The flat, double-loop course and slight overcast provided ideal conditions for fast running, even though it was a bit humid.
Tennessee High freshman Zoe Arrington followed a strong season opening runner-up finish at Run for the Hills with a win and a personal best of 18:54. Arrington got ahead before the first half-mile had come to a close, and had built her lead to well over a minute before beginning the second lap.
Crockett junior Rachel Dulaney finished in second place at 20:16 and led the Lady Pioneers to the team title with 33 points. The Lady Pioneers had to rally as they were trailing Bearden by a few points going into the second lap.
Bearden finished the race with 41 points, placing second.
Crockett’s Emily Ward (fourth, 20:27), freshman Ashlynn Roy (seventh, 20:51) and Breanna Dunn (14th, 21:51) all passed Bearden runners in the final lap to make up the necessary points and take home the plaque.
OTHER TOP LOCALS
Sullivan East sophomore Mandy Lowery continues to have a strong campaign as she finished in fifth in 20:28. Unicoi County’s Marissa Soulier had a solid run, crossing the line in eighth in 21:16.
Sullivan Central’s Amanda Robinette was 12th in 21:31, and Cherokee freshman Landry Russell was 13th in 21:51.
Tennessee High was in third place as a team with 89 points and was followed closely by Sullivan East in fourth with 92.
AREA BOYS SHINE
The boys team showed out for Crockett as well, winding up in third place with 112 points. Jefferson County was crowned the team champion with 97 points, followed by Dobyns-Bennett with 104 points in second.
Alcoa’s T.J. Martin won the race in 17:10 and was closely followed by Crockett’s Bryson Livesay in 17:14. Livesay was charging late and closed what was over a 10-second gap to less than five in less than a half mile. However, he came up just short of defending home turf with a first-place effort.
Crockett freshman Gideon Erwin ran an impressive race, finishing fifth in 17:47.
Mason Sanders had a strong day for Sullivan Central, crossing in 17:33, which was good enough for third.
Other top finishers in the boys race included Sullivan East’s Drew Ledford (eighth in 18:05), Volunteer’s Rylan Greene (ninth in 18:08) and D-B’s Sam Blalock (12th in 18:21).