X-county hits its stride

By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor

Cannon County's cross country teams are hitting their stride at the right time.

The boys and girls finished second at the Cookeville All-Comers Meet Tuesday (Sept. 16) as 13 runners had personal records and six earned individual medals.

Marshall McReynolds finished third overall out of 92 participants to lead the Lions. McReynolds ran a 17:46.45 on the 5,000-meter course. Senior Jake Burdick had a strong meet, finishing ninth with an 18:55.43. Devin Gilpatrick (11th, 19:01.89), Austin Duggin (17th, 19:17.76) and Tristan Morten (22nd, 19:37.88) rounded out the Top five for Cannon County. Gilpatrick, Duggin and Morten all turned in personal records to help anchor the top five in scoring for the Lions.

Hannah Whited enjoyed another strong effort, finishing third overall out of 65 runners with a time of 21:07.64.
Whited's superlative performance led the Lionettes, who also had record efforts from Erin McReynolds and Elva Magana. Each enjoyed personal records. McReynolds finished fifth overall with a 21:39.78 and Magana provided the Lionettes with three runners in the Top 10 when she finished ninth with a 22:12.88.

Kristen Hale finished 20th with a time of 23:57.13 and Alayna Reed rounded out the scoring for the Lionettes with a 25th-place finish.

Gretchen Elmy and Laura Nichols also participated for Cannon County.

On the boys side, Corey Seymour finished 23rd overall and John Frazier was 27th overall for the Lions.