Manchester and Coffee County hosted its first cross country meet in approximately 30 years on Tuesday as the Coffee County High school cross country team hosted middle school and high school races at the site of the former Old Stone Fort Golf course. In middle school action, the Westwood Rockets made a strong showing as the Westwood Varsity Boys took 1st place and the Westwood Varsity Girls took 2nd place overall for the meet. For the Rockets, Andres Cavalie finished in second place with a time of 10:21 and Samuel Workman in third place with a time of 10:55. Top runners for the Girls were M.E. Spradley in 9th place and Katharine Hills in 12th place.
In the high school races, Coffee County’s boys finished one point out of the top spot as they fell to Shelbyville 37 to 38. The Raiders outdistanced 3rd place Tullahoma by 11 points. Coffee County placed 3 runners in the Top 5 on the hilly course as Andy Rossom finished in 2nd place, Maxwell Nicoll came in 4th and Scott Randolph finished 5th. Each of these runners had personal bests. Also recording personal bests were Neil Slone, Aaron Buck and Trevor Reese.
In girls action, CHS’s newest runner Nadja Hansen, a foreign exchange student, paced the Lady Raiders with a 4thplace finish. Makenzie Morgan finished in 6th place. Both these ladies recorded personal bests for the 5K run as did Lady Raider runners Kayla McCormick and Claire Spellings. Coach David Muckle was pleased with the large turnout and the great volunteer help that helped make the first meet a success. Westwood’s next meet will be September 30th at Lincoln County High School. The next meet for Coffee County comes on Tuesday as they travel to Arrowhead Ranch in Normandy.