Countywide cross country meet closes season
For the second time this season, all three Marshall County cross country squads squared off at the Henry Horton State Park course in the final meet of the regular season, heading into yesterday's region meets at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
Marshall County High School standout Leah Hollingsworth won the girls race, crossing the finish line just under two minutes ahead of her teammate Naomi Hopper (23:38:00) to lead the Tigerettes to win.
"I was excited about it because it is my favorite meet of the year," Hollingsworth said. "I really like running against Cornersville and Chapel Hill because we always run against schools from far away, so running here at home against people you know is just fun."
The victory was the fifth of the season for Hollingsworth, who has also finished second twice and medaled in every event she has entered this season.
"I was really happy to get first and I was really proud of Naomi for getting second because she has improved a lot," Hollingsworth, who has been off a bit with some breathing problems this year said. "I would like to get better, but I've been having an off season and this course had some hills and I stuck with my normal time, so I did well with that."
Hollingsworth was recently selected to the Mid-State Cross Country Association's All-Midstate team and will be honored on November 7 at Brentwood Academy as one of the top 21 cross country runners in the state.
"Leah is a leader in the school, in the classroom and also athletically because she plays cross country, basketball and softball," MCHS coach Heather Denton said.
Forrest's Shelby King (24:03:00) came to the finish line in third place, while Cornersville runners Sorrell Martin (24:07:00) and Sami Chumley (24:48:00) finished in fourth and fifth place respectively to round out the medalists.
Hollingsworth finished sixth at the Region 6A/AA championships and 22nd at the state championships last season, both held at Percy Warner Park.
The Tigerette junior's time of 21:40:00 on Monday is in between her time of 21:22:00 at state and the 21:58:00 mark Hollingsworth posted at last year's region event.
"Leah did great today, she pushed herself on a very hard course," Denton said. "She is a real competitor and I know she wants to be the beast runner in Marshall County."
Hollingsworth has over three minutes to cut off her time to beat the best time at last year's state tournament, but is only about a minute and half off Columbia Academy's Kailey Schuyler's winning mark in the region.
Hollingsworth's best time this season was at Hendersonville Christian Academy where she ran a time of 21:13:00.
"Of course I want to get into the top 10 at the region and make it on the podium at state, that's my goal," Hollingsworth said.
In the boy's race on Monday, Cornersville freshman Luke Ledford led the Bulldogs to victory, posting his first victory of his career, finishing with a time of 19:55:00 which was just under a minute and half ahead of Marshall County's Aaron Collins (20:41:00).
"I was a little sick today, so it was really excited to win," Ledford said. "I just can't believe we are doing what we are this year being in our first year as a Cornersville team."
Ledford's time was his season's best, beating his mark of 20:28:17 he posted at the Warrior Invitational on September 3.
Bulldog runners Elijah Sterkel (21:14:00) and Ethan Courtemanche (22:09:00) came across the finish line third and fourth, while Marshall County's Daylon Closson (23:47:00) finished in fifth place.
The meet favorite, Kolten Johnson from Marshall County started the race, but did not finish due to a leg injury.
"I was worried about him (Johnson)," Ledford said. "I asked him what was wrong and he said he hurt his leg, I would die if that happened to me."
Leah Hollingsworth (MCHS)-21:40:00
Naomi Hopper (MCHS)-23:38:00
Shelby King (FHS)-24:03:00
Sorrell Martin (CHS)-24:07:00
Sami Chumley (CHS)-24:48:00
Angelica Bishop (MCHS)-26:17:00
Sydnee Mitchell (FHS)-27:36:00
Moira Borne (CHS)-28:13:00
Emma Mitchell (CHS)-28:23:00
Jessica Bishop (MCHS)-29:07:00
Shayla Lewey (CHS)-29:30:00
Hunter Campbell (CHS)-29:31:00
McKinley Richardson (MCHS)-30:17:00
Lexi Cashion (MCHS)-30:17:00
Alyssa Hollingsworth (FHS)-30:26:00
Elizabeth Taylor (CHS)-31:00:00
Jasmine Marcrum (MCHS)-32:20:00
Tabitha Payne (FHS)-32:31:00
Mara Polston (MCHS)-35:22:00
Marlee Woodard (MCHS)-35:46:00
Leah Dunn (FHS)-36:59:00
Luke Ledford (CHS)-19:55:00
Aaron Collins (MCHS)-20:41:00
Elijah Sterkel (CHS)-21:14:00
Ethan Courtemanche (CHS)-22:09:00
Daylon Closson (MCHS)-23:47:00
Seth Ferguson (MCHS)-23:56:00
Nathan Fisher (CHS)-23:58:00
Will Meacham (FHS)-24:08:00
Noah Curran (MCHS)-24:11:00
Mitchell Ford (MCHS)-24:21:00
Ryan Bishop (MCHS)-25:08:00
Cordell Elder (MCHS)-25:44:00
Wayne Marcrum (MCHS)-2544:00
Rajan Desai (MCHS)-27:35:00
Wayne Clausel (FHS)-27:57:00
Jesse England (CHS)-33:02:00