Grundy County Cross Country closed out their regular season with a home meet on October 5. Jadan Campbell won the girls’ race, and the girls’ team took first place over Franklin County, Saint Andrews, and Warren County. In the boys’ race, Leo Penne finished second and the boys’ team finished third.
After the respite of fall break, the Yellow Jackets were ready for the region at Camp Jordan in East Ridge. The girls’ team, a pioneer team for Grundy County, has set records this year and made it unforgettable. The competition was fierce with runners competing from Bledsoe, CSAS, Loudon, McMinn, Polk County, Sale Creek, Sequatchie, Signal Mountain, Sweetwater, and Tellico Plains.
Jadan Campbell finished 13th with a time of 25:32, and Sarah Barrett finished 17th with a time of 26:12. Makayla Kirby finished 31st with a time of 29:31, followed by Kennedy Brady who finished 33rd with a time of 29:36. Emily Stiefel finished 37th with a time of 31:04, and Luisa Holzapfel finished 43rd with a time of 33:08.
In the regional meet the top ten runners and top three teams advance to the TSSAA State Championships. In just their first year of team competition, the Lady Yellow Jackets finished in fourth place in the region with a team score of 157; the third place team who will advance to state had a team score of 150. These young ladies have everything it takes to be in the state championships next year.
The boys’ race was another great moment for Grundy County sports. Leo Penne finished 4th with a time of 18:49 and will be competing at the TSSAA State Championship on Saturday, November 4 at Percy Warner Steeplechase. Penne will be the second GCXC runner in three short years to advance to the state championship; John David Dickerson, II, was the first GCXC runner to compete at the state level in 2015.
Chris Nance, a sophomore also had an outstanding race and finished 18th with a time of 20:54. Quaid Anderson finished 44th with a time of 22:50, and Jaron Meeks finished 46th with a time of 22:53. Sebastian Ledford finished 51st with a time of 23:28, and Tyler Shrum finished 52nd with a time of 23:30 while Lee Evans finished 54th with time of 23:48. The boys’ team has been a great group.
NO HALF-TIMES! NO SUBSTITUTIONS! NO TIME-OUTS! GO RUN!