By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Two Cannon County runners earned individual medals and the Lionettes finished sixth overall at the TSSAA Class A/AA State Championship in Nashville Saturday.
Hannah Whited finished 11th overall out of 181 runners to earn an individual medal in her second straight state meet. Marshall McReynolds placed 14th out of 191 runners on the men's side to earn an individual medal.
Cannon County's girls team, making its first trip to the state tournament, finished sixth overall out of 24 teams.
"This team has responded to every challenge thrown at them this year," Cannon County Head Coach Marc Larson said. "They are a very tough and gritty bunch and they handled tough weather and tough competition at the state meet. I am extremely proud of the entire team's dedication to hard work and perseverance. This bunch will be successful at whatever career choice they make in the future."
McReynolds ran the 5,000-meter Steeplechase Course in 17:22.97 to finish 14th. Teammate Jake Burdick finished 74th with a time of 18:39.25.
Cannon County's girls team put together an impressive showing.
Whited's 20:34.89 was good enough for 11th and less than a second from finishing in the Top 10.
Erin McReynolds was 21st overall with a time of 21:11.96 to cap an outstanding season.
Hannah Faulkner was also in the top third of the field, finishing 48th with a time of 22:53.947. Elva Magana was 68th overall with a time of 23:49.61. Whited, Faulkner and Magana all have made multiple trips to the state tournament in their career.
Sarah Hickman and Kristen Hale, finished 74th and 76th, respectively, and Alayna Reed finished 103rd in their first state meet.