Grainger Today Correspondent
GREENEVILLE – Last Thursday, both the Grainger High School Grizzly and Washburn High School Pirate cross country teams participated in the Terry Hull Crawford Cross Country Classic which was run on the Beacon School course in Greeneville. In the meet, the Grizzlies took fifth place in the team competition while the Pirate team took ninth place.
An eighth-place individual finish by junior Kobe Evans, who completed the 5K run in 19:15.4 and was named to the 10-member All-Meet Team, paced the Grizzly cross-country team to their fifth-place finish in a meet that featured 88 runners from 11 schools. Senior Garrett Chandler, with a time of 19:39.4, took 12th place and was followed by sophomore Garrison West who placed 28th with a time of 20.57.7. Sophomore Kaleb Jarnigan took 37th place with a time of 21:32 and sophomore Shane Aarons took 45th with a time of 22:15.9. In addition, junior Parker Acuff finished 53rd with a time of 24:01, and freshman Isaac Hipsher took 6oth place with a time of 24:53.4. Grainger’s team score of 109 was determined by the finishes of the top five Grainger runners.
Although the Lady Grizzlies did not compete as a team, junior Hayla Simmerly competed as an individual and took 37th place with a time of 29:36.2 on the 3K course.
The Washburn cross-country team was led by junior Austin Coffman, who took 42nd place with a time of 21:37.3. He was followed closely by sophomore Noah Waller, who completed the course in 22:14.4. The third best time for the Pirate team was turned in by senior Dillon Farmer, who took 67th place with a time of 26:22.7. He was followed by freshmen Adam Collins, who finished 8ist with a time of 31:16.9 and Tristan Bentley, who was 82nd with a time of 32:27.4. The Pirates took ninth place in the team standings with a total of 230 points.
The Washburn contingent of four girls, one short of the number needed to compete in the team competition, was led by freshman Emery Coffey, who ran the 3K course in 27:20.8 and finished 29th in the 57-runner field. She was followed by senior Haley Nicley, who took 48th with a time of 31:202, sophomore Ruthie Tolliver, who finished 49th with a time of 31.28, and sophomore Lorelei Larrison, who finished in 55th place with a time of 34:31.9.
It appears that both boys cross country teams will continue as each of the teams have only one senior and should continue to improve in the future.