Cyclone cross country continues to impress leading up to California trip

Published 11:34 am Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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As a trip to California continues to draw closer daily for the Elizabethton Cross Country harriers, that hasn’t been a game-changing, loss of focus event for the team as both the boys and girls have been pushing their way to the top of the heap in local running events.
In the recent Run for the Hills event held in Bristol at South Holston Dam, the girls team finished fifth out of 16 teams, while the boys concluded their day with a third-place finish out of 21 teams.
Finishing ahead of the girls in finishing order were Daniel Boone, Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett, and David Crockett. The two teams that beat out the boys team were Dobyns-Bennett and Lebanon, VA.
Helen Hackett led the girls charge as she medaled with a 13th-place finish overall in a time of 22:53. Madeline Isaacs captured 26th place with Jasey Hyatt (48), Grace Artz (52), Adrian Heading (58), and Ashleigh Hyatt (80th).
On the boys side, seniors Vernon Riley and Max Garner represented the Cyclones in a big way with Riley claiming a fifth-place finish and Garner right on Vernon’s heels in sixth place as both medaled in the event.
Jerry Behrmann (18), Cooper Chinault (21), Cooper Jack (37), William Snodgrass (41), Brian Presley (53), and Jacob Jenkins (99) wrapped up the day for Elizabethton.
Hallie Coffee led Cloudland’s girls with a 67th place finish while Makinna Shell (87), Makenzie Street (92), Jayla Harper (109th), Lily Peralta (121), and Reagan Turbyfill (122nd) wound out the Lady Highlander finishers.
For Cloudland’s boys, Devin Balado completed the course in 82nd place, while teammate Cass Turbyfill finished in 121st place.
Happy Valley also competed in the event. On the girls side, Seilah Pickering led the Lady Warriors with a 56th-place finish. Mylee Lyle (107), Serenity Burks (112), Alayiah Rangel (113), Juley Nieminski (116), Kenzie Letterman (119), and Lindsay Hardin (120) wrapped up the Lady Warriors finishing order.
The Warriors boys team was paced by Jackson Smith, who finished in 55th place, while Casey Walker crossed the finish line in 143rd place. Julian Pate finished in 159th place for Coach Matt Estep’s Warriors.

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