The Cross Country season for the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers came to a close with a 19th place finish at the Class AAA State Cross Country Championship in Hendersonville on Thursday. The Lady Cavs finished with a cumulative time of 1:48:37.10, an average of 21:43.42. Cookeville finished with 470 points, three points behind Walker Valley and a comfortable 55 points ahead of Heritage, the 20th place school.
Junior Emily Coonce paced the Lady Cavs’ runners with a time of 20:40.40, which tied her for 81st among individuals. Sarah Coonce placed 122nd with a time of 21:38.50, followed by Camryn Murdock with a time of 21:50.60 (130th place), Abby Simpson at 22:02.40 (136th place), Anna Driller with a time of 22:25.20 (145th place) and Elizabeth McReynolds at 22:31.20 (149th place).
Kyra Hayes of Siegel claimed the individual State Championship, with a time of 18:05.30, 1.4 seconds in front of Arlington’s Ann-Marie Braese, who finished with a time of 18:06. 70. Brentwood claimed the Class AAA team State Championship, with an overall time of 1:36:00.60, an average of 19:12.12. A total of 24 teams and 206 runners competed at State.
Meanwhile, a pair of Cookeville boys competed as individuals on Thursday. Ike Synnestvedt recorded a time of 17:44.72 to finish 118th out of 208 competing runners. Teammate Jacob Sparks finished in 172nd place, with an overall time of 18:43.48.
Ravenwood sophomore Miles Ramer won the boys’ individual State Championship by more than nine seconds, finishing with a time of 15:10.35. Hardin Valley Academy claimed the boys’ team title with a cumulative time of 1:20:33.40, an average of 16:06.68.
Warren County Runners Compete
A pair of Warren County Pioneer seniors also competed at State, Thursday in Hendersonville. Caleb Stovall checked in with an overall time of 17:30.34, which was good enough for 91st place among the 208 runners. Teammate AlecZander Smith finished in 19:54.88, which placed him 198th overall.