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Hutchins makes history in Arizona

Staff reports • Sep 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Science Hill’s Jenna Hutchins made a little bit of history late Friday night at the Nike Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival at the Grande Sports Complex.

Hutchins became the first girl to win the sweepstakes division outside of the states of Arizona or Colorado in a blazing 5-kilometer time of 16:38.97 (5:21/mile).

The time for Hutchins is the second-fastest all-time in the state of Tennessee — only behind Kathy Kroeger’s 2006 time of 16:32 at Foot Locker South — and currently ranks her third in the country.

Hutchins’ time is also the second-fastest time for a sophomore since 2000, coincidentally only behind Kroeger’s aforementioned performance.

In terms of course history, her time ranks second behind former Nike Cross Nationals multiple-time champion and current University of Washington All-American Katie Rainsberger’s time of 16:23.4 in 2015.

Hutchins was able to get out front early and push the pace, winning by 11 seconds over Desert Vista (Ariz.) freshman Lauren Ping.

In 2006, Kroeger (Independence) won the TSSAA AAA state title in a Percy Warner Steeplechase still standing course record of 16:59.45 and was also won the Foot Locker national crown in 17:29 by seven seconds over Aurora Scott.


JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — The Dobyns-Bennett girls team won the Low Country Invitational convincingly on Saturday with a team score of 46 points, led by senior Emma Russum’s second win of the season. Her time was 19:20.19.

Fellow senior Julianna McReynolds was fourth overall in 19:42.21 and was closely followed by Autumn Headrick in 19:44.49 in fifth.

The other scorers for the Tribe were Gracie Allen (ninth in 20:08), Morgan Cordell (27th in 21:16), Grace Walters (113th in 23:52) and Hope Fulkerson (139th in 24:33).

The boys finished in eighth place with 296 points and were led by Dane Sullins in 48th (18:04).


JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — The Daniel Boone boys captured a second-place finish in Saturday’s 48-team Low Country Invitational.

The Trailblazers totaled 130 points, with champion Lexington (S.C.) scoring 108. Boone’s Conner Wingfield earned individual honors with a fourth-place finish in 16:21. Other varsity members were Max Austin 17:39.1, Keaton Smith 17:39.4, Bryson Lewis 17:51, Austin Galloway 17:53.5, Mason Lewis 17:53.8 and Jameson Cline 18:03.

The Lady Trailblazers were good for a fourth-place effort, finishing just seven points out of second place. Kamryn Wingfield (20:23), Patricia Chellah (20:24) and Judy Chellah 20:26 all earned individual honors. Boone’s remaining varsity members were Grace Sheldon (21:36), Lauren Spry (21:53), Chloe Brown (22:17) and Alysse Rowland (22:42).

Also for Boone, the junior varsity boys placed second, landing only 8 points behind Spring Valley. Sam Hall (19:00), Ben Carter (19:02) and Gavin Leonard (19:15) recorded top-10 showings.

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