and Griffin Swinehart fifth in 17: 18.8. Conner Roberts (11th, 17: 51.1) completed the scoring.

“I took it out to see if anyone was going to come with me, then half a mile away I went,” Quackenbush said. “I held the lead pretty easily, but really didn’t feel any pressure to do something different. I just sailed the entire trip.

Dane Sullins of Dobyns-Bennett broke Boone’s field with a third place in 17: 06.7 which propelled the tribe to second place.

Science Hill, led by ninth-place Owen Johnson in 17: 49.8, was the team’s final qualification.

The individual qualifiers were David Crockett’s Gideon Erwin (7th, 17: 26.2), Jefferson County Lucas Bales (eighth, 17: 31.1), Nick Sexton of Morristown West (12th, 17: 56.1) and Brando Resendiz (13th, 18: 01.8) and Alex Ogle of Sevier County (18th, 18: 12.5).

DUNCAN TRIOMPHE, TAYLOR MAKES HISTORY

Trinny Duncan, senior of Science Hill, was the winner in the women’s individual after covering the course in 19: 02.6, well ahead of finalist Kamryn Wingfield of Daniel Boone (19: 52.4).

Duncan led his team to second place.

“I was nervous and really didn’t have a plan,” she said. “I just wanted to stay in front and see who’s there. I find it hard to believe this is all happening.

Wingfield became the highest-ranked Lady ‘Blazers rider of all time in a regional meet and helped Boone secure the final qualifying spot two points ahead of DB.

David Crockett repeated his regional tag team title with 49 points, the first team other than DB, Science Hill and Morristown West to win back-to-back titles since Sullivan Central in 1988 and 1989. The Lady Cougars repeated when the race did. was just a classification. .

“That was our goal this summer, but for a while it looked pretty questionable,” said Crockett coach Mark Jennings. “We started to move forward, starting with Trailblazer and we never looked back. I am so proud of the girls.

Crockett was led by third place rookie Maggie Bellamy in 20: 03.0). Breanna Dunn (4th, 20: 08.6), Ashlynn Roy (8th, 20: 34.7), Emily Ward (16th, 21: 27.7) and Hannah McLain (18th, 21: 45.5) were the other goal scorers.

West Ridge senior Cara Taylor became the first athlete from the new school to qualify for a state championship finishing 10th in 20: 43.4.

“I fell along the treeline along the fence and was afraid I wouldn’t make it,” Taylor said. “It’s great to be the first to qualify. I loved the team this season and they have been there for me for so long.

“It really feels good to represent the school. “

The other individual qualifiers were Kailee-Ann Conner of DB (6th, 20: 23.6), Autumn Headrick (7th, 20: 26.9) and Emily Siner (13th, 21: 10.5) and Ashlyn Haas of Morristown West (14th in 21 : 13.0). ).

A FIRST FALCON

Volunteer competed in Tuesday’s race having never won a regional team title in cross-country or track and field. This is not how the Falcons left the competition.

Volunteer dominated the A-AA class race, placing all of her points in the top 15 and totaling 50 points. The Ethyn Council finalist in 17: 42.9 set the tone and made him the best individual in the Falcons since Todd Skelton won the same race in 2003.

“It’s great to win the tag team title,” Council said. “It’s great to have been able to achieve one of the team’s goals by the time we all graduate.

“My run was brutal, but I kept fighting and stayed mentally strong.”

Caleb Greene (10th, 18: 28.8) was next for Volunteer, followed by Roman Borghetti-Metz (13th, 18: 47.5), Charlie Wilson (14th, 18: 49.5) and Evan Glass (15th, 18: 51.1).

The Church Hill team – coached by former legend Jim Ailshie – beat Sullivan East by 25 points. Ailshie has been running for almost half a century and made the volunteer program a candidate for a state title.

“It’s great to get this one,” Ailshie said. “To see everyone’s progress, it’s really phenomenal. When I got into volunteering five or six years ago, I took a team to Virginia and we finished 16th out of 16 boys teams and 11th out of 11 girls teams. In the end, it was the kids who stood up and I couldn’t be more proud. “

Sam Fulton of Gatlinburg-Pittman – younger brother of 2018 State Small Class Champion Emerson – won the region’s individual title in 17: 12.5.

“I just knew I had to take the lead and I didn’t want to take an easy day,” said Fulton. “It’s great to follow in my brother’s footsteps. He’s always pushed me and he’s still pushing me. I always want to be the best brother so that always motivates me a lot.

Elizabethton was third and Pittman fourth.

The individual state qualifiers were Morgan Leach of Greeneville (third, 17: 43.5), Henry Brooks of Cherokee (fourth, 18: 00.9), Chandler Dalton of Washburn (5th, 18: 03.5), Braden Williams of University High (6th, 18: 04.7) and Connor Barnes of Pigeon Forge (12th, 18: 42.5).

ARRINGTON DOMINATES

Tennessee High junior Zoe Arrington finally took the regional cross country champion off her roster and did so in record fashion.

Arrington topped the regional A-AA class mark with a time of 19: 16.9, his best of the season.

She broke the record of 19: 52.1 (2008, Stephanie Davenport of University High) and became the first Lady Vikings runner to win the region’s individual crown since Solange Adams in 2003.

“I feel like my last 2 miles have been a lot stronger than they’ve been,” said Arrington. “I’ve lost really badly in the last kilometer lately. The last mile in particular felt stronger than what I’ve done this season.

“After everything I’ve been through this season, it feels good to get this little win because it means it’s a step in the right direction and I’m on the other side of things.”

Arrington and the Lady Vikings finished second behind Gatlinburg-Pittman in the team race (52-71) after the Lady Highlanders – competing in Region 1 for the first time in many years – placed four riders in the top 20.

Mandy Lowery of Sullivan East was the first individual qualifier, finishing second in 20: 15.8. The screening offered redemption after it missed out on a trip to the center of the state by one spot in the high school race last year.

“It’s fantastic to go to the United States this year,” said Lowery. “The whole race I had a smile on my face knowing I was going to go. “

The volunteer finished third. Jacie Begley’s fourth place in 21: 30.9 helped the Lady Falcons secure a place of state.

The other individual qualifiers were Jenna Pittman of Cocke County (7th, 22: 10.6), Isabelle Johnson of University High (eighth, 22: 41.1), Reaghan Curde of Elizabethton (13th, 23: 27.6) and Marissa Unicoi County Shoe (14th, 23: 29.1).


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