Both Anderson County and Clinton boys and girls cross country teams got their seasons underway last Thursday evening.
Seventeen Dragons and 14 Mavericks runners were included in the field of 351 runners from across East Tennessee.
The season opening meet was held at Cherokee Farm on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The 3,200-meter course raced along the bank of the Tennessee River.
The Mavericks boys team finished the meet with a score of 272, an average finish time of 13:24, a cumulative team time of 1:06:56, and a 1-5 split 2:49. Conner Chandler was the top finisher for the Mavericks with a time of 12:17.
The Lady Mavericks finished with a score of 160, a team average finish of 15:30, a cumulative team time of 1:16:40, and a 1-5 split of 5:10. Kaitlyn Fisher placed fourth overall and was the top finisher for the Lady Mavericks with a time of 12:34.
“I was really pleased with our new boys’ efforts at Cherokee Farm,” said Derek Wallace, Anderson County’s head coach.
The Dragons boys team finished the meet with a score of 337, an average finish time of 13:46, a cumulative time of 1:08:47, and a 1-5 split of 0:51. Ethan Ortiz was the Dragons’ top finisher with a time of 13:10.
The Lady Dragons finished with a score of 267, an average finish time of 17:29, a cumulative time of 1:27:25, and a 1-5 split of 2:41. Alison Holifield was the top Lady Dragons runner, finishing with a time of 15:56.
“I was very pleased with Thursday’s outcome — anytime you start a new season, there’s always a bit of nerves right up to the sound of the starting gun,” said Tim Kumes, Clinton High School cross country head coach.