Harriers head to Horton
Almost 500 high school and middle school runners tested themselves Tuesday on the cross country course laid out at Henry Horton State Park.
Marshall County runners fared well in the Forrest-hosted meet on their home turf.
Marshall County High School won the boy’s meet with three runners placing in the top 10 for the 5,000 meter course: Zack Sheppard (18:15.45) in 6th, Leslie Bishop (18:56.89) in 9th, and Jackson Ackels (18:57.23).
Luke Ledford of Cornersville finished 11th with a time of 18:58.47.
On the girl’s side, strong individual performances from local runners were not enough to overcome a consistent Cannon County squad that saw their top five runners finish in the top 15 with only a 36 second spread between them.
Naomi Hopper (22:58.77) and Makynlee Amis (23:26.74) were the top runners for MCHS finishing 3rd and 6th, individually.
Shelby King (23:32.27) and Zoe Long (24:14.23) paced Forrest with 7th and 12th place finishes, and Sorrell Martin (23:52.75) was the top Cornersville finisher in 8th place.
MCHS finished second, Forrest third, and Cornersville fifth in the team scores.
In the middle school girls meet, Forrest’s Jaedyn Stalnecker literally ran away from the field, winning the two mile race by almost 30 seconds.
Lewisburg Middle School won the team meet, paced by top 10 finishes from Kendall Adams in 4th, Kamea Johnson in 7th, and Kamaria Johnson on 10th.
Team scores in cross country are based on the finishing positions of the first five of the seven runners competing.
Their finishing positions are added to arrive at the team score.
Fifteen, taking all top five places, is the lowest possible score.
At least five runners must participate in order to count toward the team standings.