LMS cross-country team members learning fast

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The LMS girls pose for a photo after the meet at Sulphur Springs. Front row from left are, Olivia Wooten, Erika Cammpbell, Abbie Collins, Mallorie Wooten and Savannah Alexander. Back row from left are, Courtney Burrow, Jasmine Brown, Abby McGehee, Brady Phillips, Haven Hawkins and Olivia Ferris. Not pictured: Gabby Cardin, Jania Dansby, Jessa Lancaster and Kamiyah Morris. Tribune photos by Hugh Jones

The Lewisburg Middle School Cross Country team recently competed in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Sectional Meet at Sulphur Springs in Smyrna and the first-year squad came away with some valuable learning experiences.

"All four teams finished strong and despite the fact we did not qualify for state, I am quite pleased with how LMS performed," LMS coach Estelle Long said. "We were plagued with a couple of unfortunate issues. In the varsity race, Jessa Lancaster twisted her ankle early on, causing her to finish with a time that was off her average by nearly nine minutes."

Top runner

The squad competed with a varsity and junior varsity team at the meet with Peyton Graves finishing as the top LMS runner in the boys varsity one mile run with a time of 13:33.58, which was good enough for 47 place.

"Peyton Graves has consistently led the boys all season," Long said.

In the girls varsity one mile run, Abbie Collins came across the finish line in 37 place, Yesimar Sanchez was four spots behind Collins and Olivia Ferris finished 47.

"Abbie Collins worked hard and was able to cross first for us," Long said. "And Yesimar Sanchez started strong and consistently came in the front of the pack."

Although just a first-year squad, Long believes the season has progressed well and the sport will continue to grow in Marshall County.

"My runners are getting stronger each week and most of them practice run each week." Long said. "Looking back at where they started in August, they have improved on average by seven minutes. More importantly, I believe the majority of the team has fallen in love with running and will continue to run in the off season."

DeShaun Johnson shows the intensity and determination needed to compete at a high level in the sport of cross country.

The team

The LMS team has 14 runners on the team this season, evenly split between the girls and boys and Long is very happy after putting the team together in a short amount of time this year.

"This year we were rushed to get ready and I am looking forward to next year when we will have the time to properly prepare for the season," Long said. "We have had a great season. Each of the runners experienced success by improving on their times each week. There is a great amount of talent on this team and with the proper amount of time to prepare, I believe we will be even more competitive next season."

TMSAA Middle Sectional Results

LMS' Brennen Peete finished strong for the Tigers at the Sulphur Springs event.

Boys Varsity One Mile Run Top 5

1 Aaron Isbell Mt. Juliet Middle School 11:26.43
2 Liam Hussels Christiana Middle School 11:31.93
3 Tucker Moss Siegel Middle School 11:50.73
4 Baker Schell Drakes Creek Middle School 11:52.33 -
5 Liam Leonard Robert Ellis Middle School 11:55.89

Lewisburg Middle School

47 Peyton Graves 13:33.58
82 Brennen Peete 15:01.66
86 Dorian Jackson 15:12.90
97 Krew Capps 15:43.78
102 Laird Johnsey 15:57.19
105 Gaylon Gold 16:17.53
108 Deshaun Johnson 16:32.82

Girls Varsity One Mile Run Top 5

Marilyn McCarthy Siegel Middle School 12:23.23
S Lincoln-Velez Rossview Middle School 12:53.08
Ella Phillips Oakland Middle School 12:54.67
Dinah Winders Henry County Middle School 13:02.36
Saman Ouellette Central Magnet Middle School 13:02.73

Lewisburg Middle School

37 Abby Collins 15:34.84
41 Yesimar Sanchez 15:39.20
45 Olivia Ferris 15:47.91
61 Mallory Wooten 16:43.73
62 Michaela Sweat 16:44.99
88 Reese Michael 18:45.94
109 Jessa Lancaster24:39.73

Boys JV Two Mile Run Top 5

1 Max Bell Christiana Middle School 12:59.47
2 Luke Patton Mt. Juliet Middle School 13:11.77
3 Carl Haddock Mt. Juliet Middle School 13:12.22
4 Ian Callender Central Magnet Middle School 13:15.46
5 Eli Bunyi Central Magnet Middle School 13:25.14

Lewisburg Middle School

100 Ethan Spivy 16:42.86
111 Angel Herrera 17:18.94
154 Shane Victory 20:52.98

Girls JV Two Mile Run Top 5

1 Riley Hudson Oakland Middle School 14:58.76
2 Kimberlee Russell Christiana Middle School 15:53.26
3 Haley Hewitt Oakland Middle School 16:07.83
4 Gracie Washington Oakland Middle School 16:13.43
5 Caroline Hall Oakland Middle School 16:33.81

Lewisburg Middle School

11 Erika Campbell 17:19.75
17 Haven Hawkins 17:48.90
23 Abby McGehee 18:26.52
24 Olivia Wooten 18:31.66
27 Brady Phillips 18:50.72
35 Courtney Burrow 19:50.28
46 Savannah Alexander 22:14.34
52 Jasmine Brown 23:01.24

LMS Roster

Girls

Yesimar Sanchez

Abbie Collins

Brady Phillips

Olivia Ferris

Mallorie Wooten

Michaela Sweat

Jessa Lancaster

Gaylon Gold is all smiles as pumps his legs in cross country action for the LMS Tigers.

Boys

Peyton Graves

Brennen Peete

Krew Capps

Laird Johnsey

Dorian Jackson

Gaylon Gold

DeShaun Johnson