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Union boys grab team title at Randy Smith Classic

Tanner Cook • Sep 29, 2018 at 4:03 PM

BRISTOL — On an ideal morning for running at the historic Sugar Hollow Park 3-mile cross country course, some local teams got great results from the 12th annual Randy Smith Classic.

BOYS RACE

The Union boys team won the meet with 54 points over fellow VHSL Class 2A competition Radford, which finished with 71 points.

The Bears had a solid first four runners, who all finished in the top 12. Jacob Mullins was the first runner for Union, crossing the line in fourth at 17:19. The next three runners for the Bears were all tightly packed at ninth through 11th places, coming in eight seconds apart. The final runner for Union’s team score finished 32nd.

Elizabethton had a strong finish, placing fourth (107 points) with Nicholas Street finishing 14th in 18:13.

Cherokee’s Austin Kirkpatrick won the race individually, running away from the field within the first couple of miles. He crossed the line in 16:45, the only runner under 17 minutes on the day.

Other notable finishes included Thomas Salyer of Eastside (8th, 17:57) and Benjamin Cook of Providence (23rd, 19:02).

GIRLS RACE

Kristen Wheatley of Carroll County dominated the race from the get-go, winning in 19:40. The junior continued her strong season with a 45-second win over Lebanon’s Jessey Ball, who was second in 20:25.

Haley Sykes of Ridgeview was the top local finisher, nabbing third in 20:56.

Lauren Pilkton of Elizabethton was the first Tennessean across in fourth (21:03) as the Lady Cyclones generated some solid results despite not having a team score.

Radford (47 points) won the meet in a runaway from Virginia High (69 points) after making the trek down to Bristol to preview the regional course coming up in a few weeks.

Union was third in the standings with Maggie Davidson being the top finisher for the Lady Bears in 14th (23:21).

Other notable high finishes were Ashley Tuell of Providence (8th, 22:16), Kaley Sykes of Ridgeview (13th, 22:45) and Gate City’s Suzanne Moore (16th, 23:34).

The Lady Blue Devils finished sixth as a team.

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