The Corinth boys and girls squads turned in identical third-place finishes in their respective divisions -- seven deep on the boys’ side and six contenders in the girls’ event.
Both finished behind Pontotoc and Saltillo, with Saltillo claiming the male event, and the perennial power “other” Lady Warriors claiming the female match.
Emma Knight claimed the female championship over 59 other finishers, completing the 2.5-mile dusty course in 16:20. Holley Marshall was fourth, clocking in at 17:06.
“Emma dominated the girls’ race winning by nine seconds,” said CHS Head Coach Larry Mangus. “Holley had a great run too.”
Rounding out the top five Corinth finishers were Yvette Evans (12th 17:54), Brianna Scobey (19, 18:30) and Macy Moore (25, 18:54).
Pontotoc won the even with 26 points, followed by Saltillo with 54. Corinth was just one point behind the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Warrior JV squad finished as the runners-up to Saltillo in their seven-team meet.
“I’m very proud of the JV girls as they had to run the same distance as the varsity girls and finished second overall,” said Mangus.
• Dennis Dilworth topped the Warriors effort with a 10th-place showing (19:14) on the 3.1-mile setup. Rosley Smith was just three spots and 17 seconds behind his teammate.
The Warrior runners were consistent with the five scorers all finishing in the top 20 among 80 finishers. The next three Warriors to cross the finish line were Morgan Toomer (15th, 19:41), Reed Pearce (17, 20:02) and Will Crigger (18, 20:03).
Mangus was impressed with the great runs by his two “little guys” -- Smith, an 8th grader and Toomer -- a 7th grader.
“Morgan ran the fastest time in the state for a 7th grader and set a new Corinth record for a 7th grader,” said Mangus. “Rosley Smith ran the fastest time in 4A for an 8th grader and the 2nd fastest time in the state overall this year.”
Saltillo claimed the team title with 22 points. Pontotoc was second with 56, while their mascot namesake Corinth was 14 points back in third.
The Lady Bears and Bears each broke the top 5 in their 2013 season debut.
The Central boys finished second out of 10 teams in their division. Samuel Holley’s 18:37 topped the squad and was good for third place overall.
Rounding out the top seven finishers for the Bears were Trevor Godwin (10th, 19:46), Jakob Carter (16, 20:07), Blake Burnett (18, 20:17), Luke Holley (19, 20:26), Austin McAlister (28, 21:08) and Brandon Turner (38, 21:49).
• The Lady Bears, paced by Ashlee Manahan’s sixth-place showing in 18:12, finished fourth out of eight full squads.
Rounding out the top 5 finishers among the Central girls were Taylor Derrick (21st, 19:49), Lauren Walker (29, 21:03), McKenzie Eden (39, 21:59) and Madison Leggett (44, 22:56).