For the first two meets of the cross country season, it was raining medals for Grundy County runners! After their first official meet was rained out at Saint Andrews on September 6, GCXC traveled to Coffee County on September 11. At Old Stone Fort, runners from Coffee County, Franklin County, Grundy County, Lincoln County, Notre Dame, Saint Andrews, Shelbyville Central, and Warren County High School met to decide who was the fastest.
In the girls’ race, both Coffee County and Lincoln County had two runners each in the first five finishers, putting the teams in great positions for placement. Jadan Campbell quickly crossed the uphill finish in 7th place as the first GCHS runner with a time of 25:12. Kaitlyn Kirby (25:56) in 10th place, and Makayla Kirby (26:12) in 11th place were the next GCHS runners across the finish line. With the finish line in sight, Sarah Barrett stormed the uphill finish and passed a runner to finish at 15th and grab the last medal with a time of 27:17. Just behind Barrett, Jocelyn Partin (27:21) passed a rival runner on the uphill stretch and finished at 17th – just out of medal contention. Though she was out of medal contention, Partin’s finish as the fifth Grundy runner in the top seventeen sealed a first place finish for GCXC girls. Kennedy Brady finished 28th with a time of 28:54, while Emily Stiefel finished at 36th with a time of 34:49. The team’s first place finish in the first official meet of the season was unforgettable as they edged out Coffee in second and Lincoln in third.
In the boys’ race, Chris Nance ran a strong race and finished in 5th place as a medalist with a time of 19:49. Just out of medal contention, Jaron Meeks finished 20th with a time of 21:47. Rounding out the first five for GCXC were Lee Evans (23:11) in 28th position, Cole Sanders (23:38) in 33rd position, and Kase Johnson (23:51) in 35th position. The remaining finishers for GCXC were Tyler Shrum (23:53) in 36th position, Quaid Anderson (24:04) in 38th position, Zack Ledford (24:10) in 39th position, Ryan Shrum (25:32) in 45th position, Joseph Miller (27:02) in 48th position, Jayden Shrum (27:14) in 51st position, and Kage Turner (29:22) in 54th position. The boys’ team finished in fifth place.
On September 18, GCXC traveled to Dekalb County High School to compete against Blackman High, Cannon County, Dekalb County, Gordonsville High, Smith County, Van Buren County, and Watertown High.
In the girls’ race, Jadan Campbell was on fire once again as she finished 4th with a time of 24:14-shaving almost a minute off her time from the previous week’s race. The Kirby Sisters were golden once again this week! Kaitlyn Kirby finished in 8th place with a time of 25:56 while Makayla Kirby finished in 11th place with a time of 27:00. These three runners all earned medals as they finished in the top fifteen. Completing the first five finishers for GCXC girls were Sarah Barrett in 17th position at 28:13 and Jocelyn Partin in 18th position at 28:22. Kennedy Brady and Emily Stiefel rounded out GCXC female finishers with the GCXC girls finishing third overall.
In the boys’ race, Chris Nance had an outstanding race, leading all competitors at miles one and two. Nance was the only GCXC boy to medal as he finished in 7th place with a time of 19:52. Rounding out the top five finishers for GCXC were Jaron Meeks (21:18) in 20th place, Tyler Shrum (23:16) in 36th place, Lee Evans (23:34) in 38th place, and Kase Johnson (23:53) in 41st place. Other male finishers for GCXC were Cole Sanders (24:36), Quaid Anderson (24:58), Ryan Shrum (25:01), Jayden Shrum (28:18), Joseph Miller (30:44), and Kage Turner (31:18). The boys’ team finished in fifth place.
This week the Yellow Jackets travel to Saint Andrews on Friday, September 28.
No half-times, no time-outs, no substitutions, go run!