Whited leads X-country effort

By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor

SMYRNA - Standout Hannah Whited led four Lionettes in the Top 15 and Cannon County finished tied for second with Blackman High School in the Silver Division of the Sharp Springs Invitational here Saturday (Sept. 27).
Cannon County and Blackman finished with 78 points, five behind first-place Central Magnet.

Whited and Erin McReynolds led the pack for Cannon County. Whited finished second overall (out of 125 participants) with a time of 21:17.95, just 13 seconds off the pace set by Central's Rebekah Wich, who ran a 21:04.3.

Senior Erin McReynolds continued her solid season with a third-place finish. She ran a 7:01.4 in the 5,000-meter race.

Experience has fueled Cannon County's run this season and Saturday was no different. In addition to Whited and McReynolds, Elva Magana finished 10th with a time of 23:00.03 and senior Hannah Faulkner was 12th with a time of 23:23.66 as the strong Lionettes' lineup placed four runners in the Top 15 overall.

Whited, Magana and Faulkner have all participated in the TSSAA Cross-Country State Tournament. They have their eyes set on another such run in 2014.

Each runner reached the state tournament as individuals but with quality depth the squad is hopeful of advancing as a team this season.

Alayna Reed turned in one of her stronger showings this fall and finished with a time of 8:22.3. She was 51st overall.

Sarah Hickman placed in the top third of the field with a 26:08.40, which was 53rd, and Kristen Hale was 63rd with a 27:32.75.