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Cross-Country clubs have strong showings
by H. Lee Smith II
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Alcorn Central established a pair of firsts Thursday at the Hardin County Invitational.

The Golden Bears claimed their first invitational title, beating the host club 40-51. Meanwhile, the girls finished second and earned what’s believed to be that program’s first trophy.

“It’s always big for a program when you get the first ever win,” said AC Coach Bobby Purvis. “It was also big for our girls to bring home their first second-place trophy.”

After besting seven other teams, the Bears improved to 28-2 overall after a pair of runner-up finishes in their first two meets of the season.

Samuel Holley led the Bears with a second-place finish, among 80 entries, in 19:07. Trevor Godwin (5th, 19:37) and Jakob Carter (9, 20:03) also finished in the Top 10.

Other top finishers for AC were Austin McAlister (11, 20:35), Luke Holley (13, 21:02), Austin Settlemires (17, 21:46) and Blake Burnett (18, 21:47)

• The Lady Bears finished second behind the host club and 36 points ahead of third-place finisher Fayette Academy. The 6-1 mark on Thursday upped their season mark to 15-12

Ashlee Manahan’s third-place finish (24:35) among 55 entries paced the Lady Bears.

Other scoring runners were Taylor Derrick (11th, 27:34), Lauren Walker (15, 28:34), McKenzie Eden (16, 28:41) and Gracie Smith (17, 29:08).


The Aggies claimed another victory Saturday at the Southerntees Challenge held at the New Albany Sportsplex.

Riley McCalla led the way, finishing second overall with a time of 17:45. Jordan Mills (4th, 17:52), Rick Hodum (5, 18:07), and Nathan Ginn (9, 18:42) also cracked the Top 10.

Other top finishers for Scotty Shettles’ group were Kevin Ginn (11, 18:54), Zach Shawl (14, 19:09) and Avery Parks (19:48).

• The Lady Aggies finished fifth. Grace Stanford led the way for Angie Malone’s club, finishing second with a time of 16:36.

Kaylee Bonds (18:21), Sara Talley, Morgan Hodum, Trinity Heavener, Cheyenne Bennett and Taylor Heavener rounded out the Lady Aggie finishers.


The Warriors and Lady Warriors also participated in the Southerntees Challenge on Saturday.

“I was really pleased with the teams performances,” said Coach Larry Mangus, also noting the junior-varsity showings. “I had 38 runners this week and 21 of them won meet T-shirts. Great performances.”

• The Lady Warriors (27-9) finished second in the Class 4A-6A event -- six points behind perennial power Pontotoc. Emma Knight led the way, earning a second-place showing among 101 finishers in 15:58.

“We keep getting closer to (Pontotoc) and have six weeks to the state meet,” said Mangus. “Emma Knight established herself as the gal to beat in 4A as she raced against the top 4A runners in the state and won.”

Yvette Evans (7th, 16:41) and Holley Marshall (9, 16:55) also finished in the Top 10. Brianna Scobey (17, 17:39), Laura Avant (21, 17:55), Kelsey Fulghum (26, 18:06) and Macy Moore (31, 18:59) rounded out the top finishers with Avant and Fulghum setting personal records.

• The Warriors finished third behind Pontotoc and Oxford. Dennis Dilworth (6th, 18:22) paced the club once again with Morgan Toomer (11, 18:34) next on the squad, with Toomer -- just a 7th-grader -- setting a personal record.

Reed Pearce (15, 18:49), 8th-grader Rosley Smith (18, 19:05), Will Crigger (21, 19:23), Rhett Robinson (23, 19:30) and Sam Holt (25, 19:38) rounded out Corinth’s top finishers.

Corinth returns to action Saturday at the Jesse Owens Classic in Moulton, Ala. Mangus expects over 200 schools will be at the meet.
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