2018 Year in Review – Prep Cross Country

As 2018 has drawn to a close, Thunder Radio Sports looks back at some of the highlights of the calendar year for each of the more than 40 prep teams we follow and report on.  Today we look back at some of the highlights of year for the cross country season.

The Coffee County Middle School cross country team once again qualified a runner for the state meet as Greenlee Woods participated in her 2nd straight TMSAA Cross Country meet.  Thunder Radio reported on it in a story we brought you on October 8th

Greenlee Woods of CCMS cross country

Making her 2nd appearance at the TMSAA state cross country meet, Greenlee Woods barely missed the medal stand.  Competing as a 7th grader for the Coffee County Middle School cross country, Woods completed the 2 mile course on Saturday with a time of 14:13.8.  Autumn Headrick of John Sevier Middle School won the race as she clocked a time of 13:10.9.  Woods was 7 seconds out of the top 10 and 14 seconds shy of the medal stand in the race.  The state championship meet is held in Clarksville, Tennessee on the property of the Hilldale Family Life Center and is hosted by Austin Peay State University.

The Westwood Rockets were hit hardest by graduation but still managed a successful season.  They opened the year with a good showing at Bell Buckle and Thunder Radio reported on the meet in a story we brought to you on August 29th

The Westwood cross country team opened their season on Tuesday in Bell Buckle as they took part in a meet at Webb.  Coach Jim Dodson’s team was hit hard by graduation yet still managed to have a respectable showing.

 For the Rockets, Aidan Smith was the top finisher as he ran the 2 mile course in 12:41 to finish in 11th place.  Timothy Henderson was 50th with a time of 14:57. Hunter Crosslin ran a 15:57 to finish in 66th place while Ethan Miles posted a time of 19:58.

 For the Lady Rockets, Rylea McNamara was the top finisher as she posted the 14th place time of 15:07.  Mattalyn Goney finished in 42nd place with a time of 18:39.  Raygan Dubler was 46th at 19:25 followed by teammate Brooklyn George in 47th with a time of 19:29.  Samantha Wilder ran a time of 24:00 minutes.

The Westwood harriers are back in action on September 6th when they compete in a meet at St. Andrews-Sewanee.   That meet will get underway at 4 PM.

The Coffee County CHS team hosted a pair of meets this year including a dominant performance in their last home meet of the year.  Thunder Radio reported on the wins in a story we brought to you on October 11th

Patricia Barrera of CHS cross country

The Coffee County cross country teams of CHS and CCMS hosted their second meet of the year on Tuesday at Old Stone Fort State Park.  The Red Raider Run, sponsored by Jiffy Burger and Bridgestone, saw the Raider runners capture wins in all 4 races.

For the middle school runners, Greenlee Woods ran away with the girls’ race to win with a time of 15:09.  Teammate Elizabeth Young broke to tape in 2nd place with a time of 22:13 just 5 tenths of a second ahead of Harris’ Cynthia Vitervo.

 In the middle school boys’ race, Cam Harvey won the race with a time of 12:27.  Lucas Beaty(with a time of 12:35) came in second place and Bradley Escue(13:05) came in 3rd as the Raiders swept the top 3.  Additionally, Manuel Gonzalez(13:59) was 5th and Clayton Bryant(15:17)  finished 7th.

In the high school races, Patricia Barrera led a Coffee County charge that saw 6 Lady Raiders finish in the top 9.  Barrera won the race with a time of 22:35.  Madison Rooker(24:01) was 3rd, Ariana Hanson(26:43) was 4th, Beatris Barrera(36:48) was 5th, Zoe Mills(27:49) was 6th and Haley Sherrill(30:53) came in 9th.

For the boys, Jacob Rutledge won with a time of (18:27).  Renato Ayala(19:42) was 3rd, Ethan Welch(20:14) was 5th, Bodey Todd(20:37) finished in 6th place, Landon Kenney(20:50) was 7th, Jacob Melton(20:51) was 8th, Christian Alvarez(21:13) was 9th and Garrett Masters(21:13) came in 10th place as Coffee County captured 8 of the top 10 places.  Wesley Swiger finished in 18th place with a time of 28:24.

The race ends the season for the middle school runners.  The high school harriers will travel to Dickson on Saturday for the Mid State Cross Country Association Championship.  First race is set to begin at 9 AM at Buckner Park in Dickson.