CLINTON - Old habits are hard to break and for Corinth High School Cross Country that means winning state titles.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors entered Saturday’s 4A state meet at Choctaw Trails in Clinton having swept the Class 4A championships for the past three years.

This time the CHS girls won the gold over second place Mooreville while the boys finished second to Senatobia.

First year Lady Warriors coach Emory Kirk inherited one of the most successful cross country programs in the state over the past decade and the red and black didn’t miss a beat as Emma Hall led the way for CHS, finishing fifth overall followed by Elsie Wilbanks in seventh overall and Lexie Faulkner in 10th overall.

All three young ladies were honored as All-State runners for finishing in the top-14.

“I’m still soaking it all in,” said Kirk as she and her squad traveled back to Corinth late Saturday afternoon. “For us to win is no surprise. What is surprising is how much our girls wanted to win. They worked hard and poured everything into this program to get to this point. Then they went out today and worked even harder to win the title again, even though we were expected to win.”

For the Warriors, their three year run on top of the Mississippi 4A cross country mountain was ended by the Warriors, but just barely.

“They (Senatobia) ran ‘out of their minds’ good today,” said CHS boys coach Luke Hatcher. “Our boys were right there with a chance at the end but it wasn’t quite enough today. Congratulations to Senatobia, they worked hard for it.”

Check the Tuesday print and online editions of the Daily Corinthian sports pages for the full story of Corinth’s latest success in cross country along with complete results for each runner.

Also on Saturday in Clinton, Walnut swept the 2A boys and girls championships. Wildcat runner Gabe McElwain was the overall gold medalist for the boys while Harley Garner was silver medalist and Maddi Kate Vuncannon was the bronze medalist on the girls side.

Congratulations to the Corinth and Walnut programs on a spectacular season in cross country.

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