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Clinton runs at Loudon County meet

The Clinton cross country team ran a very tough course at Loudon County last Thursday.

For the boys, Colton Lee from Male High School won first place with a time of 17:53.00.

“This race was unlike any race that we have done so far in terms of the course setup and difficulty,” said Tim Kumes, Clinton head coach.

“There’s a couple of tricky spots down in the back into the course that almost went down to a single track which made it difficult for some of the kids that were coming back into the runners that hadn’t made it to that point yet,” he said. “I think the kids always love a difficult challenge in a race.

“The kids continue to work hard as we lead into our fall break,” Kumes said. “We have the Cherokee Invitational coming up this Saturday, which is a flat course.

“Most of the kids I would expect will put up a PR [personal record] in that race based on all the hard work they put in,” he said.

Clinton runners finished with the following times:

• Ethan Ortiz, junior 21:23.00

• Noah Ortiz, sophomore 23:41.00

• Seth Shrout, senior 23:57.00

•William Swaggerty, senior 24:08.00

•Michael Dueble, senior 25:56.00

Male won the team competition among the boys and Clinton took 12th place of 15 teams.

For the girls, Stefani Johnson of Gatlinburg-Pittman took first place with a time of 22:25.00.

Clinton runners finished with the following times:

• Jade Guadarrama, senior 27:06.00

• Alexis England, senior 28:17.00

• Alison Holifield, sophomore 29:04.00

• Adeline Shelton, senior 29:38.00

• Juliet Avila, junior 30:33.00

• Marissa Winter, junior 31:31.00

• Abagail Sanders, senior 32:27.00

• Summer Wilson, sophomore 33:02.00

• Abigail Bible, senior 33:07

• Madison Redmond, senior 33:14.00

Male High School finished first in the team competition. Clinton finished in sixth place.