Only three years ago, this year’s seniors competed in their first cross country meet, so hosting an actual meet last Thursday was coming full circle for those same seniors. With the help of many volunteers, GCXC welcomed Franklin County, Saint Andrews, and Warren County to Grundy County High School to run a 3.1-mile course which started at the practice field, wound around the school, ventured through the outdoor classroom, and finished at the practice field.
The overall winner of the ladies’ race was Tyanna Klekotta (25:31) from Franklin County. GCXC ladies finished as follows: Shanda Thomas -5th (28:01); Clarissa Meeks-8th (29:10); Kloie Harper-12th (34:56); and Trinity Curtis-13th (34:58). Team trophies for the ladies’ race went to Warren County-1st, Grundy County-2nd, and Franklin County-3rd.
The overall winner of the men’s race was John David Dickerson, II (17:54). GCXC men finished as follows: Austin Campbell-5th (19:58); Matthew McFarland-6th (19:59); Caleb Grimes-10th (20:34); Brandon Nunley-12th (21:03); Tyler Shrum-17th (22:06); Kase Johnson-18th (22:20); Sebastian Ledford-19th (22:37); Connor Shrum-23rd (24:39); Jayden Shrum-25th (25:38); Brody Morrison-29th (28:55); and McKenzie Dickerson-31st (29:34). Team trophies for the men’s race went to Warren County-1st, Grundy County-2nd, and Saint Andrews-3rd.
Visiting schools were very appreciative of the water and fruit provided by the Grundy County Health Council since those are luxuries not usually provided by the host school. The visiting teams also complimented the medals and trophies presented during the awards ceremony.
This Saturday GCXC travels to Smyrna for the Mid-State Cross Country Association Championship, and on Tuesday the team travels to Chattanooga for the regional race. No half-times. No substitutions. No time-outs. Go run.