Hollingsworth runs to state
Despite being in its first year of existence, the Marshall County Tigerettes cross country team will be represented in the Class A-AA Girls State Championship Meet after freshman Leah Hollingsworth finished second in the Region 6-A-AA race on Thursday at Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.
Thanks to Thursday's performance, Hollingsworth has finished in the top three in seven of the nine races that she has competed in this year while winning four of them.
"I'm very proud of Leah. She's only a freshman so there is a lot of room for growth with her. Leah has a great work ethic and I expected her to do well today," said Marshall County coach Heather Denton. "We've still got to recruit the hallways and get some more kids out, but this should only help the program."
Although this is the first year that she has participated in cross country, Hollingsworth is no stranger to competition and was a standout on the basketball and softball teams at Lewisburg Middle School the last two years.
"I'm really surprised I've done this well. I was looking forward to running this year, but I didn't expect to have this many top finishes," said Hollingsworth. "I think competing in other sports helped me with my conditioning, but this sport is just as hard as the others."
Columbia Academy's Kailey Schyler was the lone runner to best Hollingsworth in the Region Meet and claimed the girls individual title by completing the rolling five kilometer course at Iroquois Steeplechase in 21 minutes and 21 seconds.
Hollingsworth finished 34 seconds behind Schyler with a time of 21:55, while Creek Wood's Riley Kilian completed the course in 22:00 to take home third.
Spring Hill's Hannah Highland (23:28), Creek Wood's Caroline Edmondson (23:37), Spring Hill's Lizzeth Castro (23:45), Montgomery Central's Alura Endres (23:57), Spring Hill's Casey Thyen (24:05), Loretto's Riley Littrell (24:14), and East Hickman's Chloe Adams (24:36) rounded out the rest of the top 10.
With three of their runners finishing in the top eight of the individual standings, Spring Hill took home the team title. Christ Presbyterian Academy came in second, while Loretto placed third to grab the last automatic team bid to the State Championship Meet.
If a runner's squad did not finish in the top three of the team competition, then they had to place in the top 10 of the individual standings in order to qualify for the State Meet.
Hickman County finished in fourth place and Marshall County came in fifth. East Hickman brought up the rear in the team standings and placed sixth overall.
Alexia Allen recorded the second best run of the day for the Tigerettes and finished 28th out of 57 runners with a time of 27:39. Malana Taylor (32:00.30), Alyssa Burgess (32:00.74), and Emma Espinoza (32:25) also competed in the race for Marshall County.
In the boys race, Page's Colin Lamb took home the individual title after tearing through the course in 17:31. CPA's Harrison King finished five seconds off the pace and came in second with a time of 17:36, while Page's Patrick Schulte (18:10) placed third.
CPA's Allen Heuerman (18:23), Page's Jarrod Teague (18:30), Page's Lee Pennington (18:34), Montgomery Central's Charles Fisher (18:41), Creek Wood's Caleb Allen (18:50), East Hickman's Wade Matney (19:01), and CPA's Trevor Condidorio (19:12) rounded out the rest of the top 10 in the individual standings.
After seeing four of their runners place in the top six of the individual standings, Page easily claimed first place in the team competition. Christ Presbyterian Academy came in second, while Montgomery Central garnered third place.
Marshall County, meanwhile, finished in 13th place in the team competition. Tyler Marcum turned in the top performance of the afternoon for the Tigers and finished 39th out of 83 runners with a time of 21:37. Cody Elder posted the second best time on the team and completed the course in 24:28, while Branion Wright (26:26), Aaron Gilliam (27:52), and Cameron Middaugh (27:55) participated in the race for Marshall County as well.
Earlier in the day, Forrest competed in the Region 5-A-AA race at Iroquois Steeplechase, but did not have any runners advance to the State Meet after the Lady Rockets placed fifth out of 14 teams.
Forrest freshman Rayvnn Reyes narrowly missed earning a berth to the Girls State Meet and finished 11th out of 103 runners with a time of 22:54. Lauren Gillespie followed Reyes and placed 18th with a time of 23:44, while Kennedy Gillespie (25:14) and Brianna Mackey (25:24) came in 33rd and 35th respectively. Caroline Heck (27:49), Jesse Heck (28:50), and Scarlett Graves (29:50) also ran in the Region Meet for the Lady Rockets.
Kendall Gillespie was the lone Forrest athlete to compete in the boys Region race and came in 83rd out of a 105 runners with a time of 22:56.
The Girls Class A-AA State Championship Meet will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at Iroquois Steeplechase.