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by H. Lee Smith II
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The Kossuth Aggies remained unbeaten on the season, winning their division Saturday at the Itawamba Invitational in Fulton.

Kossuth didn’t compete in the girls’ race.

Riley McCalla, top ranked in the state, won the individual title with a time of 17:03. KHS claimed the top three spots with Rick Hodum (17:38) and Jordan Mills (17:46), finishing second and third, respectively.

Kevin Ginn (8th, 18:32), Zach Shawl (10, 18:56) and Avery Parks (18, 19:29) rounded out the Kossuth squad.

The Aggies will run at New Site on Saturday.


The Warriors and Lady Warriors took part in the Jesse Owens Classic in Moulton, Ala. on Saturday. There were over 200 teams from five states and about 4.800 runners in 14 races.

“It was a monster race,” said Corinth coach Larry Mangus. “These were some of the top schools and runners.”

The Warriors finished seventh out of 42 teams in their race. The Lady Warriors were sixth out of 29 teams. The boys race featured 424 finishers, with the girls’ race totaling 290.

“They had so many runners that they cut the times off at 30 minutes in each race,” said Mangus. “You had to place in the top 25 to win a shirt and our varsity girls won three. I'm very proud of their efforts.”

Dennis Dilworth topped the Warriors efforts with a 39th-place finish, among a group of 424, in 18:28. Others included Morgan Toomer (45th, 18:37), Rosley Smith (58, 18:53), Will Crigger (61, 18:54), Reed Pearce (82, 19:07), Rhett Robinson (19:53) and Sam Holt (20:18).

Emma Knight paced the Lady Warriors efforts once again, finishing 6th in a field of 290 with a time of 20:18. Other top Lady Warrior times were Yvette Evans (19th, 21:38), Holley Marshall (22, 21:55), Laura Avant (98, 24:52) and Macy Moore (101, 24:55).

Avant and Moore turned in two of the five personal records on the day.

Both Corinth junior-varsity teams finished in the top 3. In addition, Jackie Hibbard won the girls’ event, a first at the Owens Classic for a Mangus-coached team.

Corinth will take part in the South Pontotoc Invitational on Saturday.

Alcorn Central

The Bears and Lady Bears turned in identical second-place finishes Saturday at the Itawamba Invitational in Fulton.

The Bears went 5-1 in the event, moving to 33-3 on the season. Samuel Holley topped the effort with a fourth-place showing among 76 entries in a time of 17:56.

Other top AC finishers included: Trevor Godwin (7th, 18:26), Luke Holley (9, 18:52), Blake Burnett (12, 19:06), Jakob Carter (13, 19:09), and Austin McAlister (16, 19:22).

The Lady Bears went 3-1 in the six-team meet to improve to 18-13 in head-to-head competition this season. Ashlee Manahan’s 10th-place finish in 19:14 led the club.

Other top finishers were: Taylor Derrick (18th, 20:44), McKenzie Eden (19, 20:49) and Gracie Smith (22, 21:06).
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